Builders Backing Builders.

Meet the angels backing, advising and championing those at the earliest stages of company buildings.

AJ Frank
Director of Product Management
Facebook
An experienced product leader and builder, AJ is currently a Director of Product at Facebook focused on incubating new products. Previously, AJ was CEO of a Greylock-backed start-up, Verst, which was acquired by Dropbox where he became a Director of Product, and GM of Vine (@ Twitter).
Aaron Schwartz
Angel Investor and Advisor
As a 3X founder, Aaron has spent 10 years focused in modern commerce, most recently at Returnly (Chief Business Officer) and Passport (Co-Founder, President). He's spending his time now as an early-stage advisor and investor.
Aarthi Ramamurthy
Head Of International
Clubhouse
Aarthi is currently the Head Of International at Clubhouse She previously led communities products, creator monetization, digital payments products at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, she co-founded Lumoid (YC Summer '13) and held numerous senior product roles at Netflix and Microsoft, where she built products such as the Netflix streaming player and Xbox LIVE gaming experiences.
Aatif Awan
Founder & Managing Partner
Indus Valley Capital
Aatif Awan is the Founder & Managing Partner of Indus Valley Capital, an early-stage VC fund focused on Pakistani startups that are transforming entire industries in the country. Aatif is Board Director for Atoms, Airlift and Bazaar. Previously, he was VP of Growth & International products at LinkedIn and built the team that grew the network by half a billion members.
Aigerim Shorman
Director of Product Management
Facebook
Aigerim is a Senior Director of Product Management at Facebook, where she has led the VR & Metaverse, and ad product teams, and built and scaled consumer products like Facebook Dating, Identity system and Profiles. Before Facebook, Aigerim was Co-Founder and CEO of Wist, a Google Ventures-backed travel and local discovery startup.
Akins Van Horne
Product Lead, Benefits
Gusto
Akins is currently at Gusto leading the benefits product line. As a product leader for more than 15 years, his previous include Collective Health, Doximity, Stanford GSB, and Monitor Group. He has led through multiple 0-1, hyper-growth, and turn-around situations, and thrives in complex and heavily regulated markets.
Alexander (Zander) Rafael
Managing Director
Spring Tide Capital
Zander is currently leading early stage investments across sectors with a focus on financial technology, education, and climate. He is a co-founder of Climb Credit, financing high ROI vocational education. Prior to building Climb, he started his career at Bridgewater Associates, before joining BCG and leaving to start, run, and sell his first company, a SaaS marketing platform.
Alexis Zhu
Business Development & Partnerships
Stripe
Alexis works on new and growing business development initiatives at Stripe. Previously, Alexis led Growth at Scratch, an asset class inclusive loan servicer, and before that was an early employee at Affirm, a borrower-first fintech company, where she built and scaled the commercial sales team. Prior to Affirm, Alexis invested in growth stage companies at Summit Partners, and advised both domestic and global clients at UBS Investment Bank.
Ali Altaf
Product Manager
Pinterest
Ali is a product lead at Pinterest where he has spent the last 5 years building products across all parts of the company, and helped Pinterest grow into a 300M MAU business. He is also an active angel investor and leads PinAngels - the Pinterest angel investing syndicate with 200 ex/current Pinterest employees.
Ali Vahabzadeh
Co-founder and CEO
CurbFlow
An unapologetic Long Islander who lives to hustle and build great teams, Ali is bringing order to the chaos of city streets as the Founder & CEO of CurbFlow. Before that, Ali built Chariot (acq. by Ford) as Co-founder & CEO and was President & COO of NeighborCity.
Alison Koplar Wyatt
Co-founder
The Female Founder Collective
Currently angel investing and advising, Alison was previously the President & Co-Founder of Girlboss, the CRO for Goop, and led Publishing and Partnerships at Refinery29.
Alka Tandon
Head of Product
Calendly
Alka is an enterprise product leader who is passionate about healthcare and future of work. Currently the Head of Product at Calendly, she previously founded Tessera (L&D platform for nurses), worked in product at Castlight Health and Groupon. She started her career at McKinsey.
Allison Canton
Associate General Counsel
Flatiron Health
Allison enjoys helping teams navigate legal and regulatory obstacle courses and high-stakes negotiations. Currently, Allison is the Associate General Counsel at Flatiron Health. Previously, Allison advised health care and life sciences companies at Ropes & Gray, helped justice systems operate more equitably at the Vera Institute for Justice and researched pandemic & emergency preparedness at Columbia University.
Amanda Lubin
Head of School Operations
Lambda School
Amanda is passionate about using technology to enable economic mobility. She is currently Head of School Operations at Lambda School, and she was previously VP and General Manager of Academic Partnerships at Guild Education. Prior to joining Guild, Amanda spent 10+ years in strategy consulting at Bain & Company, where she led projects in the Technology and Social Impact practices focused on growth strategy, product innovation, and customer experience.
Amber Feng
CTO & Co-Founder
Cocoon
Amber was one of Stripe's early engineers and worked on the first versions of many of their products. Over eight years, helped the company scale from 10 to 2000+, forming and leading the Product and Financial Infrastructure engineering orgs and launching a few of Stripe's new businesses, including the corporate card product (stripe.com/card).
Amber Greene
Head of Product
Medley
Amber is currently the Head of Product at Medley, a membership for curious, growth-minded people. Prior to Medley, she built the Experience Research and Service Design function at Cityblock Health, and led User Experience Research at Flatiron Health, WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) and Google.
Ameet Ranadive
Chief Product Officer
GetYourGuide
Currently the Chief Product Officer at GetYourGuide, Ameet was formerly the Head of Well-Being Product at Instagram, VP of Revenue Product at Twitter and Co-Founder of Dasient (acquired by $TWTR). Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant at McKinsey and engineer at HP.
Amos Barreto
VP of Engineering
Userleap
Amos is currently the VP of Engineering at Userleap, the first real-time customer insights platform. An Uber veteran, Amos joined as one of the first 20, building and scaling the Marketplace organization as Director of Engineering.
Ana Mahony
Head of US Cities
Uber Eats
Ana has been at Uber for 6 years, and currently leads the US cities business for Uber Eats. Previously, Ana worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and in private equity. She is passionate about increasing access to leadership roles and funding for traditionally underrepresented groups.
Anand Iyer
Visiting Partner
Pear VC
Anand is the co-founder of Trusted, a marketplace for child care, that was acquired by Care.com in 2018. He’s currently focused on angel investing and advising startups, in addition to serving as an LP in a few seed stage funds. Prior to Trusted, Anand previously managed product at Microsoft and IGN Entertainment, cofounded and was the CTO of Hitpost, which was acquired by Yahoo, and was the head of product at Threadflip.
Anndrea Moore
Business & Advertiser Growth
Facebook
A Product Marketing leader, Anndrea currently leads Core Advertiser Growth product marketing at Facebook and previously led SMB Digital Growth and Programs at Apple. Prior to Apple, she led teams across SMB sales and product marketing at Google. A founder herself, she is also the Founder & CEO of Black Tech Women.
Annie Ta
Head of Inclusive Product and Audience Growth Product
Pinterest
A product management and communications leader, Annie is a Pinterest veteran, where she is currently a Product Lead focused on emerging products. She initially joined Pinterest as the second member of the PR team and later spearheaded the launch of Pinterest's business model as one of the first ads product managers. She was also one of the earliest members of the Corporate Communications team at Facebook.
Anu Atluru
Head of Community
Clubhouse
Anu is an early team member at Clubhouse, where she’s led efforts across community, operations, product, & growth. Previously, she’s been an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard, a startup founder, a resident physician in Emergency Medicine at Harvard / Mass General Hospital, a management consultant, and a film actor.
Ariana Poursartip
Product Lead, Fintech
Shopify
Prior to Shopify, Ariana was an EIR at Thrive Captial and VP of Product at Petal. She led Square Capital as its Founder and Head of Product, and built product & growth at Prefer.
Ashley Flucas
Angel Investor
Flucas Ventures
Ashley is the General Counsel and a Partner at a real estate finance fund (infrastructure, sports arenas and large-scale condo, apartment and commercial buildings) with ~ $3B AUM. She is an active angel investor (participation in 100+ deals) and also runs her own syndicate, Flucas Ventures.
Ayo Omojola
VP Product
Carbon Health
Ayo is currently the VP of Product at Carbon Health, focused on fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. Before Carbon Health, he was a product lead on Square's Cash App, leading the Cash Card, and founded Hipmob (acq. by Conversocial.com), a customer messaging solution for ecommerce and mobile apps.
Bangaly Kaba
Head of Platform Growth
Popshop Live
Prior to Popshop Live, Bangaly served as an Executive in Residence at Reforge, which offers growth-focused programs for professionals in marketing, product, data, and engineering. A long time product leader, Bangaly was previously the a VP of Product at Instacart, and led Instagram's growth from 440M to 1B+ monthly active users as the Head of Growth.
Ben Tossell
Founder
Makerpad
Ben is the Founder of Makerpad - teaching others how to leverage no-code tech at work. Ben started a Makerpad Fund focusing on no-code/low-code investments.
Ben Uretsky
Co-founder and Board Member
Digital Ocean
With a passion to simplify the complexities of infrastructure and building new open source cloud technology, Ben is the Co-founder & former CEO of DigitalOcean, a cloud infrastructure provider. Prior to DigitalOcean, he founded his first company ServerStack, a managed hosting provider, with his brother Moisey Uretsky.
Bob Lee
Angel Investor and Advisor
Bob is the former CTO of Square, where he built the company’s core products, scaled the team from 12 to 1200 people, and created Square Cash. Before Square, Bob worked at Google where he created Guice and led the core library development for the first few years of Android. He’s added several features to the Java programming language and platform (such as lambdas).
Bobby Green
President and Chief Medical Officer
Thyme Care
Bobby is currently at Thyme Care, which guides cancer patients through a complex healthcare system by providing personalized support. Prior to that, he joined Flatiron Health in 2014 as Chief Medical Officer, after 15 years in practice as a medical oncologist.
Brexton Pham
Co-founder
All Blue
Brexton is the co-founder of All Blue. Before that, he founded a company working on conversational agents and built facial analytics software for cosmetics brands such as LVMH's maisons. Ex. Tinder, Slack, and Yik Yak.
Brian Nichols
Venture Partner
Hustle Fund
Before joining Hustle Fund, Brian was previously at On Deck, supporting and growing a community of founders building the next wave of world-changing companies. He also runs a Lyft syndicate that invests in and supports early-stage consumer startups. Previously, Brian ran business development at Blackbird, led operations at Zoox, managed the California market and expansion at Lyft, and co-founded RewardTag (acq. STM Bags).
Brian Rothenberg
Partner
Defy.vc
A long time founder, operator and angel investor, Brian is now a Partner at early stage venture capital firm Defy Partners. Before that, he built First Round-backed SkillSlate (acq. by TaskRabbit) and was Eventbrite's first VP of Growth from startup through their IPO.
Caitlin ("Cait") Collins
VP People and Operations
AllStripes
Most recently Caitlin was COO at Mango Health (sold to TrialCard in Sept. 2019). She is a startup executive with depth in operations and consumer experience and a background in product development, mobile marketing, and scaling & automating systems. Caitlin is driven to have an impact on people’s lives by building teams who are happy, healthy, and productive and by creating products and services that improve people’s health and well-being. Outside of work, her goals are to get a good night’s sleep and to hike every mile of Tilden Park with her wife, 2 sons, and 2 dogs (2 is her lucky number).
Cat Lee
Co-Founder + COO
Pace Groups
Cat is currently angel investing, advising and embarking on new adventures. Previously, she was a Partner at Maveron where she invested in and worked with founders seeking purpose and profit. She brings over 15 years of operating experience from Facebook and Pinterest, most recently as Pinterest's Head of Culture.
Catherine Ferdon
Head of Marketing & Brand, Cash App
Square
Catherine is the Head of Marketing and Brand for Square's Cash App where she leads marketing, brand and growth efforts for the burgeoning consumer finance app that's routinely ranked #1 in the App Store. Prior to Square, she worked on the Slide team at Google.
Celine Halioua
Founder & CEO
Cellular Longevity (dba Loyal)
Celine is the Founder/CEO of Cellular Longevity, a consumer bio company developing drugs to extend dog lifespan. She is also a Venture Partner at The Longevity Fund, where she was previously Chief of Staff. Celine was a D.Phil. student at Oxford health economics and studied neuroscience at UT Austin.
Charles Naut
Co-Founder
Signify
Charles most recently bootstrapped his previous startup, Playbook HR, until it was acquired by Intuit where he then spent 4 years as a tech lead and an early principal software engineer in their self-employed group. After leaving Intuit, he traveled the world for 10 months and moved back to his hometown New York City. He is currently angel investing and working on a new startup idea.
Charley Ma
GM of Fintech
Alloy
Before joining Alloy, Charley was the head of growth at Ramp, helping to launch and grow a corporate card product. Prior to that, he was the first business hire at Plaid where he led fintech + developer sales and opened up their NYC office.
Chris Abad
Director of Design
Square
Chris is currently Director of Design at Square. Formerly, he was the Design Director at Dropbox. He's also a public speaker, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur.
Chris Hull
SVP
Rothy's
Chris advises and invests in D2C brands and retail related technology companies.  Prior to starting THP, Chris was Chief Merchandising Officer at Shinola and has held product and merchandising leadership roles at Nike, Inc.
Chris Nakutis Taylor
Founding Partner
Nomad Ventures
Chris is the founding partner of Nomad Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on marketplaces and new ways for individuals to make money on the internet. He is passionate about investing in underrepresented groups and is #LongLA. Chris was previously one of the first 250 employees at Uber and first 200 at Bird, and spent over 6 years building those businesses from early to later stage, first as the Regional General Manager of the South Region for Uber Ridesharing, then as the Regional General Manager of the South and West Regions of North America for Uber Eats, and lastly as the SVP of Global Operations for Bird.
Christina LaMontagne
COO
Pill Club
Christina works to improve the experience and efficiency of healthcare using technology and data. She is currently the COO of Pill Club, and her past experience includes leading technology-related Corporate Development across Johnson & Johnson's ~$80B global business in consumer, medical devices, and pharma, five years of startup leadership at NerdWallet - helping grow the company 10x to over >$100M in revenue - as well as venture capital investing and several years working in China. She loves to connect great people and ideas.
Christopher Fong
Founder
Xoogler.co
Christopher started and runs the 10,000+ member ex-Google community Xoogler.co, which was formed to bring together Google alumni and current Googlers interested in helping ex-Google entrepreneurs. Prior to starting Xoogler.co in 2015, Christopher spent over 8 years in business development, partnerships, and sales at Google and 3 years at Expedia.
Cris Valerio
Product Lead
Instacart
Cris has 10+ years of experience working with entrepreneurs & innovators across various roles including product management, strategy, and storytelling. She is currently a Product lead at Instacart. Prior to that, she led Product at maternal health startup Bloomlife, built Rider and Driver-facing promotions at Uber and was an in Innovator-in-Residence at IDEO. She started her career with Bloomberg as a financial news journalist and is a Duke Fuqua alum.
Cristina Cordova
Angel Investor and Advisor
Most recently, Cristina was the Head of Platform & Partnerships at Notion. Prior to Notion, she spent 7.5 years at Stripe, joining as the 28th employee and first Business Development hire, leading multiple teams across Business Development, Financial Partnerships, Partner Engineering and Diversity & Inclusion functions. Before Stripe, Cristina led Business Development for Pulse (acq. by Linkedin).
Curtis Lee
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Pinwheel
Curtis is currently a Venture Partner at Primary Venture Partners and the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Pinwheel, the API platform for income verification. Previous, he was the Co-founder and CEO of on-demand car services company, Luxe (acq. Volvo), founded workforce analytics company, WorkStory, and held product leadership roles at Groupon, Zynga and Google. He's currently an advisor and board member of several startups.
Damien Kan
Partner
Kan Family Capital
Full time investor and advisor. Previously founder and CTO of Propeller Labs, founder and CEO of Shogun, and 1st engineer at Alto Pharmacy.
Dan Siroker
Founder & CEO
Scribe
Dan is the Founder & CEO of Scribe. Scribe's vision is to provide perfect recall of every memory. The first step toward this vision is a product that enables you to get the most valuable parts of a meeting in minutes. Prior to Scribe AI, Dan co-founded Optimizely. As CEO, he grew annual recurring revenue from $0 to $90M and built a team of 400 employees. Prior to Optimizely, Dan served as the Director of Analytics for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and worked at Google as product manager.

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