Aileen Lee (born 1970) is a U.S. seed investor.
Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1992. After MIT, she worked as a financial analyst for two years at Morgan Stanley. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.
Lee joined Kleiner Perkins in 1999 and was the founding CEO of RMG Networks, a company backed by KPCB. Lee worked at Kleiner Perkins for 13 years and left in 2012.
In 2012, she left KPCB to start seed-stage venture firm, Cowboy Ventures. In 2017, Lee added Ted Wang to the firm as a general partner.
Cowboy Ventures is one of the first female-led venture capital firms. Over the past six years, Cowboy Ventures has received three large funds, the most recent reaching $95 million.
Through Cowboy Ventures, Lee has made investments in many early-stage companies, including August, Dollar Shave Club, Accompany and Tally Technologies. She is a public advocate of increasing the number of female founders and investors in the Silicon Valley.
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- Lee is cofounder of Cowboy Ventures, a venture firm that has invested in startups like Bloom Energy, Dollar Shave Club and Rent the Runway.
- A thirteen-year veteran of storied firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lee left in 2012 to found her own firm, Cowboy Ventures.
- Cowboy Ventures is one of the first VC firms to be launched by a woman. Lee has been vocal about the state of diversity in Silicon Valley.
- The firm announced in 2018 it has raised Cowboy Ventures III, a $95 million fund dedicated to backing seed-stage technology startups.
- Lee is a founding member of All Raise, which runs Female Founder Office Hours, a one-on-one mentorship series for female entrepreneurs and investors.