What NOW?!?! (for Venture)

what now for venture capital

In the midst of high inflation, rising (fluctuating?) interest rates and a global economic pullback, we’re right there with bankers, financial advisors, private equity executives, and other venture capitalists who are all asking, “So what NOW?!” The faster we fail, the more we learn.” Eric Ries This quote encapsulates the essence of the Lean Startup…

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Are You a HENRY?

HENRY high earner not rich yet

HENRYs (high earners, not rich yet) are usually younger people who’ve come into a high-earning job but spend most of their income on expenses and haven’t built up enough assets to be considered rich. But while some HENRYs may be younger (Millennials or Gen Z), I had a recent conversation with a bunch of other…

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Health for Herself at ALL Ages

healthy women

Human rights, theory, evidence, and common sense all suggest that greater investment in women’s health could be among the “best buys” for broader economic development and societal well-being. However, women’s health specifically is an often overlooked, yet obvious, sector for impact. We believe It offers investors the potential for outsized financial and social returns since…

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Hunters, Gatherers, and Women Warriors

woman hunter

At Cassandra Capital, we believe that women have earned the right to be called warriors. They have played a vital role in world wars, from being enlisted in active duty, operating as spies, or even non-military women taking up arms against militias. These might be unique examples, and are directly related to conflicts, but women…

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Female Founders, GPs, and High Conviction Portfolios

female founder

The following is a true exchange between a female founder and a VC: “Your message is fine,” he said. “Your pitch deck is not the issue.” “What’s the issue?” I said. “You’re a woman.” I let the words hang in the air. Finally, I said, “Seriously?” “I’ll let you in on a secret. When female…

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Diversity, Dealflow, and the “Dame” Dilemma

A recent meeting with a specially curated group of approximately 30 angel investors and LPs (of which I was 1 of 3 women in the room) got me thinking about VC dealflow — more specifically the lack of diversity in most dealflow — especially here in North Texas. VCs often talk about backing more diverse…

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