01/04/13 | Uncategorized

Female Founders To Watch: Google Ventures Portfolio Companies

Meet the female founders in the Google Ventures portfolio.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

The venture capital arm of Google formed in 2009, Google Ventures has 100+ companies in its portfolio – check out their nifty infographic for 2012 impact and reach with $300M in funds.

The investor to watch from Google Ventures is Rich Miner, better known as the co-founder of Android. The Boston-based venture capitalist sourced female-founded deals Adelphic Mobile, Buyside FX and Wantworthy for Google Ventures, bringing them into the fold of its portfolio companies.

Here are 10 women entrepreneurs who have founded companies backed by Google Ventures. These are definitely female founders to watch:

Aigerim Shorman (CEO & Founder, Triptrotting)
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Aigerim Shorman is now based in Los Angeles building Triptrotting, a LaunchpadLA and Google Ventures-backed startup connecting like-minded locals and travelers around the world. Follow Aigerim on Twitter at @AigerimD.

Anne Wojcicki (CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe)
After 10 years of healthcare investing, Anne Wojcicki hoped that she could have a positive impact on research and medicine – enter 23andMe, a Google Ventures-backed personal genetics company. Follow her startup on Twitter at @23andMe.

Holly Liu (Chief Of Staff & Co-Founder, Kabam)
Leader of the people org Holly Liu is a co-founder of Google Ventures-backed Kabam, a social gaming company. Previously, she was in charge of design of all the products including Kingdoms of Camelot. Follow her startup on Twitter at @kabam.

Jennifer Fremont-Smith (CEO & Co-Founder, Smarterer)
Serial entrepreneur Jennifer Fremont-Smith is CEO at Smarterer, a Boston-based Google Ventures-backed startup that tests people on digital, social & technical skills. Before Smarterer, she founded AnswerSmart and OnDemandCRM. Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jfremontsmith.

Jennifer Lum (CEO & Co-Founder, Adelphic Mobile)
Mobile entrepreneur Jennifer Lum is CEO Adelphic Mobile, a Google Ventures company. She was a core member of Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple) and m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), and co-founded Apricot Capital. Follow Jennifer on Twitter at @jenniferlum.

Joselle Ho (Creative Director & Co-Founder, Miso Media)
Creative Director Joselle Ho of Google Ventures-backed Miso Media recently celebrated her five-year anniversary working on the Venice-based music education startup that makes learning an instrument fun and easy. Follow Joselle on Twitter at @joselleho.

Lauren McDevitt (CEO & Co-Founder, Wantworthy)
A NYC TechStars alum and Google Ventures-backed company, Wantworthy was co-founded by Lauren McDevitt. She loves building new things that solve real problems and is interested in building great products. Follow Lauren on Twitter at @laurenmcdevitt.

Shana Zheng (Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Triptrotting)
Hailing from Inner Mongolia and the Midwest US, Shana Zheng is now based in Los Angeles building Triptrotting, a LaunchpadLA and Google Ventures-backed startup connecting like-minded locals and travelers around the world. Follow Shana on Twitter at @ShanaZheng.

Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan (CEO & Co-Founder, ClearStory Data)
After 18+ years building software companies including Netscape, Kiva Software, AOL, Opsware, and Aster Data, Sharmila Shahani-Mulligan founded ClearStory Data. She is is on the board of Hadapt and Lattice Engines. Follow Sharmila on Twitter at @ShahaniMulligan.

Shereen Shermak (VP Product Management & Co-Founder, Buyside FX)
With a track record in finance startups, Shereen Shermak is bringing transparency to the Foreign Exchange industry with Buyside FX, a Google Ventures company. Her first startup was Fashionplaytes, which she co-founded with Sarah McIlroy and has raised $5.5M Series A.

Women 2.0 readers: Have we missed a female-founded Google Ventures-funded company? Let us know in the comments below.

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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