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Episode 167

Rei Wang

Investing in community | Director @DormRoomFund @FirstRound

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Rei Wang is the Director of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, the largest student-run venture firm in the nation. They’ve invested in over 150 startups, who’ve gone on to raise more than $300 million from investors like: Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Y Combinator. Before joining First Round Capital, Rei help build products and community as a Product Manager and Global Community Lead at General Assembly. Rei joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, how she approaches building online and offline communities, what it’s like growing the Dorm Room Fund, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Rei got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about what it was like building and scaling products at General Assembly
  • Learn more about how Rei transitioned into Venture Capital
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Rei Wang is the Director of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, the largest student-run venture firm in the nation.

They’ve invested in over 150 startups, who’ve gone on to raise more than $300 million from investors like: Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Y Combinator.

Before joining First Round Capital, Rei help build products and community as a Product Manager and Global Community Lead at General Assembly.

Rei joins us to share her story, how she got into startups, how she approaches building online and offline communities, what it’s like growing the Dorm Room Fund, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:03
Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from and what did you study?

3:47
So how did you go from international relations and law towards tech and startups? How did that passion emerge for you?

6:11
In 2013 you ended up joining the team as a Product Manager and Global Community Lead. You touched a little bit on the mission there, but can you tell us more about what General Assembly is all about and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

8:50
What was it like helping GA transition from in-person to online courses? And what was it like trying to scale these programs and compete with other emerging online education platforms?

10:48
How did you approach building a community around GA? How did the in-person community experience translate to the online platform?

13:21
So from there, you then joined the team at First Round Capital as the Director of the Dorm Room Fund. So first off, can you tell us more about First Round Capital and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

15:54
So what’s Dorm Room Fund all about and what sparked the need for it?

20:53
There have been some pretty amazing success stories to come out of DRF. Can you share a little more about why this is and what some of those awesome stories are?

22:56
So as you and the team at DRF are trying to create more of these types of stories, the DRF has recently launched an Upcoming product on Product Hunt called VCWiz. So what’s the product all about and what motivated you and the team to launch it?

27:14
What are some of the most impactful tools or resources that you’ve come across recently or find yourself routinely recommending?

28:50
Do you have any personal mottos or an outlook that you live by and would share with others?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Rei Wang on Twitter
Rei Wang on the web
Dorm Room Fund on Twitter
Dorm Room Fund on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Dorm Room Fund Partner Application
VCWiz
First Round Review
Radical Candor

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