🚀 LaaS is going public: a global community network for underestimated and underrepresented founders, funders, and friends

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🥳 We're officially launching the LaaS Community, a global community of underestimated founders, funders, and friends supporting each other on our journey to startup-investor success! And I'd love for you to celebrate our launch & become a LaaS founding member!


Hello fam! I’m keeping today’s newsletter short because I am so excited to share that after being in beta for months, we’re officially launching The LaaS Community, a global community (87 countries) of underestimated founders, funders, and friends (1.8K+ of us) supporting each other on our journey to startup-investor success!  

ANNND, YESSS! You are now officially invited to join as a LaaS Community Founding Member and enjoy our paid member benefits! And to thank you for being a loyal newsletter subscriber, you can use promo code Loyal30 for 30% off any membership (lifetime, annual, and monthly plans) now through 12/31.

Definitely hope you sign-up because I don’t want you to miss out on all the goodies: our bi-weekly newsletters, bi-weekly community updates, exclusive resources, perks, community events, monthly office hours, course discounts, and more! 

If you have any questions, hit reply and let me know. :) 

✨ Lolita Taub

twitter | lu.ma | ICYMI Business Insider featured me, shared my fundraising tips, and Techcrunch shared my 2021 book reccos.

PS I am sponsoring lifetime LaaS Community Memberships for all my current and future portfolio companies. If you ever become a portfolio company or fund, and you pay for a lifetime membership, I will reimburse you.

PPS If you want to learn more about how the LaaS Community got to launching our membership program, here’s a post & a thread on it. But the tl;dr is that you asked for it and I am so grateful because this is going to make the community sustainable (😬 it hasn't been) and allow a LaaS team and me to create more for you! 


Congrats

Amber Venz Box raised $300M for LTK. Beatriz González of Seaya Ventures and Jacky Abitbol of Cathay Innovation raised $125M to invest in LATAM. Amy Wu of Lightspeed raised $100M in partnership with Solana. Marcos Toledo and Izabel Gallera raised $100M for Canary Ventures Fund III. Tanya Van Court raised $15M for Goalsetter. Heather Hiles, James Norman, and Sean Green raised $13M for Black Ops VC. Sophie Secaf and Thiago Achatz raised $10M for Z1. Lindsey Hoell and Maia Tekle raised $3.7M for Dispatch Goods (port co). Emma Sánchez Andrade Smith raised $2M for Jefa (port co). Shila Nieves Burney raised $1M for Zane Venture Fund from underrepresented LPs. Lydia Jett became Soft Bank’s first woman managing partner. Cheryl Campos of VCFamilia partnered with Techstars for their Accelerate Equity program.


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Funders

Matt Cohen | Funders & VCs: read an article about why VCs and university endowments should focus on diversity and inclusion

Halle Kaplan x Winter Mead | Emerging fund managers: access a curated Solo Fund tech stack list

Startup-Investor Matching Tool | VCs: meet thesis-aligned underrepresented founders

GP-LP Matching Tool | LPs: get thesis-aligned intros to underrepresented GPs


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​Founders

Adam Fisher | Early-stage founders: read an article about navigating the product-market fit journey

David Spinks | Community-based founders: read a thread about community building for newly hired leaders

Asking for a founder | Founders: discover affordable US health insurance providers for startups

LaaS | Underrepresented founders: get resources made for you


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Money

Prudential Center | HBCU student/alumni founders: apply for a startup pitch competition with a $1M grand prize by 12/18

Hello Alice x NAACP | New England Black founders: apply for $25k in small business grants

DivInc x Ascension Seton | POC & women founders: apply for co-working space in Austin and Houston and a $10K grant

SoGal Foundation | Black female founders: apply for $5-$10K in grants

1863 Ventures | Black founders: apply to get a 3Rs $5K grant

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

Equity Crowdfunding | Raise up to $5 million

Startup-Investor Matching Tool | Founders: get intros to investors


Jobs

Zócalo Health | Head of Product (Remote, US)

Sermo | Head of Community (Remote, US)

Poppy | VP of Finance (Remote, US)

💥 See all open roles and post yours here.


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