Brianne Kimmel is a Ukrainian-American venture capitalist, published author, expert on the future of work, and philanthropist.
Kimmel is one of the angel investors and operators who started their own funds during 2020’s rise of solo general partners.
Kimmel is the founder and managing director of Worklife, a future-of-work focused venture capital firm.
At the forefront of Worklife’s narrative is the idea that anyone can start a business, creative project, or other endeavor.
“I started Worklife to reimagine work alongside thoughtful founders, building new opportunities for every creator, designer, developer and individual who uses the tech we've backed. Prior to starting the firm, I was an angel investor on evenings and weekends.
I write high conviction checks in early stage companies & build systematic programs to help technical founders with go-to-market. If you're actively raising, I make investment decisions in 24-48 hours.”
I live in LA with my partner Jian-Yang, otherwise known as Jimmy O. Yang (@funnyasiandude), but bounce between San Francisco, New York, and Miami often.
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What moment in your career are you the proudest of?
Writing my first check as an angel investor. I dipped into the small amount of savings that I had and it completely changed my life.
What trends are you most excited about right now?
When I started Worklife, I had a theory that remote work would bring back neighborhoods.
Today, we see neighbors teaming up to start a small business together, hobbies like bowling leagues are making a big comeback, parents are home for dinner every night and neighborhood kids are paying outside.
We see a lot of tech companies accelerating this trend even further. Everything from affordable homeownership, homeschooling and daycares, tools to finance and build a small business.
I’m inspired by technology that makes The American Dream possible, not just technology for other tech people or tech companies.
What founder inspires you the most?
Deel co-founder and CRO Shuo Wang.
In the early days of Deel, Shuo really fought for a voice at the table.
I would run into Shuo at least once a week at a future of work dinner or around town recruiting, fundraising, around the clock hustling to get Deel off the ground. I don’t know how she found time to sleep, maybe she didn’t!
Fast forward to 2020, Deel went from $4M to $50M+ ARR, 50 to 550+ people in 60+ countries & we raised over $600M.
This is insane growth led by an immigrant female CRO who graduated from MIT and hobbies include designing small wearable electronics and exoskeletons and winning Tough Mudder competitions.
I’m grateful to be an investor in Deel because I would never compete against Shuo, startup related or army crawling through cold, wet mud.
How do you make your worklife better?
The thing I love more about remote work is the ability to show up as your whole self at work. No more suits, no more corporate jargon... It’s cool to see where someone lives, meet their dog that’s sitting on their lap, and hear kids playing in the background. That’s real life, and I love it.
I like having something to look forward to after work. I prefer entertaining vs. going out and love designing fun experiences for friends.
I turned my shed into a tiki bar and built a karaoke room in my basement. Quirky stuff like that.
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