At Canaan, we've relied on the same proven investment strategy for more than 26 years. In addition to strong business models, we focus on gaps in the market and targeting exactly the right audience. Not to mention advanced technology and domain expertise. But more than anything else, our strategy focuses on funding the right people.

That's why we don't gauge potential founders and leaders by traditional means. Instead of age, country of origin and gender, we examine the qualities that matter most. Their drive. Their passion. Their goals. In other words, all the stuff that separates the wheat from the chaff.

And the results tell a very interesting tale.

Since closing our $600M Fund IX in early 2012, the number of female entrepreneurs who are actively pitching has risen dramatically. In fact, since that time, we've added nine companies to our portfolio that are led by female CEOs. That's approximately one-third of the companies in Fund IX.

Our current female CEO count stands at 13 – which is only slightly less impressive than our number of female co-founders (Hint: It currently stands at 23). And while our four female investment professionals naturally attract more female founders, it's clearly just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, over the last two years alone, every one of our active U.S.-based partners has backed a female co-founder.

Some are serial entrepreneurs and CEOs (Julie Wainwright and Cheryl Rosner to name two), but others are on their start-up maiden voyage (like Mona Bijoor, Karla Gallardo and Kelly Brezoczky). Which raises an interesting question: Have we reached a tipping point for women in tech? Let's put it this way: You know that glass ceiling? Now would be a very dangerous time to be standing underneath it.

Our Women Break Glass

Daria Mochly Rosen

Co-Founder

Catherine Levene

CEO & Co-Founder

Joanne Rohde

CEO & Founder

Jennifer Zeszut

CEO & Co-Founder

Eileen Gittins

CEO & Founder

Kelly Brezoczky

CEO & Founder

Lynne Laube

President, COO, & Co-Founder

M. Michelle Berrey

CEO

Karla Gallardo

CEO & Co-Founder

Shilpa Shah

Co-Founder

Janet Holian

CEO

Mona Bijoor

CEO & Co-Founder

Holly Liu

Co-Founder, Chief of Staff & People

Caroline Crisafulli

VP and Co-Founder

Angela Ceresnie

CFO and Co-Founder

Jilliene Helman

CEO & Founder

Julie Wainwright

CEO & Founder

Gillian Tee

Co-Founder

Ching-Yu Hu

Co-Founder

Cheryl Rosner

CEO & Co-Founder

Allison Stern

Co-Founder & GM

Lynn Perkins

CEO & Co-Founder

Andrea Barett

Co-Founder

Daisy Downs

Co-Founder