Bonsal Capital tilts to underrepresented founders in evolved era

In venture capital these days, it is in vogue to talk about backing diverse or underserved founders. It is wholly another matter, however, to authentically do something about it, to indelibly shift investment strategy in more culturally representative and ultimately successful ways. Today, less than 10% of venture funding goes…

Finding the right metrics is evolutionary

Three and a half years ago, for the second time in my life, I drew a line in the sand and worked to induce a positive, healthy self-transformation. The first time was 33 years ago, when I started my sobriety journey. …

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A reflection on an American tragedy, a market reset, and a career pivot

For me and millions of other Americans, 2001 was a year that encompassed a full spectrum of emotions, milestones, and opportunities.

The morning of September 11, 2001 is one that most Americans who are today at least 30 years old will indelibly recall. I, like most of us, remember exactly…

Bonsal Capital backs Nepris and Student Opportunity Center

In mission-driven investing, and in life, when you see evidence that something impactful is working, with momentum and increasingly at scale, you lean in and do what you can to further catalyze growth. …

Announces first two investments in new leadership era

1999 was the final year of a dynamic millennium, a year with memorable national and global milestones. It was the year of U.S. tragedies, both man-made (a horrific Columbine school shooting and Fort Worth church bombing/shooting), and natural (via devastating CAT 5 tornado in Oklahoma City). It was the year…

Avail Place, Purpose, and Process with differentiated startup support

For a century and a half, Towson University (TU) has been authentically serving all manner of students for careers in education, healthcare, business, communications, and a plethora of other industries. Add entrepreneurship and startups to this mix and the affect is no less sincere but whose continuum is considerably shorter…

Do’s and Don’ts from 20 years in the trenches

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It has been too long since I have been in the game, actively making new investments in education technology; I do partake in follow-ons from existing investments but basically nothing new in the last two years. Stay tuned for a hopeful, new investment vehicle late this year where I get…

CampusESP catalyzes the family’s impact on student success

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You want to help a college student succeed but you are having a hard time getting them to engage? Get in the cross hairs of someone they love, someone they talk to, someone or something they listen to and trust. …

Bavin, Holtz, Onsi, Venedam newest additions to robust Mentor Network with edtech emphasis

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An abundance of quality, engaged mentors in any entrepreneurship ecosystem is only second in importance to the entrepreneurs who stand up and grow new companies and solutions. …

Know before you go and level set up front

Which side of the investment pitch table have you been on? For me, the investor (or buy side) role has been the norm, so keep that top of mind as you read and perhaps heed the suggestions in this post.

Frank Bonsal III

Teacher-Coach turned Investor-Coach focused on the future of learning and work. ✊

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