🦠COVID-19 good news, toilet paper, VC fundable startups, and more

This is a bi-weekly newsletter offering helpful life and work updates/resources for founders, funders, family, and friends.

We have some good news: US Medicare will now cover telemedicine; doctors can now treat patients across state lines, and Nurx and Everly Well launched COVID-19 home testing kits. Also, we’ve grown our community by 33.9%! We’re at 1,443 subscribers (up from 1,077 2-weeks ago)! Oh, and bidets or this toilet paper co can take care of your TP needs.

I also have something personal to celebrate. I’m now interim sales exec for Catalyte’s remote senior tech talent brand, Surge, and will be heads down working with my awesome team of 8 (on Zoom)! This means we’ll be pausing work on the First-Time Founders School, for now, but continuing to review companies for investment on Saturdays.

Sending you an air hug and hoping you and your family are staying safe, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.

✨Lolita Taub
lolitataub.co | twitter
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ICYMI: Check-out Notion's work-from-home resource depot, my real-talk interview with Crunchbase and Q&A on TheBridge.

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Shoutouts

Congrats! Kristen for raising a $16M Series A round for B.well (portfolio company). Julia for raising $2.7M Seed round for Planet Fwd. Ryan for Techstars Anywhere’s new look. Roshawna for making TAG’s top 10 fintech companies list. Trish for Portfolia’s feature on FastCompany’s 10 Most Innovative Companies list. Congrats to Sam and Jasmine for winning SoGal Global Pitch Competition! Amy, Molly, Anne, and Ankiti for being recognized as trailblazers by Fortune.


Work

Funders

COVID-19 is stressing people out and some VCs are taking note and providing group therapy to their founders.

Founders

Some things to keep in mind if you’re a founder raising.

Should you be looking for capital from VCs or VC alternatives? Below is rough criteria that can help you answer that question.

If VC is not for you, or you want to complement VC money, take a look at the list below.

Operators

Surviving and thriving in uncertain times can be tough. Luckily, we can preempt some things.


Friends

Funny friends are must-haves.


Reads

Addressing dysfunctions in a team is crucial to succeeding more than ever.


Opportunities

These posts are for those of you who want to raise capital, engage in the startup-ecosystem, or just explore the world of startups-VC.


Resources

What’s making quarantining tolerable? Below are cos that help.

Ever wonder how startups track their fundraising process? Here’s an airtable that can help you with that and also provides a list of 1,000 funds.

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✨ Rolling AMA

👋🏽Hi all, with everything going on, I want you to know that you’re not alone and that I’m here to support our founder, funder, and friend community. My first attempt to help was offering to get on 1:1 30-min calls with a couple of founders. I received 98 submissions for that and, due to bandwidth, I can only take 2 calls. I realize that’s not very scalable. So…

Starting today, I’m experimenting with a rolling Ask Me Anything thread. My hypothesis is that I’ll be able to support you in a more scalable way. Bonus: you, as part of the community, will also be able to support each other with your questions and answers.

Join me in this rolling AMA and post your Qs + As below. You can ask about anything that’s on your mind. I’ll respond as I can.

We’re going to get through this together.
Lolita
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🎉 We're at +1,000 members, side-hustles, founders course, coronavirus preparedness, metrics, and more

This is a bi-weekly newsletter offering helpful life and work updates/resources for founders, funders, family, and friends.

Hi all! Welcome to all new subscribers of our newsletter. We are now +1,000 members! Grateful for all of you. And because many of you are curious and asked for it, I’ll share bi-weekly helpful life and work updates/resources for founders, funders, family, and friends.

On that note, about a month ago, I asked Twitter if a first-time founders course (FTFC) was needed and I got +300 people saying yes. So, I’m giving the course a go with Josh! We have full-time day jobs so this side-hustle will take a bit to 100% materialize. That said, we’re devoting our weekends to FTFC and working on module one. We expect to launch a beta with 10 volunteers soon.

Stay safe, coronavirus prepared, and share your ideas on how to keep making this newsletter better!

✨Lolita Taub
lolitataub.co | twitter 
Reach out with requests here.

ICYMI: check out my interview with Gravity Speakers on creating paths to success and my feature in FinTech Female Fridays on - you guessed it - fintech.

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Shoutouts

Congrats! ⭐️Geri made Partner at Laconia. 🏎Mercedes, Cheryl, Megan, Aia, and Jill made HBCUvc’s 31U31: The Future of Venture Capital. 🚀Gagan raised $50M at a $2B valuation for Udemy.


Work

Funders

Whether you’re raising or not. It’s awesome to know that there is a rising number of women investing!

Founders

There’s a lot of talk about whether the people launching businesses are the right ones to do it. This helps put things in perspective.

Operators

Whether you have a full-time job, a side-hustle, or any kind of business, it’s important to focus on the metrics that matter.


Friends

Yeah. I make friends on twitter and show my appreciation by sharing their projects, articles, and quotes. Twitter a powerful tool for relationship building with awesome people.

Lolita Taub @lolitataub
💜 My kind of people. "Parity is upon us, ladies. I’m with you, cheering for you (without the jumps) and happy to take your call in the dark (since 5 a.m. is the best time to reach me)." @cwyskiel
ventures.jhu.edu/news/christy-w…T

Christy Wyskiel @cwyskiel

https://t.co/1N4c4NuHQv I wrote something else this week. Hope my sisters in entrepreneurship take some light and joy from it. 🌠🌟💫

Reads

This is a good book for those who are looking to identify and create their differentiation moat.


Opportunities

These posts are for those of you who want to raise capital, engage in the startup-ecosystem, or just explore the world of startups-VC.

Lolita Taub @lolitataub
💰Latinx founders in Portland: 6 Latino founders will be chosen to pitch and 3 will win cash at the Pitch Latino event on April 2, 2020. Learn more and apply here:
latinofounder.comN

Latino Founders @Latino_Founders

Pitch Latino is back for a third year!!! If you are Latinx Founder working on your startup, follow the link to apply 👉🏽 https://t.co/CUmbnGawmX https://t.co/MTHJlDD5aU

Resources

If you have a startup or have ever been curious about starting one, I think you’ll like this post.

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Coronavirus Preparedness

Josh and I put together a precautionary tip list for ourselves and we want to share it with you.

Hello family and friends, 

We don’t know much about coronavirus and we have a mixed bag of projections on what will happen next. What we do know is that cases are popping up in the US and around the world, and things are likely to get worse before they get better. To mitigate risk, Josh and I put together a precautionary tip list for ourselves, and we want to share it with you. 

General tips:

🧼Wash your hands (regularly) for 30 seconds

🤦🏽‍♀️Don’t touch your face

🧻Wipe down surfaces regularly

🤧If you’re sick, stay home

😷Avoid people who are sick/coughing

🤝Avoid handshakes and hugs

🙅🏽‍♀️Curtail visitors from other countries

⛔️Limit large social gatherings/events

👩🏽‍💻Plan for remote work

Travel tips:

✈️Limit travel

🎟Buy refundable travel tickets, if you need to travel

🏨Book refundable hotel rooms, if you need to stay in a hotel

Sustenance tips:

🍽Keep 2-weeks worth of food, supplies, and medicine at home

Here’s a recommended list of what to buy

Health tips:

🧘🏽‍♀️Be mindful of and address anxiety/stress levels

💕Be compassionate with yourself and others

Finance tips:

📊Know that financial markets/businesses will be affected 

💰Consider creating contingency financial plans (e.g., emergency fund)

Pet tips:

🐶Be aware that pets can potentially contract the Coronavirus

Lastly, Google your local public health authority and follow them to be kept up-to-date on how to deal with the situation as things evolve. Below we list a few links:

🤗Sending virtual hugs and wishing you good health,
Lolita + Josh

✨ On "being" in 2020...

Upleveling, shout outs, salt flats, reads, blowdryers, and more!

Matching and hanging out with Tedi 🐻!
January 15, 2020

Hi all, I’m trying new things this year, starting with a new newsletter name/format and showing up as more of me (includes life-size bears and matching outfits). And so much of it has come from Eric, my exec coach, challenging me to move away from “doing” to ‘being” to uplevel, and Monica’s, my sister, #realtalk Sunday Calls.

“Being” is in-progress but definitely not linear. I am standing up for what I believe in more often — calling people out and asking the tough questions people want to ask but don’t — and putting my dreams out there. It’s been hard, exhausting, and, at times, sending me into autopilot mode. But I’m pushing through by reflecting and listening to my community (a lot of whom is my Twitter family, Josh and you).


Shoutouts

Congrats! 🍼Cody (Trust and Will) had his first baby. 🧶Ayinde (nēdl) made the list for BuiltinLA’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020. 💰Samara for launching Chingona Ventures! 🚀Sahil (Gumroad)’s customers crossed $250M in revenue. 📕Henri (Harlem Capital) was featured in a Harvard Case study. 🌟Darren (Workfrom) made the Techstars Anywhere 2020 cohort. 🤩Katherine made partner at General Catalyst. 💥Leslie (Female Founders Alliance) and Irene (Monarq Incubator) are integrating forces. 🥳Jewel became head of Google Startups. 💸Bryan was promoted to General Partner at Backstage Capitals. 👟Payal (Classpass) became this decade’s first unicorn.


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Work + Life

Dec 

Invested in Operators Collective Fund (they have a 90% women and 40% women of color LP base! 🙌🏽); was featured in Decoding Bias in AI 🤖; traveled to the Amazon and the Bolivian salt flats 🧂.

And we made sure to take the mandatory dinosaur 🦖 photo. With the women fighting and the men running. 😂
December 30, 2019
We had a lot of fun taking photos. 📸
December 30, 2019

Jan 

Was invited to mentor Techstars Anywhere 2020 class + my panel on “Underserved Markets for SaaS Companies” made the 20 Trending VC Sessions list at 2020 SaaStr Annual! Also, Josh and I made our first insurtech angel investment!

Feb 

Decided to add one more project to my list, a first-time founders (FTF) course; also exploring a FTF dinner series in Baltimore.


Reads

🕵🏼‍♂️Secrets of Sand Hill Road by @skupor
Mandatory VC reading. It’s good to keep up with what Silicon Valley celebrity investors are saying to founders and how they see the VC scene evolving. Get it.

🌬Widen the Window by Elizabeth A. Stanley PhD
Boring but helpful in understanding, extending, and leveraging emotional bandwidth. Helpful for execs who want to “really” keep cool when shit hits the fan and make the “right” decisions. Get it.

👍The Likeability Trap by @aliciamenendez
The book should have been titled, “A Women of Color’s Survival Guide.” Great book for women of color who want to “be” and thrive in a society that wasn’t made for and is still marginalizing them. Get it.


Life Hacks

🎧If you lose an airpod pro, you can try to find it with your iPhone, or easily order a replacement. Find out how.

👋🏽Share who you are to find and attract your people. I can’t tell you how many values-aligned people reach out to me after I share what I’m about.

👗Rent the Runway (RTR) is a great way to outsource your closet. I’m upgrading to unlimited next month. Get $30 RTR credit here.

💁🏽‍♀️Dyson Supersonic hairdryer is worth the $400 in time and quality. I give myself professional level blowouts in 4 mins flat.


Asks

👀Give me feedback. My goal is to keep in touch with you, update you on what’s happening with me, and add value to you. 

✨Call me out, if you don’t think I’m “being” authentic. Working on being more of me every day because I want to level up. My motivations: to give my fam a good life and to help create a world where tech is created and led by the diversity of our population.

🎙If you hear of speaking gigs on AI + Future of Work, VC, or diversity, send them my way. Whatever I make, I plan to invest in underestimated founders. Read more.


Thanks

🙏Matt W I appreciate that you cut to the chase, give me constructive feedback, and give me your vote of confidence. Lisa A thanks for crying and laughing with me. Eric N you’re helping me uplevel and I feel it happening. Tom I your sponsorship is noted and you shutting down bullshit when you see it in others is inspiring. Josh T grateful that you support all my shenanigans and are now investing with me in insurtech.  Christy W thanks for being a sponsor and helping me help Baltimore!

✨Lolita Taub
lolitataub.co | twitter | medium

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