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

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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 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.

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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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.

Why 90% of the Investors in This New Silicon Valley Venture Fund Are Women

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This article by Michal Lev-Ram was originally published on Fortune.com.

On a recent Wednesday in Woodside, Calif., about a dozen Silicon Valley-based investors gathered to celebrate a new fund. These were some of the region’s top “operators”—the executives who make organizations tick day-to-day—from some of the hottest tech companies around, with many decades of experience (and financial success) represented in the room. But they also had something else in common: Nearly all of them were first-time investors.

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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.

Finding Empowerment in Community: Lessons from the Operator Summit

This article by Jen Yip was originally published on Medium.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the first-ever Operator Summit organized by the inimitable operator extraordinaire, Mallun Yen, co-founder of SaaStr and founder of the Operator Collective. I left the event just as the sun was setting, reluctantly pulling myself away from a group of women still laughing together on the sidewalk, feeling more energized and inspired than I can remember having been in a long time. As someone who hosts and attends many tech events, I can say this feeling of kinship with fellow conference attendees is pretty rare. I hardly ever leave an event with this heady feeling of empowerment. This morning on my run, I spent some time reflecting on what made the Operator Summit so powerful.

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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.