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NextGen Newsletter - April 2023
NextGen is a 20+ year old community supporting each new generation of venture capital talent.
Happy April - hope everyone’s having a good start to spring and enjoying the first warm days of the year. We have a ton of events coming up in the next month, be sure to check out our workshop on VC brand building with GenZ VC’s Meagan Loyst, as well as a few events coming up around DEI and LP fundraising with Venture Forward.
Also wanted to flag two articles this month that are focused on breaking into and then leveling up within venture, written by members of the community who’ve done it. Scroll down to read more! Best wishes to all for a great quarter.
Shawn and the NextGen Board
Investors You Should Watch 👀
Rising Star Highlight: Jordan Segall is a Principal on the Early Stage team at Redpoint Ventures, and focuses on enterprise software and infrastructure. He’s partnered with companies like Railway.app and Orum, and is particularly passionate about open source software.
Fraser Kelton has left his role as Head of Product at Open AI and joined as a Venture Partner at Spark Capital.
Joey Krug has left his role as co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital and has joined Founders Fund.
Kristina Simmons has closed a debut fund with $20M in capital commitments for Overwater Ventures.
Vivien Ho has been promoted from Principal to Partner at Pear VC.
Events You Should Join 🎙
On April 18, NVCA, Venture Forward, and Deloitte are releasing the findings from the fourth edition of the VC Human Capital Survey. To share the results, Venture Forward is hosting a launch event + DEI workshop from 3:30 - 7:00pm on April 20, at Salesforce Tower in San Francisco. Register to attend.
We are super excited to host Gen Z VCs founder Meagan Loyst for a virtual AMA on Building Your Brand in VC. It will be Monday, May 1 from 10am - 10:45am PT. Space is limited so sign up ASAP link to sign up is here.
Join for an invite-only VC event hosted by Cool Companies in San Diego. 100+ VCs are expected to attend, where you’ll meet with 30 vetted companies from the local ecosystem (decks and information sent in advance). Past companies that have attended include Drata, Cloudbeds, and Airspace. Link above to register, password is SWEETDEALS. Cost is $95.
Venture Forward is hosting its ninth LP Office Hours program on June 13 in New York City. This free half-day program is designed for emerging VC fund managers from underrepresented backgrounds to connect with experienced GPs, LPs, and each other. Learn more and apply by midnight, Wednesday, April 19.
Content You Should Check Out 📚
Breaking Into Venture During A Downturn & Navigating Your First Year: Thoughts from Cowboy’s new investor Matt Lu on navigating the VC job process.
A Path to Partner in VC: What Henrik Sanchez of Playfair Capital wish he had known in navigating to partner at his firm.
A Short 100-Question Diligence Checklist: Byrne Hobart’s very comprehensive breakdown of how to evaluate companies during diligence
2023 State of Crypto Report: Assessment of the health and trends of the crypto industry from a16z.