Collective Spotlight

9 Women Shaking Up Tech & Venture

Angie Coleman

Women’s History Month offers a chance to celebrate the women doing incredible work in industries across the world. It also stands as a reminder that while women have made tremendous progress and growth in their personal and business lives, they still face inequities across the board. In fact, there has been no shortage of stats and articles outlining the stark differences between men and women and the less-than-ideal outcomes women are met with, and yet, despite the odds, women don’t quit. This Women’s History Month we’re shining a light on the doers, shakers, and movers pushing the industry into a new era and persevering against the challenges that we all know too well.

Stacy Brown-Philpot (@sbp04)

Former CEO, Taskrabbit. Member, OpCo Board of Advisors and Board Member: HP Inc, Nordstrom, Noom, StockX, Joy, Black Girls Code, and The Urban Institute.

OpCo Board of Advisors member Stacy Brown-Philpot has more than 15 years of experience, leading the growth and scale of large and small enterprises in the digital economy. She is the former CEO of TaskRabbit, where she led the transformation of a fast-growing startup into a global business and its successful acquisition by the IKEA Group. Prior to TaskRabbit, Stacy’s experience includes Google, PwC, and Goldman Sachs. In addition to the OpCo Board of Advisors, Stacy serves on the investment committee for the SoftBank Opportunity Fund, a $100M fund established to invest in Black, Latinx, and Native American founders.

Caitlin Colgrove (@crcolgrove)

CTO & Co-founder, Hex

Caitlin Colgrove is the CTO and Co-Founder of OpCo portfolio company Hex, a data workspace that allows teams to collaborate in both SQL and Python to publish interactive data apps. Caitlin has spent her career as a software engineer building data analytics tools, first spending 6 years at Palantir focused on web applications and analytical products before moving onto Remix and then Hex. She loves building products that combine the best parts of technological solutions with human expertise to solve problems in the real world.

Kristy Friedrichs (@FriedrichsK)

COO, New Relic

Kristy Friedrichs is New Relic’s chief operating officer. As COO, Friedrichs oversees corporate operations, business systems and applications, data analytics and engineering, sales strategy and operations and product operations. She is passionate about what she calls ‘turning strategy into reality’: aligning the company around an inspiring vision, mission and strategy; establishing goals and clear priorities toward achieving that strategy; and enabling cross-functional execution against those goals. Prior to New Relic, she spent more than 15 years at Bain & Company, first as a consulting principal and most recently as the head of consulting operations for the Bay Area.

Shannon Goggin (@ShannonCGoggin)

CEO & Co-Founder, Noyo

Shannon is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of OpCo portfolio company Noyo, the digital infrastructure platform transforming data exchange across the insurance ecosystem by delivering the universal API for embedded benefits. By building the connections gateway that allows for fast, accurate, and secure data exchange, Noyo is helping benefits software companies and insurance providers deliver next-generation benefits experiences to their customers. Before founding the company, Shannon spent 3 years building the engine for the small business insurance shopping experience at Zenefits. Prior to that she worked as a consultant at Deloitte.

Diya Jolly

Chief Product Officer, XERO

Diya Jolly is a C-suite executive with a track record of driving significant business growth across both large and small enterprises and startups. She brings over twenty years of experience in the technology industry building and launching innovative products and creating high-performing teams in product, design, marketing, strategy and pricing. Diya is currently the Chief Product Officer at XERO where she is responsible for developing and launching consumer and business products in high growth small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to XERO, Diya served as the Chief Product Officer at Okta where she led the product innovation that has helped fuel the 5X growth in revenue over 4 years. Before Okta, she served as Vice President of Product at Google responsible for YouTube Monetization where she grew from 6X 4 years.

Linda Lian (@lindamlian)

CEO & Co-Founder, Common Room

Linda Lian is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Common Room, an OpCo Portfolio company and the first and only intelligent community growth platform that gathers community engagement, product usage, and customer data into a single place. Before Common Room she worked as an associate at Madrona Ventures Group where she identified new investments and supported the growth of Madrona’s portfolio companies. She also spent some time at Lookout Mobile Security in San Francisco and Morgan Stanley’s M&A Investment Banking group in New York City where she worked on strategic and sponsor-led transactions across industries such as healthcare and consumer.

Aliisa Rosenthal (@aliisarosenthal)

Head of Sales, OpenAI

Currently the Head of Sales at OpenAI, Aliisa Rosenthal is a sales leader with 15+ years of experience building teams at SaaS startups. Prior to OpenAI, she served as the VP of Sales at WalkMe and the Director of Enterprise Sales at InVisionApp before that. Her years of managing and building world-class sales teams has allowed her to showcase her methodical thinking and dissection around all pieces of the puzzle, resulting in the desired outcomes for herself, her team, and the business.

Joanna Smith-Griffin

CEO & Founder, AllHere

A 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and OpCo portfolio founder, Joanna is the Founder & CEO of AllHere, an ed-tech company curbing chronic absenteeism with mobile messaging powered by AI chatbots. Prior to launching AllHere, Joanna managed family engagement, child development, and personalized learning research, supporting schools and districts along the East Coast. In her roles, she developed innovative strategies to help all kids succeed, while providing strategic direction to leadership on how to nurture an environment of empowered and engaged teachers whose excitement drives students to perform their best. Her technology has been adopted by over 3000 educators and featured in outlets like NPR and The New York Times.

Vicky Xiong

VP Engineering, Affirm

Vicky currently serves as the VP of Engineering at payments company Affirm. Previously she spent over 5 years at Okta as their VP of Technology Services, responsible for data insights, business platforms, and engineering teams. She has over 20 years of experience in the tech industry and a proven ability to move business forward.

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