Ranked one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes, Mary Meeker is a force to be reckoned with.
The well-known venture capitalist seems to have a crystal ball when it comes to the tech industry — she has a track record of identifying unicorn investment opportunities ahead of everyone else.
Starting her career at Merrill Lynch in 1982 as a stockbroker, she eventually landed at Morgan Stanley as a software and computer analyst.
Today, she runs a multi-million dollar investment company and publishes a widely anticipated annual tech report.
Want to learn more about her journey to success?
Keep reading and discover 10 inspiring facts about Mary Meeker!
1. She’s been considered the queen of the internet since the ‘90s.
In 1998, Barron’s Magazine, a finance and investment publication, crowned Mary “Queen of the ‘Net.”
At the time, she was an analyst at Morgan Stanley and calling all the shots on the best new internet products and companies to invest in — including Amazon, now a multi-billion dollar company.
Since then, no one has been able to take her throne and she’s still known by everyone as the queen of the internet today.
2. Mary is one of the leading venture capitalists in the world.
Earlier this year, Forbes ranked Mary №8 on their annual Midas List.
The list highlights the world’s top tech investors and ranks investors based on their “portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over the past five years, or that have raised additional funding at a valuation of $400 million or more.”
This was an easy accomplishment for Mary, as she has invested in the world’s biggest tech companies companies, including Facebook, Spotify, Twitter and Slack.
3. Mary Meeker’s Internet Trend Reports inform investors around the world.
Since 1995, Mary has been reporting on where she sees the tech industry going — and, so far, her predictions have been accurate.
The report, which usually sits around 300 pages, looks at where people should stop investing and areas they should start paying attention to.
In the 2019 Internet Trends Report Mary highlighted the importance of e-commerce, mobile phones and the rising use of multimedia on networking platforms.
No one has been shy about publishing her latest finds, all of which can be found on websites like Forbes, CNBC and Bloomberg.
4. She co-founded Bond Capital.
In January 2019, Mary co-founded Bond Capital along with three other venture capitalists.
Since launching Bond Capital, she has raised $1.25 billion in venture funds, all of which will go towards investing in the next big tech companies.
That’s not the only groundbreaking thing about Bond Capital. According to TechCrunch, it’s also the first capital fund founded and led by a woman to have over $1 billion in capital commitments.
5. Mary has an eye for talent.
When Mary is looking for the next big company, it all comes down to a few things.
In an interview with Wired, Mary said she likes to consider, not only if there is a demand for the product, but what the team and product bring to the table as a whole.
“In the good ones, there’s an unbelievable product passion,” said Mary during the interview, who touched on a reason why she invested in Spotify.
“Daniel Ek at Spotify is a great example. If you ask him a question, he’s got an answer, he’s already thought it through. When he doesn’t know something, he figures out how to find out.”
6. She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
In 2000, Depauw University awarded Mary with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
She attended Depauw for her undergrad and earned a degree in psychology in 1981.
From there, she attended Cornell and received a Masters of Business Administration in 1986.
7. She is happy to see women joining the tech industry.
When asked by Forbes about her perception of women in the tech, Mary pointed out that there has been a lot of growth since she began her career.
“When I started working in the technology industry there weren’t a lot of role models,” Mary said.
“Now there’s a much broader crew — folks like Susan Wojcicki, Sheryl Sandberg, Katie Stanton, Marissa Mayer and Safra Catz, and up-and-comers like Demet Mutlu, Megan Quinn and Ali Pincus.”
Mary also acknowledged that it hasn’t been an easy journey for women, but tech is more inclusive and has noticed more women, in the United States and abroad, joining the industry.
8. Being a product user helps fuel Mary’s desire to invest.
When Mary loves a product, she will see that it succeeds.
“I’ve made my best personal investments when I’ve been a user of the product,” said Mary in an interview with Wired.
“Like Apple. The epiphany for me came when I purchased my fifth iPod and I hadn’t unwrapped my fourth. It was still in the plastic case.”
This mindset can also be traced back to her early dedication to companies like Amazon and Dell.
Even though the market wavered as tech was just starting out, she stuck to her guns and ultimately came out on top.
9. Mary uses her free time for hobbies.
When Mary isn’t searching for the next business to invest in, she loves spending time outside.
One of her biggest hobbies is playing golf, which she started doing after her father introduced her to the sport as a child.
10. Mary was born and raised in Indiana.
While Mary now lives in California, she grew up in Indiana.
She told Wired that living in a small midwestern town showed her that size doesn’t always equate to success.
“I grew up believing that one person could make a difference,” said Mary. “In Indiana, you saw that with basketball. The small town could beat the big town, like in the movie Hoosiers. That is one of the things that attracts me to entrepreneurs.
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Originally posted on Inc.com
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