The Bulletin #23: Brown Founders + Investors in the News & Absolute Must-Reads in Tech
Brown alumni have been making their name known in the startup space lately. And, the intersection of tech and writing has been growing as individuals think more critically on what is being built.
🐻 Some Big Bruno News…
Kicking off this week’s newsletter are a lot of congratulations to our Brown alumni who are starting some of the most impactful start-ups and investing at scales like never before. 💥
Following on, we’re sharing Brown co-founded techno-optimism publication Reboot, internship opportunities at Brown founded app Birth By Us, and what’s brewing around the Nelson Center of Entrepreneurship.
🏅 Lots and Lots of Awards
Congratulations to all Brown Alumni Awarded Forbes 30 under 30 🎉
VWV’s own portco canned fish startup Fishwife’s co-founder Becca Millstein ‘16 was awarded in the Food & Drink category 🐟
Amélie-Sophie Vavrosky ‘18, founder of legal tech platform Formally, was awarded in the Social Impact category 🌟
Morgan Cheatham, VP at Bessemer and youngest investor to take a board director role at the firm, was awarded in the VC category. He was a previous PLME & is currently a MD candidate at the Warren Alpert Medical School 🥼
Alexis Alston, serving as a principal at Cincinnati-based VC fund Lightship, was also awarded in the VC category. She previously studied Business at Brown 🦄
Another Congrats to Perennial as TIME Best Invention of 2022
Perennial, a soil-based carbon removal verification platform, was founded by Alex Zhuk ‘20, Jack Roswell ‘20, and David Schurman ‘20 and previously received the Brown Venture Prize in 2018.
Read more here on TIME’s coverage of the award.
👩💻 Brown Alumni Building
Read Reboot ⚡️
Brown alumna Jessica Dai co-founded Reboot, a newsletter and the magazine publisher of Kernel. The publication focuses on the way technology shapes the future and techno-optimism.
Most recently, Reboot published an article with a collection of responses to the FTX crisis. Check out how crypto researchers, effective altruists, directors, and more think of the situation. Read it here!
🤱 Brown Founded Start-Up Birth By Us is Hiring!
Birth By Us (BBU) is an app that empowers Black mothers and birthing people to shape their birthing experience while giving providers the necessary insights to best support their birth. It was founded by Ijeoma Uche ‘21, who studied Public Health in undergrad and is currently completing an MPH at Berkeley.
They’re looking for winter, spring, and fall interns to support their stakeholder interviews and research. More information here on how to apply!
☕️ What’s Brewing Around Campus
Brown Venture Prize & B-Lab Info Session
The session takes place December 8th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET. To read more about the two opportunities and to register for the event, check it out here.
Register for EIR Office Hours
You can book a chat with own IC member Troy Henikoff ‘86 here! He serves as the Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners and was the Co-Founder of Excelerate Labs.
You can also speak with Founder of Pussyhat Project and Welcome Blanket Jayna Zweiman ‘01 by booking a chat here.
📚 Content We’re Consuming at VWV
Who We’re Following on Twitter + Reading Tech 🗞
Zoë Schiffer is the Managing Editor of Platformer that talks about big tech and democracy.
Gergely Orosz writes The Pragmatic Engineer, the #1 tech newsletter on Substack, and the Software Engineer’s Guidebook.
Better Venture connects the ventures model with the slave trade ⚓️
Some hard hitting number today:
Women receive 2.4% of VC funding
Black founders receive 1.3% & Latin founder receive 2% of VC funding
Venture capital can be traced back to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, where there are links between practices, methods, customs, and traditions of enslavers and their financiers and the VC industry today. Authors Erika Brodnock and Johannes Lenhard propose new ways in which there can be new approaches to investing today.
Read more here and explore the full text here.
Collide Capital’s $66MM Debut Raise 💸
Brian Hollins and Aaron Samuels (who’s from Providence!) focus on funding startups led by Black, Latino, or female founders. They began with a $1.3MM “fund zero” to demonstrate a record before raising an oversubscribed round by June.
Read more here.
Just to wrap up the newsletter with some Twitter slander.
That’s it for this week, feel free to email me at email@example.com for any inquiries
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