On this episode of The First Close, we interview Katie Shea, co-founder of Divergent Capital alongside her partner Lucy Wang.
Katie and Lucy started angel investing together in 2019 while Katie was a partner at K50 Ventures/Kairos and Lucy was with 11.2 Capital. Katie moved into venture following a career as a founder, operator, and growth marketer. Lucy had previously held roles with Greycroft and Bridgewater, and earned a Masters in machine learning.
With Divergent Capital, Katie and Lucy leverage their respective expertise to support seed-stage founders. Lucy is the deeptech expert, having been a CTO and COO of AI and blockchain startups. Katie is the go-to-market expert, having spent her career launching and scaling companies from zero to $30M in revenue.
Together, they write first checks into pre-seed companies that are commercializing unique technological and scientific innovations. In this episode, we discuss how Katie and Lucy combine their divergent perspectives and skill sets to better support founders. We also talk about their approach to prototyping their fund through an LLC, as well as their views on how to help pre-seed founders build companies with defensible business models and technologies.
Listen to our interview with Katie by streaming The First Close on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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