106 minutes | Dec 27th 2020

Shaydi DeJesus Venture Partner, 100 Women in Finance, Bunker Labs

On this episode of the Jason Cavness Experience I talk to Shaydi DeJesus – Venture Partner, 100 Women in Finance, Bunker Labs

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We talk about the following

Her fishing adventures in Alaska

Venture Capital

Should you cold call/email potential investors

Her experiences with the U.S. Military

The Austin startup scene

Shaydi’s Bio

Shaydi DeJesus is multi-dimensional diverse with demonstrated history working in

national/global innovation networks, entrepreneurship, commercialization,

venture capital and alternative investments.  


Bunker Labs Austin, City Lead

(Southwest Region), SoGal Austin Lead, Venture Partner at Gitty Inc. Former:

Venture Partner at Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs; Senior Buyer – Austin

Community College; Former Department of Defense Management Consultant, National Association for Latino

Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)

Entrepreneur - 2020 100 Women in

Finance scholar; Masters, McCombs School of Business at University of

Texas – Austin in Tech Commercialization; Undergrad Marketing/Management – UTSA

and Governor Dolph Briscoe Scholar.

Passions: Ecosystem Builder,

Diversity, Veteran/Military initiatives

Shaydi DeJesus is the Bunker Labs Austin City Lead (Southwest Region), an organization supporting veteran/military entrepreneurship nationally from idea stage through those who have raised $1M+ or 500K ARR. She is also the SoGal Austin Lead – SoGal the largest global

platform for women & diverse entrepreneurs and investors that provides

resources, education and community for a 100K+ person network with chapters in

40+ cities around the world. SoGal Ventures is the 1st female-led

millenial venture capital firm. 

Ms. DeJesus is passionate about

investment and entrepreneurship ecosystem building as a former Venture Partner

at Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs & being a catalyst for both pre- and

post-revenue companies in all verticals. She currently is a Venture

Partner at Gitty Inc. working with both Gitty and the investment

fund/portfolio companies it serves.

Previously she was a Department of Defense Management Consultant and early-staff of NALCAB –

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders. Since 2008,

NALCAB has been a catalyst for more than $300 million in investment in Latino

communities, much of which flowed through structured partnerships and consortia

among the members. 

NALCAB is the hub of a

national network of more than 120 mission-driven organizations that are anchor

institutions in geographically and ethnically diverse Latino & minority

communities in 40 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico.

She is an underrepresented entrepreneur herself, 2020 100 Women in Finance scholar and

holds a Masters from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in

Austin – in Tech Commercialization and undergrads from University of Texas at

San Antonio in Marketing and Management. Governor Dolph Briscoe Scholar.

Shaydi’s Social Media

Shayde’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/bernardstweets

Shaydi’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaydidejesus/

Shaydi’s Advice

I'd like for folks to challenge the status quo. My particular advice and that is I never would have thought I would be in the circles and doing the things that I am now like 10 years ago. The more that I pushed forward, the more that I was able to break down doors and glass ceilings. So now everything seems pretty limitless. For a lot of founders out there, they just feel like they're going to win overnight and then most folks are not going to win overnight.

It's like a 10 year journey itself. Your journey. I've seen folks that raise several rounds and they're still, like needing to raise more rounds. Really believe in yourself, surround yourself with other folks that believe in yourself. But also challenge you to be better.

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