Hosted by: Jasmi Shah, Purple Arch Ventures Principal
Over 80% of the industry is male, and 65% of firms have no female partners or GPs. This is despite the fact that teams that are diverse by gender and/or ethnicity have 30% higher multiples on invested capital when their companies are acquired or go public.
In this 45-minute conversation, some of AVG’s female investment professionals will discuss the opportunities and challenges for women in VC — as investors and as entrepreneurs.
Topics will range from our path into VC, what it’s like to be a female in a male-dominated industry, investing in female-founded startups, and some positive initiatives for greater diversity in the venture industry.
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Jasmi Shah, Principal - Purple Arch Ventures
Jasmi’s career has covered several stages of the investment lifecycle. Previously, she worked at Healthios, an advisory firm focused on growth equity and venture capital backed companies. Earlier, she worked for Sterling Partners, serving as an Operating Executive within their healthcare portfolio. Jasmi has also held positions at The Carlyle Group, The MasterCard Foundation, and Deloitte Consulting. She began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse. Jasmi holds a BBA (Honors) from Schulich School of Business, York University, and a MBA (Dean’s List) from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Laura Bordewieck Rippy, Managing Partner - Green D Ventures
Laura brings operational perspective as a CEO, Chairman, and executive in technology startups. As Managing Partner at Ripplecreek Partners’ technology practice and General Partner at FA Technology Ventures she worked many tech sectors: mobile, consumer, internet, SaaS, cloud-based, marketing and enterprise software. She also served as CEO at Handango, creating the first marketplace of mobile apps. At Microsoft, she co-founded Sidewalk.com and MSN HomeAdvisor as part of an elite swat team spun out of Bill Gates’s office. Laura holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB in Government from Dartmouth (‘89).
Lacey Farrell Johnson, Investing Partner - The Yard Ventures
Lacey joined AVG from CareGroup Investment Office, a $3B manager of combined endowment and pension assets. As a member of the investment team, Lacey was responsible for investment sourcing and due diligence. Lacey managed investment opportunities across asset classes and strategies, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, private credit, and hedge fund vehicles. Previously, she was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and an Analyst in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. Lacey has a BA in History from Middlebury College and an MBA from Tuck.
Catherine Lu, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Catherine is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where she looks to back high-performance, high-integrity founders. Prior to Basecamp, she was the Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. She has also been both an operator and founder. Previously, she was Director of Product at DataVisor (backed by NEA and Sequoia), an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution; during her tenure, she helped the company grow from less than $1M to over $8M in ARR. She also co-founded Fancy That, a retail AI company which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. Catherine received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, graduating with distinction and focusing on artificial intelligence.