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Sal, my little brother who is in the Army, is surprise visiting to spend time with my mom (recovering from surgery) and driving with Mon, my little sister, to Utah for her Physician Assistant School program. So, I took the opportunity to bond and get their Gen Y and Z perspective on the world and their lives on Racket. Both are for the creator / YOLO economy and see the eco-benefit of the recent ketchup price hike (packets are $2.50). Mon believes we should all work IRL; Sal doesn’t. We also talked about the apps we’re testing (e.g., ListenNotes, Pallet, Notability). They're into cooking jalapeño poppers (here’s their recipe) and celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. We’re all getting tattoos (no, our Mexican mom does not approve) and I’m celebrating four founders for making self-care easier. Thank you…

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ICYMI: I'm speaking at The Community Club Summit on 5/13 and at The Bridge Conference on 5/20. Also, 500 Startups featured me as an Emerging VC to Watch in 2021. The Startup-Investor Matching Tool's intros have led to 24 checks ($3.8M+!).

Congrats

Lan Zhao, Sheila Vashee, Chang Xu, and Rachel Wong for raising $165M for Basis Set Fund II. Gina Bianchini for raising $50M for Mighty Networks. Devaris Brown for raising $15M for Meroxa. Soona Amhaz for raising $10M for Volt Capital Fund I. Turner Novak for raising $9.99M for Banana Capital Fund I. Ade Adesanya for raising $6M for Moving Analytics. Yaw Aning for raising $5M for Malomo. Taylor Nieman for raising $4.5M for Toucan. Nestor Solari for raising $1.5M for Sigo. Shila Nieves for raising from Tope Awotona and increasing Zane Ventures Fund I target from $10 to $25M. Alexandra Zatarain for raising capital for Eight Sleep from Softbank.


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Funders

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Founders

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Money

MEI | Florida underestimated founders: apply by 5/9 to compete for $200K

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