Our guest today is Bri Kimmel, Founder of Worklife Ventures. Worklife is the first fund designed for builders, creators & individual contributors. Some of her investments include Clubhouse, Hopin and Italic. We focus this conversation on how having fun is serious business, the ins and outs of the creator economy and evaluating companies where a celebrity is a cofounder.
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Questions I ask Bri:
- How did Worklife VC come together? What compelled you to become an investor and move to the other side of the table?
- Build a community to make entrepreneurship
- Zendesk - support leadership forum; large scale community events
- How do you define a creator? Tech more approachable for local small businesses online
- Why did you want to specialize in investing in products that help builders, creators, and individual contributors thrive? Cash drops -
- Year at home, alot of people starting small businesses
- I bet people will seek shelter and go to stable companies
- Health insurance problem / back office in starting a business
- What are nuances in the creator economy that you think most people might not understand?
- What unique ways are you seeing creators build communities?
- What type of products and needs haven't been met yet for creators?
- How are you imagining the future of social?
- What do you also make of celebrities founding companies? Is that going to be the future for launching consumer products? The hardest part is to bring the audience today
- What are the downsides of having a celebrity co-founder?
- What were your learnings from how Dispo unfolded?
- As we come out of this period of COVID, what are you focusing on when it comes to change of consumer behavior?
- What's your due diligence process when you analyze companies?
- What's one thing you would change when it came to venture capital?
- What's one book that inspired you personally and one book that inspired you professionally?
- What's the best piece of advice that you've received that you've said the most amount of times?