What maximizes your chances of receiving funds from a venture capitalist? Shelly Kapoor Collins knows firsthand. She’s a tech entrepreneur and public servant–turned– founder/CEO of Shatter Fund, a venture capital fund that invests almost exclusively in female entrepreneurs whose businesses stand to disrupt the tech landscape.
With more than 20 years in the tech sector advocating for innovation and policy reform, Kapoor Collins was appointed to the National Women’s Business Council in the second Obama Administration, served as vice-chair of the Women in Public Service Project started by Secretary Hillary Clinton, and was part of the transition team for then California Attorney General (now Vice President) Kamala Harris.
Because of her experience, grit, and commitment, Kapoor Collins has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the top 20 global influential Indian women by the Economic Times of India as well as one of Forbes 40 women to watch over 40.
Shatter Fund also launched The Shatter Foundation, a nonprofit organization that connects girls in under-served communities with access to capital, networks, and markets, in an effort to foster an inclusive economy and equitable entrepreneurship.
Listen as Kapoor Collins discusses what drew her to the tech sector in the 90s, how the tech landscape has evolved, why she started a venture capital fund, and what female entrepreneurs can do to improve their chances of securing funding on this episode of SheVentures.