Jennifer Fonstad and Theresia Gouw
Two veteran female venture capitalists start their own tech-focused firm -- that’s not an everyday occurrence. Jennifer Fonstad, a managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson for 17 years, and Theresia Gouw, a partner at Accel Partners for 15 years, formed Aspect Ventures to invest in early-stage mobile startups. In her free time, Fonstad climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last summer -- mostly in flip flops and sneakers. Gouw’s first engineering job was at General Motors with 1,000 design engineers -- only two of whom were women. “I learned how to use pantyhose for a fan belt and a coat hanger to reattach a muffler,” Gouw recalls.