In this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups, I’m absolutely thrilled to be joined by
Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven, early-stage startups that expand access and opportunities to low-income communities or communities of color in the U.S. Esther focuses on investments in other VC funds that share Kapor Capital’s values.
During our discussion, Esther shared her origin story of growing up in Houston under the poverty line. “I had no idea what venture capital was,” she says. “Venture capital wasn’t on my radar until after college.”
However, once the VC world came onto her radar, she quickly excelled in that world. By the age of 30, Esther had deployed $150 million in investment funds, had co-founded an edtech accelerator and venture fund, and was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in education.
Listen to Esther discuss how diverse teams drive better financial outcomes, surprising new research from Pitchbook about female founders and CEOs, her words of wisdom for founders, and what she expects—and hopes for—in 2021.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- Esther’s origin story and early career in devising human rights policy, education policy, funding and supporting edtech startups, and later social enterprises expanding around the globe
- How Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017 prompted a pivotal shift in her career
- What international cities are the biggest entrepreneurial hotspots, and why investors in those markets are similar to VC market in Atlanta
- Esther’s assessment of where the biggest investment gaps are in emerging markets
- Kapor Capital’s investment philosophy
- Esther’s focus at Kapor Capital
- How diverse teams drive better financial outcomes
- Interesting trends in a recent report published by Pitchbook
- Why a lot of VC funds are focusing on immigrant founders
- Esther’s words of wisdom for founders
- What she expects in 2021
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