Aileen Lee (born 1970) is a U.S. seed investor. A venture capital investor, she is the founder of Cowboy Ventures.        
Lee coined the often-used Silicon Valley term
unicorn in a article "Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning from Billion-Dollar Startups" as profiled in a TechCrunch article. A unicorn is generally defined as a privately held startup that has a $1 billion valuation – something rare (like a unicorn). New York Times
Lee earned her bachelor's degree from the
MIT Sloan School of Management in 1992. After MIT, she worked as a financial analyst for two years at Morgan Stanley. She earned her MBA from  Harvard Business School in 1997.
Kleiner Perkins in 1999 and was the founding CEO of RMG Networks, a company backed by KPCB. In 2012, she left KPCB to start seed-stage venture firm, Cowboy Ventures.
Lee has made investments in many early-stage companies, including August,
 Dollar Shave Club, Accompany  and  Tally Technologies.   She is a public advocate of increasing the number of female founders and investors in the Silicon Valley. 
 Personal Life
Lee grew up in
New Jersey and is the daughter of Cantonese immigrants.
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Jonathan Krim (March 1, 2015). "Working Their Way Around Male VC Dominance". Wall Street Journal . Retrieved . March 27, 2015 “Can we give this to VC firms for free?” quipped Aileen Lee, a prominent venture capitalist who two years ago left her full time work at Kleiner Perkins to co-found her own VC firm, Cowboy Ventures.
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