We reported last year on women shaping venture capital in NYC and featured some of the city’s most influential female partners. Though women are still the minority in the industry, NYC tech is making us hopeful. A number of local startups are dedicated to leveling out those numbers. Companies like The Helm and ElleVest are committed to educating women on investments and encouraging them to get involved in the male-dominated industry.
That, along with examples of female professionals in venture capital, signals that the gender gap will soon narrow. Check out which female VCs are setting the example for other women.
Catherine Ulrich is one of the newest partners at FirstMark Capital, where she invests in consumer and enterprise startups. She’s interested in AI and healthtech and has a background in both. She earned an AB in Engineering and a certificate in Public Health Policy from Harvard College.
Alice Lloyd George is a principal at RRE Ventures with an emphasis on blockchain, machine intelligence and robotics. In 2016, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, and often makes TV appearances to discuss her business expertise. Though she’s from London, she started her career in Asia, where she reported on business and politics for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.
As a principal at Canaan Partners, Colleen Cuffaro focuses on early stage biopharmaceutical companies. She’s a graduate of Yale University, and helped launch the Canaan-Yale Fellowship program at Canaan Partners. With a strong background in chemistry and physiology, she’s interested in transformative medical technologies.
Jessica Lin is a co-founder and general partner at Work-Bench, an enterprise technology VC firm. Previously a learning and development manager at Cisco, she’s focused on education, workforce development, and future of work technologies. After studying at Harvard University, she developed an education summer fellowship program.
As a venture capitalist at Scout Ventures, Nisa Amoils focuses on frontier technologies. She’s a board member at Visual Vocal and a mentor at XRC Labs, Grand Central Tech, The Vinetta Project and MenHERnyc. She also regularly appears on CNBC, MSNBC and Fox and speaks at many female-focused tech conferences.
In her role as a principal at Bowery Capital, Loren Vittetoe focuses on industrial IoT, enterprise resource planning, vertical software and machine learning. She was previously in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs and in Groupon’s corporate finance division before that. She graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s in communication.
Claire Fauquier is a principal at Corigin Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the future of consumer behavior and daily living. Prior to Corigin, she was in the investment banking division at Credit Suisse, before moving to Kenya-based Jenaca Partners, and finally Ebury in the UK. She’s interested in art-tech, IoT, VR and blockchain.
Supernode’s managing partner Laurel Touby is an active investor with an entrepreneurial beginning. She founded Mediabistro in 1994 and sold it to Jupiter Media in 2007. After earning $23 million from that deal, she began investing and advising small seed-stage startups. She earned a bachelor’s in economics and international relations from Smith College.
As a principal at Insight Venture Partners, Anika Agarwal focuses on leveraged buyouts and helps lead investments in software companies. She was previously at Vista Equity Partners, where she was an associate on the investment team. She earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Elizabeth Galbut Perelman is a co-founder and managing partner of two startup venture capital firms. She was just named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for her accomplishments in the industry — specifically with SoGal Ventures, a female-led millennial venture capital firm. She studied at Georgetown University, London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art.