Our Perspectives

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

“We want to use capital to affect the supply and demand dynamics – increasing the number of women investors, while generating meaningful proof points for women’s investment performance.”

Suzanne Gauron
Managing Director
Global Head of Private Equity Strategies

“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 Private Equity in Asia and Global Co-head of GS Growth Equity

“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 Head of the Goldman Sachs Partner Family Office for Consumer and Wealth Management

“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
Managing Director
Global 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 Head of Client Solutions and Capital Markets

Takeaways and Trends

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

EU Taxonomy and the Impact on Corporate Sustainability

Daniel Parra, associate at Launch With GS is joined by Evan Tylenda, Head of GS SUSTAIN in EMEA, to discuss the new EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and how the EU is trying to lay out a clear definition of what is ‘sustainable.' In addition, Evan will explore how the new taxonomy might impact corporate sustainability activities over the next decade and beyond.

The Past, Present, and Future of Fintech and Payments in Europe

Daniel Parra, associate at Launch With GS, is joined by Gautam Pillai, Vice President in the Global Investment Research Division of Goldman Sachs to discuss the past, present, and future of fintech and payments in Europe. Among other topics, Daniel and Gautam reflect on the state of financial technology today and how the sector has evolved over the past decade, with a special focus on payments. They also discuss how COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of certain technology, including at the point of sale, and which elements of this adoption are here to stay.

Understanding the Data on Diversity in in the EMEA Venture Capital Ecosystem

Seun Toye-Kayode, Vice President and Launch With GS EMEA lead, was joined by key members of the EMEA venture capital ecosystem who are focused on collecting and addressing the data with respect to venture capital investment into diverse founders. The panelists delve into what the state of funding to entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds looks like today and what we might do to begin closing the gap.

Launch With GS Interviews Sivan Shamri Dahan in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Suzanne Gauron, Global Head of Launch With GS, interviewed Sivan Shamri Dahan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Qumra Capital to ask about tech sector trends in Israel, her work in advancing the position of women in venture capital, and what International Women’s Day means to her.

Investor Insights

Investor Insights is a series hosted by Launch With GS in which we interview venture capitalists in our ecosystem to discuss their unique investment strategies and insights on the shifting VC landscape.

Investor Insights with Marlon Nichols

Our first Investor Insights guest was Marlon Nichols, Founder and Managing Partner of MaC Venture Capital. Marlon joined Suzanne Gauron, Global Head of Launch With GS, for a candid conversation on his journey to create MaC Venture Capital, MaC's unique thesis of investing at the intersection of technology and culture, and how he plans to navigate the deployment of a new $203 million fund amidst a challenging economic environment.

Investor Insights with Miriam Rivera

Our second guest was Miriam Rivera, Founder and Managing Director at Ulu Ventures. Miriam joined Regina Green, Americas Head of Launch With GS, for an energetic conversation around the creation of the largest Latina-led venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, Ulu's deployment of a sophisticated decision analysis model to guide investment decisions, and Miriam's outlook on choppy venture markets, particularly in the enterprise IT and smart data sectors.

How to Launch

Hear from Goldman Sachs Investors and Launch With GS ecosystem founders and fund managers on topics of entrepreneurship and building great businesses.

How to Build Great Teams Amidst a Challenging Environment

When macroeconomic environments are challenging, there is an even greater spotlight on managing human capital for young companies. Fostering talent and regularly assessing changing needs over time can help companies maintain healthy culture and accelerate growth.

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 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 Chinwe Onyeagoro, Co-Founder and CEO of Pocketsuite

Chinwe Onyeagoro is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pocketsuite, an all-in-one app for independent professionals to run their business. In this Q+A, Chinwe discusses the joys and challenges of being an entrepreneur, the best and worst business advice she's ever received, and how she continually defines and redefines success.

Q+A with Ben Hernandez, Founder and CEO of NuMat

Ben Hernandez is the Founder and CEO of NuMat, a software-driven chemistry design company focused on solving generational challenges at the atomic level. In this Q+A, Ben discusses the challenges of solving complex sustainability issues, the value of failure, and the joys of building a passionate team.

Q+A with Ayesha Ofori, Founder and CEO of Propelle

Ayesha Ofori is the Founder and CEO of Propelle, a female focused investment platform designed to empower women to invest regularly and build wealth. In this Q+A, Ayesha discusses female entrepreneurship, the importance of mentors, and how property investing changed her life

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.

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