Barbara Russell

Co-Founder, Capital W


US & Canada




Barbara Dalton Russell co-founded Capital W as an advisor, investor and board member of technology and tech-enabled companies, focused on AI, ML, EdTech, esp employing VR/AR and cleantech.
Prior to Capital W, Ms. Russell was MD/Investment Banking at Detwiler Fenton, co-founder of: The Social Internet Fund (2011) with Lou Kerner; Bold Cap, a woman-focused venture fund, with Kay Koplovitz, Heide Miller & Barbara Cochran. Prior to this, Ms. Russell was MD/Group Head of the Media, Entertainment, New Media investment banking group at CIBC Oppenheimer, where she raised significant amounts of capital and provided advice to tech, media, & digital companies.
Ms. Russell is a mentor, judge, and/or investor in several accelerators, angel investment groups, and not-for-profits including: TechStars; LearnLaunch; Harvard i-Lab; NYS Bus. Plan Comp; Rice University Bus. Plan Comp; and MIT Alumni Angels. She is a sr. lecturer at Babson and MIT. She received her MBA from the Sloan School at MIT and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She serves on several private &/or not-for-profit company boards, including: Metrobi, OpConnect, Advoqt, Glimpse, NFTE, C-Top, Schola, and Magpie.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote Technological advances, particularly AI/ML/EdTech married with VR/AR can/should/ and I believe, WILL, massively accelerate the education, productivity and prosperity of ALL humans. My GOAL!

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020