About us

We’re here to do one thing well: support women with big ideas to go the distance.

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BBG Ventures is one of the most active investors in female founders in the US. We’ve made knowing women our career, our calling, and our KPIs.

Our Team

Been there, run that.

Meet the women behind the women.

Susan Lyne
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Nisha Dua
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Amber Quiñones
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Claire Biernacki
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Annie Ripp
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Susan has held leadership positions at companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies, media to eCommerce, Editor-in-Chief to CEO. Decades of learning and leading at Disney, ABC (where she greenlit shows like Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Gilt.com and AOL’s Brand Group reinforced a conviction that women are the key drivers of economic growth and cultural change -- and in 2014 she made the leap to launch BBG Ventures with Nisha. With four daughters, three sisters, and scores of smart women in her orbit, her biggest wins have come from listening to, building for and betting on women.


Nisha’s career path isn’t entirely linear, but she’s always ended up where she was meant to be. A former M&A lawyer, and management consultant at Bain, she joined Susan Lyne in 2013 to run strategy & operations for the AOL Brand Group. As her side hustle she opted to run AOL’s millennial celebrity gossip site, indulging a passion for content & social. In 2015, she founded BUILT BY GIRLS, harnessing the power of software and the crowd to make professionals in tech accessible to girls all across the country – and along the way, finding inspiration for what would become BBG Ventures. Her other titles include karate black belt and favorite aunt.


Amber joins BBG Ventures as our first Head of Platform & Operations, with a breadth of startup and community-building experience. She's a powerhouse operator, growth marketer, and Stanford grad who has spent time at startups like withco, The Assembly, and Everlane. Boutique fitness devotees might recognize her from her past life as a SoulCycle instructor and fitness model. In her spare time, Amber can be found studying oenology as a fledgling sommelier, playing tug of war with her puppy, and training for bike races in NYC.

Claire joined BBG Ventures as an Investment Associate while completing her MBA program at Columbia Business School. While in school, she interned with and consulted for start-ups including Studs, Koio and Bowery Farming, served as Co-President of the Venture Capital Club, and worked with seed-stage venture fund Lerer Hippeau. Before B School, Claire held investing roles at Cult Capital and Pomona Capital and worked in investment banking at BofA Securities. A former ballet dancer, Claire turned in pointe shoes for running shoes. You can catch her running up the West Side Highway to the sweet sounds of country music.

Annie is an Analyst at BBG Ventures. Before joining BBGV, Annie was an investor at a Boston-based growth equity firm, Spring Lake Equity Partners. At Spring Lake she invested in B2B software and tech-enabled services with a focus on FinTech and social commerce. Annie graduated from Cornell University in 2019 where she studied a multidisciplinary major focused on economics, mathematics, and biology. With a love for all things active & outdoors, Annie can be found in a hot yoga class or on a long walk with friends in search of the city’s best coffee shops.

The shoulders for a new generation of giants.

Progress doesn’t take place in a vacuum. It happens when the conditions are right. By 2014, tech advances had lowered the cost of launching a startup and a new wave of female founders had arrived, a cohort that the traditional world of venture capital had overlooked and underestimated. We knew that founders who intuitively understood the dominant consumer would have a competitive advantage. For us, it was a no brainer to back them.

Today, the conditions are right for progress. The global pandemic, followed by a powerful new push for racial justice, has touched every company and consumer, changing habits, attitudes, and ideas about what matters. This new world calls for VCs who embrace these shifts and founders who understand them. Female founders are poised to do giant things. We’re here to give them that first, crucial investment.

The way we work

Make change and make money. Hand in hand. Venture capital kindles the future. We want to make it matter.

Diversity is personal to us. We started BBG Ventures because the problems we face today can’t be solved by same-same thinking.

All in and high conviction. We lead or co-lead rounds and help find the right investors to round out your syndicate.

Here for you on the regular. We’ll meet up frequently as part of a Year One Sprint to get you leverage where you need it – from brand strategy and business model to recruiting and PR.

Connections get you there faster. We’ll share the network we’ve built over decades – friends and allies, both old and new.

Always think ahead. As you set milestones, we’ll help shape a compelling story and find the right investors for your next chapter.

Tough love. Founders need support, but they also need honesty, feedback, and the occasional reality check.

Making Change. And Headlines.

Here’s what the world’s been saying about BBGV, our founders and their future-defining work.

Forbes
BBG Ventures closes $50 million early stage fund for women founders
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Medium
Make change, make money: announcing BBGV Fund III
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Venture Capital Journal
2021 Women of Influence in Private Markets - Nisha Dua
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KindredCast
Funding the Next Generation of Female Founders with Susan Lyne of BBG Ventures
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AlleyWatch
Inside the Mind of a NYC VC: Nisha Dua of BBG Ventures
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Fortune
Term Sheet 3.24.21
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Fortune
The Broadsheet
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ImpactAlpha
The Brief
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TechCrunch
BBG Ventures just closed on $50 million to fund more women-led startups
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Glossy
VC Susan Lyne: DTC companies need ‘something beyond a good product’
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Fast Company
8 ways to make lasting change for Black-owned businesses
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goop
Power player: Susan Lyne
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TechCrunch
Diversity and entrepreneurship: stories from investors and founders disrupting the startup ecosystem
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Pulse 2.0
Regenerative food platform Planet FWD raises $2.7 million led by BBG Ventures
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Forbes
How to close the venture capital gender gap faster
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Bustle
Nisha Dua founded #BUILTBYGIRLS to help young women become future tech leaders
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Vogue Business
Acne-patch brand Starface picks up $2 million investment led by BBG
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Yahoo! Finance
BBG Ventures partner: "There has never been a better time in history to be a female founder"
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Entrepreneur
Why Brit Morin, Jason Wu, and other successful entrepreneurs prioritize taking breaks from work
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FinSMEs
Fiveable raises $2.3M in funding
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