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Speaker: Lisa Cuesta

Lisa Cuesta describes what entrepreneurs are seeking from investors - and it's not just money. Financial capital is a given with investors. Entrepreneurs are looking for investors with connected capital, or what money can’t buy. More specifically, "connected capital" provides relevant people and networks that can drive new business and increase entrepreneurs’ chances of success. Partnering with the right investors can help entrepreneurs build their businesses more successfully. Whether you are building a business – or running a nonprofit or leading a team – Lisa challenges you to ask whether you are surrounding yourself with investors, advisors and advocates who can bring the right people to your table, so that you can put your ideas into action and build the future you envision.

Lisa is a Principal at NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture firm that is powered by over 1,000 Venture Partners that support NextGen's portfolio companies. This year, Lisa launched NextGen Venture Partner - Align, focused on investing in early-stage companies driving impact in social inclusion, health and environment at scale. Previously, Lisa worked in strategy and product operations roles at Google. Lisa graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at