In this episode of the Business Builders Show, we talk with Jessica Peltz-Zatulove and Sutian Dong, creators of the Women In Venture Directory, the largest global directory for women in venture capital to connect and collaborate. Both of these women are venture capitalists (yes, the directory is their passion project on the side). Jessica is a Partner at MDC Ventures, where she focuses on sourcing and managing investments in early stage startups that address the needs of the Modern CMO. She’s sourced and lead investments in emerging companies including Msg.ai, Gradient.io, Veritonic, Catch & Release and Mezzobit (acquired by OpenX). Sutian Dong is a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund investing in the exponential power of exceptional female talent. Now into Fund II, select Female Founders Fund investments include: ELOQUII, Tala, Maven, Zola, Rockets of Awesome, WayUp, and Thrive Global. Jessica and Sutian both are passionate about their roles in venture and both of them have unconventional paths in to venture. We also dive into the need for the women in venture directory initiative and what the data shows as to where and what women in venture are investing in (no, it is not what you think).
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.