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I interviewed Kate Mitchell, Managing Director Scale Venture Partners who won an award @NVCA Venturescape.  She received the Outstanding Service Award. Along with being a great vc she started the IPO Taskforce which she worked on for 10months which resulted in the JOBS Act.  The center piece of this is access to capital for small companies.  It smooths the path all the way from the private end of things, crowdfunding all the way through going public for small companies.  She refers to it as a ‘Purple Issue’ because both the Democrats (Blue) & Republicans (Red) care about jobs & innovation & that’s what entrepreneurship is about.  Her domain expertise is enterprise technology. Scale Venture Partners has made a large practice out of investing in that area.  She feels that the entrepreneurs inspire them: “They keep our gas tank full!”  She spoke about the changing face of venture capital industry. On the one hand it is good that there have been cut backs: “It’s the tree that needs to be pruned but none of us want to be the limbs that have to be cut off!” It means that the great companies that are out there have a better chance. There’s also been a shift with micro VC, emerging manager small ‘back to the future’ funds.  This is really what the industry was founded upon. She’s thrilled about that development as it complements what they do. Corporate Venture has grown hugely – they have come back in a more sophisticated way, are partnering & understand & help but not necessarily dominate the companies that they’re investing in.

Pemo Theodore

Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher and a great people connector. She was Founder Silicon Valley TV which has served the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years! She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups for 10 years. Pemo loves to video interview venture capitalists & founders to engage the human behind the success stories.. She has been Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley for 6 years, organizing twice monthly FinTech talks & panels in San Francisco & Palo Alto and audio podcasts. She believes in learning through a great discussion with experts in the domains. Pemo has a talent to bring the right people together and is an incredible networker. Pemo's events have been seen as supporting Venture Capitalists & Angels in sourcing great deal flow from startups who attend her events. Many founders have received funding through meeting investors at her events. Her favored medium is audio & visual media and she has built up a great body of work of videos of panels & interviews and podcasts in Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. She has lived & worked in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, London, Northern Ireland & Silicon Valley. Bio

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