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Des Femmes newsletter - Issue #7

Des Femmes newsletter
Des Femmes newsletter
Hello and welcome to the Des Femmes newsletter! 👋

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The last few weeks we have been talking a lot about getting money from investors or angels (or even friends and family if you feel comfortable doing it) with amazing business-focused women on Twitter Spaces and Slack. So, this week we thought we would feature Tzvete Doncheva, an Investor Relations and Platform Manager at a venture capital firm  PropTech1 Ventures. After a “serendipitous turn of events,” her career took a turn, and she’s been conquering the venture capital space with her talent and skills learned from her original career in journalism and media.
Doncheva says that journalism and VC do have quite a few things in common; “The need to source/scout for information quickly (from multiple sources), the ability to communicate with various (new) stakeholders regularly (and ideally form an emotional connection), and the grit to stay on top of your game at all times and be first to market". 
She adds that “it is a well-known fact and often shared observation that journalists make some of the best investors.“ If you are asking for examples, check out the careers of Soraya Darabi, Katherine Boyle, Bérénice Magistretti, and Catherine Treyz.
Tzvete Doncheva
Tzvete Doncheva
Not having a typical VC background could make things harder for those who want to break into the VC industry, Doncheva said, for both entrepreneurs or aspiring VCs. “… Having experienced being in the position of an ‘outsider’ to VC circles did give me a big sense of appreciation of how difficult it can be to break into these industry networks,” Doncheva said. That is why she got inspired to start the Ecosystem Project, an initiative to overcome the barriers to entry deepened by the first COVID lockdown. 
The ‘Ecosystem’ project first and foremost started with the aim to overcome this knowledge gap between those who have a VC background and people like Doncheva, who don’t. Earlier in the project, Doncheva and some allies from the VC world did the first webinar, and the dynamic grew into an online series course from there. Ecosystem project has grown tremendously from its start and now offers online panels stacked with important VC partners, and events called #EcosysemGiants where VCs and entrepreneurs can connect virtually.
For Tzvete, the most important advice she can give any person interested in joining the entrepreneurial ecosystem is to find a community. It doesn’t matter if “you are a founder, a tech operator, or aspire to become an investor yourself…Find a community or a network you associate with … ‘find your tribe’! and try to understand what are the resources you should be reading/following to develop a more specific understanding/expertise, related to the ecosystem you are looking to become part of. How can you become a more active member of any community or network? Be aware of the value-add your background or experience can bring to others - and lead with value creation (give, not take).”
And if you’re already in the entrepreneurial space and are looking for venture capital investments then she emphasized that you must “understand whether venture capital is the right type of financing for your business”. Ask yourself: you would like your company to grow organically? If your answer is yes, then this may not be the way. Secondly, research on what are the firms that invest in your sector, stage, and region and target a pitch.  “You have to know who you should be pitching to.“
To close, we asked Doncheva for some content to recommend to the Des Femmes community, and she gave us three VC-related podcasts to check out: Venture Unlocked, Naval Ravikant Podcast, and Zoom o’Clock. 
Learn more about Tzvete’s journey by following her on Twitter. And Shout out to @iamjackyrivero for bringing us this great interview!
Highlights of the month
  • Only two weeks into November and this month has been crazy with NFT NYC, NFT LDN, and Breakpoint Lisbon. For those of you unable to attend in person, the New York Times has a fantastic write-up here on the New York events and Breakpoint has some videos from the panels here
  • September 28-30 marks the jaw-dropping success of Collezione Genesi, Dolce and Gabanna’s auction for a 9-piece luxury fashion collection ranging from ornate suits to bejeweled “Doge” crown. The collection featured digitalized versions of these creations in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) which are blockchain backed assets. Collezion Genesis or Genesis collection is the first NFT collab released by any of the major fashion houses. Designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for UNXD, a luxury marketplace on Polygon network, D&G are trailblazing the beginning of a web3 future where the lines between the physical and digital are blurred. The auction for these 9 items reached an eye-watering sum of  $5.65 million or 1,885.719 ETH. In October, Dolce & Gabbana and UNXD introduced DGfamily a crypto community with multi-tiered membership and digital jewel boxes which presumably tease for the release of their next NFT collection. (@Janice Chok)
  • Taproot was officially activated this week! Read more about the implementation and anticipated benefits to Bitcoin here.
Community spotlight
Des Femmes founder @La__Cuen drawn by @1autumn_leaf
Des Femmes founder @La__Cuen drawn by @1autumn_leaf
If you have any questions about our Des Femmes community, have any tea in need of a shoutout in our highlights, or know someone worthy of a community spotlight, reach out to us via Twitter or Instagram via @desfemmesmag.
Until next time, stay curious!
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