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Authentic Ventures

Authentic Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Oakland. The firm was founded in 2016, and invests in Pre-Seed through Series B companies that are solving the world's hardest problems with diverse teams. We invest primarily in B2B software with a particular focus on AI and Machine Learning, Vertically focused Software, FinTech, and selective Consumer subscription companies. We have a strong focus on investing in companies that are led by diverse teams.

Engaging great founders seeking to solve some of our world's hardest problems might be the single greatest challenge of our generation. Wherever and whoever they are – we endeavor to find them. Solutions to the world's hard problems are more likely to come from diverse teams. To many, this talent is invisible. Our mission is to seek out and engage with this talent. Authentic has built a differentiated and diverse network that over-indexes to women and people of color who are extremely accomplished yet underrepresented in traditional funding circles.

Stage of capital: Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A, Series B

Location: Oakland, CA

Fund manager diversity: Black and African American led

Diversity focus: Women, Black and African American, Hispanic-Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Native American

Industry focus: Environmental Sustainability, General Tech- and Tech-Enabled, Consumer and Retail, B2B, Fintech and Payments, Healthcare and Wellness (incl. FemTech), Future of Work and Living (incl. Education/EdTech)

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Lindsay Lee
General Partner (Managing Member)