Aileen Lee

  • Female Founders: The State Of The Union Crunch Network

    Female Founders: The State Of The Union

    Building a tech company from the ground up and having it succeed is an ambitious goal. Doing that as a female founder and CEO is another beast, entirely. When you stop and look at what it takes to be a successful female founder in tech — the numbers I mean — it’s enough to ward off women from even trying: 555 tech companies raised a Series B in 2015; however, only 5 percent… Read More

  • Do You Have To Be In San Francisco To Be A Tech Entrepreneur? The VCs Say No.*

    Do You Have To Be In San Francisco To Be A Tech Entrepreneur? The VCs Say No.*

    With sky-high rents on both housing and commercial office space, do you really have to be in the Bay Area to hit a home run? A number of VCs today at TechCrunch Disrupt said not necessarily. Dana Settle, who co-founded Greycroft Partners said that 82 percent of the firm’s investments have been outside Silicon Valley, including bets like Maker Studios, a Culver City-based company that… Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt SF 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt SF 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt SF is just a few weeks away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. Read More

  • Confused About the Market? These Four Investors Will Set You Straight At Disrupt

    Confused About the Market? These Four Investors Will Set You Straight At Disrupt

    Raising money these days is a confusing morass, what with all the unicorns and hedge funds and secondaries and pre-seed, post-seed, and Series B crunches to process. But good news: At our Disrupt SF Investor panel, in the opening hours of Disrupt next Monday, we’ll be sitting down with not one or two but four top venture capitalists who can talk to each stage of the investing… Read More

  • Aileen Lee Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    Aileen Lee Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

    Aileen Lee has attracted widespread attention for coining the term “unicorn” in a November 2013 TechCrunch article about billion-dollar companies. But industry insiders were aware of Lee well before then. Read More

  • Startups, A Rich Man’s Game

    Startups, A Rich Man’s Game

    Despite the Silicon Valley echo chamber, starting a company remains easily among the most risky career moves for workers. The stress of the job can easily lead to burnout or long-lasting mental health issues. Failures, despite being lauded in some corners, still too often harm a founder’s future career prospects. But the greatest risk of building a new company is almost certainly financial. Read More

  • Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures Is Raising A $55 Million Second Fund

    Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures Is Raising A $55 Million Second Fund

    Cowboy Ventures, the early-stage investment firm led by Aileen Lee, is in the midst of raising its second fund. According to an SEC filing, the firm is seeking to raise $55 million — which is up from the $40 million it sought the first time around. Read More

  • How Investors Are Trying To Change The Culture Of Silicon Valley

    How Investors Are Trying To Change The Culture Of Silicon Valley

    Over the last year, the tech press has been filled with stories of high-flying startups struggling with issues of gender discrimination and harassment, sometimes with those issues coming from the founders themselves. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF today, investors from some of the Valley’s top firms discussed how startups are attempting to create a more inclusive environment, especially for… Read More

  • Kleiner Perkins Invests $15M in Rent the Runway

    Rent the Runway’s slogan might as well be: Friends don’t let friends wear H&M to the most important events in their lives. The company solves the perennial “closet full of clothes and yet nothing to wear” problem that most women face, by allowing them to rent designer clothes for a big event for about 10% of the price. It’s clearly a problem women have. Read More