Jamie has worked with technology-focused communities like Colgate-Palmolive, SAP, and MongoDB. She strives to connect her community members with the resources they need to grow and achieve their personal and professional goals. At work, she measures success by the relationships she has built with her members that ultimately translate into measurable business objectives.
I joined Unusual because of the firm’s focus on founder enablement. I believe that the best companies of the future will be community-led and the foundation of a healthy community is a commitment to give without the expectation of return. While Unusual is a successful VC firm in terms of financial returns because of our amazing portfolio companies and our insightful investments team, the commitment to education and community are what sets it apart from other firms. By ensuring that our founders receive the very best support and partnership, and by providing them with access to the wealth of knowledge and best practices that we all have cultivated over our careers, our founders will see a higher rate of success than trying to go it on their own with nothing but a VC check in hand.
I am focused on helping our founders find success with our tools, resources, and expertise. Part of my job is to facilitate connections between our members and our own network of experts. The other part of my job is to help our founders build their own communities to help drive adoption and product-led growth in their own companies.
My team will work both one-on-one in our GAP offering and at scale through the community with our founders. We have so many great resources and programs available at Unusual. I plan to create a tailored community journey for every entrepreneur to make the most of those resources and help drive their success. That’s why I’ll also be working to build up a Field Guide chapter on community building tactics and strategy that I hope will become a go-to resource for every startup entrepreneur.
There is no typical day in community work or in startup life! My day could be filled with meetings with my team, founders from our portfolio companies, or community members. It could be hosting a webinar or attending a community event. It might even be hosting a game night with our community members or fireside chat with one of our investors. I also could be writing up blog posts or joining industry podcasts. Ultimately, though, my day is spent thinking about how best to improve the community building profession as a whole and how to bring those best practices to our community and our founders.