Today we talk with the fabulously positive and interesting Kerry Rupp. Kerry is a successful venture capitalist who started out as a biology major, was a coder at a consulting firm, and then was an entrepreneur herself, before she decided to invest in women-led tech companies. Kerry has traveled to 55 countries and 49 states, and has moved 24 times, but she fell in love with Austin, and made it her home.
[1:24] Kerry has moved 24 times, and now she tells us why she settled in Austin.
[3:19] How does a biology major transition to being a big player in the venture capital world?
[5:00] Is Kerry’s biology degree helpful to her now?
[6:18] Jay and Kerry talk women in technology.
[8:51] Kerry fell in love with Austin on a business trip.
[12:26] Kerry learned important lessons through a failed business venture.
[16:24] What is Kerry up to these days?
[17:03] Kerry explains why gender diversity is important to company management.
[20:40] There is a gender issue in the tech world.
[22:39] What does Kerry look for in a venture-backable business?
[26:19] Kerry has worked with minority and female entrepreneurs.
[27:50] Kerry is excited about the advantages of investing from Austin.
[30:00] Kerry is excited about Austin’s future.
[32:27] Kerry does work with an Austin-based non-profit organization.
[33:37] Kerry spends time as a mentor and teacher.
[36:10] Kerry lives in the heart of downtown Austin.
[36:53] Kerry loves live music and food in Austin.
[37:58] How does Kerry feel about growth in Austin?
[39:58] Kerry tells us her favorite taco.
Torchy’s Tacos | Green Chile Pork plus the chips & queso