Behind the Brilliance 104: Monique Woodard


This week’s guest is Monique Woodard, a venture partner at 500 Startups and one of the few black female VCs. During this chat, we talk about her early days, her career in the music business, her path to starting her first company, her dating experiences as a powerful woman, and much more. Monique also serves up excellent advice for current and aspiring founders.



Monique Woodard | Venture Capitalist + Entrepreneur

Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things.

TOPICS COVERED (partial list)

-Monique’s advice to founders

-Monique’s career path from music to startups to venture capital

-Why Monique outsources parts of her life

-The most important lessons Monique learned about making decisions

-and more!

STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (clickable links below)

Monique on Twitter

-500 Startups

-20 Minute VC podcast

-The Read podcast

-Stuff You Missed In History Class podcast

-The Full Ratchet podcast

-Stitcher app

-Soothe app

-Slack app

-The Color Purple (Monique’s book pick)

-Mastering the VC Game (Monique’s book pick)

-Venture Deals (Monique’s book pick)

-The Tanning of America (Monique’s book pick)

-The Third Wave (Monique’s book pick)