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We are excited to announce that Steven Lee has joined the SV Angel team! Steven will be joining Topher Conway and Beth Turner on the investment team as a Partner, continuing and promoting SV Angel’s core values and founder-first approach to investing.

Steven brings a wealth of experience and a data-driven approach. As a member of Twitter’s Global Market Insight & Analytics team, Steven was one of the first employees focused on monetization analytics. He partnered with Fortune Global 500 companies, like LG and Samsung, to analyze and optimize return on investment, and worked on measuring Twitter’s platform usage for key real‐time events, including the Super Bowl and World Cup. …


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As Airbnb and DoorDash file their IPOs this week, we want to congratulate these incredible founders and countless team members who made it happen.

Ten years ago, we jumped at the chance to support Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia as they pursue their vision to create a global community where people can belong, anywhere. Three years later, we were seed investors in Tony Xu, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, and Evan Moore, when DoorDash was delivering for a few dozen restaurants in Palo Alto.

Along with building incredible businesses, these founders are also making an indelible impact on society today. For example, Airbnb has facilitated hosts’ ability to open their homes to emergency housing through their Open Homes program along with many other philanthropic endeavors. DoorDash created large scale programs to feed vulnerable communities in the face of COVID-19 and is using their tech to lower food insecurity and reduce waste. …


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We were honored to host Bill Gates on October 14th for an intimate conversation with Ron. The pair have known each other for 40 years, first meeting when Ron was a customer of Bill’s then-startup Microsoft, purchasing software for his then-startup, Altos Computers. Their conversation focused on Bill’s experience as a founder and businessman and dove deeply into the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and Bill’s perspective on and passion for philanthropy. The summary that follows draws highlights from their discussion, which was originally live-streamed for SV Angel portfolio company founders.

**Bill’s responses are loosely quoted and sometimes paraphrased below. …


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We’re pleased to share the first in a series of webinars that we are developing for our portfolio company founders. On Tuesday, June 23rd, Dr. Larry Brilliant joined us to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Brilliant was a key member of the successful WHO Smallpox Eradication Programme for SE Asia, as well as the WHO Polio Eradication Programme, and shared his unique perspective on the pandemic, informed by his experience and expertise in public health, virology, and infectious diseases, as well as his extensive work as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Summarized notes and a recording of the conversation are shared below. We hope that you will enjoy the discussion as much as we did, and stay tuned for future installments of the webinar series over the coming months. …


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Last year, we announced a new approach to seed investing that allows us to continue to be laser-focused on serving founders. In order to accomplish our goal of being the best partner for founders, we decided to invest internal capital going forward.

Since that time, our new fund, SV Angel VII, has invested $25k — $100k in over 50 early stage companies. That’s about one new investment per week — the same pace in which we’ve invested for 25 years.

Additionally, Beth Turner has been running the new fund alongside Topher as a General Partner. Beth is an MIT graduate in engineering and has been an integral part of our investment decisions, particularly in the areas of healthcare, software, and blockchain. …


The investing ecosystem has gone through significant changes over the last 10 years. When we started SV Angel, there were just a handful of funds investing in seed rounds. We all worked together for the best outcome of founders and our early investments in companies like Twitter, Pinterest, Airbnb and Square were done in that spirit. We invested in great founders who pitched a compelling vision for the future, rarely having more than their word to invest on.

Today there are thousands of firms and individuals investing in seed rounds. Seed investors are raising larger funds, becoming more ownership-focused and investing primarily on adoption and traction. Seed investing now encompasses both backing founders at the earliest stages of a company and investing in teams with early-adoption. …

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