Ep. 91: Swati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers, Reckoning with Silicon Valley’s Power
Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: https://therealignment.substack.com/Check out our Bookshop store: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentSwati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers, co-founders of Incite, join The Realignment to discuss Silicon Valley after Trump, campaign finance reform, the future of the Democratic Party, and the challenge of fixing broken systems when one benefits from the status quo.
Investor, Activist Swati Mylavarapu: Tech World Must “Get Uncomfortable” With Its Impact On Society
Big Technology Podcast
Swati Mylavarapu is a tech investor and activist who spent $2 million in the 2020 election cycle on Democratic causes, in partnership with her husband, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers. Mylavarapu isn’t your typical Silicon Valley investor. She’ll explicitly admit that the tech industry has some culpability in the hollowing out of the middle of our economy, delivering wealth to the few while leaving the rest in a tough spot. She also served as Pete Buttigeg’s national finance chair in the 2020 Democratic primaries, playing a key role in his surprising upstart campaign. Mylavarapu joined the Big Technology Podcast fresh off a bout with Covid-19 to discuss the tech industry’s role in our society, and how it can be a force for good moving forward. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/big-technology-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Investing in the next generation of Democratic leadership, with Swati Mylavarapu (EP.11)
We are now four weeks from November 3 and arguably the most consequential election of our lifetime. By that date, millions of Americans — hopefully, the vast majority of Americans — will have cast their ballot for our next president. Alongside that choice, as well, are myriad other offices at the state and local level that wield a profound impact on our day-to-day lives. These so-called down-ballot races are the site of the largest loss of Democratic power since the years of Eisenhower, as more than 1000 seats slipped from blue to red in the decade after Barack Obama’s historic victory. Here to discuss why these races are so critical, how the Democratic Party has mobilized in the wake of 2016, and in what ways campaigning has adapted amid a global pandemic is Swati Mylavarapu. Swati is a Cofounder and Board Chair of Arena, a Founding Partner at Incite.org, and the former National Investment Chair of Pete for America, where she raised over $100M for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. Across every role, Swati has worked to catalyze the next generation of Democratic leadership. And in February, 2020, she and her husband pledged $200K more to help flip the U.S. Senate and protect hard-won Democratic majorities in the U.S. House. For more: Register to vote. Learn more about Arena, which is building the pipeline of progressive political leadership. Learn more about Incite, which invests in rising leaders across the country. And listen to more episodes of Civic Rx.
Swati Mylavarapu is a major voice in Silicon Valley who has turned her talents to politics and social change. Pete Buttigieg’s chief investment officer and founder of Incite.org and the Arena, Swati talks to Ken about campaign finance and about diving into politics as a relative outsider.Find Swati on Twitter at @Swatipedia.Incite.org is Swati’s values-based investment fund, made up of Incite Ventures LLC, Incite Labs, and Incite Politics - a three-pronged approach to creating social change. Learn more on their website.Arena is the candidate and campaign staff training platform that Swati co-founded with Ravi Gupta following the 2016 election. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Helping to Build New Progressive Organizations with Swati Mylavarapu of Incite
The Great Battlefield
Swati Mylavarapu joins The Great Battlefield podcast to talk about her career in technology, venture capital and politics and how Incite is working to support and help build new progressive organizations.
Finding small gems, investing in them, building teams, getting other like-minded supporters involved, combining the right ingredients for growth… that’s what Swati has done her entire career. For starters, she invested in herself, getting degrees at Oxford and Harvard as a Rhodes scholar. She learned how great teams and companies are built from the inside at start-ups Quid & Square. Most recently, she learned how capital supports and amplifies entrepreneurs as a partner at KPCB. Music by Jeff Kaale (1, 2, 3, 4) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/yfm/message
COVID era campaigns with Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie, and Swati Mylavarapu
In April, Arena hosted a conversation about how to campaign in the era of COVID-19. The conversation featured Hillary Clinton, Addisu Demissie (former campaign manager of Booker 2020 and Newsom for CA), and Swati Mylavarapu (Arena and Incite.org co-founder). We’ve shared the audio from this conversation.
Swati Mylavarapu is Transforming Democratic Politics
Swati Mylavarapu is busy fixing our country. As National Investment Chair of Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, she's re-inventing how campaigns raise money. As co-founder of The Arena, she's building a base of progressive candidates ready to win elections. And at Incite, she's funding entrepreneurs making the world a better place.
“Who you end up in business partnership with is probably one of the most important decisions that you can make.” Out today is the first of six podcast episodes on building sustainable venture ecosystems, recorded at the recent #RhodesVenture19 Forum. Swati Mylavarapu, co-founder of @incitedotorg, talks us through her time at Google.org, the start-ups Quid and Square, as well as Incite.org, the business she co-founded. Swati also talks about how to decide who to go into business with.