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Power of the Collective
February 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PST
The power in Venture Capital is concentrated among a homogenous group that doesn’t represent where the industry is now or where it’s going. Despite the essential role operators play in Silicon Valley, they’ve been largely missing from the venture world.
Operator Collective created a new access point for operators from diverse backgrounds who have spent their entire careers building and scaling companies, and now they’re ready to actively support founders and their teams as they bring new visions to life. Operator Collective brings together as limited partners 100+ of tech’s most sought-after operators, investors, and founders from diverse backgrounds to invest in and accelerate the next generation of B2B tech.
Operator Collective is:
*40% People of Color
Join us for a conversation with the founders of Operator Collective about their mission to bring diversity to the venture ecosystem.
Leyla Seka is a veteran enterprise executive, nationally recognized advocate for gender equality, and reluctant venture capitalist.
For more than 11 years, Leyla’s work at Salesforce defined an industry. In multiple senior management roles she built and scaled iconic products including the AppExchange, Desk.com, and Salesforce Mobile. Leyla also pioneered Salesforce’s equal pay initiative, which led to raises for more than 10% of the women at the company. She is a board director of Girls Who Code and Proofpoint.
Today Leyla is investing in the next generation of enterprise technology as a partner at Operator Collective, a new VC fund and community designed to open the venture ecosystem to the people it needs most: tech leaders from diverse backgrounds with deep, present-day experience. Its limited partners include 100+ ultra-talented operators with decades of experience building, growing, and running the world’s most admired companies — from Zoom, Stripe, and PagerDuty to Salesforce, Slack, and beyond. Operator Collective launched its debut $50M fund on December 11, 2019.
Founder and partner of Operator Collective, a venture fund and community that pioneered a disruptive new approach to venture capital. Operator Collective brings together as limited partner investors (LPs) a group critical to a startup’s success but largely absent from the venture ecosystem — senior operating leaders from diverse backgrounds. Operator Collective launched its debut $50M+ fund in December 2019 with over 130 operator LPs (90% women, 40% people of color) who have decades of experience building, growing, and running the world’s most admired companies — from Zoom, Stripe, and PagerDuty to Salesforce, Slack, and beyond.
Previously a Cisco Vice President, Mallun built multiple successful, category-creating startups, including as part of the founding teams at venture-backed RPX ($0 to $100M & IPO in 3 years), SaaStr (world’s largest b2b software community), and ChIPsNetwork.org (5,000 members and 20 worldwide chapters). She currently serves as a board director of KQED, Northern California’s public media organization.