Hi! I'm Joana Gutierrez.
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 and trends so I became an investor / Partner 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 now I'm trying trying my hand in technology as a founder, as well as other endeavors.
My Why Contextualized: I want to leave the world better than when I found it with what I contribute to it.
I am a life long student, forever grateful, and I've been enjoying the journey so far...
Work, Projects, Interests
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Conversations on Reimagining VC
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We are living in a post-covid world where several societal deficiencies were unearthed or amplified. It is a time of self-reflection and progress, and the VC ecosystem is no exception. I am a former hedge fund Partner turned Saas tech founder, who has just been offered a Principal / Operator position at a spectacular VC firm. In an effort to do this role justice, I have decided to investigate on how we can improve all aspects of this ecosystem by conversing with all members of the VC ecosystem which consist of VC limited partners, VCs, funded portfolio companies, and portfolio company customers. Click on the Reimagining VC section of the site menu to schedule a chat on how we can improve VC.
Private and Public Investments
I invest in publicly traded securities, cryptocurrencies, and private investments.
Things that make me LIGHT up
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Building community & authentic discourse around various topics including: Female Empowerment, Diversity, Sustainability, Responsible AI, Investments, Startups, All Things Design, Cryptocurrency, Smart Cities, Clean Energy, Innovation, Technology, STEM, Uplifting Underrepresented Communities, Spirituality, Mental Wellness, Cannabis, Revamped healthcare, education, and political systems, NYC Sample Sales, Toy Collectibles, Music, Anthony Bourdain and Richard Ayoade level of travel and food appreciation, cultural zeitgeist around positive change
"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
Major Cities I've traveled to and counting
People I Serve at the Faith Mission Soup Kitchen
Helicopter Flight Lesson