Bee Partners, which wrapped up its third seed-focused fund with nearly $43 million in commitments last year, said it promoted Kira Noodleman from senior associate to principal.
The San Francisco firm announced the promotion on its website last week.
Noodleman, who was one of 40 people in the venture community featured on Venture Capital Journal‘s list of Rising Stars earlier this month, joined the firm as an intern in 2016 while earning her MBA at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
That role transformed into an associate position, a surprising move at the time for the firm.
“In 2016, we made it clear that we had no intention of creating a permanent role from that internship,” writes Michael Berolzheimer, founder of Bee Partners. “But [her] ‘Go Do’ attitude and perfect culture fit convinced us to change our minds.”
The firm says Noodleman, the only woman on staff, is assertive in giving her point of view. “In areas where she really is the team leader, like blockchain and synbio, she’s the end-stop.”
Noodleman’s LinkedIn profile says she’s a board observer at InnerPlant and EcoPackers. Another Bee Partners portfolio company she’s worked with is Geosite, provider of a cloud-based geospatial data marketplace.
Rachel Olney, Geosite founder and CEO, says she was impressed with Noodleman’s ability to drill into the details on topics ranging from cap tables and cutting-edge technologies to team dynamics and company strategy.
“Starting Geosite would not have been the same without Kira as a mentor, advisor, devil’s advocate, and cheerleader,” Olney says. “She is immeasurably valuable, and I feel so lucky to count her as part of my team.”
Noodleman is active in the VC and startup communities, mentoring via the Violet Society and SkyDeck, and speaking about women and investing.
She tells VCJ that she, along with all of the partners at the firm, is adamant about including women in the current wealth-creation cycle.
“Wealth, whether we like it or not, still objectively translates to power,” she says. “If we want to empower women, we need to allocate capital to tenacious female founders who are translating audacious visions of the future into amazing startups.”
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