Of the $48 billion in venture capital that flowed last year, only 7 percent went to companies with female founders. So who are these overachievers who not only bust out big companies, but also compete for top capital in a venture community that has trouble spotting them?
It turns out female founders are tough to track, even when you’re looking. Lots of investors are starting to, like the Intel Capital Diversity Fund and First Round Capital, which recently released a report showing that female founders in the same fund outperformed male-only teams by 63 percent. I like putting the faces with the facts–but it isn’t easy.
Which women rake in the most venture capital right now?
With the outstanding help of PitchBook data correlated against CrunchBase data, my venture capital firm, Valor, has made a guided guess at who the top venture-backed female founders are. I’m sharing a portion of that list here. Caveat: No one tracks this data perfectly yet, so I’m sure this list isn’t perfectly accurate despite the outstanding support from PitchBook, CrunchBase, and our analysts. (Updates are welcome in the comments field.)
Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna met at Harvard Business School. They started Birchbox to make product discovery more fun. Now with more than a million subscribers, they just opened their first retail location. Last quarter, venture investing in consumer tech was up 129 percent, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)–Birchbox is just one company that’s cashing in on this big trend.
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