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Matchstick Ventures' specific commitments to fight racism, injustice, and underrepresentation in our firm, portfolio and community

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"Techstars For Life"

Congratulations to Natty Zola on an amazing five years and six programs as Managing Director for the Techstars Boulder Accelerator! In this post, Natty expresses his gratitude to the entire Techstars team as well as shares his plans and goals for the future as he transitions away from his current role at Techstars and turns his focus exclusively to Matchstick Ventures.

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Ryan Broshar
7/1/2020
Natty Zola on DNVR Biz podcast to discuss investing in people over market

In this podcast episode, Natty Zola visits with DNVR Biz CEO Brandon Spano to talk about why he invests in people over all else and what he’s looking for in that process.

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Natty Zola
6/30/2020
Investors Based in San Francisco? That's So 2019

As COVID-19 continues to keep offices closed and more venture capitalists are moving away from traditional cities, a big shift toward remote investments may be happening too. In this article, Natty Zola shares insight on the effects of coronavirus on how people are choosing to invest - shifting from geography-based to remote.

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Natty Zola
6/16/2020
What to Consider Before Publishing Your Diversity Memo

In this TechCrunch article, the commitments made by Matchstick Ventures to combat racism and underrepresentation are identified as more robust and measurable than those made by other firms. Matchstick has pledged specific changes to be made by June 2021, to include increasing the number of Black founders in their investment pipeline and adding a Black advisor to its advisory board.

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Ryan Broshar
6/12/2020
Matchstick Ventures Commitment to Wire and Hire

We are sharing a detailed plan of what we will do to fight racism, injustice and underrepresentation in our firm, portfolio and community. This is a priority to us. We know this is only a start but we are committing to take these specific actions to drive change and be leaders in our communities.

See additional publications here:

Built in Colorado: https://www.builtincolorado.com/2020/06/12/matchstick-ventures-funding-black-founders

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2020/06/11/minnesotas-venture-capitalists-pledge-wire-hire.html?s=print

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Ryan Broshar
6/5/2020
Black Lives Matter

We are writing to publicly affirm our values and our commitment to building an inclusive entrepreneurial community, with access for all. We are committed to broadening and demystifying the closed networks that usually accompany venture capital. Our doors are open, and to Black Community – we stand by you. More to come on how we can be part of the solution.

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Natty Zola
6/1/2020
Our investment in Curu

We're thrilled to announce a new investment into Curu, an automated lead recovery solution enabling lenders to fund more loans. We've tracked the Curu team since it's time in the Techstars program in partnership with Western Union. We're excited to partner with Vestigo Ventures, Harlem Capital, Carolina Fintech Ventures, Techstars Ventures, Holt Accelerator, Chingona Ventures, and Upscale Fund on supporting Abb and David's mission.

Curu secures $3M in funding as the demand for credit skyrockets during the global pandemic.(press release)

Curu Raises $3M Seed Funding to Help People Improve Their Credit

Denver’s Curu lands $3M for personalized credit approval solution

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Natty Zola
5/28/2020
Spekit Announces Investments from Operator Collective and Leyla Seka

We're excited to share that Operator Collective and Leyla Seka have joined the Spekit team! This is a win for the growing digital learning platform and for Denver, CO as well. We couldn't be more proud to be a part of this team. Congrats to the whole Spekit team on this next big step in driving your vision!

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Natty Zola
5/27/2020
In the Future of Healthcare, Self-Funded Plan Sponsors Control Spend and Experience

In this 30-minute webinar, the Apostrophe team discusses health plan concerns as we begin going back to the doctor, and how thinking ahead now and switching to Apostrophe could mean better care with bigger savings for self-funded plan sponsors. We are so excited about the work CEO and co-founder Cheryl Kellond and her team are doing!

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Natty Zola
5/27/2020
soona Helps Keep Ecommerce Content Fresh During Coronavirus Pandemic

Amidst the current restrictions and a lot of uncertainty about the future, soona provides you the ability to get the ecommerce content you need via virtual photoshoots. In this article, a member of the soona team shares ecommerce tips on making the most of the times by continuing to show your customers new visual content. See this Forbes article (Soona, The Virtual Photoshoot You've Been Dreaming About) for more info on how soona works!

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Natty Zola
5/22/2020