By way of background, I spent nearly a decade operating before moving into venture five years ago. While becoming a VC was somewhat accidental, not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate the privilege of my position and the importance of using it to help others rise. For me, leveling the playing field as a woman, person of color, and first-generation immigrant comes from a deeply personal place — I get what it means to be misunderstood, overlooked, and underestimated.
After nearly a decade of operating in early stage startups, I found my way into venture somewhat accidentally in 2015. At the time, I could think of no better opportunity than to work alongside Brad Svrluga and Benjamin Sun to build a fund from the ground up and redefine what it meant be a successful, hands-on investor.
Agility is the #1 thing I look for when evaluating founders/founding teams. It's the all-in-one characteristic that is hardest to suss out during diligence, but undeniably present in every founder I have had the privilege of working closely with over the years.
I am a people first, hands-on investor. I work best with founders who recognize that, no matter how talented you might be, successful companies cannot be built alone.
Don't use your deck as a crux. Tell me a compelling story instead.
For me, leveling the playing field as a woman, person of color, and first-generation immigrant comes from a deeply personal place — I get what it means to be misunderstood, overlooked, and underestimated. These days, I operate with the core belief that we, as financiers of the future, are responsible for investing in companies that aspire to reduce the varying layers of palpable inequity in society.
NYC is one of the most dynamic cities in the world and *that* is my favorite part of calling this city home. I genuinely believe that we've only scratched the surface of building a budding tech ecosystem here. Look out, Bay Area!