With this announcement also comes a significant new chapter in our company’s history. In a little over a year & a half in business, we’ve helped our clients raise over $12 million in funding. Best of all, that went to 97% underrepresented founders. All that time, we were quietly testing, refining, and proving out our unique branding, marketing & pitching methodologies, all in preparation for today.
I’m especially overwhelmed & excited to know that now, a portion of that $12 million raised includes the very first investment round I’ve ever secured for my own startup. As a disabled LGBTQ+ female founder, that means the world to me.
The only bittersweet side of this announcement is that it means we’ll be temporarily pausing the individual consulting side of our company, in order to make room for the future we’re building. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to help underrepresented founders overcome all of the odds stacked against them & help increase their odds of startup success. But, as difficult as it is, it’s time to close this chapter as a consultancy so we can open a new chapter, automating our proven methods to help founders at scale.
I can’t let this moment pass without offering my deepest gratitude to David Cohen, Melissa Pegus, Shirine Marzouki, Amy Sarr, Nancy Wolff, Adam Phillips, Parker Casselman, TJ Johnson, Oliver Bruce, Pano Koutrouvelis, Anthony Reynolds II, Kaylin Tabb, and everyone at Techstars & J.P. Morgan for their unfailing dedication to making the startup ecosystem a better place. I especially want to thank each of them for their welcoming, open-hearted support for disabled founders like me. Not everyone in the world — let alone in startups — is open to accommodations, flexibility, and understanding. I’ve seen how much you’ve gone out of your way to make me feel welcome, included, and part of the Techstars family. It means more than you’ll ever know.
To Jager McConnell & Tim Li, thank you for your generosity and your faith in me, my algorithms, my plans, and our shared goal of utilizing the power of data to advance diversity & inclusion.
I also simply have to thank DC’s own rock star startup maven, Lisa Friedlander. You have been such a wonderful friend, champion, cheerleader, amplifier, and tireless networker for me and literally everyone lucky enough to know you. I feel extra lucky to consider you my friend.
There are so many more thank you’s I have left to say, but I’ve saved them & a whole host of additional details for the new headquarters of our Techstars journey! Click the button below to check it out, learn more, and find out where we’re headed!
Cheers to 2023! We’re off to a stratospheric start.