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UpEquity: Promoting Happier Home BuyingVeteran Affairs (VA) Home Loans offer our home-buying heroes the benefits of no down payments and low-interest rates. However, similar to other home loans, these benefits are accompanied by the unattractive seller component of longer closing times. As a result, individuals are missing out on their dream homes because they cannot close in a short time frame.
Alumni Ventures' Wins "Best Alternative Investments Platform" AwardWith 25+ award categories, the Benzinga Global Fintech Awards recognizes outstanding companies from all over the fintech atmosphere. We are thrilled to announce that Alumni Ventures’ was awarded first place in Best Alternative Investments Platform alongside top-notch companies — Groundfloor (2nd Place) and Vinovest (3rd Place). Check below to watch the full awards ceremony.
A Conversation with Our Seed Fund TeamAlumni Ventures’ Seed Fund (formerly Basecamp) offers investors a large, diversified seed and pre-seed investments portfolio. Four full-time Managing Partners lead our investing efforts and are based in three key venture hubs: Catherine Lu and Andrea Funsten in San Francisco, M att Scott in NYC, and Wayne Moore in Chicago. We sat down with the team to discuss their approach to sourcing and evaluating seed-stage opportunities, examples from our current portfolio, and their thoughts on why established VCs are deploying significant capital to seed-stage companies this year.
Best Practices in Pattern RecognitionWhat is Pattern Recognition? “Pattern recognition is an essential skill in venture capital… while the elements of success in the venture business do not repeat themselves precisely, they often rhyme. In evaluating companies, the successful VC will often see something that reminds them of patterns they have seen before.” — Bruce Dunlevie, General Partner at Benchmark Capital
AVTV: Impact BiosystemsAVTV features Impact Biosystems, a company developing adaptive health and fitness hardware and software solutions to improve the muscle recovery process for athletes. AVTV videos feature Alumni Ventures’ portfolio companies sharing their stories and asks with our community of 550K+ subscribers.
Lumanu: Influencing the Advancement of the Creator EconomyIt is the generation of the influencer! Creators on Tik Tok, Youtube, Instagram, and beyond are becoming increasingly well-known — and in some cases, well-compensated. Some influencers have secured as much as $700,000 in brand deals in just six months. This shift to a social media-driven society has produced a change in marketing and advertising techniques. Brands and companies now actively connect with influencers to help promote their products through leveraging their large communities — sometimes surpassing a million followers .
Alumni Ventures' Portfolio Company Founders in Inc's Female 100Alumni Ventures is pleased to support a diverse group of entrepreneurs. We’re also pleased to note when those entrepreneurs receive some well-deserved mentions. Inc.’s recent annual Female Founders 100 List is a case in point. The list showcases and honors exceptional, trailblazing, and inspiring women entrepreneurs. This diverse group leads innovative companies across sectors and geographies. Congratulations to all those named, with a special callout below to our portco founders who made the list.
Alumni Ventures’ Impact on Our Seed-Stage Portfolio CompaniesAlumni Ventures serves as a value-add co-investor for all 800+ companies in our portfolio, whether they’re seeking their first checks or laying the groundwork for an IPO. Read about the impact we are having on our seed and pre-seed portfolio companies in their own words. In many cases, we’ve leveraged the expertise of Alumni Ventures’ 50+ investing professionals teams and our network of more than 600,000 community members to help them scale into promising, later-stage companies. We have since been invited by some of them to invest in additional financing rounds.
The Yard Ventures Perspectives on Today's Investing TrendsWatch our on-demand, 40-minute discussion where we will share our perspective on some of the most exciting investment themes we are seeing in the market. Venture investing is an opaque asset class and having a framework to assess investment opportunities and identify long-term value creation is key.