BLCK VC Launches Educational Initiative to Bring More Blacks Into Investing Ecosystem (October 2020)

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This article by Ron Miller was originally published on techcrunch.com

It is no secret that Black founders face an uphill battle in Silicon Valley with just a sliver of the investment pie being devoted to people of color. BLCK VC along with partners Operator Collective, Salesforce Ventures and Berkeley Haas School of Business are hoping to change that, and today the group announced the Black Venture Institute, an educational initiative dedicated to helping Black operators become angel 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.

Rise Up: A new generation of investors seeks to address inequity (May 2020)

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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.

Amid a diversity gap in the VC world, Operator Collective creates a new model (April 2020)

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 (April 2020)

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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 (April 2020)

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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.

Why 90% of the Investors in This New Silicon Valley Venture Fund Are Women (December 2019)

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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.

Learning From Operators: SaaStr Co-founder Mallun Yen’s Next Venture (November 2019)

This article by Gené Teare was originally published on Crunchbase News.

Mallun Yen’s latest endeavor, Operator Collective, launched its first summit bringing together operators of high growth venture backed companies.

As a writer focused on female founders and executives, I was invited to cover the event. Yen noticed that the venture world tends to revolve around founders and VCs. Yet her experience as an early team member at RPX and a co-founder at SaaStr is that COOs and operators are critical but do not spend time connecting.

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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.