Sutian Dong - Ascent Conference Sutian Dong - Ascent Conference

Sutian Dong

Sutian Dong is a leader in early-stage venture capital and a vocal proponent of diversity across startups, funds, and the limited partner ecosystem. She is currently working on a new project that will redefine access to capital across the entire funding stack and, at scale, has the potential to solve the diversity imbalance that currently exists in the billions of dollars invested in technology companies every year.

She is also the cofounder of the Global Women in VC community, a group of almost 2,000 female investors across over 1,000 funds and 50 countries. As the largest directory of female investors worldwide, the community serves as the foundational dataset for women to connect, collaborate, and create new opportunities to invest with and work alongside each other.

Sutian was most recently a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early stage fund investing in the exponential power of exceptional female talent. The fund has built the most recognized brand focused on leading female-run opportunities in internet and software startups. Alongside investing, F3 has established the strongest network of investors and female founders nationwide who provide a network and access to strategic value. The fund invests broadly in technology, in areas where women-led startups have incredible impact: e-commerce, web-enabled products and services, marketplaces, and platforms. Select portfolio companies include Billie, Co–Star Astrology, Maven Clinic, Rent The Runway, Shine, Tala, Tempest, Zola, and more.

Prior to F3, Sutian was an investor at FirstMark Capital, a leading early stage venture fund in New York City. During her time there, the fund invested in companies like Digital Currency Group, DraftKings, InVision, Pinterest, Postmates, Shopify, Starry Internet, Upwork, and more. She invested broadly across the internet and cloud landscape, including sectors such as healthcare IT, fintech, enterprise SaaS, and ecommerce.

Previously, she was Director of Marketing for Norisol Ferrari, a New York based couture and luxury outerwear brand. She also held Sales and Marketing positions at MarketFactory, a FirstMark portfolio company developing software applications for high speed trading platforms.

Sutian holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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