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.
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
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.