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Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner

April Underwood, who until early remaining yr was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a enterprise companion, she launched on Twitter proper this second.
Underwood acknowledged that as part of the company’s crew, she goes to “put cash into good companies in the hunt for to resolve the massive points coping with humanity: our native climate, human effectively being and wellness, and the best way we work.” Of Obvious’s consider “backing agency with world constructive have an effect on,” she acknowledged its mission “couldn’t presumably actually really feel additional wished than it does on this particular second.”
For Underwood, the operate is taken into account considered one of quite a few that she is presently juggling. She based mostly a startup advisory outfit known as Good Owl remaining yr. She generally is a cofounder of #Angels, an organization that focuses on investing in female founders and to which Underwood stays very devoted, she acknowledged proper this second, tweeting that her consider “getting additional women on the cap tables of worthwhile startups will proceed unabated.”
Underwood is now amongst a rising number of  #Angels cofounders — extremely efficient women at Twitter who launched the initiative in 2015 — to be investing on nearly a full-time basis.
Together with Underwood, who spent virtually 5 years as a director of product at Twitter sooner than turning into a member of Slack, #Angels was based mostly by Jana Messerschmidt, who’s now a companion with Lightspeed Enterprise Companions; Jessica Verrilli, who’s now a fundamental companion with GV; and Katie Stanton Jacobs, who not too way back closed her private first enterprise fund with $25 million in capital commitments beneath the mannequin Moxie Ventures.
One different #Angels founder Vijaya Gadde, was and stays the Fundamental Counsel at Twitter. Within the meantime, Chloe Sladden, a former VP of Media at Twitter, remaining yr cofounded a seed-stage startup making collaborative parenting devices known as Honeycomb Labs.
Underwood, who moreover sits on the board of Zillow, was accountable for lots of Slack’s method and product decisions all through her virtually four years with the company.
Underwood is now thought of considered one of three enterprise companions who’re working with Obvious Ventures .
The others embody serial entrepreneur, investor and advisor Julie Hanna, and Di-Ann Eisnor, who was beforehand the Director of Metropolis Methods at Google’s Area 120 and, sooner than that, started the U.S. office of Waze in 2009.
Obvious Ventures — cofounded very notably by Twitter cofounder Ev Williams —  closed its third fund with roughly $270 million in capital commitments earlier this yr.

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