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8 Investors Discuss What’s Next for Reproductive Health Startups in a Post-Ro World • Technology Flow

one Roe v. The US needs to prepare for the most important future issues America will face after dismantling Wade.

Come midterm elections, voters will focus on candidates and, consequently, actions that dictate abortion access and other human rights issues. The role that venture capital has to play in all of this is becoming clearer: there is a push to fund more reproductive health companies, to include healthcare access in ESG investments, and to rethink safe spaces for women employees to open a business.

To get a clearer picture of what’s to come, Technology Flow+ surveyed eight investors and found out what they think the role of venture capital is in a post-Roy world. McKeever Conwell, founder of Rarebreed Ventures, recognizes the ambiguous relationship between venture money and ethics. He said funding for startups focused on reproductive health should be redoubled, even though there are some who ignore human rights issues related to investment.

Theodora Law, founder of Unconventional Ventures, said she believes more venture investors should take a political stance on issues. “The right of access to health care; It is not politics,” she said. “These are existential issues that concern us all, regardless of our character.”


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“Where the law lags behind, it’s important that technology takes a proactive stance to bring transparency to current and future innovation and reduce the types of risks we see today.” Hesse Jones, Partner, MATR Ventures

On the other hand, Hesse Jones, a partner at MATR Ventures, said the due diligence process should go deeper to identify the risks of developing a new technology. “The founder’s ‘intentions’ point of affirmation needs to expand past. We must ask ourselves: What is the potential for this technology to be used in other use cases beyond its current purpose? What is the imminent danger to individuals or groups?

Finally, almost everyone we spoke to is keeping an eye out for a change in November. “Vote,” Law said. “With your voice, with your action and with your wallet.”

We spoke to:

  • Hesse Jones, Partner, MATR Ventures
  • Lisa Calhoun, Gary Peet and William Leonard, Waller Ventures
  • Mecca Tart, Executive Director, Startup Runway
  • Ed Zimmerman, Founding Partner, First Close Partners
  • Theodora Law, founder of Unconventional Ventures
  • McKeever Conwell, founder of Rarebreed Ventures

Hesse Jones, Partner, MATR Ventures

What was your initial reaction to Roe’s manipulation? What other effects has Roe’s manipulation had on your company and investment strategy?

I grew up in a Catholic system that strongly opposed abortion and the right of women to decide what to do with their own bodies. I’m Canadian too, and our laws regarding abortion and mother’s rights are very different from the US

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision implied rights under the 14th Amendment — specifically, a woman’s right to privacy under the “Due Process Clause,” which affirmed the right to choose whether to have an abortion — undermined all civil rights precedent. Being manipulated.

Misunderstanding the 14th Amendment in this opinion turns back the clock when it comes to the rights women have been fighting for for years.

Where the law lags behind, it is important that technology takes a proactive stance to bring transparency to current and future innovations and to reduce the types of risks we see today: disclosure of personal information, data surveillance and the use of personal information that ultimately causes harm to individuals and groups.

This is already happening and now it has entered into communities where reproductive data is leveraged against data subjects.

Does the Dobbs decision affect the standards you use to perform due diligence?

Absolutely! Apps used to help women, such as Flow, Glowing and Q, have been weaponized with warrants to identify those seeking abortions. These apps and the data collected by Big Tech may be sold, breached or bought by government warrants without regard to the subject’s rights.

Getting past the point of founder “intentions” requires due diligence. We must ask ourselves: What is the potential for this technology to be used in other use cases beyond its current purpose? What is the imminent danger to individuals or groups? Also, we must demand, at a minimum, privacy-wise design standards and the security of the infrastructure that accesses any personal data.

We must understand the intentions of the founders, how the data will be used, who the partners are, to what extent the data will be shared and for what purposes. We’ve come to a dangerous crossroads where technology can be harmful, and we must now hold entrepreneurs more accountable for what they’re building.

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