Asian Women Hacking the Startup Landscape

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



Sutian Dong
Partner, Female Founders Fund

Sutian is a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early-stage investor of technology companies founded by women. Founded in 2014, the fund has built the most recognized brand focused on leading female-run opportunities in internet and software startups.

The Fund has invested in industry-leading companies like WayUp, Primary Kids, Rockets of Awesome, Maven, Thrive Global, ELOQUII, Tala, Zola, Rent the Runway, and more.  Investments are across internet and technology in areas where women-led startups have incredible impact: e-commerce, web-enabled products and services, marketplaces, and platforms.

Most recently, Sutian was an investor at FirstMark Capital, a leading early stage venture fund in New York City.  FirstMark invested in companies like Pinterest, Riot Games (acq. Tencent), Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), InVision, NewsCred, Knewton, and Tapad (acq. Telenor).

Prior to that, Sutian was the Director of Marketing at Norisol Ferrari, a womenswear couture line based in New York City.

A graduate of NYU Stern School of Business, Sutian is a native Texan.

Benjamin Sun
Co-Founder and General Partner at Primary Venture Partners

Ben is a co-founder and General Partner at Primary Venture Partners and leads the firm’s NextGen Commerce investing activities. Most recently Ben has been a serial company founder and investor as a co-founder of LaunchTime. an incubator and investor in early stage tech startups. Prior to establishing LaunchTime, Ben was co-founder and CEO of Community Connect which was one of the first social networking companies, which he led to a successful exit via a sale to publicly held Radio One in 2008.

Ben focuses his investing activities in NextGen commerce companies. His previous investments include Coupang, MakeSpace, Maple, (sold to WalMart), Greats, FundedBuy, Yipit, ThinkNear (sold to Telenav), Upsight, BounceExchange and PSDept. Ben has been active in the NYC tech community for 20 years.

Prior to working as an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Merrill Lynch in the Technology Investment Banking Group. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics.





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