Rise Up: A new generation of investors seek to address inequity

Leyla Seka - Rise Up

By Simon Campbell – Staff Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

During her 12-year executive career at Salesforce, Leyla Seka had grown used to seeing male colleagues jump ship to the world of venture capital. But when these newly minted VCs returned to their former colleagues scouting for limited partner investors, they didn’t ask everyone. “They were only calling the men,” Seka says.

So when the next colleague was preparing his venture departure Seka told him to remember her when he was making his investment calls.

Since then, Seka’s investment has done “very, very well” and she wants other women to experience those returns.

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Operator Collective Brings Diversity and Inclusion to Enterprise Investing

Mallun Yen (left) and Leyla Seka (right)

This article by Ron Miller was originally published on Techcrunch

When Mallun Yen started Operator Collective last year, she wanted to build an investment firm for people who didn’t have a voice in Silicon Valley. That meant connecting women and people of color with operators who have been intimately involved in building companies from the ground up, then providing early-stage investment.

She then brought in Leyla Seka as a partner. Seka helped build the AppExchange at Salesforce into a powerful marketplace for companies built on top of the Salesforce platform, or that plugged into the platform in some meaningful way to sell their offerings directly to Salesforce customers.

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Amid a diversity gap in the VC world, Operator Collective creates a new model

Mallun Yen

This article by Teryn O’Brien was originally published on siliconangle.com.

Diversity in the workplace provides benefits that aren’t usually seen in a group of like-minded people, including increased innovation and creativity, higher employee engagement and lower turnover. Unfortunately, diversity in gender, race, age and other demographics still isn’t a feature of today’s venture capital world.

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Operator Collective is a diverse group of leaders working together to redistribute access to wealth, help more founders succeed, and disrupt the venture capital ecosystem. Learn more at www.operatorcollective.com or by connecting with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Next Decade Will Bring More Venture Capital To Female Founders

Emily Weiss - Founder, Glossier

This article by Geri Stengel was originally published on forbes.com

The 2010s were a decade of slow progress in funding for female founders. However, the 2020s will see accelerated progress as investors see even more proof that investing in women brings stellar returns.

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Operator Collective is a diverse group of leaders working together to redistribute access to wealth, help more founders succeed, and disrupt the venture capital ecosystem. Learn more at www.operatorcollective.com or by connecting with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

VC firm draws $45 million fund mostly from women investors

The Fund Group Photo

This article by Anne Stych was originally published on bizjournals.com

A Silicon Valley venture capital fund that has more than 90 percent women among its more than 100 limited partners has raised committed capital of more than $45 million.

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Operator Collective is a diverse group of leaders working together to redistribute access to wealth, help more founders succeed, and disrupt the venture capital ecosystem. Learn more at www.operatorcollective.com or by connecting with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.