Investors in Residence
What Is the DiR Program?
A 6-week cohort consisting of 3-hour classes once per week where DIR members will learn about Venture Capital and create their own investment thesis to be able to invest in startups on behalf of Debut.
Founding Cohort
Lexie Brown
2021 WNBA Champion
Lexie Brown is professional basketball player that is a member of the 2021 WNBA Champions Chicago Sky. She graduated from Duke University in 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a graduate degree from the MMS program at Fuqua School of Business. She is also a world traveler, playing on basketball teams in Hungary, Israel, and France. While her basketball career is still in it’s early stages, Lexie is very much looking forward to branching out off the court as well.
Chelsea Gray
Four-time WNBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist
Chelsea Nichelle Gray is an American professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association. She was the eleventh pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft. Chelsea is currently an investor and advisor in startups.
Sanya Richards-Ross
4x Olympic Gold medallist
Sanya Richards-Ross is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion.  The London games also set the stage for Sanya to become the second most decorated female track and field Olympians of all time. By winning her 4th gold medal, after anchoring the 4x400m relay team to gold for the 3rd consecutive time, Sanya firmly solidified her place in sports history.
Lauryn Williams
4x Olympian
Lauryn Williams, CFP® is a 4-time Olympian, 3-time Olympic medalist and the first American woman to earn a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. While pursuing professional sports Lauryn interacted with not one but two financial advisors that didn’t provide the services she needed. She asked friends what they were doing about their finances and the answers were vague and unsettling. Constantly looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of others she decided to put her Finance degree and MBA to use to fill the gap for young professionals. Eager to learn everything she then pursued the Certified Financial Planning certification.Her company, Worth Winning, offers virtual services to help young professionals get the answers to the financial questions that matter most to them. Whether that is creating a budget, figuring out a plan for paying off student loans, setting goals for savings or understanding your 401(k) Worth Winning is ready to help with all things personal finance.
I have watched for the last few years so many athletes getting involved in VC and tech, and I can’t wait to get involved as well. The focus on minority start-ups and business owners is something that I am so happy to be part of. And to be able to do it with some other incredible female athletes is the cherry on top. I’m looking forward to learning so much and jump-starting this new part of my career!
Lexie Brown
WNBA Champion
The Curriculum
This class will take you through the terminology and ecosystem of Venture Capital. You will leave this class with an understanding of the day-to-day vocabulary and its real-life application.
Investment Thesis
At the core of every fund, decisions are guided by an investment thesis. This class will provide the tools and insight to help you design your investment thesis. Your investment thesis will help you navigate potential investment opportunities and thoughtfully evaluate and select companies to invest in.
Deal Flow
There are different approaches to finding deals that excite you. In this class, we will discuss the various ways of finding deals, why building your network of co-investors is important to the quality of deals you see, and how you can use your influence with your audience to help you with sourcing.
Investment Memos
Finding a deal you're excited about is important, but making sure you've done your due diligence and can provide your reasoning to your LPs is just as crucial. In this class, you'll learn what due diligence entails, best practices in evaluating a company's pitch deck, data room, and how to tell and sell your story through an investment memo.
Portfolio Construction
Portfolio construction is the math behind how your investments and fund will perform. Deciding your check size, number of investments you can make, and how dilution works are all areas this class will touch on. You will leave with the tools and insight to construct your portfolio for maximum returns.
Post Investment Portfolio Support
A great investor's work doesn't end once the wire transfer is complete. Debut would argue its Support really just beginning. In this class, you will learn best practices for providing value to your portfolio companies ranging from thoughtful introductions, recurring 1v1s, and more.