In its second year, When Founder Met Funder featured Incredible Health Co-founder and CEO Iman Abuzeid, Slutty Vegan founder and CEO Pinky Cole, Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel, Cake Ventures Founding Partner Monique Woodard and others. “It was very important for us to be able to give different ranges of talks,” Domonique Fines, co-creator of the event, told TechCrunch. “I wanted people to see there are Black women founders out there.
Meanwhile, Megan Holston-Alexander of Andreessen Horowitz’s Cultural Leadership Fund and Planet FWD Founder Julia Collins were already volunteering at All Raise as Fines joined All Raise from YC. “So it was one of those things where we just kind of put all of our heads together,” Fines said. “We wanted to make sure that we could do something that’d be super tactical and useful, but also make it not just an event.
Before joining All Raise, Fines spent a few years at Y Combinator as the Silicon Valley accelerator’s director of events. “As the batches got larger and larger, I started seeing less and less Black women,” Fines told TechCrunch.