NextGen Newsletter - February 2021
NextGen is a 20+ year old community supporting each new generation of venture capital talent.
Hey everyone, hope y’all had a wonderful holiday weekend! Some big news from us - Natalie Dillon (Maveron) and Amanda Robson (Cowboy) will be stepping up as the new co-chairs of the NextGen Board! We wish all the best to our outgoing co-chairs Jocelyn Kinsey (DFJ Growth) and Anarghya Vardhana (Maveron), y’all are leaving big shoes to fill!
We’re in the middle of gameplanning the year. If you have ideas for the community or if you’d be interested in getting involved on the board, please shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be looking for two new board members starting next month!
In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider joining our first Clubhouse meetup on March 2, where we’ll be hosting a lively discussion on what it takes to be promoted from associate to principal and beyond. More details below!
Shawn and the NextGen Board
Investors You Should Watch 👀
Frances Schwiep was recently promoted to Partner at Two Sigma and has backed companies such as Flatfile and Radar. Kudos comes from Morgan Polotan at Comcast Ventures. Congrats!
Rak Garg from OpenView recently launched Rak’s Facts, a newsletter on cybersecurity, cloud infra, and future of work.
Matt Weinberg from Max Ventures and several other investors are organizing an event series called Early Stage Politics that connects venture capitalists / startup founders with up and coming candidates.
Events You Should Join 🎙
6-7 PM PT, March 2 - How Do I Get Promoted in VC? Join us on Clubhouse for a discussion on what it takes to level up in venture capital in 2021. Our hosts include Natalie Dillon from Maveron, Laura Chau from Canaan, and Sydney Thomas from Precursor.
Content You Should Check Out 📚
A Few Lessons From Vinod Khosla: Must read takeaways from Kristina Simmons, former chief of staff and investor at Khosla Ventures.
All Raise Board Xcelerate: The latest program from All Raise helps place more women on boards. Check it out!
Facing Fear as an Emerging Investor: An introspective essay on navigating “success” as young venture capitalists from Meera Clark at Obvious Ventures.
Investing in Data: Investment thesis on data tooling and infrastructure from Nandu Anilal at Canaan.
Top Climate Themes for 2021: Investment thesis on climate tech from Simran Suri at Equal Ventures.
The Rise of the Community Department: Perspective on community led growth in startups from Lisa Xu at FirstMark Capital
Venture Upward: New Substack series from David Beisel and Rob Go on how to succeed in venture capital for junior investors.
Jobs You Should Share 🤓
Associate / Senior Associate, Grishin Robotics (email email@example.com)
Thanks for reading! If you have questions, feedback, or content you’d like to share in our March newsletter, please shoot a note over to firstname.lastname@example.org.