Theresia Gouw

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Theresia Gouw
Headshot of Theresia Gouw
Alma materBrown University, Stanford Graduate School of Business
OccupationCo-founder and Managing Partner, Aspect Ventures

Theresia Gouw is an entrepreneur and venture capital investor in the technology sector. She worked at Bain & Company, Release Software and Accel Partners before co-founding Aspect Ventures, a female-led venture capital firm, in 2014.[1] Gouw was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine.[2] and has been recognized seven times on the Forbes Midas List as one of the "world's smartest tech investors".[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Gouw earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude,[10] and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.[11]


Gouw began her career at Bain & Company. She left Bain to become a founding member of Release Software, a startup founded by business school classmates,[1] where she served as Vice President of Business Development & Sales.

After Release Software, Gouw joined Accel Partners, eventually becoming Managing Partner. Her investments included Trulia (TRLA), Imperva (IMPV), LearnVest, JasperDesign, and Kozmix.[12]

In 2014, Gouw co-founded Aspect Ventures with fellow venture capital investor Jennifer Fonstad.[13] Gouw and Fonstad worked together early in their careers at Bain & Company and at Release Software.[1] During the first year, Aspect Ventures made several Series A and seed investments funded by the co-founders' personal capital. In May 2015, Aspect announced it had raised its first $150MM fund, which included outside capital from Limited Partners.[14] The firm has made investments in companies including ForeScout (FSCT),[15] Cato Networks,[16] Exabeam,[17] The Muse,[18] and Crew.[19]

Board member and advisor[edit]

Gouw sits on the board of directors of several of the companies she has invested in, including Deserve, Cato Networks, ForeScout Technologies (FSCT), Exabeam and The Muse. She serves as Treasurer on the Brown University Corporation Board.[10] She serves as vice-chair of the board of DonorsChoose,[20] and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.[21] She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Castilleja School.[22]


  • Forbes Midas List (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)[23][24][25][26][27][28]
  • Award winner as outstanding leader in tech by World Affairs Global Philanthropy Forum (2016)[29]
  • 10x Award Honoree by Women 2.0 (2015)[30]
  • Named one of "50 most powerful moms in the world" by Harper's Bazaar (2015)[31]
  • Named one of the "Time Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech" by Time Magazine (2013)[2]
  • Named one of the "Ten Most Influential Women in Technology" by Time Magazine (2012)[32]

Notable speaker & commentator[edit]


  • TEDx SF (2016)[33]
  • Web Summit, Lisbon (2016)[34]
  • The Wall Street Journal Global Startups Showcase (2016)[35]
  • WSJDLIVE (2015)[36]
  • Forbes Power Women Summit (2014)[37]
  • Fortune The Most Powerful Women Summit (2013)[38]


Gouw has provided commentary on a range of topics related to venture capital, technology and finance on CNBC,[39][40][41] Bloomberg West,[42][43] Fox Business,[44] Forbes,[45] Fortune,[46] and the Wall Street Journal.[47][48]


  1. ^ a b c "Bridging The Funding Gap: An Interview With The Women Behind Aspect Ventures". Forbes. Forbes Media, LLC.
  2. ^ a b "TIME Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech". Time. Time, Inc.
  3. ^ "The Midas List 2011". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  4. ^ "Midas List 2012". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  5. ^ "Midas List 2013" (PDF). True Bridge Capital. Forbes Media.
  6. ^ "The Midas List 2014". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  7. ^ "The Midas List * * * 2016". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  8. ^ "The Midas List 2017". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  9. ^ "The Midas List 2018". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  10. ^ a b "Theresia Gouw". Brown University. Brown University.
  11. ^ "Stanford GSB Alumni Association: Theresia Gouw". Stanford Graduate School of Business. Standord GSB.
  12. ^ "Theresia Gouw Bio". Aspect Ventures. Aspect Ventures.
  13. ^ "Accel's Theresia Gouw And DFJ's Jennifer Fonstad Partner To Launch Mobile-Focused VC Firm Aspect Ventures". TechCrunch. AOL, Inc.
  14. ^ "VCs Jennifer Fonstad, Theresia Gouw raise $150M for Aspect Ventures' first fund". Silicon Valley Business Journal. American City Business Journals.
  15. ^ "ForeScout Raises Funding at a $1 Billion Valuation". Aspect Ventures. Aspect Ventures.
  16. ^ "Cato Networks Secures $20 Million in Series A Round From U.S. Venture Partners and Aspect Ventures". GlobeNewswire. GlobelNewswire, Inc.
  17. ^ "Exabeam Raises $10 Million For Network-Tracking Security Software". TechCrunch. AOL, Inc.
  18. ^ "Millennial Career Site The Muse Raises More Cash". Fortune. Time, Inc.
  19. ^ "Crew Messaging for Teams". Crew. Crew.
  20. ^ "Meet the Team: Theresia Gouw".
  21. ^ "Stanford GSB Advisory Council". Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford GSB.
  22. ^ "Castilleja School Board of Trustees". Castilleja School. Castilleja School.
  23. ^ "The Midas List 2011". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  24. ^ "Midas List 2012". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  25. ^ "Midas List 2013" (PDF). True Bridge Capital. Forbes Media.
  26. ^ "The Midas List 2014". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  27. ^ "The Midas List * * * 2016". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  28. ^ "The Midas List 2018". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  29. ^ "Awards Dinner 2016: Leading By Example". World Affairs. World Affairs Council of Northern California.
  30. ^ "Tech Leaders Honored at Women 2.0 Awards". Women 2.0. Women 2.0.
  31. ^ "These Are the Most Powerful Moms in the World". Harpers Bazaar. Hearst Communications, Inc.
  32. ^ "The Ten Most Influential Women in Technology". Time. Time, Inc.
  33. ^ "How entrepreneurs can help the American dream gets its mojo back". YouTube. Google.
  34. ^ "Web Summit Lisbon 2016". Web Summit. Web Summit.
  35. ^ "WSJ Global Startups Showcase Winner: Mindful Scientific". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  36. ^ "WSJ.DLive". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  37. ^ "Investing In Change: How To Stay Sustainable In A Growing Global Market". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  38. ^ "The Most Powerful Women Summit". Fortune. Time, Inc.
  39. ^ "Will tech shake the selloff?". CNBC. CNBC.
  40. ^ "Facebook's MAUs top estimates". CNBC. CNBC.
  41. ^ "Signs of a bubble?". CNBC. CNBC.
  42. ^ "The Female-Run VC Funds Shaking Up the Status Quo". Bloomberg West. Bloomberg LP.
  43. ^ "Accel's Ranzetta Discusses Joyus Startup, Social Media". The Washington Post. The Washington Post.
  44. ^ "Why Are Women Underrepresented in Tech?". Fox Business. Fox News Network, LLC.
  45. ^ "How To Break Through: The Funding Secrets Between You And A Successful Series A". Forbes. Forbes Media.
  46. ^ "Rx for Silicon Valley success: VC advice". Fortune. Time, Inc.
  47. ^ "Theresia Gouw: Cybersecurity Goes from Geek to Chic". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  48. ^ "Theresia Gouw: No More 'Pipeline' Excuses". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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