EVCA Newsletter | January Edition - The Latest VC Jobs, News, and Events for the New Year
Returning from the slumber of the holidays, we at the EVCA Leadership team wish everyone a heartfelt “Happy New Year!” While 2022 had ended with slumping capital markets and our fair share of salacious tech news ranging from the implosion of FTX to Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, we look to 2023 as grounds for new opportunities across the tech ecosystem. Even while the general investment pace across VC has slowed, the industry is sitting on an estimated $580B in dry powder globally. This number represents a historical record for deployable capital on hand—in other words, an opportunity for any one of us to find the next undiscovered Google, Facebook, or Uber. So, with our bellies full and spirits rejuvenated from the holidays, let’s make this year count and embark on the hunt for that next big thing.
And with that bit of introductory fanfare, welcome back to this edition of the EVCA newsletter!
Spotlight Feature: Meet Grace Chou, Partner at Maveron
We had the chance to interview Grace Chou, who is a Partner at Maveron. Grace shares her origins story—from starting her career as an investment banker, working in corporate development and strategy at Walmart eCommerce, and investing in early-stage startups as a venture capitalist. In this interview, Grace also shares her thoughts about life and career.
This month we highlight Marissa Moore of OMERS Ventures and Robert Li of Citi Ventures as our featured investors of the EVCA community.
Marissa Moore is an Investor with OMERS Ventures. Working out of the Bay Area office, Marissa focuses on early-stage health tech opportunities in North America. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures in early 2022, she was a Managing Analyst on CB Insights’ healthcare intelligence team, where she produced data-driven research on the digital health startup landscape, with special expertise in telehealth and medtech. Before CB Insights, she worked as a public equity research analyst covering industrial machinery and cannabis at Melius Research and in institutional equity sales at Barclays. Marissa was raised outside of Boston, MA and received degrees from Princeton University (Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology) and Johns Hopkins University (MBA in Health Care Management, MS in Biotechnology). She is also a CFA Charterholder.
Robert Li is a VP at Citi Ventures, the venture investing arm of Citigroup, where he invests in fintech startups across early and late stage. At Citi Ventures, Robert focuses on startups in the payments and commerce sector. Prior to joining Citi Ventures, he was responsible for early-stage investments in fintech and crypto startups at Lerer Hippeau and at Draper Dragon Fund. Robert received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, he enjoys reading great books and cooking dinner for his friends.
What We’re Reading
Here we share our favorite content produced from EVCA members across the world:
Salient Trends for 2023 - Bret Waters of 4thly, shares his thoughts on the big salient trends that entrepreneurs and innovators should be paying attention to as we enter 2023
Banking-as-a-Service Market Map for Card Issuance - Jonathan Ching of InvestX Capital, provides a who’s who of sponsor banks and issuer processors for the modern debit/credit card
Quirks That Just Make Sense - David Zhou of Cup of Zhou, reveals seven of the quirks that make his buddy Matt and himself themselves
A love letter to micro funds, the backbone and future of venture capital - Rebecca Szkutak of TechCrunch+, shares why LPs should invest in more Micro VC Funds
The Potential of 'Repurpose Marketplaces' in the Circular Economy - Angela Tran of VersionOne Ventures, explores a new type of marketplace called the Repurpose Marketplace
Global Crypto Industry Overview and Trends [2022–2023 Annual Report] (First Part) - Researchers at Huobi Research, share an extremely comprehensive report on the crypto industry and the observable trends to be on the lookout for
Tech Trends for 2023 (and beyond!) | January 10 | Hosted by Austin Forum
Emerging Technology Outlook | January 18 | Hosted by Pitchbook
2023 European Private Capital Outlook Webinar | January 18 | Hosted by Pitchbook
Misinformation Meetup—Let’s Do Something About It! | January 18 | Hosted by Austin Forum
Investing in Women’s Health | January 20 | Hosted by Barron’s
Top Tech Trends that will shape 2023 | January 24 | Hosted by Early Metrics
HITLAB January 2023 Symposium: Review of JP Morgan Health Conference '23 | January 26 | Hosted by HITLAB
Discussion of “Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making” | January 26 | Hosted by Austin Forum
Investment Intern / Analyst / Associate Role in New York, NY at Alpha Square Group
Grants Manager Role in District of Columbia or Remote at Village Capital
Chief Investment Officer Role in New York, NY at ConceptVines Ventures. If interested, email Jim Francis directly at email@example.com
Investment Analyst Role in San Francisco, CA at Scrum Ventures
Technical Chief of Staff Role in Santa Monica, CA at Upfront Ventures
Brain Trust Lead for the Boost Founder Fellowship in New York, NY at Company Ventures
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