I’m Pam Kostka. I’m an Operator in Residence (and long time Limited Partner) at Operator Collective where I am advising, investing in enterprise start-ups and building a diverse community. We’ve pioneered a new venture model where over 150 of tech’s most sought-after operators, investors and founders from diverse backgrounds are engaged as LPs, advisors and mentors, accelerating the success of the founders we invest in. We are 90% women, 40% diverse and 100% successful!
For the last 3 years, I was the CEO and a Board Member of All Raise where I raised more than $20M from supporters and allies across tech to create a new fly-wheel where women, non-binary and underrepresented individuals prominently participate in the funding, founding and scaling of technology start-ups.
I started my career as a Product Manager at Connect, Inc. an early e-commerce infrastructure company. From product management origins, my career expanded to encompass marketing and sales on my path to CEO. I’ve spent most of my career in enterprise startups – from virtual assistants to cybersecurity and even tax automation – scaling category-defining companies to successful exits. Along the way, I’ve navigated the highs of scaling companies to successful IPOs and acquisitions as well as the turbulence of pivots, wind-downs and two major tech downturns and rebounds.
I’m passionate about venture disruption, the future of work, SaaS, and the care economy. I’m an advocate, ally and continuing student of DEI, and am currently an LP at Acrew Capital’s DCF fund and an advisor at Girls Crushing It. As an entrepreneur, runner, cyclist and adventure traveler, I embrace living at my edges as a way to continuously explore what I’m capable of.
Ask me anything about fundraising, VC, scaling start-ups (profit, nonprofit, or combo), DEI in venture-backed tech ecosystem, community building, leading in difficult times, or anything else!