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Investing in Exceptional Founders: Mac Conwell's Approach at Rare Breed [Ep 20]

Investing in Exceptional Founders: Mac Conwell's Approach at Rare Breed [Ep 20]

McKeever "Mac" Conwell II is the managing partner at RareBreed Ventures. Mac's background includes a former role as a software engineer and working as a DOD contractor with top-secret clearance. He was a two-time founder with an exit and a failure. Next, Mac moved on to venture capital via the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as part of their seed investment team. Mac then transitioned into venture capital through the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, where he played a key role in their seed investment team. Today, Mac is the founder of RareBreed Ventures, a pre-seed to seed venture fund that focuses on investing in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems.

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0:00 - Intro

5:49 - How did Mac get into venture capital and investing?

9:57 - What was the impetus behind Mac starting a fund?

11:44 - What was the first company Mac invested in with Maryland Technology Development Corporation?

13:13 - Rapid fire questions about Mac’s fund

16:25 - What qualities or patterns does Mac look for?

20:27 - Is sector and focus important? Would Mac invest in any company that meets his criteria?

23:22 - How does Mac balance his time?

27:46 - Trending Twitter Thread 1 - How can investors add value beyond simply sharing articles about competitors?

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About Colin: Colin Gardiner has spent over a decade building startups focusing on online marketplaces. Most recently, he worked for Outdoorsy as Chief Revenue Officer. He advises marketplace/platform startups on growth, analytics, monetization, fundraising, and strategy. He also runs the rapidly growing syndicate Yonder Ventures, which invests in marketplaces and platforms and the SaaS, Fintech, Insurtech, and the technology enabling them.

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