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Sam Harrison and Noura Bou Zeid’s Investment Thesis:

Women in Web3 - Inclusive - Community Centered

We have a unique opportunity in Web3 to create a space that is inclusive, equitable, and open– from the get go. This means we can start building and investing in projects and communities with a gender-just lens, as opposed to leaving it as an afterthought.

While we are steadily emerging out of the confines that Web2 has introduced on a technological level, we must also consciously break out of the societal and cultural boundaries that have been adopted over the last 40 years.

This is why this investment thesis aims to:

1) Center women founders, builders, and creators working on innovative and exciting ideas in Web3

2) Intentionally create opportunities for individuals new to Web3 and would otherwise not have access to the space

3) Seek out projects that are shifting the way we think about solutions to issues, and challenge our understanding of what is and is not possible in Web3

Sam Harrison (https://twitter.com/samuelpharrison?s=21): DAOs, events, community partners

Sam drives ecosystem growth by nurturing DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) on Harmony. Previously, Sam drove strategic partnerships and product marketing at ThunderCore and was the founding operational director at Tezos Commons Foundation. Prior to crypto, Sam built strategic partnership programs for Nok Nok Labs and a national distribution network for Avira.

Sam holds a BA in Philosophy with an emphasis in ethical systems from the University of Utah, and published his undergraduate research on Immanuel Kant in 2005. He graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law with a JD specializing in corporate governance and intellectual property protection. After Law School, Sam earned his MBA at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, graduating with an emphasis in Finance and winning the Belottii Prize for his capstone work in on-line distribution of video content. A proud father, avid board game player, and enthusatic reader of all things science-fiction, Sam is also an Eagle Scout.

Noura has a background in ed-tech, non-profit, and women’s rights. An artist and creator herself, Noura is passionate about providing access and information to Web3 for individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to enter the space. Today, Noura works with Harmony to scale events and grow the protocol’s ecosystem through community engagement and experiences.