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Look Back and Look Ahead. Reflection on where we’ve been and… | by Nathaniel Harding | Cortado Ventures | Jan, 2023


Reflection on where we’ve been and where we are going, and the growing landscape of innovation in the Midcontinent

  • The first mRNA vaccine was brought to market in late 2020.
  • The metaverse entered global consciousness as Facebook became Meta in 2021.
  • Augmented and virtual reality became mainstream with VR content surpassing $1 billion in sales.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope sent back breathtaking images of the deepest space ever seen.
  • Everybody finally got into cryptocurrency just in time for the collapse of FTX.
  • Artificial intelligence got into art (but still can’t draw hands).
  • ChatGPT went live at the end of 2022 and now every job in the world will be affected by AI.
A Year in Review with Cortado Ventures
Cortado Ventures and the Verge teams with founders
  • In 2022 we averaged one up-round per month, resulting in a seed graduation rate approaching 2/3rds — double the national average. With our follow-on investments in 2022, Recuro Health is growing at a remarkable pace with its acquisition of two companies and more announcements soon.
  • We reached $80 million in assets under management in only 2.5 years since our inception, also becoming the most active seed investor in the Midcontinent, according to data from Crunchbase.
  • We hosted and sponsored ten events with funders, founders, and ecosystem builders, totaling over 500 attendees from eleven states. This is an effort to build a vibrant and informed community around venture capital and entrepreneurship.
  • At our annual meeting in November, we hosted over 100 people from nine states, including our friends at gener8tor and 19days.
Cortado Investment Analyst and Interns with the co-founders of Boddle Learning
  • Two interns have completed their bachelor’s degree, both now working for tech startups.
  • Three interns are slated to complete their undergraduate experience this year.
  • One intern completed their law degree in 2022.
  • One intern completed their MBA program and now works full-time with Cortado.
  • Our newest intern is a current MBA student.
Cortado Ventures was featured in Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital newsletter
State of Startups panel at Cortado’s Annual Meeting with partners from gener8tor, Plains Ventures, techstar and The Verge OKC.
gener8tor OKC team with Cortado’s Platform Manager
The Midcontinent

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