Last Updated: December 8, 2020
Information We Collect
We collect information in multiple ways, including when you provide information directly to us and when we passively collect information from or about you, such as from your browser or device. We may combine all of the information we collect from or about you from these various sources.
Information You Provide to Us
We collect any information that you provide to us, including, but not limited to, when you (1) sign up for our newsletter; (2) apply for a Partnership; (3) email us with a pitch deck; (4) register for an account; (5) provide feedback in online surveys; or (6) submit other content and suggestions. Such information may include:
- Full name;
- Contact information (e.g., email address, phone number);
- Employment information (e.g., company name, your role or title, assistant name and contact information);
- Professional bio and photo;
- Content you submit in connection with a Partnership application;
- Survey responses; and
- Any other information you choose to include when you contact us.
On occasion, we may ask for additional information to enable us to provide you with access to and use of certain other information, materials and services.
Information We Collect from Affiliates and Non-Affiliated Third Parties
We may collect or receive information about you from affiliates, non-affiliated third parties and other sources, including publicly available websites and resources. We may add this information to the information we have already collected from you through our Sites in order to enhance and improve the services we provide, or use such information for our and/or our affiliates’, subsidiaries’ and portfolio companies’ business and operational purposes.
Information We Collect from Social Media and Other Content Platforms
In some cases, you may be able to access our Sites via social media or other third-party platforms (such as a log-in feature on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and Twitter). By using these services to connect with us or providing a link to your social media profile in a Partnership application, you may allow us to access information from your social media profile, such as name, gender, and profile picture, consistent with your privacy settings or as allowed by you on that service. If you do not wish to have this information shared, do not provide us with such links and do not use such third-party platforms to access our Sites. When you “like” or “follow” us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media sites, we may collect some information from you including your name, e-mail address, and any comments or content you post relevant to us. Please note that your use of such third-party platforms is governed by those services’ privacy policies. We have no control of, and assume no liability for, the privacy practices of third-party services.
Information We Collect Through Automated Means
We also collect information through automated and technical means as you browse our Sites.
- Usage Information. As you browse the Sites, we and our service providers (which are third party companies that work on our behalf to provide and enhance the Sites) use a variety of technologies, including cookies and similar tools, to assist in collecting information about how you interact with the Sites. For example, our servers automatically record certain information in server logs. These server logs may include information such as your web request, IP address, browser type, domain name and settings, referring / exit pages and URLs, how you interact with links on the Sites, pages and content viewed, mobile carrier, mobile device identifiers and information about the device you are using to access the Sites and other such information.
- Location Information. We collect and process general information about the location of the device from which you are accessing the Sites (e.g., approximate geographic location inferred from an IP address). If you do not want us to see or access your device location, you can turn off location sharing on your device, change your device privacy settings, or decline to share location on your browser.
- Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies. We and our service providers may also collect data about your use of the Sites through Internet server logs and online tracking technologies, like cookies and/or tracking pixels. A web server log is a file where website activity is stored. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website that enables us to: (a) recognize your computer; (b) understand the web pages of the Site you have visited; (c) recognize repeat users; (d) facilitate the ongoing access to and use of a website; (e) allow the Sites to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements and targeted advertising; (f) enhance your user experience by delivering content and advertisements specific to your inferred interests; (g) perform searches and analytics; and (h) assist with security administrative functions. Tracking pixels (sometimes referred to as web beacons or clear GIFs) are electronic tags with a unique identifier embedded in websites, online ads and/or email, and that are designed to provide usage information like ad impressions or clicks, measure popularity of the Sites and associated advertising, and to access user cookies. We and our service providers may also include Web beacons in email messages, newsletters and other electronic communications to determine whether the message has been opened and for other analytics, personalization and advertising. As we and our service providers adopt additional technologies, we may also gather additional information through other methods. You can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information (e.g., Internet Explorer; Google Chrome; Mozilla Firefox; or Apple Safari). However, note that by blocking any or all cookies, you may not have access to certain features or offerings on the Sites.
How We Use Your Information
We may use the Personal Information we collect from and about you for the following business and commercial purposes:
- For the purposes for which you provided it, including to evaluate your application for Partnership or maintain your account;
- To maintain, provide, operate, and improve the Sites;
- To send you information or other communications;
- To identify you by your device(s) and to match your device(s) with other browsers or devices you use for the purpose of providing relevant and easier access to content and other operational purposes;
- To enhance your experience on the Sites;
- To prevent or address technical or security issues, including bug detection and fraudulent activity;
- To engage in internal analytics, research, auditing, and reporting;
- To support our and our affiliates’, subsidiaries’, and portfolio companies’ recruiting efforts;
- To connect with vendors and service providers who assist in our business operations;
- To comply with the law and protect the safety, rights, property, or security of the Sites and the general public;
- To enforce the legal terms that govern your use of the Sites; and
- Other purposes for which we notify you.
We may aggregate and/or de-identify information collected through the Sites. We may use aggregate or de-identified information for any purpose, including without limitation for research and analytics, and may also share such data with any third parties, including partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, portfolio companies, services providers, and others.
Our Legal Bases for Using Your Information
- Where use of your information is necessary to perform our obligations under a contract with you;
- Where use of your information is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of others (for example, to operate and secure our Sites; comply with legal requirements and defend our legal rights);
- Where we have your consent, in accordance with applicable legal requirements, to use your information for a particular purpose; and
- Where we use your information to comply with applicable legal obligations.
How We Share and Disclose Your Information
- Third Parties Designated by You. If you direct us to share information with a third-party partner or other entity or as necessary to provide you with a service you request, then we may share your personal information.
- Affiliates and Subsidiaries.
- Business Partners.
- Service Providers. We may provide access to or share your information with select entities that use the information only to perform services on our behalf.
- Business Transactions. We may disclose your personal information in connection with the evaluation of or entering into a corporate transaction where all or a portion of our business or assets (including any associated lists containing your personal information) change ownership, are sold, or are transferred.
We may use third-party web analytics services on our Sites to collect and analyze usage information through cookies and similar tools; engage in auditing, research, or reporting; and provide certain features to you. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by clicking here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Do Not Track (“DNT”) is a privacy preference that users can set in certain web browsers. We are committed to providing you with meaningful choices about the information collected on our Sites for third party purposes. However, we do not currently recognize or respond to browser-initiated DNT signals.
California Shine the Light Disclosure
The California “Shine the Light” law gives residents of California the right under certain circumstances to request information from us regarding the manner in which we share certain categories of personal information (as defined in the Shine the Light law) with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We do not share your personal information with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes.
Additional Information for Residents Outside of the United States
Your rights. Local legal requirements, such as those in the EEA, may afford you additional rights. Your local laws (such as those in the EU) may permit you to request that we:
- provide access to and/or a copy of certain information we hold about you;
- prevent the processing of your information for direct marketing purposes (including any direct marketing processing based on profiling);
- update information that is out of date or incorrect;
- delete certain information that we are holding about you;
- restrict the way that we process and disclose certain of your information; and
- revoke your consent for the processing of your information.
We will consider all requests and provide our response within the time period required under applicable law. Please note, however, that certain information may be exempt from such requests in some circumstances such as if we need to continue processing your information for our legitimate interests or to comply with a legal obligation. We may request that you provide us with information necessary to confirm your identity before responding to your request.
If you would like further information in relation to your legal rights under applicable law or would like to exercise any of them, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.