Suzanne manages the Stanford-StartX Fund, a direct investment vehicle for Stanford University and Stanford Health Care. The fund was established in 2013 to invest in the companies accepted to StartX, a world-class accelerator program supporting Stanford-affiliated founders. Based in Palo Alto, California, StartX is industry- and stage-agnostic. As Fund Manager, Suzanne has overseen investments in over 175 StartX companies across over 250 rounds, from seed through Series D, in industries including enterprise, consumer, hardware, and medical.
Suzanne's passion is working closely with entrepreneurs as they grow their companies. The quantity and breadth of the companies she oversees puts her in a unique position: she has both a detailed view of startup activity across many sectors as well as numerous relationships within the venture community. Suzanne leverages both for the benefit of her startup founders, via fundraising advice as well as introductions to potential venture partners. She also does outreach on behalf of StartX, presenting at conferences and working to deepen relationships with top-tier venture funds, seed funds, and angels. Suzanne also has a passion for increasing diversity in the industry.
Prior to joining StartX, Suzanne was a Managing Director with Paul Capital Partners. She started her career in the technology financial sponsors investment banking group at Morgan Stanley.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Suzanne earned her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with a BS in economics. She lives in the Bay Area with her entrepreneur husband, toddler twins, and “a whole lot of pets.”
Suzanne is a member of Class 21 and served her fellowship at StartX under the mentorship of Cameron Teitelman (Class 16) and Kate Mitchell (Mentor Class 21, 22, 23) of Scale Venture Partners.