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Petra Franklin

Vault Capital & Dwehl Inc
Co-Founder

Petra Franklin co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Vault Capital.  She is responsible for Vault Capital’s early stage investments in Glowforge, which sold $27 million in product within it’s first year, Clover, acquired by Starbucks, HouseValues, which went public, Singingfish, acquired by AOL, Terabeam which received $450 million from Lucent and then was acquired by YDI wireless, and Imperium Renewables, acquired by Renewable Energy Group (REGI).  Her latest company, Dwehl, streamlines peer-to-peer home finance for the residential marketplace.

 
Ms. Franklin served as the board chair of the National Science Foundation's 10 year STC for Material Science, resulting in 372 patents and 15 start-up companies.  She was a founding board member of the Women’s Bioethics Project.  She attended Stanford University’s Executive Graduate Program and received her Bachelor’s from Bennington College. 
 
Ms Franklin was published in the book Inside the Minds - Technology Venture Capital Deals and writes articles and op-eds from time to time . Highly curious, she hosts numerous, scientific lectures and creative events in her home to support a community that enjoys sharing knowledge, wisdom and art.  She spent an informative decade with the Seattle Chamber’s lecture roundtable CDRT and is a long time participant of the quarterly WNW lecture group.