Collection of candid advice from women VCs
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Christina Brodbeck is a Managing Partner at Rivet Ventures, venture firm investing in companies whose products and services target a predominantly female demographic.
Prior to co-founding Rivet Ventures, Christina A. Brodbeck was a founding team member at YouTube, where she was the company's first UI Designer. While at YouTube, she was the lead designer for YouTube Mobile. Christina, a passionate advocate for innovation in education, launched YouTube EDU/Education as her (20% time) side project. Before YouTube, Christina worked at MRL Ventures, NASA, and Keynote Systems. Most recently, Christina co-founded TheIceBreak, a service that helps committed couples grow in their relationships. She is a seasoned angel investor with investments in approximately 20 companies, and has mentored at various places including 500 Startups and The Designer Fund. Some angel investments include: Cue (acquired by Apple), Matterport, inDinero, and Imgix. She speaks globally on women in technology, design, investing, and entrepreneurship. She is originally from the Chicagoland area, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in (Russian) history, and holds a master's degree in Instructional Multimedia Design and Technologies from San Francisco State University.
Christina loves sunshine, hot weather, being outdoors, travel, swimming, the Chicago Cubs, dark comedy, photography, Russian literature, and wandering around aimlessly without a desired destination in mind. She dreams of one day going back to school to study all things end-of-life in hopes of eventually applying her design skills to that area.
According to AngelList, she has invested between $15,000 to $25,000 in companies such as Enole and Texting.ly. She lives in San Francisco and is about to launch her own company called TheIceBreak. It attempts to use technology to solve psychological and emotional problems in relationships.