Newsletter 3 — January, 2021
“Lets not do that again” and “2021 can’t come soon enough” were common sentiments on year-end holiday cards. But, it’s a mistake to sum up the year 2020 as a discrete event. To be sure, much of the damage as well as the progress we’ve experienced in the past year had its origins in 2020, but not all of it. In many ways, 2020 was an accelerant for tech, social and political discourse, as well as divide but there’s no going “back to normal”.
It’s safe to state that 2020 will mark the beginning of…
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This tweet might just sum up the year so far:
“January, February, quarantine, December” — @the_Octoberman, 9/20/20
Or maybe that tweet is just too benign. The global pandemic, our climate crisis, and the social and political upheaval are as formidable challenges to our well being as one can imagine. The fires that are ravaging the entire Western Coast of the continental US, the accompanying heat waved, and the toxic AQI that persists (pictures that I took from my NorCal home earlier this month) feel apocalyptic.
This newsletter — Leadout Capital Journal: Volume 1, (issue 1) — was originally planned to be Leadout’s first in which we highlight the resilience of our founders and our portfolio companies. This was relevant especially given the grit the teams have exhibited in the face of the global viral pandemic and its global impact.
However, we also must acknowledge the despair, anger, helplessness and heartbreak that I and others are currently experiencing in the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. I personally understand that as a white woman I will never truly understand…
This past September, 2019 I was privileged to be an Ambassador for Denver Startup Week (DSW). I joined a terrific group of builders, doers and visionaries as a member of this year’s 2019 group.
My firm, Leadout Capital Partners, is a seed institutional investment firm with a thesis grounded in founder market fit. We look for gritty, resilient entrepreneurs whose core insights are derived from a deep and informed view of a market. And we love technology driven innovation to help to solve pain points for the customers that comprise these markets. …
Today, I am proud to announce Leadout Capital I, which just closed with over $27M to invest in pre-seed and seed stage software-driven companies. My partner Bennett Surajat and I decided to form the fund because we fundamentally believe that there is massive financial upside and customer value in finding and supporting diverse teams with unique founder-market fit. This is because these “non-obvious” founding teams represent the new, differentiated ideas and approaches defining the next generation of impactful technology companies serving valuable, overlooked markets.
At Leadout, we identify, vet and invest in gritty, resilient people building great company cultures that…
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