Builders Backing Builders.

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

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 Deutsch
GM, Financial Services
Homebase
Charles is an entrepreneurial executive & GM w/ record of building and selling innovative financial products and partnerships to large enterprise, small business and consumer segments. He has worked at OnDeck Capital, Acorns, Wave, and TrueAccord.
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.
Christine Hurtubise
Vice President of Product, Head of Data Science
FIS
Christine has spent 10 years in Data Science within FinTech, working at Orum, Stash Invest, and OnDeck.
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.
Christopher Sesi
Head of Operations and Compliance
Secureframe
Chris is a zero to one founder in B2B SaaS with experience across product, design, legal, sales and compliance.
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
Partner
First Round
Before joining First Round to back early-stage founders, 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 Becker
Head of Product Design, Fandom
Instagram
Dan is a product designer with over 15 years of experience leading teams at Airbnb, Square, and Strava. He's currently upporting an org building out new product experiences focused on Creators, Fandom, Music, and Metaverse at Instagram. He's also an advisor to Designer Fund.
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.
Dan Sommer
CEO and Founder
10X Impact
Dan is an EdTech entrepreneur with a proven track record of building companies from start up through successful exit. He founded and served as CEO of Trilogy Education, a Workforce Accelerator that partners with the world's leading universities to help companies bridge the digital skills gap. Trilogy was acquired by 2U, Inc. for $750M. Prior to founding Trilogy, Dan served as Zeta Global’s President of Global Education.
David Breger
Director of Product
Google
For the past decade, David has led products and product teams at LinkedIn, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. He's primarily focused on consumer social, mobile, growth, and safety/integrity product areas.
David Haber
General Partner
Andreessen Horowitz
David is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, based in New York City. He was previously 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
CEO
Gainful
A serial entrepreneur, Dean is currently CEO of Gainful, a Personalized Sports Nutrition Company. Previously, he was the GM and Head of Inspiration & Vendor Marketplace at Zola, where he was building and launching a brand new business within the brand. Before that, he co-founded HeyLets and Zanui.
Derek Callow
Former CMO
Bumble
Derek was most recently CMO at Bumble, where he led all brand & user growth efforts globally. Previously he held executive roles with Fair, Tinder, and had over a decade with Google and YouTube. He is currently focused on investing and advising early stage and growth businesses.
Dulcie Fforde
Senior Product Manager
Uber
Dulcie brings over eight years of experience working in venture capital, operations, and product. She is currently a senior product manager at Uber, and previously led experience operations at Homebound. Prior to that, she worked as a VC for over five years at Baillie Gifford, co-managing a $2bn fund and investing in global high-growth private companies.
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.
Eduardo Serrano
Eduardo led Stripe’s entry into LATAM, managing Product, Business Operations, and the establishment of an engineering HQ in Mexico City. Prior to that, Eduardo worked in Stripe’s San Francisco office for 5+ years, where he led Product for the Payment Experience teams—which build Stripe’s core APIs and payments products—including a complete overhaul of every interface for Stripe payments (New Payments APIs, Elements, Checkout). Having joined Stripe in 2013, Eduardo was also responsible for incubating various teams at the company, including Sales, Account Management, and Pricing.
Ejieme Eromosele
VP of Customer Success and Account Management
Quiq
Ejieme is VP of Customer Success and Account Management at Quiq. In her role, she helps brands grow awareness, increase sales and manage customer service costs with messaging and conversational AI. Prior to Quiq, Ejieme was the VP of Customer Success at Snaps, the Managing Director of Customer Experience at The NYTimes, and spent several years in management consulting at PwC and Accenture.
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 & Marketing Advisor
MKT1
Emily is an experienced startup executive who currently advises SaaS companies on marketing strategy as co-founder of MKT1. Previously, she built and led marketing teams from the ground up at Carta, Asana, Astro (acquired by Slack), and Ticketfly (acquired by Eventbrite).
Emily Wang
Managing Director
LionTree
Emily Wang is a Managing Director at LionTree, focused on Video Gaming / Interactive Entertainment advisory; formerly Managing Director at Code Advisors. Over the last decade, Emily has advised clients on $5 billion+ of mergers, acquisitions, and equity financings, including the first Corporate SPAC to go public on the NASDAQ (Group Nine Acquisition Corp), the sale of POPSUGAR to Group Nine Media, PullString to Apple, Edmodo to Netdragon, Viewics to Roche, True&Co. to Calvin Klein, Connectifier to LinkedIn, and Ustream to IBM
Emuye Reynolds
Head of Engineering
Superhuman
Emuye is the Head of Engineering at Superhuman, a productivity startup. She was formerly a Senior Software Developer at Apple and led the development of the UI for the first versions of Apple TV. She has more than 10 years of industry experience ranging from writing software to managing engineering teams and leading product development.
Erica Alioto
Global Head of People
Grammarly
After starting her career as an attorney, Erica joined Yelp in 2006 as an early employee and ended up running the local sales organization at Yelp. In 2017, she joined Opendoor as Chief People Officer and in 2021 she joined Grammarly as Global Head of People.
Erica Baker
Chief Technology Officer
DCCC
Erica is currently the CTO for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. An industry engineering leader, she was previously 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
Something new
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.
Esther Crawford
Product
Twitter
Esther Crawford works in Product at Twitter running Creator Monetization. She was previously CEO/cofounder of Squad, which was backed by First Round and acquired by Twitter in 2020.
Fareed Mosavat
VP Programs and Partners
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).
Fazal Yameen
VP of Product
Stash
Fazal is currently at Stash, an investing fintech startup. He’s run product at several companies over the past 10+ years, including at comixology (acquired by Amazon) and GPShopper (acquired by Synchrony).
Federico Soria
Engineering Manager
Airbnb
Federico is an Engineering Manager at Airbnb, founder of a group of 1200+ LATAM Engineers in the Bay Area, and a Ruby developer.
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.
Frank Fumarola
Senior Director of Product & General Manager
Nubank
Frank currently leads growth for Nubank, a large LatAm neobank with over 40m customers. He also co-leads PinAngels, an AngelList syndicate.
Garrett Spitzer
Product Lead, Cartops
Uber
Garrett is currently the product lead and GM of Uber's cartop division, the largest digital cartop fleet in the US. Prior to that he was on the founding team of Square Capital, a bank that lends to Square merchants. He started off his career at UBS as a high yield credit analyst.
Gautam Kedia
Engineering Manager - ML
Stripe
From personalizing Bing results to suggesting responses in Skype using a state of art deep learning model, GK has been leading teams of researchers and engineers involved in all stages of developing and shipping ML. Before joining Stripe, he led the Applied ML team at Lyft.

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