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Passing the Mic: The VC Exchange - Jesse Draper

Passing the Mic: The VC Exchange - Jesse Draper

Passing The Mic: The VC Exchange

Jesse Draper is a mother of 3 boys, founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of Emmy nominated television series, The Valley Girl Show. Draper is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in consumer technology companies led by female and co-ed teams. Among her 65 portfolio companies are the Skimm, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company, Squad (acquired by Twitter), Eloquii (sold to Walmart) and This is L (sold to P&G). She stars on SET's television series Meet the Draper's currently in it's fourth season.
Draper was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Connected Women in America’. Draper has been a contributor to Marie Claire, Mashable, Forbes, and is a regular investor and tech personality on shows including TLC’s Girl Starter, The Katie Couric Show, Fox’s Good Day LA, CNBC’s Who Wants to Be the Next Millionaire Inventor? & Freeform’s Startup U.
She proudly sits on the board of directors of Carbon38, Trust & Will, Preemadonna (creator of the Nailbot) and the non-profit boards Bizworld and Project Glimmer. Draper supports the Parkinson’s Institute and is very involved with growing UCLA’s female entrepreneurship community.
EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is crucial to foster diversity from all aspects of business: diversity of thought, diversity of people, teams, investments, and products.
  • If you want to switch careers, go for it! It is possible to pivot at any stage of your career.
  • The potential to invest in women is still untapped. Women-founded companies outperform their male counterparts, and bring in outsized returns.

03/14/22 • 34 min

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