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These women have not only shattered glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of finance and tech, but they are also revolutionizing the startup ecosystem through their investments. With their sharp business acumen and a keen eye for spotting potential, these female angel investors have made a significant mark on the startup world. Not only have they backed some of the most successful companies in recent years, but they continue to provide valuable mentorship and support to a new generation of entrepreneurs.
In this article, we're shining a spotlight on some of the top female angel investors in the USA who have absolutely killed it and continue to do so. From financial technology to software, they are making waves in the startup ecosystem and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.
Brianne Kimmel is an angel investor and founder of Work Life Ventures, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in startups that are transforming the way we work. Kimmel is also known for her work in the Women in VC community, where she has helped to connect and support women in the venture capital industry.
She is a journalist, author, and angel investor who has been involved in the technology industry for many years. She is the founder of EDventure Holdings, which invests in and advises startups in a variety of industries, including healthcare and space exploration.
She is a prominent angel investor as well as a co-founder and partner at the venture capital firm, LUMA Capital Partners, which focuses on investing in early-stage digital media, marketing, and mobile startups. She is also known for her role in the high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins in 2015.
Linda Xie is an angel investor and entrepreneur who is the co-founder of Scalar Capital, a crypto-focused investment fund. Prior to founding Scalar Capital, Xie worked at several prominent tech companies, including Coinbase and Ripple.
Cyan co-founded Zivity and she has written over 100 checks as an angel. Previously she was a partner at Founders Fund, and currently she is a partner at Long Journey Ventures, a fund for early stage investing which is her number one passion. Banister has worked in the tech industry for many years and has also served on the board of several prominent companies, including the ACLU of Northern California. She is known for her advocacy for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.
Ellen Pao is best known for her work promoting diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, particularly through her advocacy for gender equality and combatting harassment in the workplace.
She co-founded Project Include, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in tech and has been involved in several high-profile lawsuits and controversies related to these issues. She also served as CEO of Reddit, where she led efforts to combat harassment and hate speech on the platform.
Joanne Wilson, also known as Gotham Gal, has made more than 120 investments in startups, many of which have been founded or co-founded by women. She is also a mentor and advisor to several startup accelerators, including Techstars and the Women's Startup Lab.
Arlan Hamilton is an angel investor as well as the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in underrepresented founders, including women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. She also founded Backstage Studio, an accelerator for underrepresented founders.
Jenny Fielding has an impressive angel investing portfolio in addition to being the founder and general partner of The Fund, an early-stage investment fund that focuses on companies at the intersection of finance and technology. Fielding was previously the Managing Director of Techstars New York, a startup accelerator, and she also held executive roles at companies such as BBC Worldwide and NBC Universal.
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Jocelyn Goldfein is an angel investor who was previously the director of engineering at Facebook, where she led the development of the News Feed and oversaw the growth of the company's engineering team. She also worked at VMware and Trilogy Software before transitioning to investing.
Sarah Kunst is an angel investor and entrepreneur who is also the founder and CEO of Cleo Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in companies founded by women and underrepresented minorities. Kunst has a diverse background, having worked in product management, marketing, and business development roles at companies such as Apple, Red Bull, and Chanel.
She also previously founded the fitness startup Proday.
Christine Tsai is an experienced angel investor as well as the CEO and founding partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital firm that has invested in more than 2,500 companies in over 75 countries. With a focus on supporting diverse and underrepresented founders, Tsai is a passionate advocate for empowering women and minorities in the startup world.
These women are not only investing in the future but also paving the way for the next generation of female investors.
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