Thought Leadership – October 2021

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Ulu portfolio firms raised nearly $400M. We continue to invest in incredible entrepreneurs and our team provided engaging insights about Ulu’s investment thesis and DEI in seminars, webinars and conferences. We wrapped up Hispanic Heritage Month after spotlighting the personal stories of 28 Latino Ulupreneurs including members of our own team.

Kauffman Fellows

Clint

Clint gave a thought-provoking, in-person presentation on Ulu’s approach to large portfolio construction to Kauffman Fellows, a two-year educational, networking, and leadership development program for venture capitalists. Clint is a Kauffman Fellow Class 14. Miriam, a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 15, was also part of a mentoring session. Kauffman Fellows program has members in 57 countries who have raised $840B globally. Ulu Venture Partner and CFO Steve Reale is also a Kauffman Fellow.

IADEI Panel

Miriam was a panel member for the webinar sponsored by Institutional Allocators for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. The organization provides research and methods to increase DEI in assets under management. Speakers included panelists from Kellog and Knight Foundations,  Illumen Capital, the former head of research for Kauffman Fellows, and representatives of the Perception Institute and the Expanding Equity Program of McKinsey & Company.

VentureCrush

Miriam was a featured panelist on Lowenstein Sandler’s VentureCrush along with Faye Wattleton, Co-founder/Director of EeroQ Quantum Hardware and former CEO & President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. VentureCrush Founder and Chair Ed Zimmerman led the moving and sometimes raw discussion about personal narratives, abortion rights, venture capital and yes, somehow Ed even mixed in insights about quantum computing.

Culture Shifting Weekend

Culture Shifting Weekend

Nancy Torres and Miriam attended Culture Shifting Weekend which unites hundreds of accomplished Black and Latinx tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and social impact leaders with a mission to help narrow the inequality gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital. They participated in sessions and networking events to help enable deals, collaborations and wealth creation for these broader communities.

Silicon Valley Bank Panel

How do you open up opportunities in the innovation ecosystem to more Black and Latinx founders? Miriam was featured on Silicon Valley Bank’s panel: Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose? Black & Latinx Risk-Taking in the Innovation Ecosystem which is also the title of an upcoming research report sponsored by SVB and Share Ventures. The panel was part of SVB’s webinar on Step Forward: Fueling Diversity in the Innovation Economy.

FairView Capital Panel

Miriam was spotlighted as a trailblazer in the Fairview Capital Fearless Investors webinar and featured on the panel Taking My Shot. There were more than 100+ women GPs in the audience. The panel was focused on answering questions about building one’s own firm.

NMS Management Fall Forum Panel

Miriam was featured on the NMS Fall Forum panel entitled Emerging Managers: Opportunities and Misperceptions with Rob Rahbari, Senior Investment Officer and Assistant Treasurer, the University of Rochester and Jason Howard, Managing Director, GSM Grosvenor. The discussion covered the performance of emerging managers being comparable or greater to traditional firms as well as how to create diverse manager access by realizing it’s a networking problem.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Panel

Hispanic investors are increasingly making critical decisions about whether or how to include crypto and blockchain investments in their portfolio. Nancy Torres, Ulu’s new Principal, was part of the discussion for a Hispanic Heritage Foundation Investors Forum on that topic. Crypto & Blockchain Charla was led primarily by investors actively deploying capital into the crypto and blockchain space.

GV and CapitalG Panel

Tiq Chapa, Ulu’s MBA Associate, was featured as a panelist on Understanding the Latinx Experience within VC sponsored by GV and CapitalG. The webinar was part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Rusty Dornin
Rusty Dornin
Rusty Dornin is the director of marketing and communications for Ulu Ventures. An award-winning radio and television journalist, she was a CNN correspondent for nearly 18 years covering domestic and world news ranging from war to natural disasters and tales of crime and politics.
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