Lindsay Lee of Authentic Ventures on operationalizing networks & creating an edge through diversity rich networks- Venture Unlocked 025
Prior to starting Authentic, he served as CIO for an investment management firm to which he helped grow to almost $1B in assets and also managed a family office where he focused on seed and early-stage investments. He brings a unique combination of operating experience, public market investing experience, and early stage investing experience.
Authentic Ventures was founded in 2015 and focuses on Seed and Early-stage companies.
One of their core differentiators is the “Authentic Network” which is a managed community of like-minded entrepreneurs, founders, investors and growth hackers. Indexed heavily toward diversity, the network is operationalized and focused on helping portfolio companies solve the most meaningful issues.
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In this episode we discuss the following topics:
02:09 After so many different experiences, why focus on seed investing?
03:23 How public market investing skills can translate to privates
06:50 The inspiration behind Authentic
11:57 What the Authentic Network, and how to operationalize it.
16:39 Their focus on indexing their network heavily toward women and People of Color.
18:14 Portfolio construction methodology
27:03 Differences between investing at various stages of investments
30:37 The markers LPs look for between fund I and fund II
33:46 Lindsay’s biggest career mistake
35:20 The investors he admires
37:00 His best piece of advice to new managers
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