The Women of Silicon Valley excerpts from Pulse of the Valley, August 26 - August 31

WITI News Staff

October 02, 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, August 26 - August 31

Investments in Women-Led Companies

Women-led companies (6) received $17M(4%) of the $385M in total investments for this period. Click on the person or company name to see details, including their LinkedIn profiles, pages and website.

Jenny Xu, CEO & Co-founder of Talofa Games closed a $6.3M Seed for the company's first outside investment.

Talofa Games is a developer of a real world augmented reality social running game, Run Legends, a mobile co-op fitness RPG game where you move to play.

Kristen Garcia Dumont, CEO & Co-founder of Alias Technologies closed a $3M Seed for the company's first outside investment.

Alias is an applied AI company creating the first hybrid human + AI social network, a social media application leveraging cutting edge generative media and multi-modal AI systems.

Catherine Chang,CEO & Co-founder of DeForm closed a $4.6M Seed with $4.6M for the company's first outside investment.

Deform is the easiest way to build web3 forms - create allowlists, signups, and NFT rewards with no coding required!

Sarika Baja, CEO & Co-founder of Refiberd closed a $3.4M Seed with $6M in total capital.

Refiberd is building an integrated textile recycling system that uses 1) our AI and robotics-based system to sort discarded textiles, which then enter 2) our patent-pending textile recycling process to recycle the sorted textiles resulting in 100% repurposed thread.

Women on the Move

Julianne Zimmerman joined the team at Adasina Social Capital as Managing Director in August, 2023.

Cindy Anderson joined the team at VistaGen Therapeutics as CFO this month.

Anne Mueller moved from Forge Global to SoundThinking as SVP Human Resources this month.

Pam Haley joined the team at Origin as Interim CFO this month.

Louisa Daniels joined the team at Ceribell as General Counsel this month.

Julie Giannini moved from Egnyte to Contrast Security as Chief Customer Officer this month.

Heather Gantt-Evans joined the team at Marqeta as Chief Information Security Officer this month.

Laura Padilla joined the team at Sapphire Ventures as Partner this month.

Johanna Jackman moved from Airtable to Freshworks as Chief People Officer this month.

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