Diane Mulcahy is the director of Private Equity for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the Foundation's portfolio of private equity and venture capital investments. Mulcahy is based in Boston and also is an adjunct lecturer in the Entrepreneurship division at Babson College. She created and teaches the MBA class The Gig Economy, which was named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mulcahy was a member of McKinsey & Co.'s Corporate Finance practice, where she worked globally on issues such as IPOs, privatizations, investor communications, and financing. Before joining McKinsey, she was a venture capital investor for seven years. She was vice president and an officer of American Century Ventures, Inc., a $100 million startup corporate venture fund. Her portfolio companies included Archipelago, Euronet, StarMine, Tradepoint, and WR Hambrecht. Earlier, Mulcahy was a vice president in the health care practice of Bessemer Venture Partners.
Mulcahy is the author of two books on venture capital. Her most recent book, Venturing Forward, is written for entrepreneurs and is a practical guide to raising equity finance. She also is the author of Angels and IPOs: Policies for the Sustainable Equity Financing of Irish Small Businesses, a public policy book about the Irish government's financing of the venture capital industry, which she wrote while a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. The book's conclusions were the subject of articles and commentary pieces in the European Venture Capital Journal, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Business Post, and Business Plus.
Mulcahy holds Master of Public Policy and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University.