Getting the Wallets Out Of Investor's Pockets
-- Philip Lang, co-founder, Suitey
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Jeanne M. Sullivan
Co-Founder and General Partner
Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. Jeanne has over 23 years of venture capital experience and has spent 30 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for early and expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles.
Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket.” Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and serves as a member of the Astia Global Board of Trustees, an organization that empowers women entrepreneurs. Forbes recently cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs.”
Angel Investor & Entrepreneur
Elizabeth is the co-owner of Sterling Place, a multichannel retail company that sells eclectic antiques, fine home decor and specialty gifts. Built on her passion for finding and giving the perfect gift, the business has gained a well-known reputation for its tantalizing merchandising and white glove customer service. Profitable from year two, the business has steadily grown, with three store locations in Brooklyn, as well as a website. The business has been profiled by the NY Times and Elizabeth has been a repeat guest expert on Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Elizabeth’s own positive experience as an entrepreneur has inspired her to assist others to achieve their dream of business ownership. Most recently, Elizabeth is de-mystifying how to finance and fund businesses by writing a Funding 101 series for the award-winning magazine, TheNextWomen.com. Elizabeth is able to draw on her experience from both sides of the table as she is not only an entrepreneur but also an investor. Elizabeth was selected as one of 10 in the inaugural class of Pipeline Fellows, a program designed to train women to be angel investors in women-led social ventures. She is in the process of building out her own angel portfolio, with investments made in such diverse companies as an organic ice cream maker, a non-profit technology provider, and a SaaS marketing campaign optimizer. Most recently, Elizabeth has taken on the role of Market Lead for Astia Angels NYC, a new angel investment group focused on investing in women-led high-growth ventures.
Elizabeth is a member of several boards including the Atlantic Avenue BID, where she spent five years as the Founding Chair and the Leadership Advisory Board of the Girls Scouts of Greater NYC. She also serves on the Advisory Board of a Philantech, a private company.
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