๐Ÿ“ข HCP Newsletter: ยกViva la Diversidad! / Long Live Diversity! ๐ŸŽ‰ โ€“ September 2021

The Road to 1,000 newsletter is Harlem Capitalโ€™s monthly recap of updates on our portfolio companies, industry news, content, and events we suggest to check out and more!

Now, buckle up! ๐ŸŽ๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ LIVE FROM EVERYWHERE, itโ€™s Road to 1,000 โ€“ September 2021

Monthly Update  ๐Ÿ“…

Job Alert: Applications for HCPโ€™s Winter Internship Due Oct 5th!! ๐Ÿšจ

Are you a diverse professional looking to break into VC? Now is your chance to join the Harlem Capital team! Apply to our Winter 2021 internship โ€“ applications due October 5th.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! ๐ŸŽ‰

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep 15 โ€“ Oct 15) is a time of year to celebrate โ€˜Latinxcellenceโ€™ and raise the voices of those who contributed to where we are today and applaud those creating a better future.

This month, we kicked off #HispanicHeritageMonth by featuring a few trailblazing Latino/a Emerging Fund Managers that are working towards improving the following statistics:

๐Ÿ’ก There are 62M US Latino/as representing 19% of the total US population

๐Ÿ’ก Yet < 2% of VC dollars goes to Latino/a founders

๐Ÿ’ก Because < 1% of VC Partners are Latino/a

Learn more about those trailblazers in our Twitter thread here: 

๐ŸŽ‰ Harlem Capitalโ€™s First Quarterly Retreat was an Incredible Success ๐ŸŽ‰

We held a community event with founders, two workshops, a photoshoot, and dinner. We also discussed firm strategy and spent time being vulnerable about our mindset and personal lives.

Portfolio News ๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ

๐Ÿ™Œ Cabinet Joins HCP Family as Final Investment in Fund I

Weโ€™re excited to welcome the Cabinet team to the HCP family as we close out Fund I with our final investment. Cabinet recently raised $2.6 million to build software that empowers executive assistants. The team is hiring, so check out those roles here.

โœจ New Founder Spotlight Series โœจ

Introducing our new series Founder Spotlight, where we highlight our exceptional founders that are changing the face of entrepreneurship. Check out the first two spotlights:

๐Ÿ’ซ Colin Webb, Co-Founder and CEO of Sauce

๐Ÿ’ซ Randi Bushell, Co-Founder and CEO of Merri

Interested in Working at one of the Startups in our Portfolio?๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘‡

Search job openings across the Harlem Capital network here

Harlem Capital Related ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Meet the 2021 Fall Intern Class at Harlem Capital ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our Fall 2021 intern class! The 6 interns were chosen from a pool of 635 applicants, leading to a 0.9% acceptance rate.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Henri Pierre-Jacques Speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Harlem Capital Co-Founder Henri Pierre-Jacques sat on the TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 panel โ€œWhere to Cut and Where to Spend in First-Check Fundraisingโ€ and shared insights on how to spend the investment in the best way possible, balancing runway with classic startup rigor.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Jarrid Tingle Selected as One of the 50 Most Important VCs in New York ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Insider asked some of New Yorkโ€™s biggest names in tech for their nominations for the most influential VCs in the city. Jarrid making the list even โ€œinfluencedโ€ this intern to pay for a Business Insider subscription (may we all be as effective as Insiderโ€™s paywall).

๐ŸŽ™ Nicole DeTommaso Interviewed for This Week In Startups Podcast ๐ŸŽ™

Nicole sat down with Rachel Braun from This Week In Startups to discuss how she broke into venture capital with a pitch deck. Episode with Nicole โžก๏ธ Apple, Spotify, and YouTube.

๐Ÿน Brandon Bryant Hosted a Successful Cleveland Tech Happy Hour ๐Ÿน

Brandon, along with upside and Venture For America, hosted a lively Cleveland Tech Happy Hour to celebrate the city being a top hub for tech talent and innovation.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ The More Equity Podcast is the Podcast that Keeps on Giving! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Check out the final episodes in our Angel Investing Series ๐Ÿ˜‡ ! Last month, HCP Chief of Staff Tonna Obaze interviewed Katie Jacobs Stanton from Moxxie Ventures and Lolita Taub from The Community Fund.

Katie Jacobs Stanton, Founder & GP at Moxxie Ventures: Katie uses her deep network to support startups (including intros to the Pope and 2 presidential administrations)!

Episode with Katie โžก๏ธ Apple and Spotify. 

Gems dropped ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž

  • Seed stage investing is a collaborative effort. Not a winner-takes-all model

  • This is a relationship business. Remember who gave you your first breaks. Stay loyal & grateful. And extend that ladder to people who are right behind you

Lolita Taub, Founder & GP at The Community Fund: Lolita shares how she used angel investing as a tool to break into VC before she was an accredited investor!

Episode with Lolita โžก๏ธ Apple and Spotify. 

Gems dropped ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž

  • If you want to be an angel investor, you should go for it, but give yourself time

  • Even if you donโ€™t have money to invest today, find volunteer opportunities to start learning by watching

Top Diversity & Tech News ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ’ธ 

๐Ÿš—  ๐Ÿš— โ€‹โ€‹ LOOP Closes $21M Series A Round led by Foundry Group and 01 Advisors

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ Google Announced 50 Founders in Black Founders Fund and New Latino Founders Fund 

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿšจ Lalo Raises Pre-Seed from Overlooked Ventures, First Investment for Overlooked

๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„ Drift Becomes Unicorn After Majority Investment from Vista Equity Partners

๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ Grow Credit Raises $106M to Help Consumers Build Credit and Save on Subscription Payments

๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฅ Curastory Raises $2.1M Seed from Lightspeed and Techstars to Help Student Athletes Monetize Their Video Content

๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„ Marshmallow Raises $85M to Become First Black Unicorn in the UK

๐Ÿ’ˆ๐Ÿ’ˆ TheCut Raises $4.5M Seed to Help Barbers Manage Appointments, Reviews and Payments

Mark Your Calendars โ€“ Save These Dates! ๐Ÿ“…

VCFamilia Latinx Pitch Competition Oct 6th  ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Apply by October 1st for a chance at top prize of $25k

Slauson & Co. and GRID110 Announce 12-Week Accelerator ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€

Selected Founders will receive $20K in non-dilutive capital. Apply by October 8th! 

With that said, see you next time / hasta la prรณxima ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ

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