Lolita TaubSan Diego, California, United States
Lolita Taub is Corporate Development VP at Catalyte and Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where she invests in community-driven companies. With 15 years working within the Silicon Valley ecosystem, she has accomplished $70M+ in sales and made 80+ investments as an angel investor and VC at Backstage Capital and The Community Fund. Lolita is also a Co-Founder of the Startup-Investor Matching Tool, the GP-LP Matching Tool, and LaaS. Forbes and Inc Magazine have featured her as a woman promoting investment in underestimated founders and funders. She has a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the IE Business School. Most importantly, she is a dog mom to the cutest Dachshund mix, Choco.
VP of Corporate Development
Jul 2019 - Current
Catalyte uses AI and data science to build technology workforces for the world’s most progressive companies. We believe aptitude is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. We use predictive analytics to identify individuals, regardless of background, who have the innate potential and cognitive ability to be great software developers. With our technology and proprietary talent transformation program, we solve the most persistent challenge in IT today: creating a ready-to-hire workforce that is diverse, affordable and sustainable. Recognized by 60 Minutes, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Fast Company, The New York Times, Wired, McKinsey and others, Catalyte is one of the fastest growing providers of software engineering services in the US.
Co-Founder and General Partner
The Community Fund VC
2020 - Current
The Community Fund is a $5 million early-stage fund that invests in community-driven companies through an investment partner team. We believe that companies with community at the center of all that they do will become unicorns and produce outsized returns.
Operator Collective
2019 - Current
Operator Collective brings together as limited partners 100+ of tech’s most sought-after operators, investors, and founders from diverse backgrounds to invest in and accelerate the next generation of b2b tech.
Venture Partner
NextGen Venture Partners
2019 - Current
NextGen Venture Partners is taking the first network-driven approach in venture at scale. The Venture Partner network is made up of 1,000+ top operators and founders from across the country who are passionate about investing in and nurturing early-stage startups/founders. NextGen harnesses the collective insights and connections of the Venture Partner network to better source, invest in and support an exceptional portfolio of companies. Thesis: NextGen strives to invest in potentially category-defining companies that have demonstrated strong customer interest in their product. Investing $750k - $2M, in U.S. based seed-stage companies. We are industry agnostic with a focus on B2B SaaS, digital health, next-generation commerce.
Enterprise Fund Investment Partner
2017 - Current
Investments: NextShift Robotics, Juvo, Parrable, b.well, Voxeet (acquired by Dolby), 4Degrees, Rhombus Systems The Portfolia Enterprise Fund focuses on transformational opportunities in the business, B2B and general tech category. Media, data, artificial intelligence, communications, security, management tools, health and education platforms – all provide opportunities for transformation in our work lives and hold strong potential for outsized returns. We leverage and benefit from the technology expertise and networks of our full investment community to identify top entrepreneurial companies from around the country.
Founding Member
Dreamers // Doers
2016 - Current
Dreamers // Doers is a highly curated, female-focused, collaboration and co-mentorship community, consisting of an ever-growing powerful network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.
Principal and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Backstage Capital
2018 - 2019
Investments: Unomi, Snapstays, Optimal Solar, Lorals, Lacquerbar, Adventurely, Dressmate, Hale, Locus Mobility, WhoseYourLandlord, Please Assist Me, TresseNoire, Vitae London, Trim-It, Tambua Health, Gal-Dem, Afrocenchix, Naturalicious, Foodstand, CrowdFreak, Gildform, Bippy, Alerje, Healthy Roots Backstage Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund investing in the best startups led by underrepresented founders. We've invested in 100 companies to date. Personal Accolades - Medium's Top Venture Capital Writer, Award - Berkeley's and 500 Startups VC Unlocked Deal Camp, Certificate - All Raise Venture Capital Champions, Candidate - Named a Mover & Shaker by Fortune's Most Powerful Women
IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Mentor
2017 - 2018
The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million AI and cognitive computing competition challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges.
Venture Capital
2017 - 2017
K Fund is a €50M early stage VC firm that, with an entrepreneur-centric philosophy, aims to fuel the evolution of the Spanish startup ecosystem by investing in the best and brightest entrepreneurs and tech companies in the region.
IE Business School
2017 - 2017
Sharpening my managerial and financial acumen, my investor mindset, and gaining international experience through the: - IE Business School, MBA Program - IE Executive Education, Venture Capital Program - Microsoft, Startups Project - K Fund, ICO VC Project Startup & VC Courses: - Entrepreneurial Mindset - Entrepreneurial Venturing - Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital - M&A Bootcamp - M&A for Startups Tech Courses: - Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning - Big Data & Business Analytics - Disruptive Technologies - Innovation of the Digital World - The Digital Social Interface - Technology & Business Strategy IE Business School is recognized as one of the leading business schools in the world and offers one of the most prestigious international MBA programs. The Financial Times ranked IE as #8 best Business School Globally and #2 in Europe in 2017. The Financial Times also ranked IE at #1 best MBA for Entrepreneurship in Europe.
Global Shapers Member
World Economic Forum
2015 - 2019
2015 - 2016, World Economic Forum, San Diego Global Shaper Curator 2017 - 2017, World Economic Forum, Madrid Global Shaper Member 2018 - now, World Economic Forum, New York City Global Shaper Member The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation. Global Shapers is a World Economic Forum millennial leaders initiative that undertake events and activities that generate a positive impact within their local, national, and global community.
Founding Member & VP of Sales
2015 - 2016
Led Glassbreakers sales & led the way to the company's first global enterprise diversity and inclusion project. Glassbreakers is an enterprise software company focused on diversity & inclusion. Corporations spend billions on diversity every year to support internal initiatives and department overhead but lack technology to measure and scale results. Glassbreakers addresses a very real pain point in nearly every Fortune 1000 company by providing scalable software to support employee resource groups and data analysis to measure corporate diversity impact. Box and Pinterest are their first paying customers. With a $3B total addressable market, Glassbreakers plans to expand to every industry as the first to market enterprise software specific to the needs of diversity as a core business function. There are also 15,000 freemium users in just the technology and media industry on
Founder & Host
2015 - 2015
Founded the first-on-it's kind women empowerment online show, The F SHOW. The F SHOW highlights over 100 exceptional female millennial CEOs from over 20 countries and provides video inspiration to young women around the world (currently viewed in over 300 cities, 60 countries, and 6 continents); and has been featured on Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, and more. Partners include: SoGal, StartupTravels & BeVisible.
Sales Account Executive
2013 - 2014
Managed Cisco's hardware, software and services sales portfolio & lead the way to the first internet of things (IoT) Connected Cities Project in Tribal Nation. Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. 85 percent of Internet traffic travel across Cisco's systems, and it supports, manages and operates business systems for various and major third parties. Cisco's IoT solutions helps create a more efficient and innovative world by connecting people, places, and things.
Sales Account Executive
2008 - 2013
Managed IBM's hardware, software and services sales portfolio & lead the way to the first IBM US Cloud project in the US. IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM's Cloud solutions help create a more flexible, environmentally friendly, and innovative world by providing an platform that stores and processes data off-site.
Business Strategy Consultant
2007 - 2008
Consulted in Supply Chain and Strategy & Change arena and assisted in proposal response management leading to $60Million+ project. IBM is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
University of California, Berkeley
Executive Education, Venture Capital
IE Business School
MBA, General Management · Venture Capital
University of Southern California
International Relations (Global Business) · Global Finance
Phillips Academy
International Preparatory Boarding School
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