Growing up in a small town in the Texas panhandle, “venture capitalist” is probably not what Carrie Colbert would have answered if someone had asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Nonetheless the twists and turns of her career and life have led her to her current role as Founder and General Partner of Curate Capital, a fund that invests in businesses by women for women. Graduating with her MBA and petroleum engineering degrees from the University of Texas, Carrie quickly rose in the ranks at Hilcorp, the largest privately owned oil and natural gas producer in the U.S. So quickly, in fact, that she was able to “retire” at age 38, right at the dawn of the influencer age, where she amassed an Instagram following of over 80,000 and experienced a flood of female founders in her inbox with brilliant business concepts just needing a savvy investor’s support. When she saw 10x returns and more opportunity than she had personal capital, she launched Curate in 2021 and raised $15 million from primarily women, overshooting her goal by 50%. She’s been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, PaperCity Magazine, and is a sought after speaker and podcast guest. Of all her roles, she is most proud of her partnership with husband Mark, and being mommy to her five-year-old daughter Elle and her two-year-old son, Luke.
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