Richard Clay: From a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to DRF

Richard Clay in Baltimore, Maryland in September 2021. Courtesy of Raiven Vanzego.

He had stellar grades, a swimming captain title, a presidential nomination, and even legacy from the U.S. Naval Academy. Come… Continue reading Richard Clay: From a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to DRF

Investment partner to applicants: Show us your network

While working at a NYC venture capital firm, Alexa Spagnola spends a weekend at the beach in August 2021. Courtesy of Alexa Spagnola.

Alexa Spagnola, an electrical engineering and entrepreneurship student at the University of Pennsylvania, heard about Dorm Room Fund through a… Continue reading Investment partner to applicants: Show us your network

How Lauren Gilbert values operator experience in venture capital

Lauren Gilbert poses for a picture in Houston in July 2020 to announce her admission into the Wharton School's MBA program. Courtesy of Lauren Gilbert.

Lauren Gilbert attends The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s part of the Blueprint Investor Track aimed at… Continue reading How Lauren Gilbert values operator experience in venture capital

How these sisters conducted interviews and tested pricing for South Asian athleisure

Sisters Astha and Ayushi Sinha created Yustha Yoga, South Asian inspired athleisure. Courtesy of Ayushi Sinha.

Sisters Astha Sinha and Ayushi Sinha joined the 2021 Female Founder Track with Yustha Yoga, which makes South Asian inspired… Continue reading How these sisters conducted interviews and tested pricing for South Asian athleisure

How a student finance startup created a team, interviewed users

From left: Sparrow CEO Harrison Hochman, COO Daniel Kahn, and CTO Griffin Morris in New York in August 2021. Courtesy of Harrison Hochman.

Harrison Hochman, co-founder of Sparrow, talks about building the student finance startup during the COVID-19 pandemic.   How did you meet… Continue reading How a student finance startup created a team, interviewed users

How a Ph.D. student thinks about artificial intelligence, VC

Chinasa T. Okolo at a CRA-Grad Cohort Workshop in Waikoloa, Hawai’ (March 2019). Courtesy of Chinasa Okolo.

Chinasa T. Okolo is a computer science Ph.D. student at Cornell University. She’s part of the 2021 Blueprint Investor Track,… Continue reading How a Ph.D. student thinks about artificial intelligence, VC

How marketing and travels in Egypt inform Kerdany’s VC experience

Ramy Kerdany next to the Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt. Courtesy of Ramy Kerdany.

Ramy Kerdany graduated from the University of Florida with a marketing degree. He’s part of the 2021 Blueprint Investor Track.… Continue reading How marketing and travels in Egypt inform Kerdany’s VC experience