Meet An Investor Who Makes Big Bets

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on December 15, 2020

Grit Daily News had the opportunity to feature Mary D’Onofrio, Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners, arguably the oldest venture capital firm in the country, as a guest on our podcast. D’Onofrio is an experienced investor making big bets on SaaS and cloud computing technology companies. She sits on six boards and is focused on high-growth late stage (Series B and beyond) companies.

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When you make bets as big as she does, you have to seek out opportunities and white space so that you’re not betting the same way that everyone else in the market is. She shared tremendous advice on our podcast for the next generation of women in tech. One of her comments was particularly illuminating: “You make money as an investor when you’re contrarian in your opinions but you’re right.”

Listen to her snappy insights on our Like a Boss podcast here.

“Venture is a lot about making decisions and putting the capital to work, thereafter the longer term engagement is the board relationship. Being on the board is probably the most rewarding part of the job.”

Mary D’Onofrio

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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