“An investment thesis is more than a description of what you will and won’t invest in. It tells people who you are and what you believe in. It distills down all of your best thinking about what the future might look like in a given sector or business model or industry. In addition, by taking the time to put it down on paper, you are forced to digest everything you read and learn into a more synthesized point of view.”
Angela LeeFaculty Director
Components of a Thesis
What are the choices founding general partners have to make when thinking about what to invest in?
Professor of Professional Practice, Finance
Faculty Director of the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship
Angela Lee is an award-winning professor and former Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School where she teaches venture capital and leadership programs. She started her career in product management and then moved to consulting at McKinsey & Company. She founded four startups and is also the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has evaluated over 20,000 companies and invested in over 90 companies. She also serves as a impact partner at Fresco Capital, an early-stage venture fund that focuses on the future of work, digital health, and sustainability.
She was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School in 2020 and won the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom in 2022.
Angela has spoken at the White House and NASA and is an expert in teaching online and making learning scalable. She is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, and Fox Business. She was recognized by Inc. as one of 17 Inspiring Women to Watch, by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 6 Innovative Women to Watch, and by Crain’s as a Notable Women in Tech.
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