Heather Redman: Committing to Community [Built in Seattle Ep. #38]
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Heather Redman: Committing to Community [Built in Seattle Ep. #38]

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Flying Fish Ventures, Heather Redman, talks about the psychology of investing, the real power of community, and her lessons on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Heather Redman has a different take on giving back.

She said it's not about charity. Instead, it's about building community and the human connection "to do things together."

15 years ago she felt something missing. That's when she found a new way of thinking about community.

Now she brings this idea to startup investing, non-profit boards, and helping entrepreneurs build more diverse and inclusive teams.

Heather shares her lessons on this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast

Episode Highlights

  • How ice cream can be a platform.
  • Why "necessary" beats "fun and sexy"
  • The rare attributes needed for startup founders.
  • Why the immigrant mindset is a strong indicator for founder success.
  • How to know if an entrepreneur is "just crazy enough."
  • The psychology of early-stage investing
  • How Heather is taking a broad view on DEI as an investor.
  • The aha moment 15 years ago that changed how she operates.
  • Why she has a passion for "knowing everybody"
  • Thinking differently about community.
  • The relatedness of everything, even when it's not obvious.
  • The value of being the only bridge between disconnected domains.
  • When doing more things makes everything easier.

Heather's Bio

Heather Redman is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, the Ruckelshaus Center, and as a Regent of the Washington State University. Β She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate, and as a mentor at Techstars. She was named to the 2020 Power 100 and 2019 Director of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal.