Focusing on the Plumbing

It was so great chatting with Nate Maslak, CEO and Co-Founder of HealthWiz. In this episode, we learn more about the “plumbing” of healthcare and why there’s still so much wrong with it. Learn more about Healthwiz here: https://www.myhealthwiz.com

Creating a New Industry from Scratch

In today’s episode, we learn from Helen Adeosun, Care Academy’s CEO and Founder. She is building a brand new industry in caregiving and she shares some awesome insight into what opportunities that presents. To learn more about Care Academy, check out: https://careacademy.com.

Marketplace Building 101

I’m so pumped to chat with CEO and Co-Founder of Wonderschool, Chris Bennett. In our conversation, we get into the nuts and bolts of building a marketplace. Wonderful is operating off of the Classic Econ 101 principle of Supply & Demand. There is limited supply and excess demand of preschool education which they are hoping to fill. This is a brillant space to be in and I’m excited to share their story with you! To learn more about Wonderschool, check out: https://www.wonderschool.com/.

How to Find the Be About It Podcast

So, I have been getting quite a few questions from folks on how to find my podcast. So here is an easy guide:

Breaker: https://www.breaker.audio/be-about-it
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/sydney-thomas/be-about-it
TuneIn: https://tunein.com/radio/Be-About-It-p1043466/
GooglePlay: https://playmusic.app.goo.gl/?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&apn=com.google.android.music&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Ik37ohrus75gdz4bkcyl7x2nkvq?t%3DBe_About_It%26pcampaignid%3DMKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/be-about-it/id1303606342
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/thebeaboutitpod
Spotify: Coming Soon!

Let me know if I’m missing any of your favorite podcast players and I’ll add those.

Thanks for listening!

Creating a Company with Intention

On this episode, we speak with Morgan Babbs, CEO and Founder of Colibri. Through our conversation, she shares how she isn’t taking the freedom and ownership that she has as a founder lightly. She is building each piece of her company with clear intentions to change the status quo. Learn more about Colibri here: http://www.colibri-global.com/.

*Please note that in the opener I describe Colibri as being located in Colombia. This is incorrect. It is located in Nicaragua.

How to Build with Empathy for Diverse Consumers

I am so excited about this episode. I sit down with Jimmy Chen, CEO and Founder of Propel who shares some really interesting insights on how he built his company. After finding a really interesting problem with the UX/UI experience for food stamp recipients, he decided to build a company to support this market that holds 1/10 of the entire grocery market.

Learn more about Propel here: https://www.joinpropel.com/.

Why I Decided to Become Pipeline Angels’ 1st VC-in-Residence

In September, I added another job to my title. I’m still the Investment Associate and Head of Ops at Precursor Ventures and have now joined Natalia Oberti Noguera and her team at Pipeline Angels as their first ever VC-in-Residence.

It started with a simple e-mail. I’m not yet an accredited investor, but I was inspired with what Natalia was building. So I filled out the Pipeline Angels application and included a short note about how excited I was to get involved wherever I could be useful. Luckily, my application aligned with a new idea Natalia had brewing to get more women like me involved in Pipeline Angels.

Natalia and I hopped on the phone and she shared her vision for extending her pipeline initiative to not just help women and non-binary femmes become angel investors, but also help women, non-binary people, and men of color become GPs at investment firms.

The road to GP is usually paved with a stint in angel investing and a demonstrated ability to bring quality LP leads to the table.

But these prerequisites to the job require one huge piece that many women and non-binary femmes lack → access to capital.

As a VC-in-Residence, her vision was that I would be given the opportunity to learn both. Through working on a team alongside angel investors, I would get to learn the ins — and — outs of the angel investment process, support their decisions on who to invest in and be a contributing member of their investment team. Through working with accredited investors, I would be able to build relationships with women and non-binary femmes who could be tomorrow’s LPs.

As Natalia put it: Pipeline Angels created the role of VC-in-Residence to inspire our members and broader network to help change the face of venture capital by becoming LPs in VC firms led by #morevoices.

I’m grateful for Natalia’s vision and even more grateful for Precursor Ventures’ sponsorship. Professional
development opportunities in venture capital are few and far between. I’m lucky to have found a crew that understands the importance of growth.

Interested in learning more? Check out Megan Rose Dickey’s feature about the VC-in-Residence role in TechCrunch.

Why I Decided to Become Pipeline Angels’ 1st VC-in-Residence

In September, I added another job to my title. I’m still the Investment Associate and Head of Ops at Precursor Ventures and have now joined Natalia Oberti Noguera and her team at Pipeline Angels as their first ever VC-in-Residence.

It started with a simple e-mail. I’m not yet an accredited investor, but I was inspired with what Natalia was building. So I filled out the Pipeline Angels application and included a short note about how excited I was to get involved wherever I could be useful. Luckily, my application aligned with a new idea Natalia had brewing to get more women like me involved in Pipeline Angels.

Natalia and I hopped on the phone and she shared her vision for extending her pipeline initiative to not just help women and non-binary femmes become angel investors, but also help women, non-binary people, and men of color become GPs at investment firms.

The road to GP is usually paved with a stint in angel investing and a demonstrated ability to bring quality LP leads to the table.

But these prerequisites to the job require one huge piece that many women and non-binary femmes lack → access to capital.

As a VC-in-Residence, her vision was that I would be given the opportunity to learn both. Through working on a team alongside angel investors, I would get to learn the ins — and — outs of the angel investment process, support their decisions on who to invest in and be a contributing member of their investment team. Through working with accredited investors, I would be able to build relationships with women and non-binary femmes who could be tomorrow’s LPs.

As Natalia put it: Pipeline Angels created the role of VC-in-Residence to inspire our members and broader network to help change the face of venture capital by becoming LPs in VC firms led by #morevoices.

I’m grateful for Natalia’s vision and even more grateful for Precursor Ventures’ sponsorship. Professional
development opportunities in venture capital are few and far between. I’m lucky to have found a crew that understands the importance of growth.

Interested in learning more? Check out Megan Rose Dickey’s feature about the VC-in-Residence role in TechCrunch.

Bodega

I’m really excited to bring you this week’s episode of Be About It.

In this episode, I feature the CEO of Access Bazaar, Julian Rodriguez. I’m so excited that he took time from his busy schedule being in FastCo and running his company to teach me more about the large market he’s tackling – selling to bodegas.

Check it out below + let me know what you think!