This week, we celebrate women entrepreneurs who are building startups and investing in startups.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
We especially love when women entrepreneurs who exit fund other women entrepreneurs, given that 15% of angel investors are women – and these women often have access and connections with women entrepreneurs (who lack traditional networks for investment).
Here are 5 women entrepreneurs to watch building their own companies – and helping to fund other early-stage ventures:
Caterina Fake (Founder & CEO, Findery)
Co-founder of photo sharing site Flickr and taste graph Hunch, Caterina Fake is making places come alive at Findery. She serves as Chairman of Etsy and serves on the board of Creative Commons. She is an active angel investor. Follow her on Twitter at @caterina.
Christina Brodbeck (Co-Founder & CEO, theicebreak)
Before theicebreak for couples, Christina Brodbeck was on the founding team of YouTube, the company’s first UI Designer, and then later went on to lead design for the company’s mobile efforts. She is an angel investor and advisor. Follow her on Twitter at @jellyfishbloom.
Deborah Jackson (Founder & CEO, Plum Alley)
Long-time supporter of women entrepreneurs, Deborah Jackson is a former Managing Director of Golden Seeds, co-founder at Women Innovate Mobile, founder at JumpThru and is currently working on launching Plum Alley. Follow her on Twitter at @dbdj1007.
Jennifer Lum (Co-Founder, Adelphic Mobile)
Mobile entrepreneur Jennifer Lum is co-founder of Adelphic Mobile, was a core team member of Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple) and m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign) and invests in startups including Crashlytics, OnSwipe and Kinvey. Follow her on Twitter at @jenniferlum.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo (Founder & CEO, Care.com)
As the parent of two boys, Sheila Lirio Marcelo knows the challenges of balancing life as a mom in the business world. She runs Care.com for families to find childcare and elder care, and invests and advises startups in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @smarcelo.
Want to become an angel investor? Nationwide angel network Golden Seeds offers training for angel investors, the Pipeline Fellowship trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, and 37 Angels will be offering angel investor training come November 2012 in New York.
Take the plunge with the Women Invest Now challenge.
Angie Chang co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006. She currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of Women 2.0 and is working to mainstream women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. In 2008, Angie launched Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, asking that guys come as the “+1” for once. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.