fix America with capitalism

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Mission-Driven Brands

consumer goods & hardware

 

Life-Saving Medicines

synthetic biology & software

 

Frontier Technologies

clean tech & artificial intelligence

 

Underserved Markets

femtech & markets ignored by stodgy old white guys

 

Political Activists

progressive, aggressive, innovative

raise capital like a boss

I'm a practical idealist with a guerrilla attitude. 

Even though our business was exploding, I was struggling to fundraise. I didn't know a lot of investors. I'm a latinx woman building a femtech startup in New York City. Most of the investors I was meeting just didn't get it. #notfun.

Matt took me under his wing & told me to pitch Unbound as "a bet on feminism in the Age of Trump". He introduced me to over a dozen angel investors & VCs, including Cyan Banister at Founders Fund and the founder of Netflix. Suddenly, I was talking to people who understood what I was trying to do. The conversation totally changed, from no's to yeses. 

Raised $3.5M from Founders Fund & others

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Shadiah Sigala

Shadiah Sigala

Co-Founder, Honeybook | CEO, Kinside

Gautam Sivakumar, MD

Gautam Sivakumar, MD

Founder, Medisas

David Haber

David Haber

Founder, Bond Street

How It Works

Startup is Chosen

handpicked by Matt & friends

 

Pitch Sent to the Community

elevator pitch & deal memo

 

Member Requests an Intro

investors & entrepreneurs

 

Startup Accepts (or not)

sees bio, linkedin profile & more

 

Intro Made via Email

happens automatically once the startup accepts

Why I'm Doing This

I'm a practical idealist and an unlikely capitalist.  I got my start as a 911 paramedic in the Bronx and struggled to pay my way through college, where I was the poor kid in a world of one-percenters at Columbia University. I worked for a couple years as freelance journalist for the New York Times & Newsweek, then discovered entrepreneurship in the summer of 2008, just before the global economy collapsed. 

Now, after 3 startups and a decade of struggle (including a close brush with personal bankruptcy), I've earned a small fortune and become an active angel investor with a portfolio of 21 startups. In the VC world, I'm what you call a "high conviction" seed investor. I rely on my own judgement, not herd mentality social proof. My strategy is to bet on people first & foremost. In choosing investments, I use product/market analysis as a filter in my hunt for great people. All investors have biases. I am biased in favor of people like me: poor, hungry, driven outsiders who've had to struggle in life. These are my people.

My most frequent co-investor is Cyan Banister at Founders Fund (she used to be homeless) and I've had one exit to Facebook, but in the end, I'm a small angel investor. I don't have enough cash to make or break a company. When I really believe in a startup, I have to introduce them to investors with deeper pockets than I. 

In 2012, I sent Lyft to Founders Fund; they invested $10M (now up 200x). In 2014, I sent Thumbtack to Andreesen Horowitz and told them to invest $100M; they passed––whoops. In 2017, I sent tbh to Social Capital (Facebook acquired them 2 months later), OsmoBot to Venrock and Unbound to Founders Fund. 

Guerrilla Capital is an extension of what I've been doing over the last half decade, transforming happenstance email chains into a social network for collective action. If it works, we'll be the financing engine for the next 50 years of social progress; if it doesn't, well... at least we didn't go down without a fight. 

-Matt Mireles
 Founder, Guerrilla Capital

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Guerrilla Capital is hiring a platoon of social media interns for the fall ’18 and spring ’19 semesters. It’s paid in cash and you can be anywhere. Tell your friends.

The Caravan has Disappeared. But How?

Why would a group of thousands of people escaping crime & murder purposely head into the most dangerous, crime- & murder-ridden region of Mexico? We have a theory. It involves political intrigue, conspiracy and organized crime.

The #BuildAmerica Project

We're organizing a delegation of US entrepreneurs & military veterans to travel to the refugee caravan in Mexico during the weekend of Friday, November 1, 2018 to interview refugees who want to start a business that creates jobs in the United States or...

Poor. Hungry. Driven.

I look for people who’ve taken it on the chin in life and come back determined to win.

I look for hustlers who’ve risen beyond their station in life.

I look for champions.


Memo to Democrats: Not one vote for Trump’s $5 billion wall. Not one penny for Trump’s wall at all. Republicans still control both chambers of Congress. If Trump wants to shut down the government over his wall, that’s on him and the Republicans.

https://t.co/2lqJFg4E1g

My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove drove schoolbuses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28.

I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a better legislator.

I am the people I work for. https://t.co/NMWGeUIwNS

Ah yes, God forbid a diverse, working-class district (that more accurately represents modern America) actually have equal say in our democracy as your weird uncle with questionable racial beliefs who shares fake conspiracy memes on Facebook. https://t.co/1W6aUzDX7l

Never underestimate the ability of the Left to play purity politics and turn things into a circular firing squad.

Also, I'm talking about national politics in this tweet, but I'm very excited about the umbrage-taking that local politicos will take at this. https://t.co/nU6H3MfUnS
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