MIW Disruptive Podcast Episode 2020-020: Adrianna Samaniego | Investor at Female Founders Fund

Adrianna Samaniego is an Investor at Female Founders Fund, the pre-eminent early-stage fund investing in female-founded technology companies. Since its founding in 2014, Female Founders Fund has invested in over 50 of the fastest-growing female-led technology companies nationwide. These include category leaders like Zola, Billie, Co–Star, Tala, ELOQUII, Primary Kids, Bento Box, Kin Euphorics, Peanut, WinkyLux, Rent The Runway, and more.

Prior to joining Female Founders Fund, she worked as a Summer Investment Associate at JetBlue Ventures, Harlem Capital Partners, & New Media Ventures. Adrianna spent eight years in tech, formerly as Co-founder & Co-CEO at Area 120 Google’s Startup Incubator. In this role, she led a team to rapidly build and launch a B2B marketplace for Fortune 500 companies to procure from diverse-owned companies. Adrianna also formerly led and created Google’s Global Supplier Diversity Program that created over $1B in opportunities for diverse-owned businesses.

Adrianna is passionate about removing inequities and increasing diversity in VC and Tech ecosystems. Adrianna’s excellence in the workplace and community has been recognized on many occasions, including University of Georgia 40 Under 40, Silicon Valley Latino Emerging Leader Award, Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility Corporate Achiever Award, Technology Industry Group Top Innovator Award, and Top Latinas at Tech Giants. Adrianna Samaniego is of Mexican descent and was born and raised in the small border town of Douglas, Arizona. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Georgia.

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