Joanne Wilson has made a point to invest in women. She the top angel investor for diverse founders, based on a recent Beta Boom analysis — of her 63 investments in her portfolio 47 are underrepresented founders. Notably, she’s backed Shippo, a company founded by Laura Behrens Wu with a valuation of $495 million, and HopSkipDrive, co-founded by Joanna McFarland, which has more recently been aiding older people to get to their vaccine appointments. Wilson is hard-core, strategic and to the point. For six years she ran The Women’s Entrepreneurs Festival, where women collaborated and networked. She enjoys books, cooking and working with women founders, which is apparent in her blog, Gotham Gal, where she shares recipes, reading recommendations and interviews women on her podcast.
Times of Entrepreneur reporter Skyler Rossi sat down with Wilson for a conversation about Wilson’s investment strategy and her views.