Theresia Gouw is co-founder of Aspect Ventures, a leading early stage venture firm with a unique focus
on bridging the funding gap between angels and the larger multi-stage VC platforms through
collaboration and diversity. Aspect invests across sectors but has particular expertise in cybersecurity,
enterprise software and solutions targeting the future of work, and digital health. Theresia has led the
firm’s early investments in Cato Networks, Deserve, Exabeam, ForeScout (FSCT), The Muse, Crew and
ShieldX. Prior to Aspect, Theresia was a Managing General Partner at Accel where she championed
many successful companies through IPOs or acquisitions including Imperva (IMPV), Trulia (TRLA),
LearnVest (Northwestern Mutual), Jasper Design (CDNS) and Kosmix (WMT).
As an entrepreneur, Theresia was founding Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Release
Software, a venture-backed company that provided SaaS to enable digital rights management and
payment technologies for the software industry. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company and as a
product manager at Silicon Graphics. Theresia holds an ScB in Engineering from Brown University,
magna cum laude, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Theresia serves as Treasurer of Brown University’s Corporation board, Vice-Chair of Donorschoose.org,
and at Stanford co-teaches a course on Venture Capital at the GSB. She also serves on the GSB Advisory
Council and DAPER investment fund.
Theresia is a first generation immigrant and a passionate supporter of educational causes that support
immigration and diversity in STEM. In November of 2016 she gave a TEDx talk titled “How
Entrepreneurs Can Help the American Dream get its Mojo Back”.