Hey all – it’s Andrew. If you’ve never seen our mission, this is what is says:
"Make products that look amazing, last a long time, in a way that inspires our customers to take pride in owning them."
The majority of our customers are straight males. But the reality is that LeDaveed is filled with gay-ness. And I use that word in the most flattering of ways.
This morning, we were invited to present to the Gaingels, a group of LGBTQ angel investors looking invest in for-profit businesses with LGBTQ Founders.
Shortly, I’m off to Google – it’s an event called “Taking Pride in Toronto’s LGBTQA+ Technology Community.”
5 years ago, I was one of the first investment banker / private equity investors to come out in Canada. It was incredibly nervewracking. I had been out privately for several years, but word somehow never spilled over to Bay Street. At that point, I could NEVER have imagined a group of LGBTQ angel investors. Holy, eff. What an experience.
The presentation went amazingly well today.
I realized that when you peel back our great product and early traction (and yes, it's early), our success is a result of LeDaveed being “queer” in its values. We do things creatively, with honestly and with integrity, even when it’s complex or difficult. In the for-profit world, that’s rare. I’m convinced this queerness comes from years of trying to conform. Of wearing navy suits and white shirts, and blend in to sell the $500 million deal.
For me, today’s events are about more than networking – it’s about the notion that carrying oneself with pride, being vulnerable, and not compromising on who you are leads to success. We’re proving it before your eyes.
Happy Pride, from LeDaveed!