Interestingly, There are only six women venture capitalists on the 2017 Forbes Midas list, a catalog of the “best tech investors in the world.”
Despite global efforts to promote gender parity – the list, which totals at 100 venture capitalists in America, is 6% women.
Mary Meeker, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers tops the list of the six smartest women venture capitalists- the investors who unearth the tiny startups that turn into tomorrow’s behemoth.
We’ve picked out the all six venture capitalists, so scroll through to see who made the list, and meet America’s most powerful women venture capitalists.
Meet the 6 smartest women venture capitalists in America, 2017
- Mary Meeker
Global rank: 6
Company: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Notable Deal: Airbnb
Mary is a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in December 2010. She graduated from DePauw University with B.A. degree and received an M.B.A. from Cornell University and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from DePauw.
- Rebecca Lynn
Global rank: 44
Company: Canvas Ventures
Notable Deal: Lending Club
Rebecca Lynn is a Partner at Canvas Ventures. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Missouri and a JD/MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
- Jenny Lee
Global rank: 69
Company: GGV Capital
Notable Deal: YY.com
Jenny Lee joined GGV Capital in 2005 as a managing partner and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. As an investor, Jenny is focused on finding and partnering with disruptive technology companies that can change the traditional business models and create new value for users and enterprises.
- Theresia Gouw
Global rank: 74
Company: Aspect Ventures
Notable Deal: ForeScout
Theresia Gouw is an engineer, experienced entrepreneur, and successful investor in the new mobility space, focused primarily on Security, Data Analytics, and Consumer opportunities. She recently co-founded Aspect Ventures, where she led the firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Exabeam, ForeScout, The Muse, SelfScore, BirchBox, and BaubleBar. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Partner at Accel where she championed many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions: Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS), Kosmix (WMT).
- Ann Miura-Ko
Global rank: 77
Notable Deal: Lyft
Ann Miura-Ko is a Partner at Floodgate. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding FLOODGATE, she worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.
- Kirsten Green
Global rank: 98
Company: Forerunner Ventures
Notable Deal: Dollar Shave Club
Kirsten Green currently serves as Founder and Managing Director at Forerunner Ventures. As a founder, she has led efforts to raise over $250M from leading investors and has invested in more than 40 early stage companies.