Maria Colacurcio is the CEO of Syndio. Syndio is an EquityTech platform on a mission to promote pay equity and opportunity in the workplace. Fortune 2000 companies, like Adobe, Nordstrom, General Mills, and Target, use Syndio’s PayEQ software to conduct pay equity analyses and pay every new hire equitably.

Based in Seattle, the team recently raised a Series B round of funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior to joining Syndio, Maria co-founded Smartsheet.com and has led teams at Starbucks and Microsoft. She is the proud mom of seven kids.

In honor of Equal Pay Day, we’re excited to highlight…


Advice to Young People (Trying) to Launch an Angel Syndicate

By Dana Iverson, Ayushi Sinha, Rachel Yee, and Eric Stinehart

Overview

My friends and I wanted to know what it takes to run an angel syndicate as students and early college graduates. We came up with an idea for the “Princeton Young Alumni Angel Syndicate,” which would be a group of early-career Princeton alumni (graduated within the last decade) who source, diligence, and invest together in early-stage startups.

Through our research and conversations with experienced angel investors, we were able to think though some difficult questions that may be useful to other young people hoping to launch their own angel syndicate. …


Betting on Nutanix’s Transition to SaaS and the Hybrid Cloud

Nutanix IPO, 2016

By Dana Iverson, Grace Hong, Raymond Xu, and Mittie Doyle

Our Investment Thesis

Nutanix has a customer-first culture and a best-of-breed software suite that allows it to capture share in markets bolstered by the largest macro trend in IT: the shift to the cloud. The market fails to give Nutanix due credit for its impressive software metrics because of its historical background selling hardware appliances through perpetual licenses.

As Nutanix is in the midst of product transformations and parallel subscription pricing, we believe the market underestimates the company’s potential to up-sell its installed customer base, as well as expand across its new public cloud partnerships with Azure and AWS.

The addition of industry…


Written by: Abena Anim-Somuah and Dana Iverson

Originally published here with All Raise on February 25, 2021.

Launched in 2019, When Founder Met Funder (WFMF) has been one of All Raise’s strongest initiatives to support Black female founders. Through small groups, networking, mentor matching, and inspiration pieces, the day-long event offers Black female founders a unique opportunity to connect with investors and fellow founders in Silicon Valley and beyond. Last year, WFMF attracted 120 founders and 40 VCs.

L to R: Julia Collins, Megan Holston-Alexander, and Domonique Fines, founders of WFMF

Julia Collins, Domonique Fines, and Megan Holston-Alexander founded WFMF to address the fact that Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs…


Sanchali Pal, Founder and CEO of Joro

Sanchali Pal is the Founder and CEO of Joro. Joro is a mobile app with the mission to help people take climate action that matters. Users connect their credit or debit cards to the app, and Joro measures their carbon footprint based on their spending habits. The app helps them develop a climate action plan to reduce their carbon footprint and connect with others on the app’s social community. Based in Oakland, the team recently raised a seed round of funding led by Sequoia.

I spoke with Sanchali about her journey to becoming a solo founder, why individual action is…


Mary D’Onofrio of Bessemer Venture Partners

Mary D’Onofrio is a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), one of the oldest venture capital firms in the U.S, with over $6 billion under management. In 2018, Mary joined BVP to start the firm’s growth investment practice. She primarily focuses on later-stage investments in cloud software and has recently invested in Forter, LaunchDarkly, Hyperscience, HashiCorp, and BigID. Mary is regularly featured on TechCrunch as a “SaaS guru” and was recently named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree.

I spoke with Mary about how she helps start-ups scale, what she pays close attention to in the public markets, and…


Alexandra Harbour of Powerhouse

Alexandra Harbour is an Associate at Powerhouse Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund that backs entrepreneurs building the future of energy and mobility. Based in Oakland, she has helped to conceive the fund and make some of its earliest investments. This year, Alexandra was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Energy.

I had the pleasure of hearing from Alexandra on what makes the best investors in cleantech, the biggest blindspots in venture, and her vision for the next generation of young investors.

When did you start to consider the career path of VC?

Alexandra Harbour: It sort of happened by accident. I’ve been in an investing role for…


Amy Francetic of Buoyant Ventures

Amy Francetic is the Founder and Managing Director of Buoyant Ventures. Buoyant Ventures invests in growth-stage entrepreneurs who use digital technology to help the world mitigate and adapt to climate change. The fund seeks to be a catalyst for a cleaner and more resilient future.

Previously, Amy launched Energize Ventures, one of the largest first-time venture funds raised in Chicago. She also founded the cleantech accelerator Clean Energy Trust.

I enjoyed hearing from Amy on the new wave of technology innovation in cleantech and climate tech, its most significant challenges and opportunities, and how she stays motivated.

Why invest in cleantech and climate tech?

Amy Francetic: Climate…


Adelle Archer , Co-Founder and CEO of Eterneva

Adelle Archer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eterneva. Founded in 2017, Eterneva is a consumer technology company that creates diamonds from cremated ashes. Eterneva has pioneered a grief wellness brand that aims to transform the way we celebrate lives after death. Based in Austin, the team recently closed an over-subscribed $3M seed round in July. This year, Adelle was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology.

I enjoyed hearing Adelle’s perspective on disrupting the death-care industry, how she found the right investors, and what inspires her about her work.

How did you start Eterneva?

Adelle Archer: My co-founder Garrett Ozar


Pocket Sun and Elizabeth Galbut at SoGal Ventures

Pocket Sun and Elizabeth Galbut are the Founding Partners of SoGal Ventures, the first female-led next-gen venture capital firm. Since 2015, they’ve invested in over 80 companies founded by diverse founders across the globe revolutionizing how the next generation lives, works, and stays healthy.

Pocket Sun also launched the SoGal Foundation, one of the world’s largest communities of diverse entrepreneurs and investors with 50+ chapters worldwide. In 2016, she was selected as one of Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital.

Elizabeth Galbut founded A-Level Capital, the first student-led venture capital firm powered by Johns Hopkins students. Previously, Elizabeth…

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