DEBORAH JACKSON

'80BUS

Founder and CEO at Plum Alley

Deborah Jackson '80BUS is an entrepreneur, early-stage investor and former investment banker. Starting in 1980 at Goldman Sachs, she spent over two decades helping clients raise capital. In the mid 90s she focused on raising private capital for the early health care internet and software companies. She has served on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations.

She is a fierce advocate for women building technology and female founders as an important way to change the world for the better. Her private investments in companies with women founders range from cloud based technology, consumer internet, and mobile disruption technologies.

She was a co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile to provide capital and sponsorship to women building new mobile technology. In 2011 she founded Plum Alley to advance women entrepreneurs with capital and connections and to build an inclusive eco-system. Plum Alley Investments was launched in 2015 with Andrea Turner Moffitt to source, curate and present its members equity and debt investment opportunities with transformative innovation.

In 2015, Plum Alley was named to Entrepreneur’s 100 Brilliant Companies. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Inc Magazine. She was selected by Fast Company to their “League of Extraordinary Women.” Her path to becoming an entrepreneur is a featured chapter in the 2014 book Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology.

Deborah has been on CNBC’s Power Pitch and judges competitions at Harvard Business School, Startup Weekend and Columbia Social Entrepreneurs. She is recognized as one of Forbes’ “Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs.”

Deborah is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, venture funding and her own path: at the Texas, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania Conferences for Women, Harvard Business School, Columbia Women in Business, Family Office Association and BlogHer Entrepreneurs.

See Deborah in action at #StartupColumbia

2017 Panel: Women in Entrepreneurship: Investment and Opportunity
2014 Panel: Funding; All cash is equal but some cash is more equal than others