Women Leading Deep Tech Investments

Prime Movers Lab General Partner, Suzanne Fletcher, on the Exciting Opportunities in Deep Tech

Maddie’s very first guest is the incredible Suzanne Fletcher (KF Class 21), General Partner at Prime Movers Lab. Suzanne invests in breakthrough scientific startups founded by the world’s prime movers. In this episode, Maddie and Suzanne explore what drew them to invest in deep tech, the qualities that make a great scientific startup founder, and how they reframe the challenges deep tech startups face into opportunities.

Listen to the full episode above on Spotify or over on iTunes.

On her interest in deep tech

Fletcher sees the challenges deep tech companies face and views them as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

On investing in deep tech

Prime Movers Lab’s ultimate goal is to support the teams driven to have a large-scale positive impact.

On the qualities that make a great scientific startup founder

For Fletcher, two main attributes make a great scientific startup founder.

On today’s challenges in deep tech

Seeing how far we’ve come offers motivation to face the challenges that remain.

Lux Capital Partner, Deena Shakir, on turning Science Fiction into Fact

In this week’s second episode, Maddie welcomes Deena Shakir, a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 23 and Partner at Lux Capital, a VC firm investing in emerging science and technology ventures, exploring the edges of what is possible. Throughout the episode, Deena shares what Lux Capital looks for in deep tech startups, her advice for VCs considering investing in deep tech, and the area of deep tech she’s currently the most excited about.

Listen to the full episode above on Spotify or over on iTunes.

On Lux Capital’s investment thesis for deep tech

Lux Capital believes a unique mix of traits creates a great, investable deep tech startup.

On advice for VCs considering investing in deep tech

Investors must understand that what works in other areas won’t necessarily work with deep tech companies.

On staying curious

It’s not hard to stay curious when working in an area that you find truly fascinating.

On the areas of deep tech she’s currently exploring

Shakir keeps an eye on future generations as she looks to invest more in deep tech.

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