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The Stock Market Keeps Rising - Here's Why Small Investors Need to Watch Out

March 10, 2021

In the dizzying world of investing, stocks seem to steamroll forward. And in 2021, the popular collections of stocks called indexes are all up, up, up. Over the last 12 months leading to early March, that means 21% for the Dow, 29% for the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq's astounding 54% run. And yet, tens of millions of Americans in the real economy have been battered. While investing is always good, doing so with an eye on reality is better. There are multiple reasons why stocks have seen such gains—and no guarantee how long that might continue. *Managing Partner Elizabeth Edwards shares her insights. Read the full article.*

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Eight Women in Venture Capital Share their Best Advice for Female Founders

March 8, 2021

Statistically, women-led and owned businesses make more money but they’re still woefully underfunded, especially when it comes to venture capital. And, unfortunately, those stats aren’t improving year-over-year. A recent report published by Fortune discovered that companies founded by women received less VC investment in 2020 than in 2019. By the numbers, female-founded companies raised $3.31 billion in VC in 2020, or 2.2% of the year’s total sum, compared to $3.5 billion and 2.6% in 2019. So, we reached out to eight women in the venture capital industry and asked them to share their best fundraising advice for female founders—and they didn’t hold back. *[Managing Partner Elizabeth Edwards]( shares her advice. Read the full article.*

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VCs Share What It’s Like To Test Out Fitness Apps Before They Invest

January 27, 2021

Sometimes the best way to know something works is by trying it out yourself. Health and fitness-related goals are commonly a New Year’s resolution for many consumers, so we decided it was worth asking five [venture capitalists]( who invest in fitness apps and platforms, how they go about evaluating potential investments. *Managing Partner [Elizabeth Edwards]( shares her experience. Read the full article.* *Illustration: Dom Guzman*

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Women Reveal Which Companies They Invest In and Why

January 27, 2021

Investing in the stock market seems simple enough, but sometimes figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. After all, there are tons of companies to choose from across industries, each offering a unique opportunity to become part of it. Regardless of which companies you choose to put your money into, the key to seeing any return is simply getting started. According to Ellevest, a financial planning service, women make up only eight percent of investors. What's more is that women hold 71 percent of their investments in cash versus investments, as opposed to 60 percent of men. If you're looking for ways to grow your wealth, there's no better time than now to get your feet wet. We spoke with professional women about what companies they're investing in and why they chose them. Here are their stories and their best tips for other female investors. *Managing Partner [Elizabeth Edwards]( reveals her perspective. Read the full article.* *Image: 10'000 HOURS / GETTY IMAGES*

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In Conversation with Elizabeth Edwards of H Venture Partners

January 27, 2021

Entreprenista interviews [Managing Partner Elizabeth Edwards]( over her career, entrepreneurship, and her outlook for the future.

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Woman-Owned Venture Capital Firm Hits Fundraising Milestone

January 26, 2021

A venture capital firm geared toward investing in consumer goods companies has hit a fundraising milestone. H Venture Partners, the [Cincinnati VC firm]( run by [founder Elizabeth Edwards]( and partner Madeleine Ludlow, announced Tuesday it has reached $10 million in assets under management to round out 2020. Image: Jenn Prine Photography

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Forecast: E-commerce Startups Need To Flex Their Customer Service Muscles In 2021

January 11, 2021

Retailers that started 2020 without an online sales presence most likely went into 2021 with one, or at least plans to do so, in order to get a piece of what is likely to become an increasingly larger e-commerce pie. “We are going to see companies leveraging artificial intelligence to present curated, personalized experiences with recommendations in a way that delights and engages the customer,” said Lori Cashman, general partner at Victress Capital, which invests in technology-enabled consumer startups. *Managing Partner [Elizabeth Edwards]( shares her insight. Read the full article.* *Illustration: Li-Anne Dias*

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Why Elon Musk And Other Tech Billionaires Are Leaving Silicon Valley For Texas

December 15, 2020

At an event last week, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that he had recently moved to Texas and rapidly relocating his California-based business empire to the Lone Star State. With a new Tesla factory under construction and two increasingly busy SpaceX facilities in the state, it was not unexpected news. “We’ve got the Starship development here in South Texas, where I am right now,” Musk said during The Wall Street Journal‘s CEO Council annual summit last Tuesday. “And then we’ve got big factory developments just outside Austin.” Musk is not the only Silicon Valley heavyweight exiting the Bay Area. *Managing Partner [Elizabeth Edwards]( shares her perspective. Read the full article.* *Image: BRITTA PEDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images*

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CEO John Foley on Peloton's IPO

September 26, 2019

John Foley, Peloton CEO, joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss his expectations for the company's IPO and what's next for the company. John Foley of Peloton rang the NASDAQ opening bell as Peloton goes public today (Nasdaq: PTON). Peloton raised $1.2 billion at a $9.5 billion market cap, becoming New York’s largest startup ever to go public. It is also the city’s only VC-backed company ever to raise $1 billion, and the largest VC-backed consumer IPO anywhere in at least 20 years.

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CMO Podcast: Fernando Machado

July 25, 2019

Fernando Machado is one of the most acclaimed CMOs working today. He is the only person to be awarded the Brandweek Genius of the year twice. He was the CMO of Dove during their rebeauty campaign. Mr. Machado is currently serves as the groundbreaking CMO of fast [food]( giant, Burger King. In this episode Fernando discusses the importance of creativity when it comes to building a powerful marketing campaign.

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June 20, 2019

B2B payments company is gearing up to go public just weeks after announcing an $88 million investment round, Business Insider reported Thursday (June 20). Two unnamed sources told the publication that is meeting with bankers as it prepares to choose the underwriters for its initial public offering (IPO). At the time of its $88 million investment round the company was valued at $1 billion, with JPMorgan and Franklin Templeton among the investors. The sources noted that has not chosen its underwriters nor decided on a set time to float. The company did not respond to the publication’s request for comment, reports said. Before its most recent investment round, raised $100 million in 2017 following a partnership announcement with JPMorgan Chase that will see the bank integrate’s B2B bill payments functionality into its offering for corporate clients.

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Peloton confidentially files for IPO

June 5, 2019

Peloton said Wednesday it has made a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, the latest in a string of consumer tech companies to test the public markets. Peloton has raised over $900 million in funding, and was valued at $4.15 billion after its latest round in August, according to PitchBook. It did not release the price and number of shares to be offered. Since the first bike sold in 2014, Peloton has sold over 400,000, according to news reports, and garnered a cult following, including celebrities like David Beckham and Hugh Jackman.

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Farmer's Fridge to expand in Midwest after $30M financing round led by former Google CEO's venture capital fund

September 5, 2018

Farmer’s Fridge, the Chicago-based startup that sells salads and other meals from vending machines, plans to double its operation next year after recently closing a $30 million financing round led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s venture capital fund. Launched in 2013, Farmer’s Fridge has grown to about 185 machines in Chicago and Milwaukee, with another 225 coming coming on line by the end of this year, said founder and CEO Luke Saunders. This latest round of financing will help the company beef up its Chicago workforce, while adding 400 to 500 more fridges in other Midwestern cities such as Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and St. Louis by the end of next year, Saunders said.

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Restaurant News Startup The Infatuation Secures $30 Million Investment From Firm Co-Founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg

September 27, 2018

The Infatuation, a startup dedicated to covering restaurant scenes from Los Angeles to London, is planning to open up coverage to more cities around the world soon thanks to a flush new infusion of cash. The New York City-based company just announced a $30 million investment from WndrCo, a consumer tech holding company co-founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ann Daly, and Sujay Jaswa. As described on the firm’s site, WndrCo “invests in, acquires, develops, and operates consumer technology businesses for the long-term.” With the new deal, Daly and Jaswa will sit on The Infatuation’s board of directors. Beyond that, WndrCo’s involvement with The Infatuation is described to be more of a “partnership,” based on comments from The Infatuation’s chief in Thursday’s announcement.

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