Leslie Feinzaig is the Founder & CEO of the Female Founders Alliance, a grassroots network of high-growth startup founders and CEOs dedicated to helping each other succeed. What started as an informal online group has grown more than 10x in just over a year, bringing together hundreds of female founders from across North America. FFA recently completed its first ever accelerator, Ready Set Raise, selecting eight female-led companies from hundreds of applicants for an intensive five week program that culminated in an investor pitch day. FFA was nominated for a Geekwire Award, and by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Leadership Initiative for its Company of the Year Award. It has been featured in Fast Company, Techcrunch, The Guardian, Elle Magazine and more.
In 2016, when her daughter was 6 months old, Leslie launched Venture Kits – games that develop leadership skills through play. Her one-of-a-kind, inspirational concept quickly garnered critical acclaim and a feature in Today Show Parents. The experience of raising capital for this concept – coupled with the realization that only 2% of venture capital is invested in female founded companies in the US – propelled Leslie to start the Female Founders Alliance in early 2017.
Prior to Venture Kits and FFA, Leslie held product leadership roles in prominent tech companies including Julep (an Andreessen Horowitz portfolio company), Big Fish Games ($1B exit), and Microsoft (Kinect 4 Windows and Bing launches). Previously she was a strategy consultant at Innosight, serving under “Innovator’s Dilemma” author and Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen.
Leslie was awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, recognized by Seattle Business Magazine’s Daring Women, and included in Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women from Central America and the Caribbean. Leslie has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, and now lives in Seattle with her husband and their two year old daughter.