Founding Partner, Acrew Capital
Theresia Gouw is co-founder of Aspect Ventures, a leading early stage venture firm with a unique focus on bridging the funding gap between angels and the larger multi-stage VC platforms through collaboration and diversity. Aspect invests across sectors but has particular expertise in cybersecurity, enterprise software and solutions targeting the future of work, and digital health. Theresia has led the firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, ForeScout (FSCT), The Muse, Crew, ShieldX and PredictHQ. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel where she championed many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA), LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS), Kosmix (WMT), HotelTonight (acquired by AirBnB) and Astro (acquired by Slack (WORK)).
As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Release Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia holds an ScB in Engineering from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Theresia serves as Treasurer of Brown University’s Corporation board, Vice-Chair of Donorschoose.org, is a member of the Global Leadership Circle of ONE.org, the Castilleja School board, and at Stanford co-teaches a course on Venture Capital at the GSB. She also serves on the GSB Advisory Council and DAPER investment fund.
Theresia is a first generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes and increasing diversity in the tech industry. Theresia was named to Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, has been recognized 8 times on the Forbes Midas List as one of the “world’s smartest tech investors”, was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine, as well as being named to the Carnegie Corporation’s annual Distinguished Immigrants list.
2019 - Present
2014 - 2019
1999 - 2014
VP Business Development
1996 - 1999
Bain & Company
1994 - 1996
- Bachelor of Engineering, Brown University
- ScB Engineering, Brown University
- MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
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Material about Theresia
Theresia Gouw, Founding Partner of Acrew Capital
How entrepreneurs can help the American dream gets its mojo back | Theresia Gouw | TEDxSanFrancisco
Venture Capital in 2019 with Theresia Gouw (Aspect Ventures) and Ann Miura-Ko (Floodgate)
Accel Partner's Theresia Gouw Ranzetta speaks with Edie Lush at Hub Davos
a16z Podcast: Demystifying Venture Capital
Venture Capitalists Explain How They Evaluate Startups | SALT Talks #158
Theresia Gouw: Diverse Teams Make Better Decisions
#108: Venture Capitalist Theresia Gouw: How to make the tech industry more inclusive
Decoding Disruptors: Theresia Gouw, Founding Partner at Acrew Capital