Anna Mason — Investing Catalytic Capital in Companies Outside the Coasts with Revolution
The Multiplier Effect
Today we are joined by Anna Mason, Managing Partner at Rise of the Rest. Revolution’s Rise of the Rest® Road Trip with Steve Case is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems. She shares her unique perspective on how the most compelling investment opportunities in the next decade will emerge from startups in cities based outside the coasts. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/endeavornwa/message
Anna Mason's distinct, feminine designs (to quote The Times) ‘slyly modest, slyly sexy’ are known to attract the ‘where did you get that from‘ question. Yes seriously. Her talent was spotted by Karl Lagerfeld when she was at the RCA and suffice to say she ended up working for him in Paris and with her style influenced one of his collections. She went on to work for Max Mara, Valentino in Italy before returning back to London and working for Amanda Wakeley. Anna Mason London's ready-to-wear collections can be found at Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi. With rave reviews from the fashion press, she has been hailed as ‘the best kept secret in London’ by The Vendeur and ‘the quietly chic fashion label made for life’ by The Telegraph. Join Anna and I chatting about her ambition to be a fashion designer, how it nearly didn't happen, what makes her tick, how they are adapting to make sure they address sustainability, her thoughts on success and failure and so much more. Anna is candid. She shares valuable insights.My website recommendation: The How To AcademyChocolate: Ritter Sport MarzipanQuote: 'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening' Coco Chanelhttps://www.annamasonlondon.co.uk/ insta:@annamasonlondonSUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER WITH A CHANCE TO WIN OUR H&P CHOCOLATE BAR.Don’t forgot to hit subscribe to catch the latest episode and if you are feeling super generous I would treasure a rate and review (Apple). Do share away with any mates, neighbours, colleagues, family if you think they may gain a nugget or two of inspiration or insight. To keep up to speed with me and life with Hope & Patience join us on insta/twitter @amelia_rope, facebook @hopeandpatience Worry less. Smile more. Until the next time … keep your sparkle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
“When you invest in start-ups you are at the intersection of realism and optimism.” Anna Mason, an entrepreneur herself, (named by @BusinessInsider as one of the top 100 people transforming business in 2019) is leading another road trip for the Rise of the Rest seed fund that will take them to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Northwest Arkansas and St. Louis that gives startups an opportunity to earn a $100,000 investment from the seed fund. And the first stop on the tour, Wichita, KS, where our culture of entrepreneurial talent will be front and center. Anna tells the ictpodcast how this came about and how important visiting communities all over the country is to the economy. This is the Revolution.
You’ve heard us talk about the daunting statistic that almost 80% of all venture capital is spent on three coastal states. And while there are plenty of investors arguing why this trend will continue, there are contrarian investors looking beyond the coasts for their next homerun.Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL, is one of those investors. Steve co-founded Revolution, an investment firm that houses multiple funds. One of those funds is the Rise of the Rest seed fund which made its debut in 2014 to invest in startups located outside traditional tech hubs. Since, Steve has raised a second fund backed by high profile individuals like Jeff Bezos, Sara Blakely, and Ray Dalio.As part of their efforts, the Rise of the Rest Team hosts other investors, and first-tier national media on a bus tour every year making one-day stops in five different cities. The goal of the tour is to highlight the innovation happening across the nation. The team also invests in at least one startup per stop. This year, as part of their tour, they will be making a stop in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.Although it will be their first bus tour through Oklahoma, the Rise of the Rest Team is already familiar with the startup community in the state. Last year, the fund made their first investment in Oklahoma when they participated in Zero Card’s Series A round which closed at $7 million. Join us as we talk to Anna Mason, Partner of the Rise of the Rest and find out more about their investment thesis and get a behind the scenes breakdown of the tour and pitch competition.
Revolution, Live. Anna Mason and David Hall of Revolution's Rise of the Rest fund - from American University
Macro Micro Michael Marco & Startups at the Edge (M4Edge)
And now, for something completely different… Our show today was recorded live at American University, with Professor Jeff Sosland and the students in his International Business—Global Entrepreneurship class. And our guests today come from another side of the tech world: the Venture Capital on which entrepreneurs rely to turn their ideas into a successful business. We talk to Anna Mason and David Hall, partners at Revolution Ventures’ Rise of the Rest Fund.We talk about strategy, and what VCs look for as they try to identify the next big success story, the ideas worth funding among the many pitched to them every day. What makes a successful strategy? How do you build the right team starting with limited resources? Should you focus on perfecting your technology and protecting your IP, or on growing your market share as fast as possible? Anna and David will give us some enlightening examples of how some of their portfolio companies have evolved their strategy over time, identifying new opportunities and quickly adapting to capture them.Rise of the Rest seeks to fund startups outside the traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley and Boston. Anna and David explain why they believe the companies located in less tech-dominated areas might well have a better chance of disrupting some of the large traditional industries, from manufacturing to agriculture. And indeed some of the companies we have already hosted on M4Edge fit the description—can you spot them in our episodes list?Professor Sosland and his students get a chance to pepper Anna and David with questions at the end—and to decide whether all they’ve heard makes them more or less likely to test their mettle as entrepreneurs. What about you? After you hear from two experienced VCs the good bad and ugly of startup ventures, do you feel more or less tempted to give it a try? Drop us a note on info@m4Edge.com and let us know!
Newly appointed Best Friend of the show, Anna returns for her 3rd appearance on This Much I Know to advise us on how to get bikini fabulous in time for the summer holidays. It’s all about ditching those demon refined carbs and concentrating on nutritious, low GI food (with the odd glass of champagne, perhaps?) and upping the exercise! We have a small detour to discuss a quote from Catherine Deneuve, but apart from that, it’s all about how to develop a healthy eating blueprint for life. Hear Jackie live every Saturday from 1pm only on www.myscr.co.uk