I’m Monique Woodard and I’m the Founding Partner and Head Baker at Cake Ventures where I invest in founders building companies that touch areas of demographic change, including aging and longevity; the increased spending power of women; and the shift to majority-minority.
I am a venture capitalist who has invested in global startup ecosystems in the U.S. and internationally since 2016. Before founding Cake Ventures, I was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups where I invested in early-stage companies in the U.S. and Africa.
Following my time at 500 Startups, I became a Venture Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners and a trusted advisor to foundations and venture capital firms like SoftBank where I advised on the Vision Fund’s Emerge program. Before moving to the investor side of the table, I spent many years in the startup industry as a founder and operator.
During my downtime, I enjoy vintage shopping, going to art galleries and exhibitions, and wine tasting in Napa/Sonoma.
Ask me about venture capital investing, entrepreneurship and fundraising, career pathways into venture capital, changing demographics and the future of tech, or anything else!