Not long ago, we wrote about the first VC female blogger, Kimberly Davis King, stepping down. While at IDG Ventures, she managed to write only a handful of quirky posts, only to recently leave the firm. We were left wondering whether there are any other female VC bloggers out there
Turns out, there are two. Or three, if you want to stretch the definition of a “venture capitalist.” And only one of them is in Silicon Valley.
First, meet Christine Herron. She is an investor with Omidyar Network, a VC firm that was created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and which is based in Silicon Valley (Redwood City). Her blog is called Christine.net.
Christine, we like your style. You disclose all of your conflicts, all the time. In your Monday post, you write about four companies and disclose that you have invested in them.
Other VC bloggers often disclose their investment once, if at all, and then forget about disclosing it on subsequent mentions. Christine’s policy makes things clear, and increases trust in what she writes. Nice going.
Christine tells how she spent an hour searching online for other examples of VC women who blog. She came up empty-handed before landing on Esther Dyson, who is an investor (though her main job is technology analyst, and is not officially a venture capitalist) and whose site, Release 1.0 is not a full-fledged blog — it jumps around between tabs on “ideas,” which is co-authored, and notes about “Where’s Esther?,” which doesn’t allow comments, at least on the front page.) Esther’s site gives an address in New York.
Then Christine threw up a page on her site to create a directory, called VentureChicks, in case people came up with other examples.
Thanks to the women at Reinvention Inc., a blog about “enterprising women,” for telling us about Christine in the first place.
Since we are on the topic of women and Silicon Valley, check out start-up LimeLife. It is based in Menlo Park, the headquarters of the VC industry, and is developing a mobile software focused on content for women. It has raised $10 million in a second round of funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, and joined by Rustic Canyon Ventures, i-Hatch Ventures and Monitor Ventures.