Aug 27, 2021 - Twitter

Let’s Talk LP Diversity

LP diversity has been a popular topic of conversation lately, but substantive analysis has been hamstrung by the lack of data. Sapphire’s Beezer Clarkson finally sheds some light on the true outlines of the LP demographic landscape in this Tweet thread.

Aug 13, 2021 - Article

Who Are the LPs that are Investing in Underrepresented-Led VC Managers?

Many LPs are actively backing underrepresented managers (primarily women-led firms and people of color) through direct mandates or an increased focus and preference toward investing in underrepresented managers. Here’s a crowd-sourced list assembled by Samir Kaji:

Jul 09, 2021 - Twitter

A Conversation on LP Demographics

This Twitter thread from Kia Kokalitcheva of Axios kicked off a highly relevant (and candid!) conversation on LP demographics. Journalists, GPs, and LPs all jumped in to have their say.

Jun 11, 2021 - Article

Ten Leading VCs Team Up On A $50 Million Fund To Back Underrepresented Investors

Would-be venture capitalists looking to raise a fund for the first time often face a chicken-and-egg problem: to raise money, they’re expected to demonstrate a track record of promising startup investments; to build such a portfolio, they need to raise money. For...

May 28, 2021 - Article

What happens when a VC partner has a baby?

Having a baby is a daunting prospect for many VC partners. What happens to board seats? Or dealflow? And what do LPs say?

"A lot of traditional Series A fund names not even in the top 20."

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The Weekend Read:

"Index funds have come to dominate public markets. But the shift towards indexing is spreading ... across tech, careers, and culture too – in what I call the index mindset."

@absoluttig of @foundersfund

https://luttig.substack.com/p/indexmindset

John-Austin Saviano, former CIO of the Berkeley endowment also chimes in on the track record question:

"If it were as ... simple finding firms with 'great' track records, we’d all just pay for a good database and allocate accordingly."

https://cyancapitalpartners.medium.com/what-about-track-records-aa677fa1a4d2

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