Spring 2019 GingerBreadCap Newsletter

"Increasing the number of women on the cap tables of female founders is a big part of our mission.”
- Linnea Roberts


Spring 2019: New in the GBC Portfolio

Contentstack – The industry leader in the headless content management system (CMS) category, Contentstack is a cloud platform hub that powers omnichannel content, digital experiences and personalized customer journeys, and provides a better way for developers and marketers to manage content. Try it for free.

Ditto – Providing eyewear retailers with virtual try-on and frame recommendation technology. Try out Ditto’s demo on your own face!

Ellevest, the online investing platform that caters to women’s financial goals, raised $33 million in a funding round In March. GingerBread Capital joined a star-studded roster of VCs including Pivotal Ventures, MasterCard and PayPal. Read Founder Sallie Krawcheck’s article.

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Hint – Making the things you have to do, like drinking water and wearing sunscreen, into things you love to do. Hint makes the best-selling flavored water, and its naturally scented sunscreens are oxybenzone- and paraben-free. Subscribe and save.

More GBC Portfolio Companies in the News

Ezza Nails, which elevates the nail salon experience for women on both sides of the manicure table, raised $1.5 million in seed funding in April and will open its second Chicago location in mid-May. Read the article.

Hello Ava Co-founder & CEO Siqi Mou lent her wisdom about starting a great business — and what drove her to launch her own skincare company — in this Q&A with Forbes. Read the article.

Perksy, the consumer research startup led by 28-year-old Nadia Masri, raised $4 million in a seed round in early February, led by Bain Capital Ventures and other investors including GingerBread Capital. Read the article.

Primary, the online kids clothing retailer that emphasizes affordability, simplicity and inclusivity, had a great year in 2018, with $30 million in revenues, Forbes reports. Read the article.

The Riveter Founder & CEO Amy Nelson sat down with Maria Shriver in early March on “The Today Show” to talk about her workspace startup for women. Watch the clip.

Zola, the online wedding registry, was named one of the “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2019” by Fast Company. Read the article. In February, Zola Founder & CEO Shan-Lyn Ma sat down with “The Today Show”’s Kathie Lee & Hoda to share her tips for success in business. Watch the clip.

GBC Events

Pictured: GBC’s Tadia James; Susan Lyne, BBG Ventures; Diane von Furstenberg; Tina Sharkey, Brandless; & GBC’s Linnea Roberts. (Photo by Jaycal Johnson)

GingerBread Capital and BBG Ventures co-hosted a Women Investing in Women event at the flagship store of Diane von Furstenberg on April 3 in New York. The legendary designer herself joined our gathering of over 100 inspiring women to share her wisdom and commitment to supporting other women. The evening also featured a pitch session and a lively panel discussion (led by GBC’s Linnea Roberts) with three women founders whose businesses are going gangbusters: Jean Brownhill of Sweeten, Tina Sharkey of Brandless, and Shan-Lyn Ma of Zola.

Read more on the GingerSnaps blog and watch our videos for highlights from the evening.

Event Highlights

Inspiration from Diane von Furstenberg


On March 10 at SXSW in Austin, Tex., we teamed up with R/GA Ventures to co-host a special gathering over brunch of women founders and women in VC. Among the attendees were Falon Fatemi of Node, Tracy Lawrence of Chewse and Amy Millman, co-founder and executive director of SpringBoard Enterprises.

GingerBread Capital in the News

GBC’s Ita Ekpoudom was named one of 19 “Women to Watch” in 2019 by Women & Wealth Magazine. Read the article. Ita was also one of 39 African American women singled out by Crunchbase for changing the VC landscape for the better. Read the article.

GBC Founder & CEO Linnea Roberts also enjoyed some ink this quarter, as featured in:

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