We’re all in this together and people from all walks of life have been inspired to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Alex Iskold and Minda Brusse launched the $1k Project. Their mission is to connect families in financial need to families that are willing to sponsor the family by providing $1k for three months. On this episode, Alex and Minda tell Joe how families are able to receive funding immediately as a bridge before government funding comes in and folks can go back to work.
About Alex Iskold:
Alex is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures. Prior to 2048, Alex spent 5 years at Techstars as the Managing Director of its NYC program, where he invested in and helped over 100 startups. Alex was previously the founder and CEO of Info Lab (acquired by IBM), founder and CEO of GetGlue (backed by USV, RRE, Time Warner), Chief Architect of distributed computing startup DataSynapse, and a software engineer at Goldman Sachs, D.E. Shaw and Thinkmap. Alex also taught an award-winning undergraduate computer science class at NYU. He holds a B.S. in Math with Honors from Lehigh University and M.S. in Computer Science from NYU. Alex writes one of the top startup blogs called Startup Hacks.
About Minda Brusse:
Minda is a co-founder and Managing Director at First Row Partners. Prior to First Row Partners, Minda spent time building investor skills and making select angel investments. In 2019, she assumed the fund manager role within Seattle Angel Conference and led record setting investments in two companies. Minda’s depth of experience comes from founding team and leadership roles at StormX, Via Airlift, Copper Six, and Epylon (acq by Accenture) over the course of 25+ years. She actively advises startups as a WeWork Labs Investor in Residence and through various startup accelerators. As leader in the Seattle startup ecosystem, she speaks to audiences about blockchain, art and entrepreneurship, startup fundraising, and early stage investing.