| SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO Feb 28 Venture-capital firm DFJ
said on Friday that it had promoted a female venture partner to
operating partner, at a time when the industry is under scrutiny
for a lack of women in its upper echelons.
Heidi Roizen would oversee talent, marketing, business
development and investment support, said the firm, which
recently raised $325 million for its DFJ XI fund.
Roizen became a venture partner at DFJ in 2012. She does not
hold an investment-partner role, generally considered the most
powerful, in the latest fund.
But she said the new position gives her time to source deals
for DFJ, work with existing companies, and continue her
part-time teaching role at Stanford University.
"People argue there aren't enough women on boards, there
aren't enough women in venture, and there aren't enough female
educators in tech ... so I am trying to do all three," she said.
Roizen's board seats include portfolio companies XTime,
Eventful, and ShareThis, as well as public companies TiVo Inc
and Daily Mail and General Trust PLC.
DFJ, also known as Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is based in
Menlo Park, California.