Kate McAndrew (Bolt) – Distributed Teams, Fundraising Outside the Major Hubs, and Impact of COVID

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Kate McAndrew is a Principal at Bolt VC. Bolt makes pre-seed and seed-stage investments, at the intersection of the digital and physical world, often as the first institutional investor. They typically lead or co-lead rounds some of their investments include Tonal, Vnyl, and Companion Labs. She is also the founder of Women in Hardware, a community of female or non-binary identified people working in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at intersection of hardware and software.

One book that has inspired Kate is Mercury by Ariana Raines.

You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katepmcandrew If you are a founder and working on something innovative,, have a question you’d like to hear VCs or founders answer on the show you can DM me and follow Mike on Twitter @mikegelb. You can also follow for episode announcements @consumervc.

In this episode you will learn –

  1. How Kate made her way into the world of venture capital? What’s her due diligence process? What are qualities in founders that she looks for? How does she think about founder-market fit? What makes investing in early stage consumer difficult? Role of a board member? Consumer trends that she’s focused on? How has Coronavirus changed how she is investing/looking at the market?
  2. What is one thing that you would change when it came to venture capital?What is one book that inspired you professionally and one book that inspired you personally? What is one company in your anti-portfolio? What is one piece of advice for founders?

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