Collections of VC-related resources that may cover a variety of topics

VCFamilia

VCFamilia’s mission is to create an open and inclusive environment for current and future Latinx investors to thrive. VCFamilia brings Latinx cultures into the venture community and increase representation in investment roles.

VCFamilia was formed to increase awareness of the venture capital ecosystem within the Latinx community; provide current investors with continued education, community, & mentorship to ensure success and growth in the industry; and to embrace Latinx culture, norms, and the intersectionality of our different heritages in the venture community.

Their efforts are for anyone identifying as Latinx as well as supporters of diversity within the industry. They also aim to increase collaboration amongst other affinity groups and organizations to push the industry forward.

 

Opportunities for Engagement

Current and aspiring investors who identify as Latinx
VCFamilia prioritizes community. If you identify as Latinx and are in the venture community, join VCFamilia at https://www.vcfamilia.com. You can also stay connected to the organization and its members by signing up for the VCFamilia newsletter.

Others in the VC Community
If you do not identify as Latinx, but would like to support the VCFamilia community, you are invited to join the VCFamilia Linkedin group.

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VC Lab

VC Lab is the venture capital accelerator guided by the Mensarius Oath. The program was launched in Q1 of 2020 to change the face of venture capital and help humanity finance solutions to our most pressing problems. VC Lab has grown globally to provide advisory services, formation assistance, back office support and a technology platform to run venture capital firms.

For VCs:

  • Apply to Genesis – a free intensive online program that helps talented and motivated venture capitalists to launch Series A, Seed, Pre-Seed, Venture Studio and Accelerator funds worldwide. The goal of the 16-week Genesis program is for participants to complete a close with Limited Partners in 6 months or less. Genesis provides fund-building structure, proven advice, mentorship and peer support to reduce the barriers of entry to the low-transparency and high-cost world of venture capital.
  • Discover free resources to launch your venture capital firm.

 

Chicago:Blend

Chicago:Blend is a collaborative effort of venture capitalists in Chicago who know that diverse teams and inclusive environments are critical foundations for both the startups we invest in and our own venture firms.

Opportunities for Engagement

For Venture Capitalists
Sign on as a VC Supporter, see how your firm compares to others, submit candidates for The BlendList, and consult it when you’re helping portfolio companies fill independent board seats.

For Startup Employees
Encourage your VCs to sign on as a VC Supporter, see how your company compares to others, access diverse candidates, submit candidates for The BlendList, and consult it when you’re filling independent board seats.

For Everyone Else
Sign up to receive updates, check out our resource database, review our data, and submit candidates for The BlendList.

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Paradigm

Paradigm is a consulting firm that designs data-driven strategies, implements programs with impact, and trains employees and leaders for success.

While Venture Forward does not endorse commercial products, Paradigm produces a great deal of research, resources and events that they make available to the public for free.

 

Paradigm Events: Learn about the latest diversity, equity, and inclusion research, trends, and tactics used by best-in-class companies at one of Paradigm’s events. From full-day, interactive Paradigm DEI Labs to timely webinars, Paradigm’s events are designed to help drive impact.

Inclusion Insights: Paradigm’s magazine contains recent news, articles, press releases, information on upcoming events, and white papers, showcasing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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The Oral History Center at UC Berkeley

The Oral History Center (OHC), a division of The Bancroft Library, documents the history of California, the nation, and the interconnected global arena. OHC produces carefully researched, audio/video-recorded and transcribed oral histories and interpretative historical materials for the widest possible use.

OHC has carried out interviews in a variety of major subject areas, including but not limited to: politics and government; business and labor; social and community history; science, medicine, and technology; and venture capital.

Early Bay Area Venture Capitalists: Shaping the Business and Industrial Landscape” documents through videotaped interviews with the first generation of venture capitalists, the origins and evolution of the venture capital industry in California during the 1960s and 1970s.

The project explores and explains through the words of participants how venture capital originated in the Bay Area, its intersection with national legislation and policy, the significance of its location, and its role in creating the electronics and biotechnology industries in California.

CHM: Venture Capital Initiative

The Computer History Museum (CHM) decodes technology—its computing past, digital present, and future impact on humanity. It’s home to the Exponential Center, the first museum institution devoted to capturing the legacy and advancing the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.

The Exponential Center is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. Through a variety of activities that capitalize on the Museum’s core strengths, the center explores what the industry does, how it works, and what happens when venture capitalists and entrepreneurs join forces to create a company.

Through a partnership with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Exponential Center has received copyright ownership of 17 noteworthy oral histories of pioneering venture capitalists that will be preserved and made accessible online. Featured luminaries include Richard C. Kramlich of New Enterprise Associates, James Swartz of Accel Partners, Charles L. Lea Jr. of Bessemer, and more.

The Computer History Museum is actively adding oral histories of key players in venture capital to the Museum’s renowned collection. They are available to researchers and for events and educational programs designed to share key insights about the industry. Video interviews and transcripts are freely available online. See the full list of CHM venture capital oral histories.

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PitchBook

PitchBook is a financial data and software company that provides transparency into the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. PitchBook collects and analyzes detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people.

While PitchBook is a commercial platform, they provide a substantial number of free resources on their website, including valuable industry data, reports and analysis, and educational materials:

PitchBook also partners with NVCA to produce the Venture Monitor, a free report (and accompanying data pack) that provides a complete look at venture capital activity, reporting on fundraising, investments, exits and other relevant industry analysis in one comprehensive report each quarter:

Disclosure: PitchBook is the official data provider of NVCA. More details on the partnership can be found here.

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#OpenLP

#OpenLP is an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. Supported by Sapphire Partners, #OpenLP serves as a resource for the venture community to hear from a diverse group of investors in venture funds (LPs).

By aggregating articles, podcasts and videos from LPs, #OpenLP aims to help entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, LPs and other stakeholders develop and share greater understanding of the technology startup ecosystem.

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