Aileen Lee

  • 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