GEN Z VCS: Meet the top 29 up-and-comers changing the world of venture capital

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Gen Z VCs have made headlines by starting syndicates, networking in Slack groups, and making a racket on Clubhouse. It’s quickly become clear: Gen Z is already shaking up the venture capital industry.

There’s no set path for Gen Z, born between 1995 and 2010, to break into venture. Some landed their first jobs by getting lucky with a cold email, while others got the attention of bigwigs through their own, ambitious personal projects. For example, one Gen Z on our list landed his VC job after writing a book at age 18 that impressed a venture firm partner. Others are forgoing traditional firms entirely, opting instead to angel invest in startups by Gen Z founders that they believe in. 

There are, however, some commonalities between the rising stars on this list: almost everyone leverages social media in some way (see: the three TikTok superstars), many deeply understand the importance of forming their own Gen Z VC communities, and pretty much all of them want to change the world. 

Insider compiled this list by talking to dozens of Gen Z VCs to discover the rising stars making a name for themselves within their own spheres.

So, whether through funds they founded themselves or by climbing the ranks of Silicon Valley power firms, here are the Gen Z VCs, organized alphabetically by last names, making their mark on the industry.

Adapt Ventures’ Ammar Amdani: 22

Ammar Amdani, 22, and his brother, Mohammed Amdani, 25, are a VC dream team. Both entered the venture capital world separately — Ammar started his career at RLC Ventures in London — but then came together to found Adapt Ventures, an early-stage firm.

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They’ve since invested in companies like Pogo, an app provides coupons based on the user’s location, and Vibely, a startup helping creators monetize. 

Additionally, Ammar cofounded the e-commerce apparel company Sugar.

Adapt Ventures’ Mohammed Amdani: 25

Before founding Adapt Ventures, Mohammed Amdani, 25, was on the investment team at Plug and Play Ventures, leading early stage investments in the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. 

His advice to aspiring VCs is to prioritize relationship building. 

“Focus on building meaningful relationships with a handful of individuals who you enjoy sharing ideas with,” he said.

Global Silicon Valley’s Jonathan Chang: 22

Jonathan Chang, 22, had a wild journey into venture capital. He began as a photographer, shooting photos and videos for major artists like Charli CXC and Mura Masa. He then began editing videos for Global Silicon Valley (GSV), an early stage fund focused on digital education, and was eventually brought on as a full time associate.

Like a true Gen Zer, Chang uses TikTok to teach others about venture capitalism — and even find startups to invest in himself. He angel invested in CopyAI, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to create copy, after stumbling across the company on his TikTok feed.

Acceleprise’s Pranavi Cheemakurti: 24

Pranavi Cheemakurti, 24, started her venture career by cold emailing and calling 200 venture firms. None of them worked. 

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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