Serena Williams will discuss her expanding focus on VC at TC Disrupt – TechCrunch

Yes, you read that right. Serena Williams, widely recognized as the greatest of all time (GOAT) to ever step on a tennis court – or any other playground – Join us on stage at TC Disrupt on October 18-20.

In his first interview since announcing his retirement, Williams joins us in his role as founder and managing partner of Serena Ventures (SV), a VC firm founded in 2014. We’re also thrilled that Alison Rapaport Stillman, the firm’s founding general partner, will also participate in this fireside chat.

This year, after nine years of angel investing (including 13 unicorns and six exits), SV announced It raised an $111 million inaugural fund focused on founders with “unconventional thinking and diverse perspectives.”

Williams’ firm has invested in more than 78 companies, including Billy’s, Cointracker, Daily Harvest, Impossible Foods and Masterclass. Its website notes that 76 percent of startups that receive Fund 1 investments are run by underrepresented founders.

Case in point: SV recently cut $5 million check Wondermind is leading an early-stage campaign for Selena Gomez’s mental health startup. That investment made Gomez one of only a few Latinas to raise more than $1 million in VC funding.

We look forward to hearing what Serena Williams sees as a founder and to gain a better understanding of her investment thesis. We’re also curious to learn more about what she brings to the VC table and what broader goals she’s setting as she harnesses her goatee status and champion mindset to expand her career as a venture capitalist. transforms.

As a world-class athlete, businesswoman, philanthropist and mother, Serena Williams knows what it takes to win. He is determined to become one of the top tennis players in history with 23 Grand Slam titles. Williams began actively investing nine years ago when she saw the impact startups had on everyday life; In building Serena Ventures, he has been able to multiply that effort with more than $110 million in investment capital.

Alison Rapaport Stillman is a founding general partner at Serena Ventures, overseeing portfolio management and sourcing new investments. In addition to increasing the reach and impact of the SV portfolio, Stillman is the person founders turn to when they need advice, detailed feedback, and tough love. He holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a CFA charter holder.

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Serena Williams will discuss her expanding focus on VC at TC Disrupt

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