Dreamers and Dream Killers Entrepreneur, founders, VC

by vanessaalexandra on April 13, 2017 with 0 comment

Upon launching Lattice Ventures a friend and fellow investor posed the question — What kind of VC are you? Are you a dreamer or dream killer? His sense was the entrepreneur is the dreamer and a great VC is a dream killer. I reflected on my partnership at Lattice and appreciate the balance of thinking big to …

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment angel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 9 comments

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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Insights into Fundraising

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Insights into Fundraising capital raise, education, Entrepreneur, fundraising, pitching

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with 0 comment

This morning I presented the content below for a group of founders that are in the process of raising their Seed or A rounds.  It is what I have learned from evaluating many companies, market strategies, revenue models and investment opportunities.   I believe every pitch should have clear, direct content with digestible metrics and logic …

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Creating your own Opportunities: Summer Internships

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Creating your own Opportunities: Summer Internships careers, education, jobs, networking, opportunity, summer

by vanessaalexandra on March 31, 2014 with 0 comment

People are gearing up for the summer and many people reach out to me for summer internship requests for New York Angels or any startup looking to hire.  In recent weeks, my network has been inquiring about such internships for the younger generation of Freshmen to Juniors in undergrad that are their nieces, nephews, sons, …

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Perfect your Pitch Workshop

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Perfect your Pitch Workshop careers, change, networking

by vanessaalexandra on March 4, 2014 with 0 comment

I recently gave a Perfect your Pitch workshop at the NYC Tech Latinas Meetup Group.  Given the mixed membership, people in startups, people wanting to change their careers or people in the early stage of thinking of starting their own business, I figured a higher level discussion of how to prepare, mold and shape your …

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference angel investors, early stage, Lean In, learn, Women

by vanessaalexandra on February 28, 2014 with 0 comment

It was a pleasure to moderate the Angel Investing in Action panel. The panelists were an excellent mix with Carol Curley, an experienced angel investor with diverse investment strategy; Anil Dash, an entrepreneur and active startup advisor; and Albert Wenger Partner at USV and angel investor. The goal was to educate the audience, the new …

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Angel Groups 101: an overview

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Angel Groups 101: an overview angel investors, early stage

by vanessaalexandra on January 22, 2014 with 1 comment

I have been at the New York Angels for the last two years, and in that time we have grown to be the Most Active Angel Group.  I am tremendously proud of this achievement and it is made possible with a  group of actively participating members.  After a conversation with a friend, Tak Lo, I realized that there were …

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups angel investors, capital raise, Entrepreneur, fundraising

by vanessaalexandra on November 4, 2013 with 0 comment

This Wednesday I will be giving a talk with two panelists on working with angel groups to raise capital.  We will cover: What is an angel group? How do they work? The Pros and Cons of going to an angel group How New York Angels operates From Application through Funding Panelists They have worked with New …

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Office Hours – A new way to process inbound referrals

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Office Hours – A new way to process inbound referrals networking

by vanessaalexandra on October 30, 2013 with 0 comment

Running an angel group like New York Angels is time consuming and loads of fun.  Within the community, I receive many referrals to meet with entrepreneurs, investors and newbies to the community.  This is an exceptional community and many of us are motivated by the idea to make great people be more effective faster, easier. …

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