🏳️🌈 Pride month, finding angels, pitching pivots to investors, $40k in new funding opportunities, and exciting jobs
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Did you know? The 25 richest Americans (e.g., Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg) paid a “true” tax rate of only 3.4% in the last 5 years? Outrageous. Gen Z creators are burning out. This is a reminder to practice self-care. Crypto is coming to 401K plans, a CryptoPunk alien NFT (aka a virtual image) was sold for $11.8M by Sotheby’s, and El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. I expect to see more crypto in our lives. 53% of the US population has received at least one COVID vaccine dose. We’re up from 50% two weeks ago.
And in case you missed it, it’s pride month! Josh and I watched the “Wanda Sykes Takes Us Through the History of LGBTQ+” video (<5 mins) and really enjoyed it. If you are curious about the beginnings of homosexuality and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, I encourage you to watch it. For ideas on how to support our LGBTQ community members, read this. Also, join me in celebrating the amazing women and non-binary leaders in our community that made Forbes Queer 50 List: Monique Woodard, Arlan Hamilton, Maria Salamanca, Irma Olguin, and so many more!
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Startup-Investor Matching Tool
's intros have led to 29 checks ($4M+).
Heather Hasson and Trina Spear took Figs public. Manny Medina raised $200M for Outreach. Rachel Calson raised $150M for Guild. Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled raised $100M for Chipper Cash. Sara Zulkosky and Courtney McCrea to raise $100M for Recast Capital. Aileen Lee, Eva Ho, Kirsten Green, Chris Howard, Leah Solivan, Satya Patel, Hunter Walk, Kanyi Maqubela, Charles Hudson, and Shauntel Garvey raised $50M for Screendoor, a fund that will invest in underrepresented emerging fund managers. Consuelo Valverde raised $22M for SV Latam Capital. Carolyn Rodz and Elizabeth Gore raised $21M for Hello Alice. Isaac Hayes raised $3.5M for Fanbase. Caitlin Strandberg, Isabelle Phelps, Andrea Hippeau, and Stephanie Cohen became Partners at Lerer Hippeau.
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AngelList | GPs + VCs: read this post if you want to find out whether “Top” VC funds outperform the broader market at Seed
GP-LP Matching Tool | GPs + LPs: sign-up to the GP-LP Matching Tool - it intros underestimated and underrepresented emerging fund managers to LPs
Startup-Investor Matching Tool | Angels + VCs: receive thesis-aligned deal flow
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Founders: every year, the government sets aside $150B in tax credits. MainStreet plugs directly into your payroll system and checks for 200+ credits every month. We’ve helped startups claim $80M+ the last year alone, and it’s free to see how much you’re owed. On average, we are saving founders $51,040! Learn more
Pivots + Fundraising | Here’s how to convey your pivot while fundraising
Founder communities | Review this list of communities for solo student founders
MVPs | Find out if investors look down on founders leveraging a tech incubator to build an MVP
Are you a Black Founder building a scalable company that rejuvenates your community? Genius Guild is a business creation platform that is supporting high growth Black Entrepreneurs. Learn more
Linktree | Creator-founders: apply for $1-20K cash grants by 7/7
Hello Alice | Female founders: apply for $10K grants by 7/9
iFundWomen | Female entertainment founders: apply for $10K grants
Equity Crowdfunding | Raise up to $5 million
Non-dilutive capital | Create a profile to find non-dilutive capital
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Product Designer > Remote | Zeta is a financial institution for the modern-day family
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