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🥳 We launched LaaS Community, a global community of underestimated founders, funders, and friends supporting each other on our journey to startup-investor success!
Ana Ramos (Glitzi), Kathryn Finney (Genius Guild), Freddy Vega (Platzi), and Christian Van Der Henst (Platzi)
🎁 Happy holidays! This year's Christmas was extra merry thanks to Melissa & Elliott Robinson, Anne & Tyler Tringas, Ana Ramos and Glitzi (YC & NEW* port co)! Glitzi is growing 300% YoY, building the equivalent of India’s $2B+ unicorn Urban Company, and enabling amazing spa services at home in LATAM! And yes, Josh and I did manis and pedis in our living room yesterday at a super affordable price. If you're in Mexico, get 15% off Glitzi with promo code: LOLITASGIFT.
🔥 2021 highlights. This is our last issue for the year, and as such, I want to share what we accomplished together in 2021!
💰 42 checks (value of $5.4M+) to founders via the Startup-Investor Matching Tool
🗓 14 events with over 900+ attendees from 87 countries
...and here’s what I accomplished with your help and inspiration:
🚀 25 VC investments in community-driven companies
🔮 2022 and beyond Web 2 & 3 VC predictions
🚀 2022 intentions. A couple of weeks back, we did a 1-hour pre-hispanic physical, mental, and spiritual healing ritual led by a shaman in a pitch-black Temazcal. It was cathartic and triggered deep reflection. It’s time for big and bold moves. Take a deep breath. What’s 2022 going to be about for you?
Wishing you the best new year yet!
Freddy Vega and Christian Van Der Henst raised $62M for Platzi. Stella Han and Carlos Treviño raised $5.5M for Fractional. AJ Yawn raised $3M for ByteChek. Janine Sickmeyer raised $250K for Overlooked Ventures in a day. David Velez, Cristina Junqueira, and Edward Wible took Nubank public. Yelitsa Jean-Charles launched Healthy Roots Dolls (port co) in Macy's nationwide.
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Chris Flood | LPs and VCs: read about how women-managed funds outperformed men-managed funds by 187%
Kathryn Finney | Fund managers and GPs: learn how black investors are capitalizing on venture capital’s gaps in diversity
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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Lolita Taub | Founders: read an article on how to leverage product-led growth strategies for your startup
Tom Ross | Community-driven founders: read an article about how to define your community value proposition
Asking for a founder | Founders: discover an exhaustive list of logo-making freelancers
LaaS | Underrepresented founders: join a community & get resources made for you
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Hello Alice x NAACP | New England Black founders: apply for $25k in small business grants
DivInc x Ascension Seton | POC & women founders: apply for a co-working space in Austin/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
Zócalo Health | Head of Product (Remote, US)
LOCI | Junior React Web (Game) Developer (Remote, Global)
2048 Ventures | Deep Tech Principal (New York City, NY)
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