Female VC Lab
The Female VC Lab showcases the journeys of female investors. We're sitting down with Female VCs and Investors to talk about their funds, how they invest, how they make an impact, and their vision for the future.
E095: Margot Brandenburg of Ford Foundation
May 17, 2024 • 11 MIN
Seasoned entrepreneur and resource mobilizer for positive social and environmental change.
E094: Amy Hepburn: Investor Leadership Network
May 9, 2024 • 11 MIN
As CEO of the Investor Leadership Network Secretariat since 2020, Amy Hepburn is charged with designing and delivering the long-term strategy of the ILN and representing the Network in collaboration with global stakeholders. Amy is a recognized impact investing expert and social entrepreneur with deep expertise on gender lens social investments and the care of children in crises. In this capacity, she has spent 20 years driving social change globally in the private, non-profit, and public sectors through the creation of unique public/private partnerships and investing for high impact social returns.
E093: Genia Xasis: Berkana.VC
May 2, 2024 • 9 MIN
Genia Xasis is the CEO & Co-founder of Berkana.VC, a global community aimed at enhancing gender diversity in VC and tech. She assists seed and Series A companies with raising capital in MENA and is an angel investor focusing on pre-seed, female-led companies with an emphasis on impact and AI. Holds a PhD in Biochemistry.
E092: Jessica Mah: Mahway
March 21, 2024 • 23 MIN
Jess Mah built her first 6-figure business while still in middle school and has since created three companies that are each valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Among the companies she’s founded are inDinero, a fintech company that helps businesses manage their accounting and taxes; Astonishing Labs, is a biotech firm focused on revolutionizing human health with groundbreaking innovations; and a litigation tech company that has empowered over a thousand individuals to pursue justice, offering resources they may otherwise have been unable to access. Jess studied computer science at U.C. Berkeley and has been featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, as well as on the Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, and Fast Magazine Most Creative Business Leaders lists. She’s also a Y Combinator alumna and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
E091: Jess Hunichen: Shine Ventures
March 7, 2024 • 9 MIN
Jess Hunichen and Emily Ward are the Co-Founders of the global Talent Management Agency, Shine Talent Group, founded in 2015 with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Built on the premise of collaboration over competition, Shine has grown a reputation for being an ally to both talent and brands bringing impactful campaigns and creative solutions. In 2023 Jess and Emily launched Shine Ventures as a vehicle to share their experience and invest in bold founders with potential for global reach and market disruption.
E090: Kristin Gunther: Revolution Growth
February 15, 2024 • 8 MIN
Kristin Gunther is a Partner at Revolution Growth. Kristin brings over 15 years of experience in private equity, finance, and operations to Revolution Growth. Prior to joining Revolution, she spent five years at Perseus LLC, most recently as Vice President, where she worked with portfolio companies and management teams on growth strategies, operating and finance matters, and exit planning. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at Rothschild Inc. in New York, NY and as a research associate at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, CT. She is on the board of Scopely, serves as a board observer for Carbon Robotics, and worked on the exits of FedBid, Handy, and Lolly Wolly Doodle. Kristin received a B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University and earned her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Kristin is originally from Massachusetts.
E089: Genevieve Gilbreath: Springdale Ventures
February 15, 2024 • 7 MIN
Genevieve Gilbreath has been an active investor and entrepreneur in the consumer products space in Austin and globally for the last 15 years. Passionate about the success of consumer brand entrepreneurs in Austin and beyond, in 2019 Genevieve became a founding board member and was President of Naturally Austin, a non-profit supporting CPG entrepreneurs. Today, as a founding partner at Springdale, she is a champion of early-stage consumer investing, including investments in Feastables, Mr. Beast’s better-for-you snack brand, better-for-you Mac and Cheese brand GOODLES, and ready-to-drink cocktail BEATBOX which recently signed a deal with eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, designer, and philanthropist Avril Lavigne, amongst others. Genevieve is also a frequent speaker and contributor to industry topics and events on venture capital, early-stage consumer investing, CPG, food & beverage, and beauty trends.
E088: Dani Tran: Konvoy
January 25, 2024 • 12 MIN
Dani is an investor at Konvoy, a VC focused on the technology, infrastructure, and platforms of the gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Dani joined Konvoy's investment team in 2021 and works across the entire lifecycle from sourcing to diligence to supporting founders as a Board Observer. Prior to joining Konvoy, Dani worked for the Corporate Strategy and M&A team at Activision Blizzard and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
E087: Jennifer Stojkovic: Joyful Ventures
January 18, 2024 • 14 MIN
Jennifer is the founder of the Vegan Women Summit (VWS), a media and events platform of over 60,000 women founders, investors, and advocates. She is the author of the bestselling book The Future of Food is Female, the world’s first book focused on women in alternative protein. Jennifer is an Independent Director of Natural Order Acquisition Co, a publicly-traded company focused on sustainable protein. She built her career under Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel. Jennifer worked as the industry’s leading lobbyist for the world’s largest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Meta.
E086: Taylor Jean-Jacques: General Atlantic
January 4, 2024 • 11 MIN
Taylor is a technology investor at General Atlantic where she sources deals, supports portfolio companies as a Board observer and conducts thematic research. Previously, she was a technology investment banker at J.P. Morgan. Before that, she was a software engineer at Facebook and Instagram. She is a graduate of Princeton University.
E085: Scott Sewell and Hunter Vielock: NuEnergy
December 21, 2023 • 9 MIN
NuEnergy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of various high-performance lithium-ion batteries and energy storage technologies. Lithium-ion batteries as a power source are dominating in portable electronics, penetrating the EV market, and on the verge of entering the utility market for grid-energy storage. Our batteries and systems are designed to ensure maximum performance over competitors in the industry. This is our special Formula 1 Series brought to you by F4P Foundation.
E084: Bill Wyland: Bill Wyland Galleries
December 14, 2023 • 10 MIN
Bill Wyland, the driving force behind the gallery’s operations, was born in 1958 in Dearborn, Michigan. He has three brothers, Robert, Steve and Tom, and without even lifting a brush, has given the family name presence in the art world. In the late 1980’s, William A. Wyland, known to most as Bill, opened his first gallery in Hawaii in the rustic town of Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. That gallery was a showcase of another family member, Robert Wyland, the pioneer of the marine art movement. Art galleries and retail stores Retail real-estate development Builds, manages,creates, distributes and markets established world-class premium brands. Business consulting This is our special Formula 1 Series brought to you by F4P Foundation.
E083: Mike Dinsdale, CFA: Akkadian
December 7, 2023 • 8 MIN
Mike Dinsdale, Managing Director, Akkadian Ventures - During 20+ years as CFO, secured over $1.8b in financing, created 100b+ in Value, and created 3 Brands with instant recognition: DocuSign, DoorDash, and Gusto - Angel investor in 50+ tech companies - Co-Founder of Plum Partners SPAC Platform - Currently a board member for various software companies and WildAid - BS from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from McMaster University - CFA Designation This is our special Formula 1 Series brought to you by F4P Foundation.
E082: Jenna Bryant: Embedded Ventures
November 30, 2023 • 14 MIN
Co-Founder, CEO & General Partner, Embedded Ventures // Co-Founder, KittyCAD Jenna Bryant is Co-Founder, CEO and General Partner at Embedded Ventures, a next generation venture capital firm that takes a commercial-first approach to investing in early-stage startups with applications that can serve the Department of Defense. Jenna is also the Co-Founder of KittyCAD, the world’s first and only company to build hardware design infrastructure for the internet. KittyCAD was incubated by Embedded Ventures.
E081: Joanna Kuang: Illumen Capital
November 2, 2023 • 23 MIN
Joanna has dedicated her career to expanding access to capital in pursuit of inclusive justice for and alongside under-resourced people of color. She believes a combination of public, private, and philanthropic capital drives the most meaningful impact when coordinated towards a shared systemic goal. Prior to Illumen Capital, Joanna advised and built capacity for local, state, and federal governments on driving taxpayer dollars towards meaningful results for overlooked and underestimated communities at Third Sector Capital Partners. She began her career at Wellington Management, defining and managing impact for the institutional asset manager's sole impact investing portfolio. Ms. Kuang earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University, and as a Robertson Scholar, she was also dual enrolled at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
E080: May Li: J20 Ventures
October 19, 2023 • 17 MIN
May Li is the founder and managing director of J20 Ventures, a solo woman-run VC firm investing in Zillennial markets. After starting the firm from her dorm room as a junior in 2017, she deployed Fund I straight out of college. As a first-gen AAPI woman, and a Zillennial herself, May’s unique perspective inspires her successful investment strategy.
E079: Susan Moring: Cortado Ventures
October 12, 2023 • 16 MIN
Susan Moring is a Principal at Cortado Ventures, an Oklahoma City-based, early-stage VC firm. At Cortado, Susan manages all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, due diligence, and post-investment portco support. A startup enthusiast, Susan has spent her career supporting entrepreneurs and the growth of Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem.
E078: Claude de Jocas: Volition Capital
September 14, 2023 • 19 MIN
Claude is a Vice President of Volition Capital’s internet and consumer investment team. She joined Volition in 2019 and focuses on investments in e-commerce and tech-enabled services, with sector interests in digital health, telco, and consumer subscription services.
E077: Alison Ryu: Able Partners
June 29, 2023 • 17 MIN
Alison has been investing in consumer brands for nearly a decade. Prior to Able, Alison was a General Partner & Managing Director at CircleUp Growth Partners where she led investments in early stage consumer brands. Before CircleUp, Alison was a Vice President at TSG Consumer where she invested in consumer and retail brands and worked closely with the e-commerce investments in their portfolio. She spent a year as an operator on the executive team of Backcountry.com, one of the TSG portfolio companies. Prior to TSG, Alison worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan in the Consumer & Retail Group. Alison has served on the Board of Directors of Kosas Cosmetics, Nutpods and Mented Cosmetics. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and lives in San Francisco with her husband.
E076: Marcus Glover: Lockstep Ventures
June 8, 2023 • 21 MIN
Marcus Glover is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Lockstep Ventures, a venture capital firm that seeks to address issues that perpetuate racial inequality in the U.S. Marcus has a mission to reimagine equity for Black America and is dedicated to investing and advising Black and women-led companies that are often overlooked, underfunded and underserved. As a leader of Lockstep Ventures, he has turned his passion into meaningful change while also inspiring and empowering a systematic shift in tandem with delivering investor returns. In addition to his work with Lockstep Ventures, Marcus serves on the National Board of Directors of Defy Ventures, which advocates for criminal justice reform and lowering recidivism by building on incarcerated men and women's natural talents through entrepreneurship business ownership. Marcus also serves on the Time@100 Advisory Board.
E075: Cheryl Evans: Milken Institute
June 1, 2023 • 20 MIN
Cheryl Evans is a Director in MI Finance at the Milken Institute. She leads the new Lifetime Financial Security Program. Evans is an attorney and has worked in securities, finance, and business. She worked for 10 years at CFA Institute developing content, helping to lead their Future of Finance global initiative, and working in their Enforcement area. She was at Pensions & Investments magazine briefly. Evans spent 11 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission working in Enforcement, and also in Trading and Markets and in Examinations. She was a part of the WorldCom team. She spent a number of years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on financial markets, securities litigation, other business litigation issues. She has held both civil and criminal litigation roles at the U.S. Department of Justice and was a federal judicial law clerk. She holds a second law degree in transnational business practice. In addition, she is trained as a wellness coach and has focused on transitions and chronic illness. And she sits on non-profit boards.
E074: Kim T. Folsom: Founders First Capital Partners
May 25, 2023 • 6 MIN
A high-tech executive and serial entrepreneur who has been founding, leading and growing innovative companies for more than 25 years. Kim Folsom is the founder of Founders First Community Development Corporation (fka. LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc, small business growth accelerator, and founder and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners, the largest minority and women owned direct investor of revenue-based funding and advisory support, as well as FUUUSE.CMNTY.com the first online community for fueling underserved small business expansion. Our mission to is to fund and growth and advocate for diverse founder led, underserved, revenue-generating employer-based micro small businesses ($50K to $5M), secure funding and achieve exponential growth. As a social entrepreneur, Ms. Folsom is dedicated to leveraging the power of market forces and sound business practices to address disparities in revenue and job growth among businesses led by underrepresented founders. She has raised more than $30 million in institutional venture financing, and has founded or served as a key executive for multiple successful ventures, including showUhow (acquired by Sellpoints), DriveCam (now Lytx) and Seminarsource. Before devoting her energies to entrepreneurship, Ms. Folsom was an executive at National Dispatch Center, Luce Forward, Alltel Systematics and Great American First.
E073: Olivia Steedman: Teachers' Venture Growth
May 18, 2023 • 9 MIN
Olivia is Global Head of Teachers' Venture Growth (TVG). Olivia has led TVG since it was formed in 2019 and was previously a Managing Director in OTPP's Infrastructure team. She began her career as a project engineer.
E072: Melanie Jordan: Volition Capital
May 11, 2023 • 7 MIN
Melanie is a Vice President at Volition Capital who works on the software team. Prior to Volition, she worked as a technology investor at Summit Partners and began her career as an investment banking analyst at Aeris Partners. She graduated from Babson College with a BS in Business Management.
E071: Aneesha Raghunathan: Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE)
May 4, 2023 • 11 MIN
Aneesha is an investor at Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE) focusing on data, enterprise software and has industry expertise across fintech and healthcare. Previously, Aneesha was a Venture Capital investor at Bessemer Venture Partners and a Private Equity investor at TA Associates. She also spent time as an Operator-in-Residence at Alleycorp, where she worked with Founders/CEOs on key operational growth initiatives. Aneesha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business
E070: Kimberley Nixon: Open Venture Capital
April 27, 2023 • 10 MIN
Kimberley is Founder and Managing Partner at Open Venture Capital (OVC), an early stage, consumer venture capital fund. The fund invests in health and wellness brands that have the ability to expand from product to platform via a unique product, marketing and/or community engagement approach. Open Venture Capital began as Open Venture Studio, and for several founders we continue to invest time and expertise to help build a clear value proposition and a path to scalability before investing capital.
E069: Kulika Weizman: Creative Ventures
April 20, 2023 • 17 MIN
Kulika Weizman is a principal at Creative Ventures. She leverages her operational experience as a synbio co-founder & CEO and her scientific expertise to lead investments in early-stage deep tech companies solving humanity’s most critical crises: rising healthcare costs, climate change, and labor shortages.
E068: Saaya Nath: Jump Capital
February 23, 2023 • 11 MIN
Saaya Nath is a Partner at Jump Capital. She joined Jump Capital in 2020 and leads new venture capital investment opportunities. Prior to joining Jump, Saaya worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where she spent time in the Private Equity practice and across a variety of strategy and operations projects. Saaya attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Computer Engineering. Her areas of focus include Creator economy, Future of Work, Enterprise Education, Web3 and Future of Commerce.
E067: Tasneem Dohadwala: Excelestar Ventures
February 16, 2023 • 10 MIN
Tasneem Dohadwala is the Founding Partner of Excelestar Ventures. Some of her notable investments include Augmenix (acq. by Boston Scientific), nVision (acq. by Boston Scientific), Conformal Medical, and Brixton Biosciences. Tasneem is also a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds, and has always been excited to further women leadership in business.
E066: Ashley Aydin: Vamos Ventures
January 19, 2023 • 19 MIN
Ashley is a Principal at VamosVentures. She started her career at Morgan Stanley in Capital Markets and moved into strategic roles at Shoptiques.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and Estee Lauder. She was previously an investor at Brand Foundry Ventures, Founders Factory and Dorm Room Fund. Ashley holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
E065: Cecilia Lenk: Netcapital Inc.
December 15, 2022 • 12 MIN
Dr. Cecilia Lenk, CEO of Netcapital Inc., built Netcapital on the commitment to bring awareness and provide guidance to underrepresented founders including women and minorities, through its funding portal and advisory services. Cecilia is an entrepreneur truly passionate about women’s access to careers in finance and technology, two of the largest industries lacking diversity. Cecilia’s mission is to empower innovators and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to be successful in their own endeavors to provide solutions. She wants to help facilitate this by leveling the playing field for access to capital and strategic resources to create more inclusive capitalism.
E064: Lisa Feria: Stray Dog Capital
December 8, 2022 • 10 MIN
Lisa Feria is the CEO and Managing Partner of Stray Dog Capital, one of the most prolific and well-recognized venture capital funds in the plant-based market. With more than 45 investments in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Israel, and New Zealand, Stray Dog Capital invests in early-stage food, food-tech, and biotech companies that will transform our food system. Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in food operations and consumer packaged goods and led billion-dollar brands in multinational companies such as Procter & Gamble and General Mills. Lisa has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A Kauffman Fellow (Class 22), Lisa has been selected twice to the “Top 100 Most Influential Latinas” list. A passionate vegan and triathlete, Lisa serves on the boards of Mercy for Animals, the Great Plains SPCA, Miyoko’s Creamery, and Deliciou.
E063: Dr. Oksana Malysheva: Sputnik ATX
October 27, 2022 • 17 MIN
Dr. Oksana Malysheva is the Managing Partner/CEO of Sputnik ATX. Dr. Malysheva previously held top strategic roles at McKinsey and Motorola, and holds a PhD in Physics. She is committed to fueling social innovation solutions, her mission is to create positive social change through education, technology and innovation.
E062: David Rubenstein: The Carlyle Group
October 13, 2022 • 10 MIN
David M. Rubenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead, The American Experiment, and The American Story. He is cofounder and cochairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private equity firms. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Gallery of Art. He is an original signer of The Giving Pledge and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award. The host of Bloomberg Wealth with David Rubenstein on Bloomberg TV and The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, he lives in the Washington, DC, area. BOOK INFO, PLEASE VISIT: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/How-to-Invest/David-M-Rubenstein/9781982190309
E061: Anna Barber: M13
October 6, 2022 • 14 MIN
Anna Barber is a partner at M13, an LA-based venture capital fund investing in the future of consumer behavior, where she focuses on future of work, ecommerce infrastructure, and Web3. She is also a partner at the Fund LA and was previously the Managing Director of Techstars LA.
E060: Ba Minuzzi: UMANA
September 1, 2022 • 13 MIN
Ba Minuzzi, CEO of UMANA, is a self-made entrepreneur who leads conscious investing and wealth management for high-net-worth celebrity clients. With UMANA, Ba is redefining wealth through purpose-driven efforts that will create a legacy for the next generation.
E059: Julie Castro Abrams: How Women Invest
August 11, 2022 • 18 MIN
Julie Castro Abrams is Founder and CEO of How Women Lead, a network of 14,000+ top executive women who come together to learn, break barriers to success and make an impact. Using her extensive background as a CEO, entrepreneur, investor and sought-out leadership expert, Julie helps top executive women to harness and activate their power across all aspects of their careers and lives. She is widely recognized for her incredible ability to connect people and facilitate rich conversations that make change happen. As one of our nation’s premier visionary leaders in gender equity and justice, Julie leverages her expansive networks and influence with leaders to affect systems, policy change and to give hope and inspiration to women working to break glass ceilings across our society.
E058: Rebecca Mitchem: Neotribe Ventures
August 4, 2022 • 15 MIN
Neotribe Ventures manages nearly $450M in assets across three funds focused on early to growth-stage companies and has invested in a diverse set of companies including computational biology, enterprise security, blockchain technologies, cleantech, and more. Rebecca co-manages Ignite, Neotribe’s $90M growth-stage fund, which was recently launched in March 2022.
E057: Susan Choe: Katalyst Ventures
July 28, 2022 • 24 MIN
Katalyst Ventures is a stage agnostic venture fund investing in game-changing ideas and the entrepreneurs behind them — leaders with ingenuity, grit, devotion who build companies that last. We help founders and their teams accelerate their path to market and scale their businesses by being a deep bench of operators and technologists.
E056: Alexia Lingart: Creadev
July 21, 2022 • 28 MIN
Creadev is an evergreen investment firm operating worldwide, controlled by the Mulliez family, founders of one of the largest Business to Consumer retail platforms in the world. Our mission is to give access to essential goods and services such as Food, Healthcare and Sustainable Consumption to many as possible. Based in Paris, New-York, Shanghai and Nairobi, Creadev has invested over $3bn since 2002 in companies in stages ranging from venture to growth equity and buyout. In the US, we focus on VC investments in Food Tech and Ag Tech sectors from Series A to C.
E055: Edith Yeung: Race Capital
June 23, 2022 • 15 MIN
Race Capital invests, builds, and partners with exceptional founders building market-transforming companies. They work side by side with our founders as early as possible, every step of the way. They have successfully built our own companies from small to big, from nothing to IPO, and want to help others do the same.
E054: Elizabeth Galbut: SoGal Ventures
June 2, 2022 • 22 MIN
SoGal Ventures is the first female-led millennial venture capital firm, with an investment focus on exceptional, diverse founding teams that have plans for global domination through tackling major consumer or healthcare problems in the U.S. and Asia. SoGal Ventures represents how far our generation has come, and how deep our impact on the world can be.
E053: Irene Arias Hofman: IDB LAB
May 26, 2022 • 8 MIN
Irene Arias Hofman, a Spanish national, was appointed CEO of IDB Lab, the IDB Group innovation laboratory, in January 2018. Irene leads a purpose-driven multidisciplinary team that fosters innovation for inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. Under her direction, the lab uses tools of financing, knowledge, and connections to co-create projects and support entrepreneurship. IDB Lab looks for market-driven solutions able to transform the lives of populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social or environmental factors.
E052: Melissa Stevens: Milken Institute
May 19, 2022 • 11 MIN
Melissa Stevens is the executive director of the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, leading its work with individual and family philanthropists and foundations seeking to deploy their capital to make a transformative, sustainable impact. Since co-founding the Center in 2015, she has overseen the creation and execution of strategies which have influenced $1 billion in philanthropic capital, and managed the development of programs and organizations including the Melanoma Research Alliance, the largest private funder of melanoma research.
E051: Nicole Valentine: Milken Institute
May 12, 2022 • 9 MIN
Nicole Valentine is the FinTech Director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute with over a decade of financial services, international Mergers & Acquisitions, technology and innovation experience. She leads the FinTech Program with a focus on access to capital, financial inclusion, compliance and transparency.
E050: Melissa Bradley: 1863 Ventures
May 5, 2022 • 7 MIN
1863 Ventures accelerates New Majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth by bridging entrepreneurship and racial equity.
E049: Krista Morgan: Stage Fund
April 28, 2022 • 11 MIN
Stage is a female-led private equity fund focused on acquiring orphaned venture-backed companies who are in need of an alternative path to success.
E048: Cameron Peake: Financial Venture Studio
April 21, 2022 • 9 MIN
Financial Venture Studio is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build the world’s best fintech companies. We help early-stage startup founders get to market quickly, grow rapidly, and build an enduring market presence. Beyond capital, the firm provides operational experience, leadership support, and access to the typically closed financial services ecosystem. Learn more at http://www.finventurestudio.com/.
E047: Dina Burkitbayeva: PsyMed Ventures
March 31, 2022 • 11 MIN
PsyMed Ventures is a $25m venture fund focused on cutting edge mental health treatments including psychedelic therapeutic, neurotechnology, precision psychiatry and digital therapeutics. PsyMed Ventures invests in pre-seed, seed and Series A round. A third of PsyMed's current portfolio companies are co-founded by female founders. PsyMed donates 4.19% (wink to Bicycle Day, the day LSD was invested) to indigenous communities and non-profits in psychedelics space.
E046: Lolita Taub: Ganas Ventures
March 24, 2022 • 11 MIN
Ganas Ventures is a traditional 506c $10M fund investing in pre-seed and seed Web 2 and Web 3 community-driven startups in the US and Latin America.
E045: Barbara Bickham: Trailyn VC
March 3, 2022 • 28 MIN
Trailyn VC is an early seed stage venture fund investing in diverse deep-tech founders in the US. Trailyn VC leads and invests in areas of Blockchain, AI, AR/VR, IoT and Quantum Computing.
E044: Caroline Lewis: Rouge Women’s Fund
February 24, 2022 • 15 MIN
Rogue Women's Fund is an early seed stage venture fund investing in women-led tech companies across the US. Rogue leads and invests in areas of consumer health tech, caring economy, experience tech, and equity tech. Rogue has a founder centric model that includes investor involvement, sharing the GP carry with founders, and providing access to performance coach and an emergency elderly and child care stipend.
E043: Annalise Dragic: Sapphire Ventures
February 17, 2022 • 8 MIN
Sapphire Ventures is a leading venture capital firm that partners with visionary teams and venture funds to build companies of consequence. For nearly two decades, Sapphire has been investing capital, resources and expertise in innovative startups and technology-focused venture funds around the world. With more than $6.8B in AUM across Sapphire Ventures, Sapphire Partners and Sapphire Sport, and with team members in Austin, London, Palo Alto and San Francisco, Sapphire is well-positioned to help scale companies and venture funds, elevating them to become global category leaders.
E042: Maggie Vo: Fuel Venture Capital
October 21, 2021 • 14 MIN
Fuel Venture Capital is committed to propelling groundbreaking ideas into world-changing companies and democratizing access to the creative economy to shape the future of society. The firm's "founder focused, investor driven" approach is led by a core team with more than 60 years of combined experience in investment banking, wealth management, executive leadership and entrepreneurship. The fund boasts a portfolio of 31 companies based around the globe across numerous sectors, bringing positive impact to virtually all corners of our modern economy.
E041: Gale Wilkinson: Vitalize VC
October 14, 2021 • 14 MIN
Gale Wilkinson is the founder and Managing Partner at Vitalize, a seed fund and angel community investing in future of work + learning software. Previously, Wilkinson founded IrishAngels, one of the largest angel groups in the country. Gale has led $65M+ in early stage deals across 80+ portfolio companies. Her experience prior to VC includes founding two failed startups, consulting for new product launches with Nielsen, and strategy with Orbitz.
E040: Minnie Ingersoll: TenOneTen
October 7, 2021 • 15 MIN
TenOneTen is an early stage venture fund based in LA investing in software and data companies. We are techies and like companies with technical differentiation.
E039: Courtney McCrea: Recast Capital
September 2, 2021 • 12 MIN
Recast Capital is a 100% women-owned venture capital platform that invests in and supports top-tier emerging fund managers, with a focus on diverse partnerships. The platform includes two offerings: 1) a fund investment strategy providing LPs diversified exposure to emerging managers and 2) a tuition-free educational program for GPs.
E038: Xiao Jean Chen: Venture Pole
August 26, 2021 • 17 MIN
VenturePole is an AI-powered venture investment platform and venture capital firm. Our platform is armed with smart tools like our Investment Risk Rating, that uses machine learning to predict startup survival, alongside our Valuation Calculator and Company Strength & Weakness Analysis. Our tools are unbiased and factor in the diversity surplus, as well as help startups fundraise easier and investors make better investments faster. VenturePole is the official partner of HealthInc, the health tech accelerator of Startupbootcamp.
E037: Lavanya Bhamidipati: InHealth Ventures
August 5, 2021 • 14 MIN
InHealth Ventures is a London based, health-tech focused, early stage, transatlantic fund which backs founders who are on a mission to solve painful, pervasive healthcare challenges. Through its link to the InHealth Group (the UK’s largest specialist provider of diagnostic and healthcare solutions), the team has a breadth of commercial and operational experience that allows them to support portfolio companies across R&D, go-to-market, and regulatory strategy.
E036: Rosie Rios: Unicorn Hunters
July 29, 2021 • 16 MIN
Unicorn Hunters spotlights emerging growth companies looking to hit the coveted $1B “unicorn” valuation mark, while rallying individual investors worldwide to help fund these breakout ventures. The show creates a new genre for audiences — enrichtainment —combines entertainment with the potential for consumers worldwide to back pre-IPO investment opportunities, democratizing wealth.
E035: Faye Sahai: Vinaj Ventures
July 22, 2021 • 9 MIN
Vinaj Ventures is a boutique innovation and investment services firm with presence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Atlanta. Telosity, their latest fund, is dedicated to investing in Pre-Seed and Seed-Stage companies offering both scalable and affordable mental wellbeing digital solutions for young people.
E034: Neda Amidi: Plug & Play
July 15, 2021 • 24 MIN
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 35+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we've invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit [https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com](https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/)
E033: Heather Hartnett: Human Ventures
July 1, 2021 • 11 MIN
Human Ventures is a business creation platform. We go beyond the business model and seek opportunities to build Model Businesses with ambitious founders who are innovating around Human Needs. By unlocking access to a powerful network of founders, investors and corporate partners, we are creating a blueprint for the future of business to be built on purpose.
E032: Lisa Carmen Wang: Republic
June 24, 2021 • 20 MIN
Republic gives people power to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to startup, real estate, crypto, and video game investments. Focused on creating a diverse, sustainable, connected world, Republic has facilitated over $300 million in investments from over one million global community members. With a global team in six countries, Republic is backed by Galaxy Digital, The Motley Fool, Binance, Naspers, AngelList and more. For more information, visit republic.co.
E031: Elizabeth Edwards: H Venture Partners
June 10, 2021 • 38 MIN
H Venture Partners is a female-founded, owned and controlled venture capital firm focused on purpose-driven, science-backed consumer brands. Led by a team of consumer experts with unparalleled experience as former consumer executives, the firm was co-founded by managing partner Elizabeth Edwards, a leading investor who has identified billion-dollar brands.
E030: Greer Tessler: Simple Food Ventures
June 3, 2021 • 13 MIN
Simple Food Ventures is a $2M mission-driven, early-stage venture fund investing in the future of healthy foods and products categorized in the better-for-you space. We look to partner with companies and passionate founders who are creating minimally processed, nutrient-dense, and nourishing products that are better for the body and the environment. Our investments range from $50K - $150K. In addition to a financial investment, we prepare our portfolio companies for successful entrances into conventional grocery. Our overall mission is to create access to healthy food for all.
E029: Nisa Amoils: a100x
May 27, 2021 • 9 MIN
We invest early stage at the intersection of blockchain/AI and impact.
E028: Han Ko: USAKO Group
May 20, 2021 • 22 MIN
USAKO Group is an international investment and accelerator company, which has presence in U.S.A. and S. Korea. The Group is an official global partner of S. Korean governmental agencies, and has played highly active roles in U.S. and S. Korean startup ecosystem for many years. USAKO Group's goal is to provide softlanding pad for any qualified companies entering U.S. and S. Korea. In the past 24 months, USAKO Group successfully ran programs, resulted in investment commitment of over $25M. USAKO Group and its leadership also have focused on training and supporting female and minority enterpreneurs around the world. For the past 2 years, our group designed and operated multiple programs in order to promote women's startup, including close collaboration with two of top women's university in S. Korea.
E027: Tiana Laurence: Laurence Innovation
May 13, 2021 • 16 MIN
Laurence Innovation (LI) is an investment fund powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). At a time when emerging fields like artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), genetic engineering, and quantum computing are rapidly transforming the global economy, we can’t afford to overlook the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country. However, that’s exactly what far too many investors (particularly early-stage VCs) are doing by failing to fund diverse founders, confining their investments to saturated markets like software, and using cumbersome investment models that prevent them from taking risks.
E026: Eliska Mallickova: Fidelity International Strategic Venture
May 6, 2021 • 15 MIN
FISV invests in early stage businesses redefining wealth and asset management globally and that are strategic to Fidelity International.
E025: Bahiyah Robinson: VC Include
April 29, 2021 • 23 MIN
VC Include is an exclusive ecosystem and marketplace designed for GPs and LPs to expand investment opportunities that improve investment outcomes through the power of diversity. This ecosystem drives alpha to investors while also moving the needle on shaping a more equitable and empowered world. VC Include has built the infrastructure for an inclusive economy and is a forerunner in connecting diverse founders with ESG and impact investing. Learn more about VC Include at [www.vcinclude.com](http://www.vcinclude.com/).
E024: Pratibha Vuppuluri: Unreasonable Group
April 15, 2021 • 11 MIN
Yes, we operate immersive programs for growth-stage entrepreneurs offering solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. Yes, we are also a multi-media company, a private global network, and an investment firm. We forge unlikely partnerships with some of the world’s largest institutions and most admired brands, and we operate multiple initiatives across asset classes, industries and geographies, because we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to drive resources to and break down barriers for entrepreneurs solving BFPs.
E023: Justine Humenansky: Playground Global
April 8, 2021 • 8 MIN
Playground Global is an early stage venture capital fund, based in Palo Alto, that invests in frontier technologies with the potential to create multi-generational impact. The table is a community for female and non-binary investors, operators, and founders in enterprise and deep technology.
E022: Jeep Kline: MrPink’s VC
April 1, 2021 • 11 MIN
We are a seed fund that invests in technology startup companies, located in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, that address global challenges. We believe that technology investment should not be confined to mainstream hubs like Silicon Valley, London, or Beijing. It is our mission to bring technology access and economic prosperity to Latin America through investment. The initial portfolio of 20 companies will benefit from MrPink’s Venture Design & Growth Playbook, leveraging our experience by building, investing and refining over 40 startups, producing 10x returns and multiple exits. Our partners and diverse leadership team have brought together decades of hands-on experiences to invest in high-quality entrepreneurs and help them succeed along the growth journey.
E021: Amal Enan: Global Ventures
March 25, 2021 • 11 MIN
Global Ventures is an international venture capital firm, investing in founders and ideas across emerging markets. We back global-minded founders that are leading growth-stage companies and using technology to transform emerging markets and the world. The Global Ventures team is a diverse, collaborative, talented and curious group of professionals who, combined, have years of experience and expertise building and scaling companies.
E020: Sallie Jian: SAP.iO
March 18, 2021 • 15 MIN
SAP.iO is SAP’s startup venture arm with an enterprise-focused accelerator program whose goal is to secure SAP customers’ future in a world going through rapid digital transformation by being the bridge to the most relevant startup innovation. Since inception in 2017, SAP.iO has supported 300+ startups across 25+ Industries of which 80+ have solutions available on the SAP App Store that have resulted in 150+ signed SAP Customer contracts. SAP.iO had an strong year in 2020 with more than 400 press articles mentions in The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and more. It was recognized as Winner of the Corporate Startup Accelerator Award and named among the World’s Top 25 Startup-Friendly Companies by Mind the Bridge and the International Chamber of Commerce.
E019: Lenore Champagne Beirne: Bright Ventures
March 11, 2021 • 7 MIN
Lenore Champagne Beirne is an Investor, Executive Coach and Venture Strategist. At Bright Ventures, Lenore and her team are investing in and coaching startup leaders, and cultivating equity and access in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Lenore invested in early-stage companies at 645 Ventures and deployed foundation capital for economic development in Haiti.
E018: Melanie Mak: BCIF
February 25, 2021 • 11 MIN
Founded in 2016 and launched in January 2017, the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF) is a a 501(c)3, community-based organization rooted in self-help economics that provides microloans to the Black community through pooled dollars and raises awareness about the importance of economic empowerment, equity, and wealth building for the Black community. The organization focuses specifically on the Southern California region. BCIF seeks to create social change for the Black community through the primary strategy of building assets and wealth. We provide microloans through pooled dollars from individuals and companies who are passionate about economic empowerment for the Black community. The long-term vision is to provide a dedicated, reliable, and perpetual source of capital to create assets and build wealth for, and within, the Black community, while also serving as a catalytic force for building a critical mass movement of change based on economic imperatives. We provide affordable, low-interest, low-fee loan alternatives to traditional lenders. All earnings from interest repayments are reinvested into the fund to grow and sustain the fund for long-term usage in the Black community. Annual fundraising goal: $500,000 will allow the fund to distribute 24 – 36 microloans annually, ranging between $5,000 – $20,000.
E017: Mac Conwell: RareBreed VC
February 18, 2021 • 10 MIN
RareBreed VC is a Pre-seed to Seed Fund that is investing in exceptional founders outside of the large tech eco-systems (SF,NY,MA) earlier than everyone else. At Rarebreed we invest in companies building a software product with a unique or clearly repeatable customer acquisition strategy or building a physical product in a vertical that has lacked innovation in 10+ years. This is because these two founders are out-of-the-box thinkers and problem solvers.
E016: Natasha Bansgopaul: VegaX Holdings
February 11, 2021 • 18 MIN
VegaX is the “BlackRock” of the Digital Asset Industry. We provide investors globally with one-stop access to sophisticated and secure crypto asset management. The asset management industry is the largest in the world representing more than $80 trillion dollars in investments through investment products like ETFs, mutual funds and indices that outperform investments in individual stocks. VegaX is the first to create similar investment products for Crypto providing investors outperformance versus buying individual crypto currencies. On average, investors buying VegaX products make 30% more profit versus just holding Bitcoin.
E015: Elianne Oei: Exponential Positive Impact Capital
February 4, 2021 • 18 MIN
EPIC and its team are the revenue-based financing platform for impact-driven companies and investors. Our mission is to accelerate positive impact and improve humanity by democratising access to investments. We leverage revenue-based financing as a financial instrument to match and align investors and founders who want to do good and do well.
E014: Irina Berkon: Goldenseeds
January 28, 2021 • 25 MIN
Irina Berkon, is a proven finance and accounting leader, a CPA with over 15 years of progressive hands-on experience in corporate finance. She brings a solid background in the fields of IPO, start-ups, M&A, financial audits, international accounting and tax structure (US, RU, EU), corporate strategic planning and development, deal structures, sales/supply channels establishment and financing activities. Irina is a member of various industry-specific groups and participates in publications, talks and panels on topics such as fintech, blockchain, compliance and leadership. She has delivered award-winning pitches in her role as CFO, written publications on various topics and has been featured in Forbes and other publications on the topic of fintech and blockchain. Irina is a Managing Director of 'Golden Seeds' one of the nation’s most active early-stage investment firms focused on women-led businesses and the CFO of MetalPay a fintech banking platform for fiat and crypto payments.
E013: Eva Yazhari: Beyond Capital Fund
January 21, 2021 • 13 MIN
Beyond Capital is an impact investment fund that invests in seed-stage, for-profit social enterprises serving impoverished communities throughout India and East Africa. - In addition to investment capital, we provide probono (“Beyond Capital”) resources to social enterprises as a crucial part of our early stage investment strategy. - Because we are structured as a non-profit, we can reinvest the returns from our investments for perpetual impact. - To-date, we have achieved a fund IRR of ~27%
E012: Tanya Rolfe & Gail Wong: Her Capital
January 14, 2021 • 21 MIN
Her Capital is a venture fund supporting female entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia. We are on a mission to tap into overlooked female founders in the region, addressing the 3% of global venture funding that currently goes to female-led companies, and capture the potential for superior returns. We are driven to harness finance to create a more inclusive world, funding sector-diverse businesses with women at their core.
E011: Abby Lyall: Big Idea Ventures
January 7, 2021 • 16 MIN
Abby Lyall is Vice President at Big Idea Ventures, focusing on Series A+ stage investments in sustainable food and agriculture. Prior to this role, Abby was Program Director for BIV’s seed stage alt-protein accelerator and the second employee at Quake Capital Partners.
E010: Tracy Gray: The 22 Fund
December 31, 2020 • 19 MIN
Tracy Gray is the Founder and Managing Partner of The 22 Fund & We Are Enough, as well as Executive-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). She is also a Board Director of APPLIFE Digital Solutions (OTC:ADLS) and CSUDH Philanthropic Foundation.
E009: Leesa Soulodre: R3I Capital
December 17, 2020 • 18 MIN
As a Xennial, born with an analog childhood, and digital adulthood, Leesa Soulodre is a serial entrepreneur who has invested her lifetime on the frontiers of DeepTech pioneering, digital transformation, and innovation. She has served more than 400+ multinationals and a plethora of start-ups in 19 sectors across Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. In Founder and CxO leadership roles, Leesa has led companies from seed to $14B USD into new markets, pioneered deep technology, accelerated top lines prior to exits, and supported in the raising of over USD40M in Seed to Series C investments. She has had one IPO, a number of successful exits, and knows the hard knocks of lessons learned. As General Partner of R3i Ventures, Soulodre supports many of the world's most promising early-stage deep tech companies in accelerating their growth and is an active EIR and coach across the DeepTech ecosystem accelerators.
E008: Carman Chan: Click Ventures
December 10, 2020 • 50 MIN
Carman Chan is in the cover story of Nikkei Asia Review as Top 5 Women-to-Watch in Asian Tech. Carman has 17 years of experience as a Serial Entrepreneur, Tech Columnist, 5 years as Venture Investor, and 3 years as International Speaker across ten countries. Carman is also the author of best-selling accelerated learning books. Her first startup, EnglishStreet (ES) became a business case at the Harvard’s Business Review Database. ES was acquired by the Hong Kong Economic Times (0423.HK). Her second startup, Click Limited, has the first CFO of Tencent, Patrick Tsang and the founder of Cherubic Ventures, Matt Cheng, as investors. Click Limited merged with Hiiir Inc. and was acquired by FastEastone (4904.TW). Carman founded Click Ventures in 2015 and its first fund became the only seed fund from Asia to make the Top 5 Seed fund (Vintage 2013-2015) by performance, while its second fund became the Top 1 in the Fund to Watch category by performance in Preqin’s Top Performing Ventures Capital Funds Report in March 2018. In 2019, Click Ventures has been named Consistent Top Performing Fund Manager by Preqin!
E007: Eve Muradyan: Funded One
December 3, 2020 • 23 MIN
Eve is an international marketing professional and entrepreneur, experienced Business Development, Strategic Partnerships and Investor Relations professional with expertise in Tech, Entertainment (Video Games) and Blockchain. She has M.A. degree in Marketing and Ph.D. in Economics, and is a regular judge/panelist and mentor at Venture Capital classes at Los Angeles Film School and Stanford University.
E006: Delilah Panio: TSX and TSXV
November 19, 2020 • 15 MIN
Delilah Panio is Vice President of U.S. Capital Formation for Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) based in Southern California. In this role, Delilah advises U.S. companies on the opportunity to list and raise capital on Canada’s premier equity markets. She is a frequent speaker and pitch competition judge and coach, and was named in the “2019 Top 100 People in Finance” Magazine. Previously, Delilah spent 10 years at TSX and TSXV in business development and strategy. She has advised many companies on the going public process and provides an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the U.S. Delilah is an Advisory Board Member for MAPLE Business Council, a trade organization between Canada and Southern California, and is Co-Chair of the Capital Council for WE Global, an innovation studio for women entrepreneurs. Delilah is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses and/or with a gender lens.
E005: Claire Chang: Ignite XL Ventures
November 12, 2020 • 26 MIN
igniteXL Ventures is Silicon Valley based global seed fund investing in and igniting exceptional founders at the intersection point of technology, beauty, and wellness.
E004: Liz Kukka, Ethereum Classic Labs
November 5, 2020 • 28 MIN
Liz splits her time between Ethereum Classic Labs, and parent company Digital Finance Group. On a daily basis she can be found: sourcing startups, working with portfolio companies, providing updates to crypto-exchange partners, collaborating with universities, giving talks, and helping get Matrix Exchange ready to launch. Previously, she was at Plug and Play Tech Center where she led the Insurtech startup program globally. She holds an MBA and Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.
E003: Vera Schroeder, Safar Partners
October 29, 2020 • 11 MIN
Vera Schroeder is an early stage tech investor at Safar Partners. As an associate at Safar, Vera evaluates and mentors entrepreneurs, conducts diligence, and supports portfolio companies. In addition to her work at Safar, Vera is an officer at MIT's Social Entrepreneurship Alumni Group and mentor with the Junior Achievement of Northern New England. She also mentors MIT and Harvard students interested in entrepreneurship and acts as a judge and panelist for local startup and VC events. Vera earned a PhD in chemistry from MIT specializing in nanoscience and materials science.
E002: Dr. Silvia Mah, Ad Astra Ventures
October 22, 2020 • 19 MIN
Dr. Silvia Mah, is entrenched in the startup scene as Partner at Ad Astra Ventures, aiming to “get to even” for high achieving women, founding fund manager for the San Diego Angel Conference Fund I, Investment Committee partner in the global social impact fund, Next Wave Impact, Founder & CEO of She Invests!, a platform for female founders to learn about investing & most recently, the new Director of the Center for Peace & Commerce at the University of San Diego. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Mah believes in integrating family and work to create a lifestyle that serves both with a strong cup of integrity.
Barbara Bickham, Women's Innovation Fund Accelerator
October 15, 2020 • 13 MIN
Barbara Bickham, Managing Partner, Women's Innovation Fund Accelerator Founder/CTO of Trailyn Ventures Discusses her journey and her why as a Venture Capitalist. Answers the 3 podcast questions: What inspired you to become a VC? What is your investment thesis? What are you learning/listening to/reading? Contact: Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbarabickham/
Female VC Lab - Trailer
September 12, 2020 • 1 MIN
This is a quick introduction on what the Female VC Lab Podcast covers. For more information, go to our website: https://trailyn.com or follow us on Twitter @TrailynVen.