Vitalize is known for investing in the future of work and the future of learning startups. They typically invest $250K-$1.5M at the pre-seed and seed stages. Portfolio companies include Placer, The Mom Project, Toucan, Zero Grocery, Zingtree, hiitide, and many more. They have also recently launched a platform that allows non-qualified investors to invest in start-ups before they hit the public markets.
About Gale Wilkinson:
Gale started in analyst roles at Nielsen and Orbitz before moving into investing in 2012 by founding Irish Angels, a network of angel investors affiliated with the University of Norte Dame. In 2017 she launched a formal fund, Vitalize Venture Capital. She did her undergrad at Notre Dame and got her MBA at the University of Chicago. She is currently a member of the Kauffman Fellows class of 2023.
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In this episode we discuss:
03:26 Why the future of work is such an important area of Gale’s investing
07:37 Is future of work just a code name for automation
09:23 How remote work and gig economy interact with each other
10:42 What Vitalize is excited about with Future of Work
13:23 How the metaverse and online will mix with real-world opportunities
14:03 Overlooked opportunities in the future of workspace
15:24 The ethical questions around working for multiple employers
16:39 Areas Gale is wary of in the future of work
19:10 Areas in the creator economy Vitalize is looking to bet on
20:54 Future of learning and where college degrees will be in the coming years
22:40 How the pandemic has affected the future of work and the future of learning
23:32 Opening up Venture to populations that have been historically excluded from investing
24:48 Gale’s goal for Vitalize and how founders and investors can connect
25:26 Gale’s secret to being so great on Twitter
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