This month we’re celebrating women backing women. We’re introducing you to women investors who are getting behind female entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas.
WHO I AM:
I am the Managing Partner for Green D Ventures and the Executive Partner for the Boston office of AVG. I bring an operational and unique perspective as a prior CEO, Chairman, and executive in technology startups. I’ve worked across many tech sectors: mobile, consumer, internet, SaaS, cloud-based, marketing & enterprise software.
SOME COMPANIES WE’VE BACKED:
- Compass Therapeutics is a leading solution for automated management reports and benchmarks for small and medium-sized online businesses. The Chief Business Officer is Vered Bisker-Leib and the CFO is Lynne Sullivan.
- RealSelf, the leading marketplace for the medical aesthetics market, with Lara Devgan, as the Chief Medical Officer.
- Paloma, an early stage software startup helping brands manage and grow their messaging channels at scale, led by founder and CEO Kelsey Hunter.
WHY I INVEST IN WOMEN:
As a former startup CEO, when only 4% of VC went to companies with women leaders, I saw why women have an advantage as leaders in a crowded marketplace. Women CEOs tend to attract more diverse teams, and that leads to greater innovation in my experience. As a bonus, female CEOs stand out and are memorable in a market for capital and business press attention. We have a few (non-public) recent investments in female leaders, and I’m excited to meet more.
MY TIP FOR WOMEN SEEKING INVESTMENT:
Remember the Eleanor Roosevelt quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”