Unlocking the American Dream

In this TEDx Talk, Jean Case highlights the importance innovators have played in the history of the United States and examines the state of entrepreneurship today. She notes that funding, mentoring and networking that fuels entrepreneurship presently favors white men, with only 10% of venture capital going to women, and less than 1% to African Americans and most investment going to just three states.

Case argues there is a tremendous opportunity to seize by expanding access to capital by investing in women and entrepreneurs of color and sets forward a clarion call for all to join in on building an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem that would give everyone an equal chance at unlocking the American Dream.

A VC Explains how VCs work

VCs have an outsized impact on startups, entrepreneurs, and the tech they invest in. But beyond the tweetstorms & headlines, the specifics of their business isn’t widely understood. Where does their money come from? How are their firms & funds structured? How does the pressure of returns impact their investment decisions?

In this video, Kate Mitchell, a partner at Scale and past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, discusses what you should know about VCs, how you should think about fundraising, and how VCs can be surprisingly close to the companies they invest in.