Adam is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Terra Nova, a network-driven, early-stage venture capital and research firm. Adam is also the Founder of the Emerging Venture Capitalists Association (EVCA), a nonprofit and the preeminent community for the emerging (pre-partner & junior partner) VC.
Prior to Terra Nova, Adam was an investor at Sierra Ventures where he focused on investments in the enterprise software, healthcare, and blockchain sectors. His investments included Interplay Learning, Hashnode, Loop Health, and Podcastle.
Adam began his venture career with investor roles at Benhamou Global Ventures and Plug and Play Ventures. He holds a B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University.
Adam is a proud Incline Village resident, where you can often find him hunched over a laptop in the back of Drink Coffee Do Stuff, in search of fresh powder in the Mt. Rose backcountry, or at the lake with his golden retriever, Cooper.
Courtney is an investor at Battery Ventures who focuses on early- and growth-stage consumer internet, software and blockchain investments. She is currently involved with Battery’s investments in Belong, Encore, Epic!, Flyhomes, Forte, Modern Health, PlayVS, Rally, Scopely and StockX, as well as seed investment Reflect.
Courtney actively tracks both private and public online marketplaces and is one of the key architects behind Battery’s Marketplace Index, which serves as a benchmark for public marketplace companies. She is also a co-author of Battery’s bi-annual State of Marketplaces report and participates in The Marketplace Conference, a global event co-hosted by Battery.
Previously, she worked on the business-operations (growth) team at LinkedIn, where she led product strategy focused on building active communities. Prior to that, she worked on the strategy and operations team at AmazonFresh, where she focused on supply chain, inventory management and operational strategy. Courtney also spent time as a venture design fellow at IDEO, prototyping venture concepts around IoT and blockchain, and was also a venture analyst at Collaborative Fund, where she prospected early-stage investment opportunities.
Courtney graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in industrial engineering and operations research.
John joined Scale in 2018 and focuses on the firm's investments in SaaS, cloud infrastructure, fintech, and frontier technologies. He was featured on Business Insider's list of up-and-coming financial technology investors and has contributed to the firm's investments in AppOmni, Archipelago, Comet, Spruce, Socure, Scout RFP, Tetrate and Papaya Global (sourced).
Before Scale, John was most recently a Product Manager at Personal Capital where he focused on customer engagement and growth. Previously, he was also a Product Manager at Intuit and launched the first iteration of their QuickBooks Capital lending product, which provided working capital loans to small business owners.
John holds dual degrees in both the business and liberal arts honors programs from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, John enjoys running and playing soccer in Golden Gate Park.
Kartik is an investor at Salesforce Ventures where he focuses on early to late stage enterprise software investments globally.
Prior to SFVC, Kartik was with Industry Ventures where he looked at primary co-investment and secondary investment opportunities in consumer and software companies. Kartik graduated from UC Berkeley having studied Economics, Statistics and Computer Science.
Outside of work, he spends his time sailing and making art.
Kathryn is a senior associate at Norwest Venture Partners, where she focuses on consumer companies. To date, she has invested across food innovation, IoT, EdTech, luxury commerce, and audio. Kathryn has sourced $40M of investment for Norwest, including the firm’s investments in Memphis Meats and Senreve.
Previously, Kathryn worked in business operations at NerdWallet, focused on small business lending. Prior to NerdWallet, she was a strategy consultant at Deloitte, where she specialized in financial services and retail loyalty. Kathryn obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, financial economics, and corporate strategy from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
While at the GSB, Kathryn led the High Tech Club as co-president. In addition to the EVCA Board, Kathryn serves as co-chair of the Technology Advisory Council for Mission Asset Fund, a leading financial inclusion nonprofit in the Bay Area.
Oscar is the co-founder of Remi, a direct-to-consumer sleep and wellness brand based in San Francisco.
Prior to starting Remi, Oscar worked at Sinai Ventures, a $100m Bay Area-based venture fund focused where he focused on early stage consumer investments.
Previously, Oscar was an investor at BMW i Ventures, where he focused on micromobility, autonomous driving, and marketplace investments. Oscar is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Arjo Mozumder is a member of the Investment Team at Point72 Ventures, based in Palo Alto. He is responsible for sourcing, diligence, and execution on artificial intelligence investments. Arjo’s focus areas include industrial AI/robotics, autonomous vehicles, and other field-specific themes such as oil & gas and agriculture.
Prior to joining Point72 Ventures, Arjo was a Founding Fellow at the Blackstone LaunchPad in Austin and founded Convergent, a cross-disciplinary innovation program and non-profit incubator.
Arjo earned his B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received the Barbara Jordan Legacy Award for his lasting impact on the school. Arjo spends his free time seeking inspiration in music, nature, and people.
Brittany is an investor at CRV, an early-stage venture capital firm, where she focuses on enterprise investments. She began her career at Deloitte Digital before moving to Uber in an operating role focused on pricing and incentives.
Brittany holds an MBA from Wharton, where she was a member of Dorm Room Fund, and previously graduated from the University of Maryland with two B.S. degrees in Information Systems and Marketing.
Caroline is a Principal at Crosslink Capital and focuses on venture investments in enterprise software, financial technology, and logistics. She is involved in Crosslink's investments in Axle, Cleary, Forma.ai, Gridwise, Koxa, Syncari, and Yardstik. Prior to Crosslink, Caroline worked in analytics at Lyft, supporting operational and strategic initiatives for the company’s fleet strategy. She previously worked in management consulting at The Parthenon Group and Parthenon-EY, focusing on private equity and corporate clients in the technology and diversified industrial sectors.
Caroline lives in San Francisco, which provides easy access to all of the moderately risky activities she enjoys, including biking, skiing, and backpacking, or sometimes a creative combination of the three. She is also a very amateur improv comedy student and aspirational reclaimed wood furniture maker. She graduated with a BA from Amherst College.
Dillon is a member of the Altos Ventures investment team. Before joining Altos, he worked at Vanderbilt University’s endowment where he focused on fund investments and co-investments within private equity, venture capital, and real assets.
Dillon received a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Erika is an investor at Pelion Ventures where she focuses on early-stage B2B SaaS investments.
Before Pelion, she was an investor for a growth-stage firm focused on infrastructure and cybersecurity software. During graduate school, Erika worked in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini and as a management consultant for PwC supporting cloud-based software and networking companies.
She holds a JD/MBA from Brigham Young University, where she co-managed the university’s student-run venture capital fund.
Outside of work, Erika enjoys skiing, mountaineering, and the performing arts.
Kevin is an investor at Spectrum Equity in San Francisco, where he sources and evaluates growth-stage investments across software, internet, and information services. Prior to Spectrum, he held roles in venture and growth investing at Signia Venture Partners, The Raine Group, and Emerson Collective. Kevin received his B.S. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
With EVCA, Kevin is a Board Observer and most recently served as Chief of Staff, where he supported EVCA's chapters, industry verticals, and new initiatives, including the inaugural EVCA & SVB Emerging VCs Summit. He was apart of EVCA's first Fellowship cohort in 2020.
Samantha Huang serves as Head of Content for the EVCA and is a Principal at BMW i Ventures, where she focuses on investments across AI and big data, autonomous driving, Industry 4.0, sustainability, and the next generation of human experiences.
Samantha previously worked at Robert Bosch Venture Capital and in corporate development at SK Telecom. She also worked as Lead Researcher at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University on research projects centered on innovation and entrepreneurship.
She holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law School and is a licensed California attorney.
Overseeing operations for Album, Steve manages the firm’s investor relations, finances, compliance, internal tooling, and internship program. He also sources early-stage deals and helps portfolio companies primarily with downstream investor relations, talent and PR.
Prior to joining Album, Steve was on the executive team for Veracity Solutions while consulting its clients in product & innovation management and helping get its venture program off the ground. He also earned a bachelor's degree from BYU's entrepreneurship program. While studying, Steve created an online peer-to-peer housing exchange he operated profitably for several years, helping thousands of students.
He is trilingual (English, Spanish & Portuguese) and volunteered as a microenterprise educator/consultant in Mexico for the Academy for Creating Enterprise helping necessity entrepreneurs create jobs for themselves and their communities -- a social cause he deeply cares about. He also served Utah GOED for several years as a TCIP Panelist helping to determine where the State allocated its grants to startups.
Taylor is an investor at Headline (Previously e.ventures) on the early stage team. She previously was an investor at a seed fund in NYC called Red Sea Ventures. Prior to VC, Taylor led growth and analytics at Rockets of Awesome and started her career in consulting.
Taylor graduated from Emory University with a degree in Finance and Accounting and played varsity tennis.
Zhenni is a Partner at MaC Venture Capital, a seed-stage VC that invests in tech startups leveraging shifts in cultural trends and behavior. Prior to MaC, she was an active early-stage at Peterson Ventures and then Commerce Ventures, where she invested in and worked with startups focused on retail tech, consumer tech, and fintech. Zhenni started her career as a consultant at Bain & Co working with clients across tech, retail, and private equity. She also has a unique perspective and focus on retail from her time as an operator at Sephora, focused on omnichannel and experiential retail, and working on the sales floor at Outdoor Voices.
Zhenni graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major in Business and Accounting.
Adam joined Sapphire Ventures as a member of the growth investment team in 2021. He focuses on performing due diligence on prospective investments, assisting current portfolio companies, and looking out for exciting companies in the infrastructure software space.
Before Sapphire Ventures, Adam was part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group, where he worked on multi-billion-dollar IPOs and M&A transactions across the software and internet verticals. Adam also brings a diverse set of experiences in technology having spent time at Light Street Capital, Yahoo!, and start-ups prior. Adam graduated with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, Adam is an avid marathoner, road biker, mountain biker, golfer, and watch collector.
Aditya Raghupathy is an Associate at Schematic Ventures, an early-stage venture firm focused on technology that makes & moves the world covering sectors such as supply chain, manufacturing, robotics & automation, and energy.
Prior to Schematic, Aditya was at Deloitte where he focused on developing smart factory applications across consumer and industrial products manufacturers. Later, as part of Deloitte's technology innovation group, Deloitte Catalyst, he led the scouting and evaluation of industrial startups for corporates.
He received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Aditya is passionate about soccer, traveling (60+ countries), and photography.
Alan Yu is an Associate at Space Capital, an early-stage fund that focuses on global investments in space infrastructure, distribution and applications companies that reside within the core space and aerospace industries as well as climate, smart urban, communications, manufacturing, energy, logistics, mobility, metaverse and many more.
Alan’s early career started with applying geospatial analysis on Urban Planning and Ecohydrology research. With an immense interest in the world of Tech, Maps and Space, he worked in multiple geospatial engineering and database roles in companies including Apple Maps and ESRI prior entering the investing world.
Alan holds a bachelor’s in urban planning and GIS from the University of Waterloo.Aside from work, Alan enjoys playing guitar, practicing aikido, reading comics and indulge in viewing unique arts and collectibles.
Amanda Way is an investor on the Health Team at Emerson Collective, a family office founded by Laurene Powell Jobs that leverages policy, philanthropy, and venture investing to enable the most underserved communities to live to their fullest potential.
The venture arm of the Health Team primarily makes early stage investments in the oncology space - the narrow focus enabling their deep and targeted network, robust set of capabilities, and unique insight into the future of cancer care.
Prior to Emerson Collective, Amanda studied neuroscience at Brown University - conducting research in the Assad Lab on the optogenetic investigation of neural rhythms and learning, working as an EMT, and co-founded and exited a cystic fibrosis focused company that reduces bacterial growth on nebulizers.
Archie focuses on finding and supporting founders from across Europe.
A truly passionate gamer with a diverse set of gaming interests, he enjoys working closely with founders on product and go-to-market strategies.
Before joining Makers, he worked at McKinsey's private equity practice, advising investors on companies in the technology and gaming industries. Born and raised in London, he spent the last few years in America before moving back home in 2019.
Asif is an Investor at Gradient Ventures, and focuses on investments in the enterprise SaaS space with a focus on AI/ML, vertical applications, DataOps, and cloud infrastructure tools. He has contributed to a number of investments, including Anvil, Contractbook, Fylamynt, Labelbox, Plannuh, and PopSQL, among numerous others.
Prior to Gradient, Asif worked in technology M&A at Lazard Frères & Co, participating in 14 transactions totaling $100+ billion of aggregate deal value. Prior to Lazard, Asif co-founded Evolutionary Technologies, where he provided predictive analytics software serving clients in education and real estate. Earlier, he was a software developer at IBM focused on cloud services products including Tivoli and WebSphere.
Asif graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of Texas and M.S. in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Asif is an avid snowboarder, and enjoys bike rides on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ben is an investor at Munich Re Ventures in the Bay Area. He focuses on Series Seed-B investments in InsurTech, FinTech, and AI/ML with check sizes ranging from $1M-$20M.
His current portfolio companies include Hippo, At-Bay, Forge Global, and HDVI, among others.
Prior to MRV, Ben spent time as an investor at Samsung NEXT Ventures, Alpha Venture Partners, and JetBlue Ventures, as well as a founder of a mobile software startup. Ben holds degrees from Columbia Business School and Claremont McKenna College.
Brian Wei is an Analyst at BMW i Ventures, an early-stage fund that focuses on investments in industry 4.0, mobility, human experiences, and sustainability.
Prior to joining BMW i Ventures, Brian was a strategy consultant at KPMG Strategy's technology, media and telecommunications team, where he worked on growth, M&A and operations strategy projects.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics from Harvard University.
Carl is a principal at Solasta Ventures Silicon Valley office, responsible for frontier tech investments. Previously, Carl served as a director of corporate strategy at Upwork where he led strategic initiatives in creating economic opportunities through a human cloud marketplace. He also worked at Riverbed Technology driving several M&A transactions and spent time at J.P. Morgan in San Francisco.Hailing from Canada, Carl holds a double degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University respectively, and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and all kinds of board games.
Casber joined Sapphire Ventures as a member of the investment team in early 2018. He focuses primarily on security, enterprise infrastructure, and data & analytics. He has actively worked on Sapphire’s investments in Auth0, CircleCI, Dremio, Exabeam, Outreach, Moveworks, OwnBackup, Pendo, Privacera, Side, StackHawk, Tetrate, Thoughtspot, Upytcs and Verbit. In 2020, Business Insider listed Casber as an Enterprise VC Rising Star Investor.
Prior to Sapphire, he was part of the technology investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he worked on a number of high-profile IPO and M&A transactions. He also spent time at Wish, a leading mobile commerce platform in North America and Europe.
Casber graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s in business. While at Cal, he was actively involved with the startup scene and co-founded Etch.ai, a personal CRM company incubated at Berkeley Skydeck. Originally from Wuhan, China, Casber is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Chris Abshire is an Senior associate at Toyota Ventures, responsible for sourcing startups, evaluating opportunities, negotiating, and closing investments.
Prior to joining Toyota AI Ventures, Chris was on the investment team at Fenox Venture Capital, where he led the U.S. due diligence process and market research activities. He also was executive director of the firm’s Startup World Cup event, a platform that created innovation opportunities for startup ecosystems around the world.
He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Kansas, where he received the CPE Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for graduating at the top of his class.
Dave Mullen is a Senior Associate at SVB Capital where he is responsible for leading investment research and underwriting for the platform’s direct investment vehicles.
Prior to SVB Capital, Dave was an investor at Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, the principal investment arm of Wells Fargo where he focused on venture growth investments in the technology sector. Dave started his career with J.P. Morgan in the Leveraged Finance division of the Investment Bank where he was responsible for raising debt capital for both sponsor buyout and M&A transactions. Dave earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Economics, Analytic Finance, and Entrepreneurship and has a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia.
Dave is on the programming board and serves as an active mentor with StartOut, a non-profit serving LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs and currently lives in San Francisco.
Eduardo Laiter is a Sr. Investment Analyst at Kapor Capital. As an impact investor he focuses on identifying, evaluating, and supporting diverse founders whose companies help increase economic mobility for underserved and low income communities.
His current focus areas include Proptech, Fintech, Edtech, and the Future of Work.
Prior to joining Kapor Capital he worked at two early stage ad-tech companies, and also brings with him experiences in the wealth management and entertainment industries, from Merrill Lynch and Marvel Studios respectively.
Garoon is a Senior Manager at Okta Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Okta that is focused on investments in identity, security, and privacy.
Previously he was an investor at SymphonyAI, where he helped build the firm's fintech and healthcare buyout practices.
Garoon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan.
Gloria is an Associate at Owl Ventures, the largest venture fund investing in edtech and workforce development with over $2B in AUM. Before joining Owl, Gloria worked as a consultant at Education Resource Strategies, where she partnered with multiple large urban school district leaders in strategizing around equitable resource allocation, strategic planning and school design, and leadership capacity building. Prior to ERS, Gloria was an investor on JP Morgan’s Global Investment Opportunities team working to source, evaluate, and execute tactical and event-driven investment ideas across asset classes for institutional clients. Gloria graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Africana StudiesIn her free time, Gloria enjoys reading novels with her book club, teaching yoga sculpt at CorePower Yoga and volunteering with youth development organizations such as Lower East Side Girls Club, Girl Up, and the local YMCA.
Greg is an investor at Blumberg Capital where he focuses on investments across web3, fintech, AI & ML, and SaaS.At Blumberg Capital, Greg has led investments in and supports portfolio companies including Upstream, Joshu, Peekd, NYSHEX, SupplyPike, EarnUp, Fundbox, and Sharegain. Previously, Greg was an Investment Banking Analyst at Financial Technology Partners and a student at the University of Notre Dame where he studied finance and theology.Outside of work, Greg leads in-person and virtual web3 meetups, and volunteers with the MeWater Foundation. You can also find him surfing along the NorCal coast, reading fiction books, and enjoying the amazing SF restaurant scene.
Harsehaj Singh (nickname: Sehaj) is an investor at Pantera Capital, where he focuses on sourcing and evaluating early-stage startups building infrastructure and application layer products using the blockchain.
Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Lazard in San Francisco focusing on tech mergers and acquisitions.
Harsehaj is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BS Business) and enjoys music (guitar), playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors
James is a Principal at M12, Microsoft’s Venture Fund, focusing on investments in security, developer tools and fintech.
James is currently on the boards of Arkose Labs, Go1 and Skedulo. Prior to M12, James was an investor at FTV Capital, a growth equity fund with ~$4B of assets under management, where he sourced and executed on growth investments in enterprise technology and services.
James started his career as an investment banker at Jefferies’ Technology group, where he focused on M&A, debt, and equity transactions for software and internet companies.James grew up in Taiwan and graduated from UCLA with degrees in Economics and Accounting.
Jeremy joined CapitalG in 2019 and is an Investment Associate.
Prior to CapitalG, Jeremy worked as an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in Los Angeles, where he covered TMT M&A and restructuring.
Jeremy graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics and B.S.E in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
John is a Vice President at Owl Ventures, a multistage venture fund focused on investments in education technology and the future of work in the US and internationally.
Previously he was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures, where he helped build the firm’s software buyout practice in New York City. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvard University.
Kenn is an investor at Shasta Ventures where he focuses on investments in AI applications and ML infrastructure.
Prior to Shasta, Kenn worked on M&A and IPO transactions at Evercore and built machine learning models at EY.
Outside of work, Kenn is addicted to Xinxia novels and you'll find him taking long walks around Dogpatch. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Lynch is a founding investor at MGV, the firm he joined in 2017 after starting his career at CrunchFund, the firm now known as Tuesday Capital.
Lynch's focus areas include mental health, where he invested in Modern Health, and fintech, where he's backed ObserveAI and Origin.
He also works with Glide and Leap for the early-stage, Bay Area-based firm.
Kinjal is an investor at Blockchain Capital where she focuses on investments in blockchain & crypto.
Prior to Blockchain Capital, Kinjal worked in strategy consulting at Fidelity Investments where she worked on asset management and blockchain strategy. She graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Quantitative Economics.
She enjoys volunteering with Scholar Match, painting, and reading biographies in her free time.
Kira Noodleman is a principal at Bee Partners. Her role in the 4-person firm is part pioneer--deeply exploring new areas like synthetic biology and blockchain--and part startup geek, co-reviewing over 2,000 new companies a year in dealflow.
She significantly supports Bee portfolio companies in company-building with her unique combination of intellectual acumen and technical expertise, often applying wisdom gained as a woman in VC to the growth and funding challenges of female-led businesses.
Lauren is the sole non-partner on the investment team at Pantera Capital, where she focuses on early stage investments.
Prior to joining Pantera, she worked in trading at Bank of America and Deutsche Bank.
She has an extensive technical background, having studied Computer Science at Columbia University and beginning her career as a software developer at Fidessa, a trading and investment platform.
Molly is an investor at Upfront Ventures where she focuses on early stage marketplace and consumer-oriented software investments.
Prior to Upfront, Molly was with NYL Ventures where she invested in early and growth opportunities in enterprise software, fintech and healthtech companies. As well as, TMV where she was focused on early stage healthtech, future of work and sustainability-driven businesses. Molly graduated from NYU early having studied Entrepreneurship and Design.
Outside of work, she spends her time traveling, hiking and enjoying art.
Mustafa invests in both early & growth stage entrepreneurs at NEA. He is especially passionate about infra, developer, cybersecurity, data, AI-powered intelligent applications, crypto, and fintech. Before NEA, Mustafa advised on $55B of tech M&A at Qatalyst Partners. At Qatalyst, Mustafa worked closely with management teams on deals like Segment’s sale to Twilio, Auth0’s sale to Okta, Afterpay’s sale to Square, Intuit’s acquisition of Credit Karma, Hortonworks’ merger with Cloudera, Pluralsight’s sale to Vista, and HotelTonight’s sale to Airbnb. Growing up in Dallas, Mustafa started coding in elementary school and has been a lifelong developer since. Mustafa graduated from the University of Texas, studying business, liberal arts, computer science, and math.
Natan Reddy is on the investment team at Ironspring Ventures, where he sources, conducts diligence, and invests in startups upending supply chain, logistics, construction, manufacturing, and more.
Previously, he led data-driven analysis and research on supply chain innovation at CB Insights in New York City. His work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, NBC, TechCrunch, CNN, Forbes, Quartz, The Los Angeles Times, and more. Earlier in his career, Natan worked as business valuation senior associate at Andersen in San Francisco.
Natan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA Economics) and enjoys the outdoors and exercise, history, travel, art, and more.
Natasha joined the True Ventures investment team in 2017. Having grown up in the Bay Area, she’s witnessed the burgeoning of Silicon Valley’s technology scene and now applies that lens in her Senior Associate role at True when vetting and investing in new companies from today’s most imaginative founders and teams.
Natasha is a liaison for True’s fellowship programs, often mentoring students looking to build their own careers at high-growth technology startups. She is also a volunteer for All Raise, an organization dedicated to accelerating the success of female founders and investors with the goal of fostering a more gender-equitable future. Natasha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College, where she braved one too many New England winters before returning to San Francisco.
For more than a decade, she has been a member of The Art of Living Foundation, an organization that encourages mindfulness through meditation.
Nicole (Williams) Ruiz is an investor at Compound - a seed stage frontier tech venture capital firm. She is interested in all areas of frontier tech but is focused on ML/AI, as well as federated learning, game engines, healthcare, quantum computing and quantum sensing. She loves helping companies find technical hires and form the narrative around their new technology.
Previously she worked at an organization running experimental educational initiatives to upskill participants into cutting edge STEM domains with organizations like NASA, DARPA, ARPA-E and the NIH; and also spent time researching applications of privacy preserving ML to the healthcare diagnosis process. Nicole is based in NYC, and invests globally.
Patrick Klas is an investor with Maschmeyer Group Ventures (MGV). MGV is a seed stage fund located in San Francisco primarily focusing on InsurTech and Fintech.
Previously, Patrick was a founding member of American Family Ventures (AFV) where he helped deploy over $300m across 100+ insurtech and fintech deals. Patrick also served as the Head of Operations for Bunker (an Insurtech startup located in San Francisco) where he helped to raise their Series A round as he gained operational experience.
Patrick lives in Oakland with his wife and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He enjoys fly fishing around California and learning to surf.
Puneeth Meruva is an Associate at Trucks Venture Capital, an early stage venture firm investing in start-ups building the future of transportation and making it safer, cleaner, or more accessible.
Prior to Trucks, Puneeth developed safety and telematics related software at BMW and Uber. He also researched perception algorithms and motion planning at MIT CSAIL's Distributed Robotics Group and CMU RI's Biorobotics Laboratory.
He received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Puneeth is passionate about electronic dance music, soccer, and Formula 1 racing.
Rachel is a Senior Associate at Unusual helping to build and support the firm’s consumer investments. Rachel’s passion for business lies at the intersection of products and people.
Rachel started her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company with a focus on consumer brands, retailers, supply chain, and manufacturing. She then joined the Corporate Strategy team at Nordstrom Inc. Rachel is a Senior Associate at Unusual helping to build and support the firm’s consumer investments.
Rachel’s passion for business lies at the intersection of products and people. Rachel started her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company with a focus on consumer brands, retailers, supply chain, and manufacturing. She then joined the Corporate Strategy team at Nordstrom Inc. Rachel holds a BS from Northwestern University where she studied Manufacturing Engineering and Psychology.
Rachel is an investor at PayPal Ventures. Rachel has been focusing on Enterprise and Fintech investment, she is passionate about helping tech companies that are at the forefront of innovation. She joins PayPal Ventures because this is a great platform that can enable her to connect the dots and helps founders, and be supportive from the early days of their entrepreneurship. She is excited to work with founders and VCs in the infrastructure, cyber, e-commerce enablement, and payments ecosystem.
Rachel graduated from Indiana University Kelley Scholl of Business Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and Columbia University with MPA in Environmental Policy.
Rajko is a cloud infra investor at NEA. He focuses on infrastructure, data, AI/ML, developer tools, open-source and community GTM best practices. He also runs alternative data infrastructure at NEA for sourcing and diligence. Prior to NEA, Rajko worked at BCG, where he advised major enterprise technology companies on their growth strategies and performed strategic diligence of growth-stage technology investments for investors.
Rajko has always enjoyed the natural sciences, competing in mathematics as early as elementary school in Serbia. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Economics, Computer Science, and citation in Mandarin. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors: hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, and rock climbing.
Russell is an investor with H.I.G. Capital and joined the firm to help start its new late stage venture and minority growth investment practice.
Prior to H.I.G., Russell was an investor on the growth stage investment team at Greycroft and previously worked in financial planning & analysis at Fastly, where he helped the company raise $75 million during its Series D fundraising process.
Russell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Finance and is currently based in the Bay Area.
Sam is an investor at Cobalt Capital, a consumer internet-focused VC (previously Evolution Media – a JV co-created by TPG Growth and CAA).
At Cobalt, Sam has worked on the firm’s investments into Mux, Tonal and Feather (among others). He invests across consumer digital and media infrastructure, with a specific focus on gaming, consumer subscription and the creator economy.
Prior to joining Cobalt, Sam worked in the Gaming Investment Banking group at Macquarie Capital. Sam graduated with an HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Shahriar is an investor at Brookfield Technology Partners, where he invests across proptech, fintech and insuretech, B2B software, and digital marketplaces. Prior to Brookfield, he worked at H.I.G. Growth Partners, where he did a combination of technology, consumer, and healthcare investing across venture capital and growth equity.
Shahriar began his venture investing career as a founding team member of ILONA Capital, the venture investing arm of the Lowy Family Group (family office behind Westfield Malls). Prior to joining ILONA, Shahriar worked as an investment banker at Millstein & Company (now Guggenheim Restructuring).
Shahriar graduated with a B.S.E. with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of EVCA, he is also involved in C100 and is an avid Lakers fan.
Stella is an investor with Acumen America, the U.S. portfolio of the impact investment firm Acumen. Acumen America looks to find innovations in health, fintech / financial services, and workforce development (education, people ops, future of work) that serve low-income Americans.
Prior to joining Acumen, Stella was an Associate with Just Business (the impact investment arm of the non-profit Not For Sale), investing in companies that aimed to source ethically and to re-invest in the communities they sourced from. Stella also has had the opportunity to work with social entrepreneurs from around the world, through product and design roles at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara and the Ayllu Initiative.
She has a B.S. in Accounting & Information Systems from Santa Clara University, where she was awarded the Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Fellowship. Outside of work, Stella likes to hack and build things as a way to learn new things, run to explore her city, and read.
Susan Wang is a Principal at Learn Capital, where she is responsible for sourcing, researching, evaluating, and supporting early stage companies changing the ways we learn and work. Prior to joining Learn, Susan was a Senior Manager on the Strategy & Ventures team of Sesame Workshop, the creator of Sesame Street and other children’s educational programming. There, she worked on growth and strategic planning projects, and helped manage Sesame Ventures, the venture arm of the company that invests in mission-aligned early stage kids-oriented startups.
Susan began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse after earning her BCOM and BA in Math at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She has since worked in Toronto, Shanghai, New York City, and San Francisco. In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, learning, running, singing, and journalism.
Taylor Sargent is an Associate at Airbus Ventures - a multi-LP financial fund that independently invests in early-stage deep tech companies around the world. Airbus Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with offices in Toulouse, France and Tokyo, Japan.
Before Airbus Ventures, Taylor worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he held a TS/SCI clearance and consulted DARPA and NASA on a variety of technical topics. At DARPA, Taylor helped invest in advanced R&D across aerospace, quantum sensing, metamaterials, imaging, and other verticals.
Taylor holds a B.S. in Physics from the Honors College at George Mason University, where he competed on the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tennis Team, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. In his free time, Taylor can be found playing tennis, skiing, hiking, playing guitar, watching F1, or marveling at the latest James Webb Space Telescope images.
Thomas invests in both early & growth stage startups at Clearvision Ventures. He is responsible for building investment theses, sourcing startups, negotiating, and closing investments.
Prior to joining Clearvision, Thomas was a Senior Analyst at GE Ventures, the VC arm of General Electric. In this role Thomas worked closely with the Chief Investment Officer, conducting valuation analyses and driving process improvement. He also worked on deals ranging from Energy to Healthcare IT to Cybersecurity software.
He graduated from Vanderbilt University, with majors in Economics and Mandarin Chinese. Outside of work Thomas enjoys traveling, reading, and any activity that will get him outside.
Wenz is an Associate at Emergence Capital. Prior to joining Emergence, Wenz was an Associate at Bullpen Capital where Wenz sourced and/or led the team's investments in Ocrolus, Goodtime, Grin and OnSiteIQ amongst others.
Wenz also spent time on the Special Projects team at Cloudflare building a better internet, and he is currently a Co-Chair of the Emerging VC Association (EVCA).
Wenz received a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he attended on a full-ride Questbridge Scholarship.
Zack is an investor at Ribbit Capital which he joined in 2019.
Prior to Ribbit, Zack was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in the Financial Institutions Group, focusing primarily on banks, specialty finance companies, and alternative asset managers. He also spent 1.5 years working on LineHop, a ticketing platform for nightlife venues, which he sold to LineLeap (YC S19) in 2018.
Zack received a BBA degree from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2017 with a minor in Chinese.
Zain is an investor with Pelion Ventures which focuses on early-stage enterprise investments. He is currently involved with the following Pelion investments: Macrometa, Presidio Identity, Otto, Open Raven, and Harmonic. Prior to joining Pelion, he was on the Special Projects team at Cloudflare. The Special Projects (SPX) team works on a wide range of tactical and strategic projects which included Cloudflare’s entry into China through a strategic partnership; conducting strategic acquisitions; managing strategic partnerships with major cloud providers and finding commercial opportunities for Cloudflare’s new products and technologies. During his time at Cloudflare, he helped with the S2 Systems Acquisition, helped launched the Cloudflare for Teams product line, and managed strategic partnerships with storage and compute partners. Zain received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Outside of work, he's an avid reader and cyclist.
Ali is a Senior Associate at Greycroft based in New York City. She focuses on early-stage companies in enterprise software.
Prior to Greycroft, Ali worked at Goldman Sachs where she spent two years as an investor on GS Growth, focusing on early and growth stage tech companies and two years in the Merchant Banking Division as a Legal Analyst.
In New York, Ali is a long-standing volunteer with SEO Scholars as a mentor to high school juniors.
Ali graduated Phi Beta Kappa from from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies.
Betsy Mulé is an Associate at F-Prime Capital, where she focuses on early-stage investments in enterprise technology. Prior to joining F-Prime, she was a strategy consultant at Mars & Co. where she advised Fortune 500 companies across the US, LatAm and Europe.
Betsy is a graduate of MIT where she majored in Chemical-Biological Engineering.
Brad is an investor at Lightbank, an early-stage VC firm based in Chicago. He spends time evaluating new investment opportunities and working with founders of early-stage portfolio companies. A University of Michigan graduate, Brad began his career learning from and investing alongside prolific entrepreneurs turned investors. Initially, in Detroit at Detroit Venture Partners with Dan Gilbert (QL Founder & Owner of the Cavs) and now in Chicago at Lightbank with Eric Lefkofsky (Groupon & Tempus founder).
Previously, Brad spent time at an international VC based in China, where he worked on building their U.S. presence and spent time traveling to China to help portfolio companies scale internationally.
Outside of work, Brad is passionate about mental health, ending youth homelessness, and prison reform. Brad actively volunteers with nonprofits addressing these issues and serves on the board of Covenant House and the associate board of Defy Ventures. Brad is also involved with The Twenty Minute VC and is an active Kairos Fellow
Carolyn Houren is an investment team member at S3 Ventures focusing on early stage investments across B2B software, consumer software, and healthcare technology.
Prior to joining S3, Carolyn spent the last six years gaining knowledge across consulting, finance, investments, and operations. Most recently, she was Chief of Staff at Cosmic Bliss (fka Coconut Bliss) supporting the business transformation post-acquisition across operations, finance, accounting, and sales. Carolyn also worked for Stafford Capital Partners, a global alternative investment firm, building out the global deal sourcing platform and supporting private markets investments. Carolyn began her career at PwC in M&A financial modeling and data analytics.
Carolyn attended the University of Georgia (UGA) Honors Program for her BBA in Accounting/International Business and Master of Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Carolyn currently serves on the UGA Terry Young Alumni Board and is involved in the UGA mentor program.
Carter Bourassa is an Associate at Moneta Ventures, where he focuses on B2B enterprise tech. Prior to joining Moneta, Carter worked at Clear Scientific, a biopharma startup, and held internship positions at Neventa Capital, a Geneva-based growth capital fund, and Capital Advisors Group, a Boston-based asset manager.
Carter graduated with honors from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business with a degree in International Business and Finance. At Northeastern, Carter was a member of the alpine ski team, and worked as a peer mentor to international exchange students entering the university.
Outside of work, Carter works with non-profits that support alpine ski racing safety efforts and athletes, and enjoys golf, traveling, motorsports, and photography.
Claire is an Associate at JMI Equity, a B2B software focused growth equity firm, where she is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities. Currently she is involved with JMI’s investments in Incident IQ and Unanet.
Outside of work, Claire enjoys trying new recipes, traveling to new countries, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Claire holds a BA in Economics from the University of Richmond.
Colin is an investor at SemperVirens, an early stage fund investing in healthcare tech, fintech, and workforce technology. Colin looks to invest in companies that are transforming the future of work as employers look to help their employees work, live, and earn better.
Prior to SemperVirens, Colin was an investor at Tenaya Capital, an early-growth stage fund with $2 billion under management. At Tenaya, Colin worked directly with Tenaya's managing partners to evaluate early-growth investments in consumer and enterprise sectors.
Colin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with degrees in finance and accounting.
Dylan is an investor at Expa, an early-stage VC fund & venture studio started by Uber & StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp. He previously was an investor at a pre-seed fund & venture studio in London, UK called Founders Factory.
Prior to VC, Dylan worked in the non-profit sector building a social enterprise (theforwardmovement.ca) and worked supporting other social enterprises at The Centre for Social Innovation (https://socialinnovation.org/).
Dylan is a proud Canadian, always looking to meet fellow Canucks. Outside of work, he can be found rollerblading through central park, as the smallest guy on a basketball court, or at the theatre.
Evan is an analyst at Osage Venture Partners, an early stage fund investing in B2B Software with a particular focus on the future of work and the future of education.
Previously, he was an associate at ZS Associates, a management consulting firm serving clients in global life science companies. Evan studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Galway, and completed his Master's degree in Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame. He also co-founded a startup that developed assistive technology for Parkinson's patients while in college.
Evan is an avid sports fan and writer in his spare time, focusing mainly on the misfortunes of the Chicago Bears.
Gabriella is an investor at Fika Ventures, a LA-based seed fund focused on b2b software, fintech, and marketplaces.
A SoCal native and first generation American, Gabriella has always been a ‘fixer’ and puzzle aficionado. Excited by opportunities to find solutions to problems, she began her career at Parthenon-EY, a global strategy consulting firm, and spent time across the industrials, technology, and consumer practices. After three years as a consultant, Gabriella transitioned to a venture role at WndrCo, a consumer technology holding company, where she worked on a broad set of initiatives from sourcing to portfolio operations.
In her free time, you can find Gabriella working on the WSJ weekend crossword, playing Settlers of Catan, or hanging out at the beach with her dog, Beau. She is also very involved in fundraising and operational initiatives for Mi Casa de Angeles, the 501c3 nonprofit she founded in 2009 with the mission of improving the quality of education in underserved areas of Peru, her father’s home country.
Gabriella holds a BS in Symbolic Systems: Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
Jenieri is an investor at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, Jenieri served as an Associate at AEW Capital Management, a real estate investment manager. There, he was responsible for sourcing, performing due diligence, and closing commercial real estate transactions and developments. Before that, he worked as a Real Estate Analyst at HFF (acquired by JLL). As a graduate student, Jenieri worked at venture capital firms Benhamou Global Ventures, Green D Ventures, Navitas Capital, and Dundee Venture Capital. In these roles, he developed domain expertise around early-stage real estate technology, construction technology, and B2B SaaS. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and BA from Dartmouth College.
Kyle Dolce is an Associate on the investment team at Glasswing Ventures. Previously, he was the Venture Director of Northeastern University’s IDEA Venture Accelerator where he led a 17-person team supporting entrepreneurs through mentorship, strategic partnerships, and non-equity capital.
Before this role, Kyle was an operations associate at Inrupt, a Glasswing portfolio company, where he developed crucial early processes around prospect management, hiring, and on-boarding and supported company leadership in pricing and open-source strategy decisions.
Kyle graduated magna cum laude and as a member of the Huntington 100 honors society from Northeastern University with a BS in Finance and is a 2+2 Deferred Admit to the Harvard Business School.
Matt is an investor at Fika Ventures. An atypical investor, Matt brings seventeen years of hands-on operational experience within early and growth stage companies and has two successful exits under his belt (JetBlue IPO in 2002 and Envestnet | Yodlee IPO/acquisition in 2015). Functionally, Matt brings business development, marketing, sales, pricing and revenue management experience, along with a strong, active network of c-suite relationships across the Fortune 1000. Matt began his career as part of the founding team at JetBlue and after stints at Apple and Redpoint Ventures, Matt joined financial software and data giant Yodlee where he focused on business development and sales across the emerging fintech industry. Most recently Matt was the Head of Business Development at Factual focusing on strategy and partnerships across enterprise software, financial services and retail verticals.
Matt lives in Los Angeles and maintains deep roots in his native Colorado. He's an avid skier, fly fisherman, and an outdoor enthusiast.
Matt holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Economics from Boston College.
Melissa is an investor at Differential Ventures in New York City. She focuses on early-stage enterprise investments with an emphasis on ML and data infrastructure.
Prior to Differential, Melissa worked in early-stage venture in San Francisco at Sway Ventures and the Shatter Fund.
Melissa graduated from the University of Southern California, earning a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Melissa is on USC’s Marshall Partners Board and on the executive team of a non-profit, Destined for X, which connects students from low socioeconomic and underrepresented backgrounds with top-tier technology companies in Silicon Valley.
Michelle is a Senior Associate at Solasta Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm, where she focuses on drug development investments. Previously, she was a Consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners, a life sciences strategy consultancy, serving clients ranging from biotech startups to large pharma. Michelle's prior venture capital experience includes her role as a business analyst intern at Merieux Equity Partners, a life sciences-focused fund, and at Acidophil, a biotech company creation and investment firm.
Prior to her roles in VC and consulting, Michelle spent almost a decade as a molecular biologist. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Michelle also holds a B.A. in Biology from Boston College.
Mike is a Principal at LiveOak Venture Partners, where he focuses on early-stage investments in Texas-based businesses.
Prior to LiveOak, Mike was a Principal with Blue Heron Capital, where he invested in early & growth-stage companies in the tech-enabled business services and healthcare industries.
Earlier in his career, Mike was with American Capital, a middle-market private equity firm, where he focused on pre-investment due diligence, valuation, and portfolio company management. He also spent time with the Healthcare group at Harris Williams, a sell-side M&A advisory firm. Mike received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also has a BS in Finance and Accounting from James Madison University.
Ned is a multi-stage venture investor who invests in deep, enterprise, and consumer tech. He spend the majority of his time on Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Cybersecurity, Data Infrastructure, Robotics, Quantum, and Media & Gaming. Before helping open the NYC office for Samsung Catalyst, Ned worked at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) covering frontier, and enterprise and consumer technology. Before that, he was an investment analyst at Stadium Capital investing in smidcap public equities across numerous industries including TMT, industrials, and retail.
A life-long tinkerer and builder, Ned trained as a Mechanical Engineer (Undergraduate) at Dartmouth and as a Computer Scientist (Masters) at Cornell. Projects he has worked on include building a digital passport with HSBC, a micro ground robot with PSI, and a passive computer vision tracking system with Carnival Cruises. He also co-founded the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network - Undergraduate while at Dartmouth.
Paola joins LiveOak after graduating from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where her main extracurricular activity was as a founding board member of Galvanizer, a nonprofit incubator for female founders.
Before business school, Paola was an early employee at Ironspring Ventures. She assisted in all aspects of company formation and served as lead associate in the firm’s investments in ICON, Fast Radius, and Mercado Labs. Her investment experience covers multiple stages and industries, focusing on enterprise software.
Earlier in her career, Paola held various operating and investing roles at Holt Ventures, Becton Dickinson, Deloitte, and Matterhorn Capital Management. Paola also holds a CFA® charter.
Paraj is an Analyst on the Panoramic Ventures Investment Team.
Previously, he was an early-stage investor at Candela Partners, investing in AR/VR and digital media and entertainment startups, and at Ulysses Diversified Holdings, where he invested in sports, media, and entertainment startups.
Paraj helped a major sports league portfolio company launch a celebrity athlete esports league and grow it to 1.2 million viewers on Twitch. He is a former competitive esports athlete and streamer, and host of Twitch’s first livestream interactive game show.
Paraj has a B.S in Business & Computer Science from Franklin & Marshall College.
Paraj writes a top digital media and entertainment newsletter called “Couch Potato” and writes about startups and venture capital on the Panoramic blog and at parajmathur.com.
Steven is an investor at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage firm investing in tech-enabled companies across the Central US.
Previously, he spent time at Accenture in their management consulting practice and Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based mutual fund. Most recently, Steven played professional basketball in the Netherlands and Estonia, competing internationally across Europe.
He received a degree in Economics from Princeton University. Outside of work, Steven still plays competitive basketball, makes music, and works with multiple social impact organizations across the US and Africa.