HCP Newsletter: Road to 1,000 - November 2020 🚀

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

Monthly Update  📅

We’re sending you this month’s newsletter earlier than usual on account of Thanksgiving 🦃. Even though the holidays will be different this year, we sincerely hope it continues to have the same meaning for you and your families. It goes without saying that November has been a roller coaster – as such, let’s continue to stay safe and be neighborly.

Now, buckle up! 🏎️💨 LIVE FROM EVERYWHERE, it’s Road to 1000 – November 2020 🎉🎉

Portfolio News 🗞️

We have officially recorded our first exit as a fund!💸 🙏🏾

Congrats to the GovPredict team on their acquisition by Phone2Action. Transparency in government affairs is more important now than ever and we wish you all the best!☺️

Harlem Capital Related 🚀

💙 We love our interns at Harlem Capital 💙

Ever wonder what it is like to be an intern or fellow at Harlem Capital? We interviewed six of our impressive alums to share their journeys and how the HCP internship shaped their varied careers.👏🏽

One of our own dropping gems on the More Equity podcast this month! 🎙️

In our most recent episode, we took a dive into Gabby Cazeau’s journey from an intern and fellow to joining the firm full-time as a senior associate. ➡️ Apple and Spotify.

Gems dropped 💎💎💎

  • You have to “learn how to learn” to get up to speed and understand the learning process takes humility.

  • Aim for progressive responsibility and growth. Go from listening to doing to leading.

  • Constantly evaluate what you are doing and get incrementally better.

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Chavez earlier this month. In this episode, Tom spoke to us about his humble beginnings and his startup innovations in the advertising and marketing industries. ➡️ Apple and Spotify.

Top Diversity & Tech News 👀

Madam Vice President 

Born to immigrant parents, Kamala Harris will be the first woman to be elected as Vice President of the United States of America. Knocking down barriers for women globally and showing young girls all over the world that glass ceilings can be shattered. Congratulations! 🎉 🎉

Cha cha cha 💃 💃

Only 58 Latina founders have ever raised $1 million+ in venture funding. Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni Babba Rivera is one of those pioneering Latina’s. Through a successful pre-seed round, Rivera’s new brand, Ceremonia, has raised $1M. Way to go Babba!

Woo hoo 645 🎈🎈

What do these numbers have to do with each other? Congratulations to 645 Ventures on closing a $160 million Fund III! In addition to continuing to back exceptional early-stage founders, they announced the Connected Network: a world-class operator network to help their founders in key stages of their companies’ growth.

Women making power moves 👊🏾

Anna Barber is the newest partner at Los Angeles and New York-based venture firm M13. Anna was previously Techstar LA’s managing director. She will also be the head of its internal venture studio, Launchpad.

And, congratulations to Paige Hendrix Buckner for becoming the COO of Founder Gym. In her new role, Paige will be focusing on community and storytelling first.

Helpful Resources 💯 & Other Suggested Content 💡

YC Startup Library ⚒️ 🧰

Never before has there been more access to free resources to start a startup. Last month we featured the High Output Founder Library. This month we want to tell you about the Y Combinator Startup Library. Over the past 15 years, they’ve created many videos, podcasts, and essays as resources for startup founders that they have now consolidated. 

P.S. A selection of this content makes up the core curriculum of Startup School, YC’s free online platform, and global community for founders.

Black American Startup Ecosystem Canvas 🔥🔥

We stumbled upon this on Twitter (a ton of gems can be found here) and found it to be a really useful resource. It's essentially a comprehensive directory of anyone and everyone Black founders need to have on their radar when starting a company or raising money. We especially love it because it’s open-source and always being updated. Check it out!

Getting into venture capital can be hard. We found something that makes it a bit easier.💁🏽 💁🏽

This guide on breaking into VC by Pietro Invernizzi of Stride VC breaks things down and helps aspiring venture capitalists decide if it’s the right move and prepare for interviews.

Mark Your Calendars – Save These Dates! 📅

Bring your goggles because Jarrid Tingle keeps making splashes!! 💦💦

Hear our Managing Partner, Jarrid, talk about how to start a fund at Table Stakes on December 9th! Register here ⬅️

Black + Latinx female founders 🚨 🚨

Female Founders Fund and Serena Williams’ Serena Ventures are hosting office hours on 11/24!

Sign up here ⬅️⬅️

Gobble Gobble 🦃 🦃

It’s been a long month so don’t forget to eat some good food on Thanksgiving which is on 11/26 😋

Here are a couple of other things you can do as well ⬇️

With that said, see you in December! 🎄🎄