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Investor Highlight: Serena Williams' Top Picks

Investor Highlight: Serena Williams' Top Picks
March 15, 2022

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As if being a 23-time Grand Slam title winner isn't impressive enough, Serena Williams has been racking up enviable investments through her firm, Serena Ventures. In addition, the champion athlete has added "changing the world" to her list of ambitions and on top of her track record as an angel investor, philanthropist, and partner to other private equity investment firms such as Norwest and CapitalG. She and her business partner, Alison Rapaport, have seen success in the form of investments in 13 unicorns and 6 exits, including CointrackerMasterclass, and Billie. Earlier this month, their inaugural venture capital fund raised $111MM.



  
Her drive to serve up big checks grew when she heard that women receive only 2% of venture capital funding. She's out to change that dynamic, investing in women-founded companies (53% of her portfolio), Black-founded (47%), and Latino-founded (12%), well above the national averages in these categories.

Let's check out some Serena-backed startup champs:

Esusu Financial is a fintech company that helps renters increase their credit scores by reporting rental payments to credit bureaus. Serena Ventures participated in the company's Round B alongside SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 in January.

Chatdesk provides customer service support to e-commerce brands. The start-up's customers include Andie swimwear, Thinx, and Whistle. Serena Ventures chipped in to a $7MM round in January.

For more Serena Williams-approved startups, check out SerenaVentures' investor profile.

The train is way behind schedule
The SF to LA train line 10+ years in the making is derailed by indecision.
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NFT startups have raised over $2.6BN
Hype or not, they've raised billions for the metaverse of art.
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Since last week, PrivCo has added:
1240 Companies | 267 Funding Activities | 160 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:

 

MirrorWorld raises $4MM from Alameda Research 

NFT • Seed • San Francisco, CA
 

Moove Africa raises $105MM from SpeedInvest

Fintech • Round A-2 • Amsterdam, Netherlands
 

IsoTruss raises $4.5MM from S.G. Koenig Trust

Industrial • Round A • Springville, UT
 

Almost Friday Media raises $6MM from Tim Armstrong

Branding • Equity • Venice, CA
 

Nutcracker Therapeutics raises $167MM from ARCH Venture Partners

Biopharmaceuticals • Round C • Emeryville, CA
 

Encina raises $55MM from IMM Investment Corp. 

Manufacturing • Equity • The Woodlands, TX
 

Rumble raises $15MM from Decibel Partners

Inventory Management • Round A • Austin, TX
 

Corl Financial raises $20MM from NAOS Finance

Fintech • Equity • Toronto, Canada
 

Raven SR raises from Samsung Venture Investment

Biofuels • Equity • Pinedale, WY
 

Metaverse Game Studios raises $10MM from Pantera Capital

Games • Equity • Saint Petersburg, FL

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