Insider compiled this list by talking to dozens of Gen Z venture capitalists to discover the rising stars making names for themselves within their own spheres.
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VCs have two big jobs to do: Invest in startups shaping the future of the world and generate big exits for their fund. Yet, if you look at the lionshare of funding, you’ll quickly see that most VCs are primarily betting on white, straight (cis) men based in Silicon Valley who graduated from Stanford.
Ammar and Mohammed are the Founding Partners at Adapt Ventures. Their entrepreneurial ambitions started early when they re-sold American candy bars in middle school in the Middle East and milk tea out of their dorm rooms. They co-founded their first company, Sugar Clothing, out of their dorm rooms as 17 and 19 year old students, quickly becoming experts in marketing, brand strategy, and operations.
To date, they have portfolio companies in the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Their passion for venture capital emerged after exiting direct-to-consumer brand Sugar while in university, after which, the brothers spent time in Silicon Valley, London, and Abu Dhabi, investing at various venture funds focusing on investing from Pre-seed to Series A.
Snif launched in October 2020 with a unique try-before-you-buy approach to fragrance and it quickly accumulated a fan base, including Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner. It has also gotten into the hands of Tan France, La La Anthony, Olivia Culpo, Ashley Greene and Olivia Palermo. Hollywood is wild about these fragrances!
Vibely, a new startup co-founded by Asana alumni Teri Yu and Theresa Lee, wants to turn the constant, and often exhausting, beast of content creation on its head. The startup has created a premium, creator-controlled community platform that allows fans to gather and be monetized in new ways, beyond what is possible on YouTube or TikTok.
ResiDesk, an emerging leader in multi-family residential tenant communication and analytics, today announces the general availability of Insights, a first of its class real-time overview of residential portfolios’ vacancy risks.
When Mayssa Chehata couldn’t find a better-for-you candy that satisfied, she decided to create her own. Behave, a new direct to consumer candy, which launched in August 2020, was developed with a culinary-first approach in partnership with celebrity chef and James Beard award nominee Elizabeth Falkner. I caught up with Chehata to talk about the inspiration behind the brand and how she’s trying to change the way people think about candy.
In traditional partnerships between manufacturers and luxury brands, the former usually gets the short stick in the deal. The brands capture the majority of the revenue, leaving small margins to satisfy the manufacturer. Jeremy Cai understood the disadvantages manufacturers have given his family’s history in the business. He created Italic as a new way forward for both manufacturers and consumers. Italic is a luxury good startup that provides premium products at the fraction of a cost to its customers via its “direct-from-manufacturer” model. The startup is based in Los Angeles.