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. Gouw has led the firm’s early investments in Astro, Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, ForeScout (FSCT), The Muse, Crew, and ShieldX. Prior to Aspect, Gouw 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), and Kosmix (WMT).
As an entrepreneur, Gouw 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. Gouw holds an ScB in Engineering from Brown University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Gouw serves as treasurer of Brown University’s corporation board, vice chair of Donorschoose.org, and co-teaches a course at Stanford on Venture Capital at the GSB. She also serves on the GSB Advisory Council and DAPER investment fund.
Gouw is a first generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes that support immigration and diversity in STEM. In November of 2016, she gave a TEDx talk titled “How Entrepreneurs Can Help the American Dream get its Mojo Back.”
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