Joanna Strober is a technology and finance executive focused on helping companies scale and evaluating new investments. In addition to founding, raising capital for, and running her own successful company, she brings more than 20 years of experience in direct private equity and venture capital investing in digital health and consumer companies. As an advisor to and investor in a number of notable consumer Internet companies that went public, including BlueNile, eToys, Babycenter (as part of eToys), HotJobs and Flycast, Joanna is a seasoned board director whose experience includes membership on BlueNile’s Compensation and Audit Committee. A former practicing corporate attorney, Joanna is a persuasive advocate with expertise in a variety of corporate transactions, including public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. She has spoken extensively to corporate and graduate school audiences on the topic of women and leadership.
Joanna is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kurbo Health, the largest global provider of pediatric obesity treatments. The company was acquired by Weight Watchers Reimagined (WW) in 2018, at which time Joanna became the head of the child/teen division of WW. She also currently leads business development efforts for WW Health Solutions to generate relationships with platforms and health insurers. In her present role she regularly presents to the WW Board of Directors.
Prior to creating Kurbo Health, Joanna spent six years as a Managing Director at Sterling Stamos Capital Management, where she established and managed the firm’s Private Equity and Venture Capital fund of funds and raised over $200 million to invest in buyout funds and venture funds globally. She has also raised and invested capital for private equity and venture funds at Pacific Community Ventures and Symphony Technology Group, as well as at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she was a General Partner and generated gains of over $250 million over a five-year period.
Joanna is also the co-author of Getting to 50/50, a Random House book that focuses on women and leadership. An experienced public speaker and repeated Guest Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she has given many talks on this subject to corporations and educational institutions.
Joanna has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from UCLA Law School, where she served as an Editor of the UCLA Law Review.