- CEO of Plum Alley
Deborah started her career on Wall Street in the early 1980’s at Goldman Sachs and spent 20+ years raising capital for public and private companies and entities including healthcare technology. After retiring from Wall Street, she became an early stage investor investing in women entrepreneurs in consumer internet, cloud software, mobile, medical, among other industries. With a desire to have an even bigger impact, Deborah founded Plum Alley with the mission to advance the economics of women entrepreneurs and gender diverse teams. Deborah’s additional experience includes:
• Co-Founder/Advisor, WIM Accelerator to build mobile tech
• Columbia University Committee Advisor to President on entrepreneurship
• Hosted hackathon w/ 18 women developers who built an anti-sex trafficking game; covered by Fast Company
• Awards & Recognition: TechCrunch
40 Over 40, Forbes “Women
Changing the World”
(VC/Enrepreneurs), Fast Company
“League of Extraordinary Women,”
Bpeace Economic Impact Award
• Start-up Competition Judge:
Harvard Business School New
Technovation, Startup Weekend
• Featured Speaker: CNBC, Family
Office Association, HBS, The
Atlantic Conference, Columbia
Headquartered in NYC with an office in SF, Plum Alley invests in advanced technology and healthcare companies that will improve our lives and the planet. Our diverse group of investors includes executives, operators and family offices who are uniquely capable of adding value for founders with their relationships and expertise across industries. We specifically focus on early stage companies with:
• Advanced technologies and medical breakthroughs
improving our lives and the planet
• Women founders or women and men founders in
STEM tapping diverse ingenuity and decision making
• Business models that can have massive impact at
We invest in companies with advanced technologies or medical breakthroughs that will impact humanity and the planet. As of May 2020, Plum Alley has invested more than $25 million.
• 100% in STEM fields with at least one female founder
• 70% technology and 30% healthcare
• 65% Series A and 25% Series B stage
• Average investment size is typically $500k to
Our approach is rigorous and thoughtful. We source companies for investment and bring thought leadership and community to Plum Alley investors. Our internal team has decades of experience as founders, operators, and investors. Collectively, we are able to have greater impact as we tap our investor community of industry leaders and technology advisors to help founders achieve greater success.
Technology and health advances will dominate our economy, our lives and our future. Plum Alley is committed to building an inclusive ecosystem of investors and influencers who can shape the future through the ways they direct their capital towards innovative companies solving some of the most challenging problems of our time. We believe companies tapping diversity of thought in how they innovate and make decisions will drive better outcomes. And, we look for companies that utilize multiple technologies to bring exponential value to markets.
Plum Alley is genuinely committed to growing our ecosystem of gender diverse founders, and hearing from companies driving meaningful change and innovation within their industries.