Leila is a communications strategist based in Birmingham, Alabama, who believes in investing in a better, more progressive future.
As a newcomer to the world of VC, Leila’s fresh perspective and expertise in virtual programming and digital marketing scaled Outlander’s online presence from scratch. Amidst the pandemic, Leila championed the pivot to reaching founders remotely by launching the virtual OutPitch competitions, Outlander Demo Day, and monthly fireside series to connect founders with leading experts all across the globe. Her digital campaigns have proven instrumental in increasing the quality of our deal flow, ultimately accounting for ⅓ of our 1500+ leads in 2021.
A Georgia native and graduate of Agnes Scott College, she discovered her love of marketing for social good upon founding a nonprofit focused on refugee resettlement. After graduating with a self-designed Human Rights degree, she participated in Atlanta-based incubator The Guild’s inaugural cohort of founders. Since then, Leila has mastered the art of connecting causes to their supporters in many different industries, including disability advocacy, immigration law, political campaigning, and, now, tech entrepreneurs.
Driven by a deep interest in emerging technology, Blaine has always had an affinity for venture capital. Prior to Outlander, he worked for various funding entities, ranging from angel syndicates to multi-billion dollar growth equity firms and multinational banks. In each role, Blaine’s hands-on approach to scaling portfolio companies and aligning venture growth with the strategies of their investors and consumers developed his knack for creating and executing strategic and operational plans.
Blaine holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University—where he concentrated in Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship—and an undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. While at Vanderbilt, Blaine consulted for multiple funds in the Nashville market and ran Vanderbilt’s “Launching the Venture” program, mentoring numerous start-ups through their initial launch and subsequent rounds of financing.
With a passion for business development, corporate strategy, and emerging technology, Lucas is thrilled to be supporting our brilliant, outlandish founders and playing a part in shaping the future through tech and innovation.
Since joining Outlander, Lucas has led the Outlander growth strategy, investing ~$100M to date in companies like Stripe, Klarna and Coco. In addition to executing our growth strategy, he has expanded his focus to our early-stage strategy, leading investments and coaching portfolio companies like Backbar, Levantr, and others.
Before joining Outlander, Lucas developed a wide variety of business development and corporate strategy expertise across many industries and company sizes throughout his career. A true Outlander and jack-of-all-trades, Lucas has managed a $400M book of business for a Fortune 100 energy company, expanded distribution channels for a film studio in Rome, facilitated deals for an international aerospace company, and published biomedical research in “Neuron.”
Lucas earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and his MBA from Emory University where he concentrated on Strategy and Innovation.
Leura is a former founder and experienced investor who previously bootstrapped two startups as the founding CEO. Her last startup, Laurel & Wolf, raised $30M from CRV, Benchmark, and other top investors, then scaled to serve tens of thousands of customers across the US.
From 2015 to date, Leura has invested in dozens of early-stage companies and advises founding teams on product, operations, customer growth, design, hiring, and product-market fit. Her current investing focus includes future of work, future of commerce, hardware/robotics, and AI. She is passionate about diversity in venture and works to fund and support diverse founders from non-traditional markets.
Leura serves on the Dress for Success Atlanta board and was named a Forbes 30 under 30 and Goldman Sachs’ “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.”