Terri Burns recently became the youngest and first Black female partner at GV, formerly Google Ventures. The 26-year-old, who joined the firm in 2017, sees enormous potential in the Gen-Z market.

She led the $1 million seed round for the social app HAGS — short for “have a great summer” — co-founded by Los Angeles high school student Jameel Shivji, his sister Suraya, and 19-year-old James Dale.

“Gen-Z is coming of age, entering the workforce, and shaping the world,” Burns wrote in a GV blog post. “They’re hard-working, leaning into chaos, and ready to disrupt traditional systems. How we think about money, culture, politics, and the future is increasingly shaped by this cohort.”

For the Plug In South LA Beat, our regular curation of must-read innovation and tech news, we’re getting to know Burns and her outlook on how Gen-Z will lead the future of investment:

Meet Terri Burns, the youngest and first Black female partner at GV, formerly known as Google Ventures

HAGS: A Lesson in How to Build for Gen-Z

Photo: Terri Burns. Credit: GV