Replay: Venture Capital for Early and Growth Stage Founders with Gosia Karas
Recently recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of 9 Women Shaping Venture Capital and by the Venture Capital Journal as a Rising Star, Gosia is an Investment Director and Co-leads the SB Opportunity Fund, heading up its growth investment team.
Previously, she also worked with SoftBank’s $5B LatAm Fund, and served on SoftBank Group’s Silicon Valley Deal Team. Her investments include Upside Foods (formerly Memphis Meats), Eight Sleep, Drift, PlayVs, WelcomeTech, Loggi, Konfio, and others. She is interested in B2B software, AI platforms, and the future of food.
The Opportunity Fund launched in June 2020 as a $100M commitment to invest in Black, Latinx and Native American US founders. It launched in just 24 hours, built on SoftBank Group’s core belief that more underrepresented founders would build extraordinary companies given the chance, the network, and the capital to do so.
Prior to joining SoftBank, Gosiawas a Senior Associate on the Deal Team at Onex, $44B AUM large-cap private equity firm in New York, and a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. Gosia graduated summa cum laude from Warsaw School of Economics as a valedictorian. She received a PhD in Finance from the same institution, was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
CEO and Co-Founder of Female Founder Collective, Alison Wyatt, sits down with this trailblazer to discuss venture capital for underfunded and underrepresented founders. From how early-stage founders can learn from growth-stage fundraisers to how to raise capital as an underrepresented founder and 2023 industry and VC predictions, this event covers it all!