30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

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BirchBox cofounder Hayley Barna speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt 2014.




In 2017, the presence of women in venture capital made feeble progress at the country's top firms.

Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital were among two firms last year to take on their first female general partners.

And more and more women are founding female-led firms with an express interest in investing in female-founded startups, in order to break up tech's gender discrepancy.

We've rounded up a list of women across the US who are sourcing noteworthy deals, founding female-led firms, cultivating interest in female-founded startups, and making strides in venture capital.

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30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Bloomberg Beta

What she does: Klein has led deals for companies like Datalogue, Donut, Flashpoint, goTenna, Massive, and Wonder. She also serves on the board of directors for Paramount Group, Harvey Mudd College and L'Oreal's Women in Digital.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Board Advisor, Scout Ventures

What she does: Amoils has been an angel investor since 2010 and focuses her portfolio investments on companies with female founders. At Scout, she invests in technology companies that focus on AI, robotics, cybersecurity, and drones.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Angel Investor

What she does: Hauser has invested in 20 companies including HelloGiggles, Mogul, The Wing, and Gem&Bolt. Eighteen of the twenty companies in her portfolio are founded by women.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Union Square Ventures

What she does: In October, Rebecca Kaden became the first female partner for the influential New York firm Union Square Ventures. In the past, she's helped source deals for companies like Allbirds, Dia&Co, Periscope, and WayUp.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, First Round Capital

What she does: Barna joined First Round as a venture partner after founding cosmetics retailer BirchBox in 2010. She also serves as board member to two early-stage companies, Madison Reed and RAB Lighting.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Greycroft

What she does: Wheeler started off her career in investing at Summit Partners. She's been involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

What she does: Ferreira oversees deals in generation commerce, consumer tech, and enterprise companies. Her portfolio of investments include startups like Glossier, Daily Harvest, Masterclass, Hooked, Hush, and Ollie.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: President & Managing Partner, BBG Ventures

What she does: At BBG, Lyne backs early stage startups with a particular focus on female entrepreneurship. Full Harvest, Winky Lux, Modsy, and Maverick are just a few of BBG's portfolio companies.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner & Co-founder, BBG Ventures

What she does: As a General Partner at BBG, Dua has invested in more than 50 startups including The Wing, Glamsquad, Modsy, Carbon38, GoTenna, Pymetrics, and Zola.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

What she does: Meeker is a longtime investor who has led enterprising deals in multiple sectors. Her sterling list of investments include Square, Spotify, Airbnb, Houzz, Twitter, Slack, and Instacart.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Founding Partner, Forerunner Ventures

What she does: Along with her firm Forerunner Ventures, Green has made a point of investing in female-led companies like Birchbox and Glossier. She's also contributed funding to Bonobos, Retention Sciences, and Warby Parker.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Angel Investor, Gotham Gal Ventures

What she does: Wilson worked in wholesale retail, media, and tech, before becoming an angel investor. Her current portfolio includes more than 90 companies including Food52, Sweeten, Vengo, Nestio, Shippabo, Flip, Clutter, and Union Station.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Founding Partner, Aspect Ventures

What she does: Gouw invested early on in Trulia, ForeScout, and The Muse. At Aspect, she focuses her investments on software and security-technology companies.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Founding Partner, Female Founders Fund

What she does: Duggal founded Female Founders Fund in 2013 in order to cultivate VC interest in female entrepreneurship. Currently, the firm backs early-to-mid-stage companies like Winky Lux, Maven Clinic, Shine Text, Billie, and LandIt.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Spark Capital

What she does: Quinn formerly led early-stage investment as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She's overseen funding deals for Uber, Slack, Square, and InVision.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Spark Capital

What she does: Lee left her position as product manager at Google to become the first female investing partner at Silicon Valley firm Sequoia Capital.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Benchmark

What she does: Venture capital was a natural step for Tavel, who counts herself as one of the first 35 Pinterest employees. As a venture capitalist, she's invested in companies like Quidsi, Onestop Internet, Mindbody Software, and Cornerstone OnDemand.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Reach Capital

What she does: Poulson co-founded $53 million education technology fund Reach Capital, which leads investing in early-stage technology startups in education. She's invested in more than 40 early-stage edtech companies including SchoolMint, Schoolzilla, and Newsela.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

What she does: Seidenberg is a key investor in the digital health and biotech sector. She joined Kleiner Perkins in 2005 and serves on the board of directors for several companies including 3-V Biosciences, Armo Biosciences, Atara, and Auxogyn.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

What she does: Wennmachers co-founded one of the tech world's elite PR firms, The OutCast Agency, and has led early investments in companies like Amazon, Autodesk, Facebook, Netflix, Salesforce.com, and Yahoo.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: General Partner, Trinity Ventures

What she does: At Trinity Ventures, Nakache has invested in EAT Club, Kixeye, Mayvenn, Ruby Ribbon, PayScale, and Care.com.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Floodgate

What she does: Miura-Ko first begin working in investment with Charles River Ventures. She counts Lyft, Ayasdil, TaskRabbit, and Refinery29 among her many investments.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Founder and CEO, Plum Alley

What she does: For more than 20 years, Deborah Jackson has raised capital for healthcare, medical, and consumer-tech companies, and she has also overseen one IPO.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Lux Capital

What she does: Quintini has invested in companies like Bonobos, Bluecore, Dollar Shave Club, Cruise Automation, and Swift Navigation.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Managing Partner, Supernode Ventures

What she does: Early in her career, Touby created the journalist-resource website mediabistro.com. She later founded micro-venture capitalist firm Supernode Ventures. Her angel portfolio includes companies like Braze, LaunchMetrics, PeerIQ, Credijusto, Click Therapeutics, and AlphaHQ.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Partner, Female Founders Fund

What she does: Before joining Female Founders Fund, Dong invested in early-stage companies at FirstMark Capital. ELOQUII, Tala, Maven, Zola, Winky Lux, WayUp, and Thrive Global are just a few of the companies she's invested in over the course of her career.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital

What she does: Among Syrett's investments are BeautyBooked, Cisse Trading Co., EnerKnol, Everwaters, and Nomad.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Managing Director, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator

What she does: Baratz is an active investor in media and connectivity companies where she draws from her experience working with companies like the Wall Street Journal and MTV.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Managing Partner, SoGal Ventures

What she does: As a partner at SoGal, Galbut invests in diverse founding teams across the US and Asia. She's made 50 investments to date, including Everlywell, Unbound, Proscia, eMocha, Hidrate, Insilico Medicine, and Glidian.

30 women in venture capital to watch in 2018

Title: Co-founder & Managing Director, Empire Angels

What she does: In addition to her work as a leading angel investor at Empire Angels, Bechold Russ is a principal at Samsung NEXT Venture, where she focuses on early-stage investments in software and services.

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