Aileen Lee

Founder and Managing Partner

Cowboy Ventures

Aileen is the founder of Cowboy Ventures. She loves partnering at the earliest stage with startup teams to build products customers love, and to help them scale to build aspirational companies. She has over two decades of experience working with both enterprise and consumer-oriented tech startups, starting at seed stage and staying involved for many years beyond.Prior to Cowboy, Aileen spent over a decade with the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. At KPCB she worked hands-on with a range of companies including Bloom Energy (BE), Rent the Runway (RENT), and Trendyol (acquired by Alibaba). During that time she was also founding CEO of KPCB-backed RMG Networks, a digital media company. Aileen previously held operating roles at Gap Inc. and started her career at Morgan Stanley.She has degrees from MIT, HBS and MHS (Millburn High, in NJ). She's proudly the co-founder of All Raise and on the board of the Castilleja School. Most importantly, she's mom to 3 kids plus a dog and chickens, and wife to "WFHH", a startup co-founder/CTO.Aileen coined the business term “unicorn”, has been named to Time 100 most influential people, as well as to the Forbes Midas List in multiple years.