The golden source for open source; The 3 goals of an operator-angel round; Ginni Rometty; HeyMama & More

Your weekly Newsletter on Women in Tech and Venture Capital

Happy Sunday, everyone and welcome to issue No. 120. I can’t believe it’s already February. When I am not in London this month, you can meet me in Berlin, Stockholm, San Francisco and San Diego.

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Former BET Networks CEO Debra Lee hints at launching a tech fund to back women of colour.

Melinda Gates wants to invest $50 million to create more tech opportunities for women—outside of the industry’s usual power centers.  

HeyMama, a premium social network for working moms, raised $2 million.


WSJ reports that Crypto Investor Arianna Simpson will join Andreessen Horowitz.

Ginni Rometty will step back after more than eight years on the job as IBM CEO and Arvind Krishna will replace her in April. While the leadership change was largely expected, Wall Street analysts were surprised by the timing and the choice of Krishna as the CEO.

Bessemer promotes Tess Hatch to Vice President.

Elisabeth von Lichem joins German VC firm Acton Capital.

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From the Investor

The golden source on all things Open Source.
— Anna Khan / CRV

Why founders killed the friends and family round and the 3 goals of an operator-angel round.
— Brianne Kimmel / Work-Life Ventures

Ever seen a company where customers loved the product but the company STILL failed? Why you should focus on cultivating your minimum viable company before attempting to scale your minimum viable product.
— Ann Miura-Ko / Floodgate

On why every new consumer brand needs an Amazon strategy.
— Andrea Hippeau and Caitlin Strandberg / Lerer Hippeau

A new wave of software is emerging to reimagine how businesses and teams operate. Here’s a roadmap on Remote Work.
— Talia Goldberg / Bessemer Venture Partners

On building tomorrow’s diverse boardroom, how to manage a board with a day job, onboarding and training new board members, and many more examples of invaluable real-world experiences.
— Nicole North and Jana Rich / Lightspeed Venture Partners

Elizabeth Yin of Hustle Fund on why startup investors take a LONG time to decide.

A different way to think about Apple in 2020.
— Anu Hariharan / Continuity Fund

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From the Founder & Operator

Bhavika of Pluralsight on less learned from early career days.

4 ways to balance growing a startup and having a baby.
— Sara Mauskopf / Winnie

How I went from zero coding skills to data scientist in 6 months: The 4 tools I used to teach myself data science without spending a dollar.
— Kate Marie Lewis

I left my cozy consulting job and 2+ hours commute to redesign my life.
Steph Smith

2020 Enterprise Forecast: The biggest enterprise trends and technologies that are emerging in the year ahead.
Kira Colburn / Work-Bench

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Product Strategy: Disrupting Consumer Finance

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Playfair Capital Female founder investor office hours

🗓️February 27 London
Navigating the Partner Track in VC

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Curated in London by Sarah Nöckel, Founder/Editor in Chief & B2B SaaS Investor at Dawn Capital