• joana gutierrez smith



    Crazy enough to believe I can change the world by investing in and working on innovative solutions for the world's everyday problems; powered by technology, galvanized communities, and good ol' New York grit.

  • Hi! I'm Joana Gutierrez Smith.


    I was born in Manhattan, spent my childhood in Queens, my teenage years in Long Island, and I am now starting a family in Brooklyn.

    I am, without a doubt - a New Yorker.

    I learned about resourcefulness, generosity, and an incredible work ethic from my naturalized Filipino parents.

    I like to observe and execute on patterns, trends, and theses so I became an investor at a hedge fund, and more recently, early stage venture capital. I realized that I wanted to get my hands dirty in crafting solutions, so I'm productizing technologies for companies, as well as working on my own.

    My Why Contextualized: I want to leave the world better than when I found it with what I contribute to it. I also want to reduce the correlation of assholelishness and wealth accumulation by participating and investing in ethical game changing businesses and founders.

    I am a life long student, forever grateful, and I've been enjoying the journey so far...


  • Realist Ventures

    Empathy + data driven early-stage VC fund investing in groundbreaking teams focused on software and biotech solutions.


    Allow us to reintroduce ourselves...Realist Ventures' has a new fund, new look, and new vision for early stage VC funding! Show some love and visit our website & socials to check out all that we're working on. - We are @RealistVentures

  • "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." - C.G. Jung

    "When we long for a life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. " - Peter Marshall

    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

    "The value of a human should be seen in what she gives and not in what she receives." - Albert Einstein

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    Investor I Operator

    Connecticut based early stage VC fund investing in diverse teams focused on innovative Software and Biotech Solutions

    Vice President & Co-Founder

    Founder Initiative Program with a mission to help build a more equitable future by holistically supporting talented diverse teams in scaling their game-changing companies.

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    Product Manager, Commercial Solutions

    Specialization in commercial virtual card technology

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    Aiko Mail by Aiko AI

    Ethical AI powered email assistance built to elevate a modernized email experience

  • Jo's Blurbs

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    October 15, 2020
  • Media

    Thanks for the acknowledgement.

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  • #facts


    Major Cities I've traveled to and counting


    First Cousins


    Sports Played


    People I Serve Weekly at the Faith Mission Soup Kitchen


    Helicopter Flight Lesson

  • Say hello

    Come by and say hi

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