ISSUE – Nov. 08 | Hayley Barna just became the first female GP in First Round’s history

Founder turned investor Hayley Barna is now a general partner with the early-stage venture firm First Round Capital. The appointment comes roughly one-and-a-half years after Barna — who cofounded the seven-year-old Birchbox, a start-up that mails monthly packages of beauty samples to subscribers —  joined First Round as a venture partner.

Barna is based in New York and focused largely on e-commerce opportunities.

Barna is among few female investors that First Round has brought into the fold. Christine Herron, a director at Intel Capital, spent a couple of years as a principal with the firm earlier in her career. CeCe Chang formerly spent two years as director of First Round’s Dorm Room Fund and worked as a junior member of its investing team for a year before that.

Barna had stepped down from her role as co-CEO of Birchbox, which is a First Round portfolio company, in 2015. Her cofounder, Katia Beauchamp, has been steering the company since. [ Tech Crunch ]
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