Overhauling the Venture Capital Landscape with Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures

Hermosa Beach, California
Photo ©06-30-2020 by Elizabeth Lippman
Portraits of Venture Capitalist Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures.

Jesse Draper is the Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on women-founded consumer technologies. A 4th generation venture capitalist, Jesse is an advocate for investing in innovation that solves some of the biggest issues facing women and families today. A leading voice of women in technology, Jesse was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the 50 Most Connected Women in America and was nominated by the NRF as a DealMakeHer. In addition to their work at Halogen Ventures, Jesse and her team created the Halogen Fellowship in Venture Capital to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Jesse joins us today to discuss her experiences with simultaneously navigating an acting career and a budding interest in the tech industry. She describes the thought process and lessons she learned from building The Valley Girl Show. She reveals the best way to get the attention of a VC. Jesse also highlights the flaws of traditional funding and capital access and underscores the role of women- and minority-led funds in changing the system.

“Access to capital is an old, broken part of the system that started in slave-holding days and it’s a real problem. Women and minority-led funds are going to change it.” – Jesse Draper

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This week’s takeaways from Entreprenista:

  • Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs
  • Jesse’s experience working in the entertainment industry and her journey to starting a venture capital fund
  • Creating The Valley Girl Show and the challenges Jesse faced in the media
  • Efficiently qualifying an investor for your fund
  • How much capital Jesse was able to raise for her first fund
  • How she decides which companies to invest in
  • How her thought process as an angel investor changed over time
  • Why women need to start funds and help other women entrepreneurs
  • The best ways to reach out to angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Influencer marketing and finding creative ways to help women get funding
  • Jesse’s tips for time management and balancing business and family

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Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “You want to ensure that any fund manager you’re talking to thinks 20 years into the future.” – Jesse Draper
  • “As an investor, I love it when entrepreneurs are ruthless and won’t give up when trying to find me.” – Jesse Draper
  • “Don’t take an investment check from anyone until you have a plan on how to make it back.” – Jesse Draper

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