💸 $100M+ fundraises, startups are raising more but not women, #stopasianhate, Crypto, Lolita Coin

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It’s sad to see that women are raising less (-22% YoY) and Asian hate crimes continue. On the bright side, allies are banding together to #stopasianhate and alternative fundraising options are popping up that allow underestimated founders to fundraise more easily. Also, Toyin Ajayi, Henri Pierre-Jacques, and Marlon Nichols raised $100M+ for City Block Health, Harlem Capital, & Mac Venture Capital!

Finance, blockchain, and community are top of mind. Cendana is making investing in nano funds look cool. Visa, PayPal & Morgan Stanley are adopting crypto. NFTs are fun but so are coins (there's a Lolita coin)! And did you hear that community-driven co Discord could be acquired for $10B?

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PS I’ll be a bit MIA because I’m taking care of my mom post-surgery.

ICYMI: I received the DivInc Investor of the Year Award & made Harlem Capital's Black & Latinx VCs to Know list. The Startup-Investor Matching Tool intros has resulted in 23 checks ($3.8M+!). 

Congrats

Kelauni Jasmyn for raising $50M for Black Tech Nation. Nisha Dua and Susan Lyne for raising $50M for BBG Ventures. Erik Torenberg for raising $20M for On Deck (portfolio company). Arlan Hamilton for raising $5M for Backstage Capital. Kameale Christinia and Evette Ellis for raising $2.75M for Charger Help. Jon Gosier for raising $2M for Film Hedge. Aileen Lee, Chip Hazard, Gale Wilkinson, Kirsten Green, Sheel Mohnot and Jesse Draper for making Business Insider’s Seed 100: The best early-stage investors list.


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Funders

Pitchbook | Read the business case for investing in emerging fund managers

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Founders

Angel List | Read about this roll-up vehicle that only takes 1-line on cap tables

Open Axis | Learn about where underestimated founders are getting funding

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Money

Visible Hands | Aspiring founders apply by 5/7 to this fellowship & get $200K

digitalundivided | Black + Latinx founders apply by 4/12 to this fellowship & get $5K

Mic | Get funding from these 9 BIPOC ally organizations and funds

Equity Crowdfunding | Raise up to $5 million

Non-dilutive capital | Create a profile to find non-dilutive capital

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Community-Driven Cos

The Community | Get this 200+ Community-Driven Founder Resource Guide

Anna Grigoryan | Learn how to engage with different community member types

The Community Fund | Get a TCF behind-the-scenes on the last 6 months

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