As the numbers of women who are VCs and Angel Investors continue to grow, the startup ecosystem continues to evolve. Will a female perspective be an asset to your startup? Might the influence and support of a strong woman lead your venture to success? Have a listen to the following 30-minute podcast interviews with a variety of Angels and venture capitalists to learn if your business might be of interest to them.
Ann Winblad, Co-founder, Hummer Winblad – Ann is one of the most successful women VCs in our industry, and as I mentioned in my introduction, I have never heard her whining about bias against women. One of the most encouraging things she discussed today is how her firm is sourcing interesting ventures from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Mulesoft, one of their hot portfolio companies, had its CEO based in Malta, originally!
Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner, DFJ – Heidi discusses her important article, “How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing,” and imparts crucial lessons to entrepreneurs on how to look at terms in a venture financing situation.
Susan Mason, General Partner, Aligned Ventures – Susan talks about the dysfunctions of the broader venture capital model, and what her firm is doing to address those. Excellent conversation, please listen.
Cindy Padnos, Founder and Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures – Cindy discusses a topic that we’ve been highlighting recently: the need for multiple seed rounds as a way to bridge the Series A gap.
Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder, Indian Angel Network (IAN), and Founding Partner, IAN Fund – Padmaja has been a key player in shaping India’s still somewhat nascent startup eco-system. Those interested in Indian startups and the funding trends must listen to this interview.
Victoria Pettibone, Managing Director, Astia Angels – Astia Angels focuses on funding women entrepreneurs. Victoria discusses what they like to invest in, as well as the trends she sees in the deal flow and the portfolio.