I believe in
Challenging the status quo, making
dreams happen and being grateful.
Creative doer with a soft spot for scaling, driving efficiencies,
building companies and communities, connecting, and empowering people.
Founder / CEO | Investor | Mentor | Advisor
Awarded one of the 2016 Empowered Women of the Year by WWD / Variety / Ciroc alongside Kathryn Minshew, Sophia Amoruso & other inspiring, empowering women.
✚ Recognized as one of Techweek's New York 2017 Talent Cultivators.
✚ Named among "Best of Tech on Twitter" by CB Insights.
Gesche is the founder of Trailblazer Ventures, a startup studio / lab with the mission to increase the # of successful ventures launched by women.
Trailblazer Ventures incubates companies based on two theses:
(1) Women are a highly underleveraged opportunity
(2) Community should be a key component of strategy
The lab's first product is Dreamers // Doers, a highly curated, female-focused, collaboration and co-mentorship community, consisting of an ever-growing powerful network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.
Gesche's views on the tech space, and beyond, have been featured on Bloomberg TV, CNNMoney, Business Insider, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, NYT, Refinery29, Broadly/Vice, and many other major media outlets - as well as through the United Nations, where she spoke during the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Prior to founding Dreamers // Doers, Gesche held senior positions at multiple venture-backed startups in roles covering growth, strategy, finance, business operations, business development, and more. She also spent five years as an investor at a healthcare-focused hedge fund (~$3bn AUM, SAC spin-off).
Gesche is half German, half Chinese-Malaysian, and was born in Africa.
"Gesche is a natural leader. She warmly invites people to join a community of sensational humans. She fosters a belief that we are here to create and do great things. This community is led by Gesche in a way that is open, supportive, honest and hard-working."
Press | Media | Speaking
"Gesche is the best connector I've ever met, hands down.
Also, unlike many community builders, she is not at all self-serving - she genuinely loves to help others without any expectation of something in return. It also doesn't hurt that Gesche is an eternal optimist and her cheerfulness seems to spread by osmosis. She is a rare breed of human."