273. The "Three Layer Cake" Fund, How Personal Experience Drives Your Investment Lens, The Future of Tech for the Aging Population, & How a Solo GP Can Do it All (Monique Woodard)

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Monique Woodard of Cake Ventures joins Nick to discuss The "Three Layer Cake" Fund, How Personal Experience Drives Your Investment Lens, The Future of Tech for the Aging Population, & How a Solo GP Can Do it All. In this episode, we cover:

  • Walk us through your background and path to VC
  • What’s the thesis at Cake Ventures?
  • You have a strong focus on looking for startups that are addressing the needs of a world undergoing massive demographic changes. Talk to us a bit about how you approach investing in demographic change?
  • What sort of demographic changes do you believe will have opportunities?
  • Were you surprised to see Baby Boomers dominating online shopping?
  • What is it like being a solo GP? What are the pros and cons?
  • How do you replicate and try to scale yourself?
  • Context switching is often cited as the hardest thing about what we do. Talk us through your schedule and how you manage context switching?
  • This question is called three data points. I'm going to give you a hypothetical situation w/ a startup and you can ask three questions for three specific data points.
    • Let's say you are approached to invest in a consumer social business with 100k MAUs, and 20% MoM growth for the last 3 months. The catch is you can only ask for 3 data points to make your decision.
    • What 3 questions do you ask?

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