Nancy Fechnay: London

What do you do? 

Hi, I’m Nancy, and I am a founder! I co-founded The Inspire Movement alongside the amazingly multi-talented Hephzi Pemberton. I’m also co-founder of the Female Founders Dinner Club alongside Leila Rastegar Zegna, who I fondly refer to as a modern day superwoman. I am also an investor. I previously worked at a handful of established VC firms in the U.S. (KPCB and GE Ventures amongst others). I now am a Partner at Flight Ventures, which is Gil Penchina’s brainchild. Flight Ventures is the largest online group of investors in the world. I am an advisor to pre-seed and seed stage startups as well as accelerators, (mainly Techstars) too.

What else should we know about you?
I am thrilled to have launched The Inspire Movement this past week. Our vision is to create a movement of entrepreneurs and thought leaders who have been through adversity and emerged transformed for the better with a deeper sense of purpose, passion, and the desire to inspire others to do the same. Check it out and get in touch if you want to join!

What’s your historical London and New York connection? 
Technically I’ve never been based in NYC, but have spent enough time in the city to work and play to call it a home. I moved to London early in 2015 from San Francisco.

How can New York and London better engage with each other? 
This new airbus will help! On a more serious note, I think that incredible companies, such as Catchpool and Dreamers // Doers, will help make the gap seem much smaller.

Favorite NYC secret spot:
This reverse speakeasy!

Favourite London secret spot:
I don’t want to give up my secret spots! How about not super secretive, but lesser known perhaps… I love Speakeasies, especially The Luggage Room and Milk & Honey.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’m living there right now! I love London. It is the second largest tech hub in the world. It has culture, travel, beautiful parks and the incredibly interesting people. Most of all I love living in London because every day brings new experiences and new challenges.

In flight entertainment: 
What’s playing in your headphones right now?

Headspace, the meditation app.

And what are you currently reading?

I’m being a bit of nerd right now. I’m reading Machine Learning: The Art and Science of Algorithms that Make Sense of Data.  I’m also carrying around How Google Works for light daytime reading.

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