In November last year, Axios reported that Dayna Grayson, a partner of New Enterprise Associates, left the established venture company after about six years to open their own business called Construct Capital in Washington, DC. Rachel Holt, one of Uber's first employees and until now its head of new mobility, announced this morning that she is joining Grayson as her co-founder.
Outside of tweets about their partnership, Grayson and Holt are unlikely to comment on their new company regarding the SEC rules to promote a new fund before it was launched. However, it is likely that the two have met at NEA in recent years, if not earlier. Holt has been working as a "discoverer" or scout for NEA since 201
As for the next steps, I will join @daynagrayson to help found @. constructcap a new VC company based in DC. I am delighted to use everything I have learned at Uber to find, finance and scale the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. (2/6)
– Rachel Holt (@RachelJHolt) January 14, 2020
More to come! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/iS6UjQ30ds[19659002[—daynagrayson(@daynagrayson) January 14, 2020
Either way, 2020 seems to be a big year for women in companies. As we reported earlier this week, Lynn Chou O & # 39; Keefe, a former Klein Perkins investor, also fired her digital health company Define Ventures, which had made impressive $ 87 million pledges for its debut ,
] Long-time VC Renata Quintini – formerly Felicis Ventures, then Lux Capital – is expected to close the debut fund she launched with Roseanne Wincek, formerly IVP, sometime this year. (The reported goal for her new outfit, Renegade Partners, is $ 300 million.)
Last month, London-based Ada Ventures, co-founded by investor Francesca Warner, also closed its debut fund at 34 Million dollars before capital commitments.
Due to our discussions with limited partners, the institutions and individuals who finance venture companies last autumn, many people knocked on their door to hope for a possible economic slowdown. This is only the beginning of a very long list of new funds that are in the will come to the market this year from investors of all kinds.
We anticipate that a lot of them – more than we have seen before – will be women with deep industry knowledge like Grayson and Holt.