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Before starting her own venture capital firm, Julie Wroblewski worked as an adviser with philanthropist Melinda French Gates.
“It was during that time that I saw a big opportunity to invest in technology that serves families and caregivers,” Wroblewski said. “I was interested in a growing and somewhat overlooked space of technology that could serve us every day.”
Wroblewski left her role in September 2020 at the Gates-founded venture capital firm Pivotal Ventures to start Magnify Ventures alongside co-founder Joanna Drake. The company invests at the pre-seed and seed stage in startup companies that address needs in pregnancy, parenting, family caregiving, aging and end-of-life care. Portfolio companies include caregiving app company Papa and social activity platform company Element3 Health.
Wroblewski spoke about closing her $52 million fund before the market turned, why she’s bullish in Medicare Advantage investments and more. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.