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New York has been heralded as one of the best places for women to start a business and the percentage of NYC women founders raising capital has increased significantly over the last few years. One of the main driving forces for this is Sutian Dong and Female Founders Fund (F3).
Dong joined Female Founders Fund in 2014 after spending five years at Firstmark Capital, one of the preeminent venture funds in the city. While at Firstmark, the firm invested in Shopify, Pinterest, NewsCred, Tapad, and InVision. She started her career in marketing in fashion and finance. A graduate of NYU and native of Texas, Dong and her partner at F3, Anu Duggal, have invested in over thirty-five female-founded companies including investments in Maven, Sawyer, Billie, Rent the Runway, Viyet, Thrive Global, WayUp, Zola, and Eloquii.
Female Founders Fund is the largest institutional female-focused venture capital in New York, now managing in excess of $30M across two funds. Many of the firm's latest fund's backers include the most prominent women in tech including Melinda Gates, Reshma Saujani, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Hayley Barna, Jenny Fleiss, and Katrina Lake. This network has also been instrumental in supporting female founders through the 40-50 events a year F3 hosts for portfolio founders, bringing together notable leaders in tech and industry with the next generation of female tech leaders.