Lately, more and more women-led angel groups are focusing their funding toward helping other women launch startups. Here are seven women who are leading the way for (and funding) startup companies in the tech industry and beyond.
1. Chloe Sladden (pictured above)
Chloe Sladden’s career amounts to a trifecta—she’s a founder, investor, and advisor—and throughout it all she’s emerged as a strong advocate for revolutionary technology. She began her angel investing career in 2015 when she co-founded #Angels, a small team of senior female operators who invest in early-stage startups. In their first nine months, #Angels invested $1.5 million in over 30 companies, many of which have risen to great success in recent years.
Sladden works on her own private investments while in collaboration with her team, and she has found an affinity for “teams and products that can have disproportionate impact.” Aside from her involvement in #Angels, she is also an investor with the women-led Broadway Angels. Outside of investing, she is an advisor for the recently developed mobile app Houseparty, which allows her to further her passions in communicative and collaborative technology.
2. Joanne Wilson
We can't get enough of Joanne Wilson, who's made quite an impression as an angel investor. Through her company Gotham Gal, Wilson has invested in over 90 companies since she started in 2007, all the while primarily looking for female entrepreneurs with innovative startup ideas. In her own words, investing in women is “more practical than philanthropic.” She points out that women-led companies are a good investment, too, because “women founders tend to be tenacious and thorough. They ask questions and listen. They are great leaders.”
Wilson has made investments in a wide variety of companies, ranging from e-commerce and big data to the trendy Blue Bottle Coffee chain.
3. Jalak Jobanputra
With over 18 years of experience in venture capital, Jalak Jobanputra has developed a serious reputation in angel investing.
Currently, Jobanputra is the founding partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, where she has focused on investing in “distributed connectivity” and “interpretative intelligence” projects such as Blockchain, Bitpesa, and Case Wallet, to name a few.
Before FuturePerfect, she was director of mobile investments at Omidyar Network and invested in East African and Indian mobile technology. Since Omidyar’s founding in 2004, Jobanputra remains the closer of their largest profiting investment in Latin America for $5M. And even before Omidyar, Jobanputra gained an extensive background in technology and digital media investments through her work as Senior Vice President of the New York City Investment Fund. Along with her career in venture capital, Jobanputra also actively supports social reform in education as a trustee of the Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools and an Executive Committee member for the Social Investment Council of Echoing Green.
About the Author
Samantha Joseph is a recent high school graduate and an intern for Women 2.0. This fall, she will be majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics as a freshman at UCLA.