The Pulse Celebrates The Following Women December 19 - 30

WITI News Staff

January 01, 2023

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This week we celebrate these women making their mark in Silicon Valley.

The Women of Silicon Valley
excerpts from Pulse of the Valley, December 19 - 30

Investments in Women-Led Companies

Women-led companies (5) received $70M (11%) of the $634MB in total investments for the week.
Click on any person or company name to see details, including LinkedIn and website.

Crystal Tang, CEO and Co-founder of Intelligent Racing, closed a $2.3M Seed in the company's first outside funding.
Intelligent Racing harnesses existing knowledge from the world's leading scientific research universities and combines it with self-developed fully autonomous race cars for an exciting and educational gaming experience.

Sarika Bajaj,, CEO and Co-Founder of Refiberd, closed a $2M Series A with $2.6M in total capital.
Refiberd provides an AI and robotics-based textile recycling system that sorts discarded textiles and then uses a patent-pending textile recycling process to recycle the sorted textiles into 100% repurposed thread.

Marissa Pittard,, Co-Founder of Beaming Health, closed a $2M Series Seed in the company's first outside funding.
Beaming Health is the marketplace for autism care and other developmental differences, aggregating resources such as clinical specialists, and an autism-friendly barber, plus help for applying for grants and help for parents to navigate and manage it all.

Maria Artunduaga,, CEO & Co-Founder of Samay Health, closed a $1M Series Pre-Seed with $3.7M in total capital.
Samay Health is building the best clinical-grade respiratory monitoring platform at home using wearable patches and powerful AI algorithms.

Ritu Lal,, CEO & Co-Founder of GEn1E Lifesciences, closed a $17M Series A with $22M in total capital.
GEn1E Lifesciences is a next-gen biotech company working on treatments for inflammatory and age-related diseases.

Kimberlie Le,, CEO & Co-Founder of Prime Roots, closed a $28.8M Series B with $47.3M in total capital.
Prime Roots is reimagining protein itself and offers vegetarian-based fungi super protein food products that include salmon burger that replicates the taste, texture, and nutrition of meat and seafood products.

Women on the Move
Hadas Finkelman joined the team at Leadspace as CFO this month.
Jennifer Phillips joined the team at Forge Global as Chief Growth Officer this month.
Victoria Hughes moved from Earnest to Forge Global as Chief People Officer this month.
Suzi-Kay Jacoel joined the team at Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals as Head of Business Strategy in November, 2022.
Kendra Niedziejko moved from xMatters to Mattermost as CFO this month.
Katherine Barnhisel Rincon moved from Rapyd to GridGain Systems as CMO this month.

Women Joining Boards of Directors
Nancy Gioia product development, manufacturing, strategy and planning of Ford Motor Company has joined the board at Power Integrations this month.
Aparna Iyer Sr. Director of Product Management of Quantum Art has joined the board at Quantum Art this month.

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