Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding Partner at Floodgate. A repeat member of the Forbes Midas List and the New York Times Top 20 Venture Capitalists Worldwide, Ann was also named the “Most Powerful Woman in Startups” by Forbes.
Ann is well-known in Silicon Valley as a pioneer investor in highly technical companies because of her background as a PhD in math modeling of infosec at Stanford. Her deep interest in technology began as a child – her father was a NASA rocket scientist – and her expertise developed as an undergraduate at Yale, where she participated in the Robocup Competition in Paris, France. Ann has also made significant investments in consumer (commerce, curation), marketplaces, and software for SMBs and solopreneurs. Some of Ann’s investments include Lyft (where she is still a board member), Xamarin, Monthly, Popshop, Emotive, and Refinery29.
Ann is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford, a co-director of the Mayfield Fellows Program at Stanford, a member of the Board of Trustees for Yale University and a co-founding member of All Raise, a nonprofit committed to improving diversity in funders and founders. Prior to Floodgate, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three energetic kids.
When you're innovating in an existing market, it's crucial more than ever to build a minimum "lovable" product
There's something very special about the early years. And it kind of breaks my heart to think that you have so much potential put into a system that doesn't make the most of it.
As an entrepreneur, you have to find the customer that is willing to push the envelope and truly, truly wants to make a change. You need to find the first mover, because in a category like health care, not every hospital or health system will be that innovative