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).
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.
Alexander (Zander) Rafael
Co-founder and Board Member
Climb Credit
Currently angel investing and running syndicates into companies he loves, Zander 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.
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.
Amber Feng
Early engineering and business leader
Stripe
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.
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
Product Lead, Emerging Products
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.
Ariana Poursartip
Entrepreneur In Residence
Thrive Capital
Ariana is currently an EIR at Thrive Captial. Prior to Thrive, she was VP of Product at Petal, crafting credit that's honest, simple, and accessible, and she led Square Capital as its Founder and Head of Product, and built product & growth at Prefer.
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
Executive in Residence
Reforge
Bangaly is currently 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 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.
Brian Nichols
Team Member
On Deck
Brian is currently 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
COO
Mango Health (acq. TrialCard)
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
On a new adventure
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
Celevity
Celine is the Founder/CEO of Celevity, 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.
Chris Abad
Director of Design
Dropbox
Chris is currently Design Director at Dropbox. He's also a public speaker, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur.
Chris Hull
Founding Partner
The Highline Partners
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
COO
PlayVS
Chris is currently the COO at PlayVS. As an angel investor and advisor, 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.
Cristina Cordova
Head of Platform & Partnerships at Notion
Cristina is 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.
David Haber
VP of Firmwide Strategy & Corp Dev
Goldman Sachs
David is currently VP of Firmwide Strategy & Corporate Development at Goldman Sachs, leading on Partnerships, New Ventures and M&A. Before that, he was Founder & CEO of Bond Street (acq. Goldman Sachs).
David Phillips
Founder & CEO
Fondo
A serial founder, David is currently the Founder & CEO of Fondo, helping startup founders protect and extend their runway. Prior to Fondo, he was the Co-founder of BloomJoy, building media businesses for influencers, the Co-founder & CEO of Hackbright Academy (acq. by Capella Education), and Co-founder of Banjo.
David Walker
Co-founder & CEO
Triplemint
Currently Co-Founder & CEO of Triplemint, David is on a mission to give buyers, sellers and renters a more intelligent and personalized experience buying, selling and renting homes. Prior to building Triplemint, he was the Director of Marketing at YouRenew.com (acq. by Clover Wellness).
Dayo Esho
Co-founder & CEO
TravelJoy
A serial founder, Dayo is currently the Co-founder & CEO of TravelJoy, building delightful, simple tools for travel entrepreneurs. He was previously the Co-founder & CEO of Shelf.com and Co-founder of Rapleaf / Liveramp.
DeCarlos Love
Product Leader
Google
Currently a Product Leader at Google and recently VP of Product at Athos. Before that DeCarlos led Product experiences at Apple, Fox, Huge, and Target. He also spends time coaching product managers and advising startup execs. A believer in expanding access, DeCarlos is a part of the leadership team at Transparent Collective.
DeVaris Brown
Co-Founder & CEO
Meroxa
DeVaris is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Meroxa.
Dean Kelly
GM, Head of Vendor Marketplace
Zola
A serial entrepreneur, Dean is currently GM and Head of Inspiration & Vendor Marketplace at Zola, building and launching a brand new business within the brand. Before that, he co-founded HeyLets and Zanui.
Ebony Peay Ramirez
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Consultant
Formerly the PM lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Oculus, Ebony now focuses on consulting Founders on strategic D&I efforts. She also educates young women on startups through her Plum2.0 Book series. She worked in tech for the last ten years in administrative and operations roles at Conductor Inc, Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs.
Elliot Cohen
Founder and CEO
Citymaps (acq. TripAdvisor)
Currently leading business expansion and strategic partnerships at ADT as SVP of Business Development. Before that, Elliot built CityMaps into a household name as Founder & CEO, joining TripAdvisor after its acquisition.
Emily Kramer
Co-Founder
New Startup
Emily was most recently VP of Marketing at Carta, and has built marketing teams from the ground up at Carta, Asana, Astro (acquired by Slack), and Ticketfly. Emily co-authored and launched the gender equity gap study at Carta in 2018 with #ANGELS and developed Carta's Table Stakes Initiative in 2019. Emily is currently an EIR at All Raise, co-founder of Help Wanted Project where she mentors candidates looking for new roles; and co-founder of an unannounced startup. Emily is beginning to angel invest in companies committed to diversity and inclusion.
Erica Baker
Director of Engineering
Github
An industry engineering leader, Erica is currently a Director of Engineering @ Github. Prior to Github, she was a Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft and led Infrastructure Engineering teams at Slack, Patreon and Google. A founding member of Project Include, Erica is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech, as well as expanding access to tech exposure and education.
Erika Reinhardt
Core Team
U.S. Digital Response
Erika is currently exploring new startup directions addressing climate change. Previously, she led engineering groups at Stripe, OpenAI, and Planet Labs, started a 2016 voter registration and turnout non-profit, and studied both mechanical engineering and computer science at MIT.
Fareed Mosavat
Executive in Residence
Reforge
A product and growth leader, Fareed is currently an Executive in Residence at Reforge. Previously, he led product, growth, and engineering teams at high-growth companies like Slack, Instacart, Runkeeper (acquired by Asics), Conduit Labs (acquired by Zynga), and Pixar Animation Studios (pre-Disney).
Felicia Curcuru
Co-founder and CEO
Binti
Felicia is the Co-founder and CEO of Binti, which is a First Round-backed govtech company focused on improving the foster care system in order to help every child have a family. Prior to starting Binti, Felicia was the first employee at FundersClub, where she ran the investor side of the business. She was previously an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.
Jean Sini
General Partner
Partech
Currently a General Partner at Partech, Jean is a serial entrepreneur and engineering leader. Most recently, he led the engineering team as CTO of Cadre, Co-founder and CTO of Fountain, VP of Engineering at Mint, and Chief Product and Tech Officer at One King's Lane.
Jeff Chang
Building something new
Jeff is currently building something new. An industry growth leader, Jeff led growth engineering teams at Pinterest as a technical lead. He joined Pinterest as an early member of the growth team and led many high impact initiatives on their path to 300MM+ MAU. Jeff is also an active angel investor and specializes in helping founders find product market fit and grow.
Jeff Weinstein
Product Lead
Stripe
Jeff is Product Lead for Payments Infrastructure at Stripe. He was previously Founder and CEO of Wagon (acquired by Box) and led Hyperpublic (acquired by Groupon).
Jenna Hannon
VP of Marketing
Statespace
VP of Marketing at Statespace. Previously Growth and Product Marketing at Uber. Angle syndicate lead.
Jiaona (JZ) Zhang
VP of Product
Webflow
Leading product for some of the industry's giants, JZ is currently VP of Product at Webflow and a lecturer at Stanford. Before that, she ran product teams at WeWork, Airbnb (built out several Host teams and launched Airbnb Plus) and Dropbox (focused on collaboration tools).
Joe Blau
Sr. iOS Engineer
Uber
Entrepreneur currently helping people build sensor based mobile first software products. Ex. Uber, Uber ATG, Amazon, SAIC, Raytheon and a bunch of failed startups.

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