In May, Mastersfund Venture Partner Vani Rao took Mastersfund to the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Vani assembled a powerful group of women business leaders in the boardroom and beyond, including Meg Bear CPO SAP, Thea Soule CCO Ecobat, Lakshmi Reddy Partner Elixir, Julie Rasmussen CEO She Banks, and Kim Flanery Rye of MyKimisms, Urban Artworks, and Adjunct Professor at Seattle University. The group presented two-panel discussions at Equality Lounge, hosted by The Female Quotient, “The 50% Blind Side: Why Corporate Boards Need Women to Survive and Thrive” and “Woman’s Work: A Q&A with the Panelists.”
Mastersfund has joined forces with two leading organizations supporting women to become successful founders and prominent leaders. Mastersfund provides curriculum, advisory support, and collaborative expansion of our brands and our work with these powerful organizations.
Mastersfund announced that the Fund has made an investment in heywell, the Chicago-based, fastest growing sparkling adaptogenic water brand. Mastersfund’s investment in heywell allows the female-founded brand to solidify its position as the one to watch.
The announcement comes on the heels of a report released by Globe Newswire indicating that adaptogens, a class of plants that help bodies adapt to stress, is a market driven by surging demand for functional beverages and for effective therapeutics to counteract stress. According to Spins data, the $5.2 billion natural energy and other functional beverage market segment is growing at 24.6% as Gen Z and Millennial consumers seek cleaner, plant-based solutions for modern life. With revenues tripling year over year, heywell’s growth is outpacing this market segment by 8X.
Mastersfund™ and Women in Cloud accelerator program announced a new collaboration to foster and further success among women founders of technology companies worldwide.
Through this collaboration, Masterfund will support the Women in Cloud accelerator program with capital raise and corporate governance curriculum, actively seek to fund graduates who achieve revenue and other business goals, and provide pathways and introductions to later stage capital through Mastersfund’s global community of investment colleagues.
By: Padma Subramanian
Fyrii can transform business innovation into an “as a service” model that can help bring companies into the new economy. Often referred to as the “Creator” or “YOLO (You Only Live Once)” economic model, we are now seeing workers taking the power back into their own hands and using these models to define their own career paths, while organizations benefit by engaging the most relevant and current expertise.
Seattle-based Sybilla Masters Fund, known as Mastersfund has added two additional women-led tech companies to the fund’s portfolio, Seattle-area Automaton, doing business as Stack Moxie, and PageDip, headquartered in Boulder Colorado.
The Sybilla Masters Fund, known as Mastersfund, announced a third investment from their inaugural Fund in Tacoma-based Humming, Inc. The Humming platform, found at heyhumming.com, automates small purchases of online ads and leverages scale to lower costs. The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to build and distribute ads across multiple online platforms, enabling small ad buyers to optimize ad targeting, reach and performance in ways that were previously only available to high-volume ad buyers.
Mastersfund™ is thrilled to announce an investment in Tribute, a Seattle, WA peer-to-peer mentorship company that promotes employee connection, collaboration and growth. Tribute disrupts traditional mentoring programs across increasingly virtual and hybrid onsite/offsite workforces, enabling companies to to build corporate cultures that encourage continuous learning, develop leaders at every stage, and democratize access to knowledge, wisdom, and opportunity.Read More
Originally published by Geekwire, October 2021
Seattle’s Tribute raised $1.5 million over a two-part seed round, allowing the mentoring app to hire former Amazon AWS architect Ian Ma as its chief technical officer.
The gist: Tribute, which integrates with Slack and Microsoft Teams, is trying to solve the fear-of-commitment hurdle that prevents mentor-mentee relationships from ever getting off the ground. The app limits a mentoring interactions to a month, with the option of both parties agreeing to renew for additional 30-day stretches.
Gillian Muessig isn’t angry about the gender gap in venture capital. She’s just done waiting around for change.
“I have no more patience to be gracious, to let the status quo continue,” said Muessig, a tech industry veteran who co-founded SEO company Moz in 2004.Read More
- heywell Sparkling Adaptogenic Water Expands Strategic Retailer Distribution on the back of Strong Innovation and Industry Leading Velocities
- Tribute Integrates Career Connections in Degreed
- Mastersfund Announces a Third Investment in heywell Sparkling Adaptogenic Water; Daintree Capital Joins as Equity and Growth Capital Partner
- heywell: Revolutionizing the Beverage Industry with Adaptogens and Wellness
- Mastersfund Managing Director, Gillian Muessig, Recognized Among Top 100 Women of the Future in Emerging Tech