October 7, 2021

#62 - Creating the YC of fund managers: Winter Mead, Oper8r

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Winter Mead grew up on a maple syrup farm in New England. After writing his grad-school thesis on technology trends in digital media, he relocated to Silicon Valley to test his own theories. Now teaching about entrepreneurship and venture capital at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, it's safe to assume his instincts were right on the money.

With 20 years in financial services, Winter has invested over $1bi across 80 private equity and venture capital firms during his time with Sapphire Ventures and Hall Capital Partners. This first-hand experience lead to two striking realizations: one, that capital was crucial for innovation and market disruption, and two, that the gap between casual investors and full-time VCs was only growing wider by the minute.

Oper8r was born from the aspiration to bridge that gap. Winter and his co-founder, Welly Sculley, set out to build a community to enable the next generation of institutional VCs.

Join Winter and I as we talk about:

  • How LPs can succeed outside of the top 10 investment firms
  • Unlocking capital and knowledge to create new fund managers
  • The network effects of a VC community

Building something new? Apply for the Latitud Fellowship at apply.latitud.com

Hellen Villena

Product Marketing Specialist at Latitud

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