Technology is one the most significant factors shaping our lives today. Yet in venture capital, which drives much of this technology, only 8% of investors are women and nearly 75% of all US VC funds have no women in management, creating both a significant financial gap and a huge opportunity.WeAct Ventures
focuses on this unexplored financial opportunity, investing in a portfolio of the best diverse led VC funds to enhance financial returns and expand the investing pool that will define innovation in the next generation and beyond.
Her first investment was in Bond Capital in 4/2019. Mary Meeker's first fund. WeAct Ventures
was founded by Darya Henig Shaked. With a mission to advance women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Darya founded WEAct in 2016, an international community of 2800+ entrepreneurs worldwide. From over 1,000 applicants, Darya has selected and successfully supported 40 female-founded startups, including Realface, which was acquired by Apple in 2017. in 1/2018 she inaugurated the first shared office space for women entrepreneurs in the Bay Area a in Down Town Los Altos.
Darya previously served as COO at Vital Capital Fund, a $350M private equity fund investing in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has extensive experience in public-private collaborations. Earlier in her career. she was recruited by Israel’s then Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, where she served on his communications team and was Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister’s office and, separately, at Israel’s Ministry of Housing & Construction.
Darya served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces and spent additional 2 years in related activities under the Prime Minister's office.
A native of Israel, Ms. Shaked holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Bar Ilan University and completed her legal internship at the Central District Attorney’s Office. She had also completed executive programs at both Singularity University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She was named One of the Most Influential Israelis in Silicon Valley in 2017, based on her contributions as an investor and entrepreneur. https://www.israel21c.org/15-israelis-making-a-mark-on-silicon-valleys-tech-scene/
and in 2018 she was featured among the top 100 female venture capitalists in the book "Women who Venture" by Renata George.