On this episode of The First Close, I filled in for Jessica to interview Tracy Chadwell, founding partner at 1843 Capital, a woman-led firm investing in cybersecurity, fintech, and silver-tech. Tracy has made it her mission to fund startups focused on improving the lives of people over the age of 50.
After earning a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago, Tracy spent the first part of her career as a lawyer and vice president at Robertson Stephens, a traditional investment firm. She noticed that only 2% of venture capital dollars went to women-founded companies. Initially, she founded 1843 Capital to address this funding disparity. The firm has since expanded to fund cybersecurity startups, as well as silver-tech companies, which focus on the needs of aging consumers.
Recently, Tracy was named to Entrepreneur‘s list of 100 powerful women and Forbes magazine’s 50 Over 50 list. We discussed Tracy’s approach to building her fund, her commitment to investing in technology geared towards improving the lives of people over the age of 50, and her belief that some of your greatest work can come from the “second chapter” of your career.
Listen to our interview with Tracy Chadwell of 1843 Capital by streaming The First Close on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.