#ThrowbackJanuary Women VCs in the news in January 2017

THE TRIBE

Allison Goldberg has been named Senior Vice President of Time Warner Investments, succeeding Rachel Lam, who announced she is leaving the company this spring after 14  years leading the group. She joined Time Warner in 2001, most recently serving as VP and managing director of the Time Warner Investments group, which invests in early- to mid-stage companies. Allison also serves as a director or active observer of the boards of several TWI's portfolio companies like Amino, Bustle, Discord, Dynamic Signal, Fuse Media, Joyus, Mashable, Outpost Games, Trion Worlds, and YieldMo.

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Former TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis is planning to launch a $20 million venture capital fund, per Axios; she will reportedly operate the fund alone for now but could add a team in the future. Tsotsis previously worked at TechCrunch for about five years before leaving in June 2015 to enroll in the MSx Program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. After completing the program last summer, she’s decided to follow in the footsteps of other past TechCrunch employees to take a more active role in the industry they once covered.

 

 

Jocelyn Goldfein has joined Zetta Venture Partners as a Managing Director. There wasn't enough fire for her at “DIY entrepreneur-in-residence” program she started in 2014 to invest as an angel. Prior to that she worked on some of Silicon Valley’s most iconic products: seven years as an engineering leader at VMware, four years at Facebook, and she even interned at Netscape. Goldfein is seeking to back AI companies at “places where data has been accumulating without our knowing it, or without our knowing what to do with it”, like Agriculture, manufacturing, and IoT.

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Accel has appointed a new partner, Luciana Lixandru. She was previously a principal and her promotion proves an evolution of the 30 year-old firm. Originally from Romania, and now based out of London, Lixandru is only the third female partner at Accel. (One other, Sonali De Rycker, also happens to be based out of London). Lixandru focuses on consumer internet, marketplace and software companies, and she is very much on the hunt for new deals.

 

 

Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Seattle, promoted Julie Sandler to Partner. Julie has led investments in several companies including Integris, Poppy, and Julep, serving on boards across the Madrona portfolio as a board director and observer. Sandler is a prominent voice in the Pacific Northwest startup ecosystem supporting entrepreneurs, founders and students. Sandler launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network, an informal forum for women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect in the greater Seattle area.

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THE DEALS

EXIT! Educational Testing Service's signed a definitive agreement to acquire leading K-12 assessment service Questar Assessment backed by Elizabeth Chou of New Markets Venture Partners.

Coating for industrial and food manufacturing LiquiGlide funded back in 2012 by Jillian Manus raised new $16M. 

Streaming mobile app for stand-up comedy Laugh.ly raised $2.25M seed round from 'Shark Tank' investor Barbara Corcoran & Arlan Hamilton. 

Impact investor Rema Subramanian of Ankur Capital invested Rs 8 crore (~$117,000) together with Dell Foundation in job training simulators SkillVeri.

"More than a marketplace for after market footwear and apparel" Stadium Goods raises $4.6M from Kirsten Green of Forerunner and Mark Cuban.

Mobile app management and enterprise app store Apperian seed funded by Maia D. Heymann back in 2010 got acquired by Arxan Technologies for undisclosed amount, but valued at $65M in the last round in 2015. 

Aledade helping independent physician practices build accountable care organizations raised $20M B round from newly raised fund of Julie Sunderland.

Lifesaving intelligence startup PeraHealth of Julie Papanek and Canaan Partners gets $14 million for patient monitoring algorithm and mobile warning system.

Mobile and online fundraising platform MobileCause raised $15M Series B led by Level Equity and Sarah Sommer.

Software maker CloudCraze raised $20M from Meredith Finn of Salesforce Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.

Leading HR platform for mid-sized companies Namely closed $50M Series D with Stacey Bishop of Scale Venture Partners among other investors. 

Personalized shopping for kids Rockets of awesome raised $12.5M Series A from August capital followed by Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong of Female Founders Fund and Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures.