I’ve always wondered who gets to name demographic groups.
My parents were pre-baby boomers, making them part of the silent generation. (I’m Generation X, so feel free to ignore me completely.)
Generation Z is perceived as materialistic, untrustworthy and highly dependent on personal technology. And now that they are entering the stage of venture capital, an investor said how these characteristics inform the deals.
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Tech investors born after 1996 “raised money, gathered social media followers and capitalized on the mindset of Gen Z,” said Andrew Chan, senior partner at Builders VC.
However, “Gen Z, no matter how you slice it, is still a lot of kids. I added myself,” he noted in a TC+ guest post. “Good for them. I don’t want to be a part of it.
According to Chan, many investors his age rely on “youth, groupthink, and self-confidence instead of hard work and experience.”
“It might work for now, but if this is a success for my generation of capitalists, I’d rather stay in my happy little bubble coding geochemistry at NASA JPL.”
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- Alexandra Harbour, Principal, Prelude Ventures
- Cassie Bowe, Partner, Energy Impact Partners
- Andrea Walne, General Partner of Manhattan Venture Partners
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