Our Perspectives

The latest insights and perspectives from founders, investors and business leaders in the Launch With GS ecosystem. 

“Race and gender investing gaps did not emerge overnight—and will not be solved by any one organization. That’s why we’re partnering with others who share our view that this is both an incredible investing opportunity and the right thing to do.”

Margaret Anadu
Managing Director
Global Head of Sustainability and Impact for Asset Management

“In Asia, many healthcare, technology and consumer companies are increasingly catering to female consumers. Portfolio companies with a diverse leadership team at the helm have a clear competitive advantage since they are better positioned to understand the true needs of their customers.”

Stephanie Hui
Managing Director
Head of Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in Asia and Co-head of GS Growth

“The bottom line is this makes sense for our business – because investing and helping companies grow is our business. We also hope it makes a difference for entrepreneurs who have big ideas but find themselves cut out of the funding ecosystem.”

Stephanie Cohen
Global Co-Head of Consumer and Wealth Management

“Diversity is critical to every analytical process. When you bring many different thoughts and unique perspectives together, everyone makes better decisions.”

Lisa Opoku
Managing Director
Global Chief Operating Officer for the Engineering Division

“Entrepreneurs think differently than everyone else – otherwise their idea would already exist. If you’re looking for entrepreneurs in the same place over and over again, you’ll get the same ideas, over and over again.”

Jade Mandel
Vice President
GS Growth

“When we invest in growth companies, amongst other things we are really backing management teams. We look for resilience, passion, and a demonstrated track record of making good decisions. And we believe that diverse teams make better decisions.”

Nishi Somaiya
Managing Director
Global Co-Head of Growth Equity

“We want to work with entrepreneurs who are humble and willing to do the work with us, because in the end they care about creating a great business that lasts. There’s a vision component to investing – what are you trying to build? And a values component – how are you going to build it?”

Darren Cohen
Managing Director
Global Co-Head of Growth Equity

“We believe that having a diverse team makes investors better at understanding risk. The investing industry as a whole has a long way to go when it comes to gender diversity. We can accept that as the way it is, or we can try to change it.”

Julian Salisbury
Managing Director
Global Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

“We believe in the power of community in growing businesses, and that having a diverse network can make the difference in getting to that next level, whether you’re an entrepreneur or an investor. That’s what we’re building with Launch With GS.”

Jemma Wolfe
Vice President
Co-Head of Consumer and Wealth Management Strategy

“A successful investment firm requires a special combination of great investment thinking and great business building. We’ve found that the most thoughtful firms recognize these two skill sets are really distinct. The best managers work hard to build teams with a range of talents that complement, where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.”

Chris Kojima
Managing Director
Global Co-Head of Alternatives Capital Markets & Strategy

Takeaways and Trends

Leaders in the Launch With GS community on recent trends across the funding ecosystem.

Current Internet Trends and 2021 Outlook

On Monday, February 1, 2021, Launch With GS and Global Investment Research hosted a webinar featuring Goldman Sachs’ internet sector senior equity research analyst, Heath Terry. Heath discusses key trends in e-commerce, content, consumer behavior that is driving change within the internet sector, how venture capital funding has evolved, and his outlook for this year.

SEP 2020
Reflecting on the Launch With GS 2020 Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort

What can a fraud detection company learn from a vegan cookie company? How are the IPO trends within the payments sector affecting the broader fintech ecosystem? What tricks do repeat founders employ that no one tells you when you raise a Series A round? Once you’ve successfully exited a company, how do you create a long-lasting legacy that increases equity and access for more founders? While these questions may seem wide-ranging, we tackled them all (and more!) this summer with the inaugural Launch With GS Black and Latinx Entrepreneur Cohort. Read more about the experience here.

SEP 2020
Exploring the Founder Journey with Launch With GS CEOs

Goldman Sachs' Chief Strategy Officer Stephanie Cohen talks with three Launch with GS CEOs about their founder journeys and lessons learned while leading through times of crisis.

AUG 2020
Why Diversity Drives Better Investment Performance

Katie Koch, co-head of the Fundamental Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, talks about why diversity gives investing teams a competitive edge.

How to Launch

A series featuring insights and advice from founders and Goldman Sachs investors on entrepreneurship and building businesses.

How To Run An Effective Board Meeting

Board meetings are serious business, but that doesn’t mean the only way to run them is by going through twenty-five slides of charts and spreadsheets. Unlocking the creativity and camaraderie of your board can go a long way in helping your business distinguish itself over time.

How To Structure Your Board

A board of directors is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Companies benefit from different sets of expertise at different stages in their growth, and it’s natural for board composition to evolve as companies mature. Having diverse perspectives around the table can help fill knowledge and skill gaps as the company evolves.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Board

Your board of directors is working for you 24 hours a day. From a company standpoint, making the most of the board as a resource means knowing what questions to ask and when to ask them – and leveraging the board often, not just during quarterly meetings.

How To Grow Your Business

Often, the best advice comes from people who have been there before. At Goldman Sachs’ Private Internet Company Conference, we asked seven entrepreneurs to share the advice they have for fellow founders on everything from hiring to fundraising to leadership and scaling a successful company.

Leaders Who Launch

A spotlight on business leaders who are changing the game and lighting the path.

Q&A with Helen Adeosun, Founder and CEO of CareAcademy

Helen Adeosun is the Founder and CEO of CareAcademy. In this Q&A with Launch With GS, Helen shares how her experience as a direct care worker shaped the business that she wanted to build, her advice for her younger self, and her belief that entrepreneurship is a muscle.

Q&A with Max Tuchman, Co-Founder of Caribu

Max Tuchman is the co-founder of Caribu, an educational family entertainment platform for kids ages 0-13 to have a virtual playdate with family and friends. In this Q&A with Launch with GS, Max shares how she managed the growth of Caribu following the outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of the Latinx community, and leadership advice for fellow founders.

Q&A with Jean Brownhill, Founder and CEO of Sweeten

Jean Brownhill is the CEO and Founder of Sweeten, which matches home renovation projects with thoroughly vetted general contractors, while offering expert advice, tools, and financial protection—at no cost to homeowners. In this Q&A with Launch With GS, Jean shares the leadership philosophy that she applies across her business and everyday life, how to avoid the “trap of perfection”, and her expert tip for home renovators.

Q&A with Damien Pellicione, Co-Founder and CEO of Revry

Damien Pellicione is the CEO and Co-Founder of Revry, the world’s first LGBTQ+ global media streaming platform. In this Q&A with Launch With GS, Damien shares why he chose to build a business with 4 equal co-founders, and why a framed letter from a user sits in his office to remind him of the mission behind Revry.

Videos You May Be Interested In

The State of Goldman Sachs’ Small-Business Lending
Margaret Anadu, head of the Urban Investment Group and Launch With GS lead investor, provides an update on the $500 million Goldman Sachs has committed in lending capital for small businesses. Listen Now

Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of The Chopra Foundation
In this episode of Talks at GS, Deepak Chopra, MD, discusses his insights on well-being, mindfulness and purpose during these challenging times. Watch Now

Theresia Gouw: Founding Partner of Acrew Capital
In this episode of Talks at GS, venture capitalist Theresia Gouw discusses what she looks for in an early stage company, the opportunities from building a diverse investor team, and the state of venture capital in Silicon Valley. Watch Video

How Computational Biology is Transforming Drug R&D
In this episode of Exchanges at Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs Research’s Heath Terry explores the growing world of computational biology—using the power of big data to revolutionize drug discovery, disease prevention and cancer detection. Listen Now

 

Kirsten Green: Founding Partner of Forerunner Ventures
In this Talks at GS session, Kirsten Green discusses the investing approach that has guided her success as a venture capital investor in fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, as well as her views on the constantly-shifting consumer landscape. Watch Video