Stephanie Palmeri of NextView Ventures: Supporting The Dreamers and Builders Changing the World
Finding founders with true visions that have a real plan to execute those visions is rare. So rare that those founders are actually called unicorns. But finding and supporting those founders takes a lot of patience and skill. Today’s guest has both of those traits, Stephanie Palmeri, Partner at NextView Ventures, has been working at the top of the venture industry for more than a decade and has backed impressive founders.
About Stephanie Palmeri:
Stephanie Palmeri is a Partner at NextView Ventures and is based in San Francisco. She loves supporting founders who share a North Star of building exceptional user-centric experiences for individuals, families, workers, and communities. Her investments in the Everyday Economy have spanned many industries, including social commerce, circular retail, education, digital health, marketplaces, transportation, and finance.
Previously, Stephanie was a partner at Uncork Capital, where she spent a decade investing in dozens of seed-stage companies, including Poshmark ($POSH), Clever (acq. by Kahoot!), Chariot (acq. by Ford), ClassDojo, Carrot Fertility, Hallow, Panorama Education, Phil, Wrapbook, and Wonderschool. Before venture investing, Stephanie worked as a technology consultant and marketer at Accenture, Estee Lauder, and several startups.
Stephanie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Villanova University.
In this episode we discuss:
(0:01:15) News roundup with John Ruffolo
(0:22:44) How Stephanie ended up in the venture and startup world
(0:27:32) Why she chose NextView instead of creating a new fund
(0:29:36) What appeals to Stephanie about investing in Canadian Startups
(0:32:17) Becoming comfortable investing in the Canadian ecosystem
(0:33:28) The biggest changes to early-stage investing in the last decade
(0:36:29) The process of joining NextView
(0:41:22) NextView’s current focus and plans for its new $200M fund
(0:44:18) Starting NextView’s accelerator program
(0:47:29) Founders deciding to have an early exit
(0:50:08) Deciding to become a certified coach to help her founders
(0:53:50) What makes a great board member
(0:58:39) How she advises as an LP and angel investor
(1:00:09) Who should contact her and what she invest in
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