SUSAN LYNE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING PARTNER
Susan has had a long career in media, commerce and consumer products. She has held leadership positions at companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies, often during periods of internal or external change.
She began her career in the magazine industry, where she founded and led Premiere Magazine. She spent almost a decade at Disney, rising to President of Entertainment at ABC. She was the CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; CEO and then Chair of Gilt.com; and she led AOL’s Brand Group, overseeing such brands as TechCrunch, Engadget and Moviefone, immediately before launching BBG Ventures.
She has four daughters, three sisters, and a wide circle of entrepreneur-advisees who give as much as they get. Her biggest wins have all come from listening to, building for and betting on women.
NISHA DUA PARTNER
Nisha has spent the last 10 years working in media, tech, strategy and law. In addition to her work at BBG Ventures, she founded the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement which challenges young women to be part of the tech-enabled economy through a series of offline and online programs to teach girls the fundamentals of venture capital.
Nisha was previously the General Manager of AOL’s millennial site, Cambio and Chief of Staff for the AOL Brand Group, working on strategy, operations and special projects. Prior to that, she was a management consultant for Bain & Company advising companies across Tech & Telco, Financial Services, and CPG. She cut her teeth as an M&A and securities lawyer at the Australian law firm, Blake Dawson. Nisha also consulted for edtech start-up, Learn with Homer.
As a black belt in karate, singer, fashion blogger, Yankees fan, aunt to five nieces, and all-round geek, Nisha believes in the power of the multi-faceted millennial woman who is the inspiration for the #BUILTBYGIRLS movement.
HAYDEN WILLIAMS PRINCIPAL
Hayden is the Principal at BBG Ventures. Hayden spent the first four years of his career in investment banking at BofA Merrill Lynch. He then took a 100% pay cut to build a startup, Treatings, which he bootstrapped for two years by sleeping in a bunk bed with his co-founder and working out of the NYU library. In hindsight, an inherent flaw with Treatings was that a male-dominated team was building an app for a female-heavy user base.
Hayden’s experience seeing the perils of homogeneous teams and pitching lots (and lots and lots) of VCs drives his desire to be an empathetic and energetic supporter of diverse founding teams. Hayden also enjoys running, surfing and reminding Nisha that the Red Sox are the preeminent baseball franchise.