The Challenges and Opportunities in Diverse Investing: Building the Anti-Bias Fund Portfolio

Tuesday, February 16th, 2:00 PM EST

  • What opportunities do you see in diverse investing?
  • How do you source and vet interesting venture companies led by diverse founders?
  • What do companies want to know about you, and how do you get into the deal?
  • What unique challenges do those companies face?
  • What critical lessons about working with diverse founders have you learned along the way?

Those are just a few of the topics we will touch on in this 45-minute Q&A with some of AVG’s investing professionals.

As the people sourcing and sponsoring some of the deals that AVG will consider for its Anti-Bias Fund, our panelists will speak to experience of diversity investing. We’ll explore how the team sources and vets promising deals, then supports the companies post-investment. Our panelists will also address the challenges that diverse founders face and how AVG demonstrates it can help portfolio companies meet them. Throughout, they illustrate their points with stories exemplifying the kinds of companies that an Anti-Bias Fund investor might own.

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About Your Presenters

Catherine Lu | Managing Partner

Catherine Lu | Managing Partner

Catherine is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where she looks to back high-performance, high-integrity founders. Prior to Basecamp, she was the Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. She has also been both an operator and founder. Previously, she was Director of Product at DataVisor (backed by NEA and Sequoia), an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution; during her tenure, she helped the company grow from less than $1M to over $8M in ARR. She also co-founded Fancy That, a retail AI company which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. Catherine received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, graduating with distinction and focusing on artificial intelligence.

Lacey Farrell Johnson | Investing Partner

Lacey Farrell Johnson | Investing Partner

Lacey joined Green D Ventures from CareGroup Investment Office, a $3B manager of combined endowment and pension assets. As a member of the investment team, Lacey was responsible for investment sourcing and due diligence. Lacey managed investment opportunities across asset classes and strategies, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, private credit, and hedge fund vehicles. Previously, she was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and an Analyst in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. Lacey has a BA in History from Middlebury College and an MBA from Tuck.

Marco Casas | Sr Principal

Marco Casas | Sr Principal

Marco’s early-stage investing experience began with an angel investment in Universal Standard, an e-retailer that has revolutionized inclusive sizing. Since then, Marco has worked on over sixty Seed deals as Principal on AVG’s Seed team. Prior to that, Marco successfully completed a Fellowship at fintech fund, VEF, and before that he spent over a decade in investment banking and institutional sales. Marco has a BA from Middlebury College, where he was a Davis UWC Scholar, and a joint MBA from Columbia University and London Business School, where he focused on early-stage finance and entrepreneurship.

Hosted by: Wayne Moore | Managing Partner

Hosted by: Wayne Moore | Managing Partner

Wayne is a Managing Partner at Basecamp based in Chicago and is passionate about investments at the intersection of technology and media. He has led investments in IoT, Enterprise SaaS, Fintech, and Health-Tech. Wayne most recently served as a founding partner at Purple Arch Ventures, AVG’s fund for Northwestern alumni. Before joining AVG, Wayne was an executive on the global content acquisition team at Netflix. Before that, VP of Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media startup owned by the Chicago White Sox. Wayne began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford, an MBA from Kellogg, and is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 25). Wayne is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in the Midwest and investing in underrepresented founders. He serves as an advisor to several startups and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School.

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