Builders Backing Builders.

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

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.
Gil Shklarski
CTO
Flatiron Health
Gil is the CTO of Flatiron Health, supporting the care of millions of cancer patients and learning from their experience to develop better treatments. Prior to Flatiron, he learned what good (and bad) technology and science look like at Facebook, Microsoft, academia, and the Israeli government.
Hadar Dor
Product Manager, Integrity
Facebook
Hadar is a Product Manager on Facebook Integrity, helping define the intersection of tech and ethics. He spent the past decade leading product teams at Lyft, Postmates (acquired by Uber), Kiva.org, and startups. Hadar enjoys helping founders and PMs think through product strategy, growth, marketplaces, regulatory compliance, and technical platforms.
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.
Jon Brelig
Working on something new.
Currently working on something new, previously Jon was the Co-Founder and CTO of America's largest purchase panel, InfoScout (acq. by Numerator) and co-founded SkiReport.com (acq. by Vail Resorts).
Judy Abad
Director of Field Business Strategy and Operations
TripActions
Judy is a Director of Field Business Strategy and Operations at TripActions. Prior, she's held leadership roles at WhatsApp, Slack, Instagram, and Facebook. At WhatsApp, she led the team that launched the first-ever monetization products for a product used by over 1B people daily. At Slack, she was the first product marketer and ran the core product and international marketing teams. She has deep expertise in launching new products globally, building new monetization models, and scaling internal business operations.
Jules Walter
Product Leader
YouTube
Jules is a long term product leader and entrepreneur, currently a Product Leader at YouTube. He previously led Product for Slack's Growth & Monetization team. A firm believer in increasing access, he is also the Co-Founder and President of CodePath.org, building the largest pipeline of high-performing underrepresented software engineers.
Julia Lipton
Founder
Awesome People Ventures
Julia is the founder of Awesome People Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on the future of wellness and work. She also runs Awesome People Co, a talent network for trusted part-time hires. Previously, she ran revenue at Rise, a nutrition company bought by One Medical, and launched Video Visits at One Medical.
Julie Park
Investor
Venrock
Julie is currently an Investor at Venrock. Previously, she was the Director for Small Business at FB. Before that, she was an early product manager at Pinterest, and earlier in her career advised consumer/retail companies at Goldman Sachs for seven years.
Justin Overdorff
Head of New Product Partnerships
Stripe
A former late-stage VC investor turned business development leader, Justin is the Head of Product Partnerships and New Market Development at Stripe. Prior to that, he led Business Development for Yelp and Techstars, and invested in late stage technology companies with Summit Partners.
KJ Miller
Co-founder and CEO
Mented
KJ is the Co-founder & CEO of Mented Cosmetics, a pigment-first beauty brand celebrating women of all hues. Prior to founding Mented, KJ spent most of her career working in retail, leading projects in merchandising, retail analytics, pricing, and sales forecasting.
Kat Orekhova
Co-Founder & CEO
Vara
Kat is the CEO & Cofounder at Vara, an early stage startup that is changing how companies operate. She is the former Head of Product at Ironclad and previously held leadership roles at Facebook across Product, Data Science, and Finance. She has math degrees from Yale, Oxford, and Uppsala University.
Kathy Porto Chang
Product Lead
Stripe
Kathy manages a team of PMs working on improving payments conversion for users, with products like Radar (Fraud) and authorization optimization. Previously, she was a Group Product Manager at Twitter, where she led consumer product teams in Information Integrity, Recommendations, and Discovery. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring people from underrepresented groups in technology as well as learning to be a better storyteller.
Kelcey Gosserand
Developer Advocacy
IBM
A Blockchain evangelist, Kelcey leads Developer Advocacy for IBM's focus on Blockchain, IoT, Kubernetes, and Serverless Computing. A firm believer in storytelling and democratizing access to tech, she is also the founder of the blockchain community building engine, Trellis and Co-founder of Women + Blockchain.
Kelly Peeler
Founder and CEO
MoneyMentor (acq.)
Kelly has built several companies focused on Gen Z. Currently, she is the Founder & CEO of MoneyMentor, formerly NextGenVest (acq. by CommonBond). Prior to this, she co-founded Business Across Borders, which helps to build and scale Iraqi tech-enabled ventures.
Kenny Mendes
Head of Finance, HR, & Operations
Coda
Currently Head of Finance, HR and Operations at Coda. Before that, Kenny led recruiting for Box, helping to scale the team from 40 to 1,200+.
Kimberly Foster
Launch at GS
Goldman Sachs
Kimberly serves founders at Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ investment strategy to increase access to capital for diverse entrepreneurs. Previously, Kimberly worked in corporate development, strategy, and growth roles within the media and technology sectors. She is also the Co-Founder of the Black New Venture Competition.
Kimberly Marshall
Advisor
Launch with GS
Investing and advising in teams that will change the world, Kimberly is currently advising Goldman Sachs on Launch With GS, their $500 million investment strategy grounded in the data that diverse teams drive strong returns. Previouslyshe led tech Investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and led Strategy and Commercial Product Management for Uber.
Kintan Brahmbhatt
GM and Director of Podcasts
Amazon
Kintan Brahmbhatt is the GM and Director of Podcasts at Amazon and has led the product, engineering and content strategy of podcasts within the Amazon Music streaming service. Prior to that he was the Head of Product for Amazon Music, and helped drive the launch of Amazon Music’s Prime tier and Amazon Music Unlimited, the service’s premium subscription tier. As a former founder, he has been an active angel investor and an advisor to startups in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and India. His seed investments include Twilio, Truework, Turing, Bloomthat, Shyp, Matician and several more. Kintan holds a BS, Computer Science from Purdue University.
Lauren Berson
VP of Strategic Growth
WW
Lauren is the VP of Strategic Growth at WW, leading global efforts in Strategy, Partnerships and M&A. An investor and operator, she was previously a Market Development Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and led Strategic Partnerships for Android, Search and Google+ at Google.
Lauren Jarvis
Head of Content Partnerships, North America
Spotify
A leader in the audio space, Lauren is the Head of Content Partnerships, North America at Spotify, managing the company's audio footprint of 300K+ shows and the enabling technology. Prior to this, she led as Director of Business Development for Universal and Sony owned Vevo and worked in Management Consulting at Booz & Co.
Lee Moulton
Partnership Strategy
Google
Lee works on Partnership Strategy at Google currently. Previously, Lee led Partnerships for SeatGeek as the company's Global Partnerships Director. Prior to this, he was a founding team member at Breather, leading Strategic Partnerships there, and a strategist at Goldman Sachs.
Lenny Rachitsky
Writer
Lenny's Newsletter
Lenny spends most of his time writing a weekly newsletter about product and growth, while angel investing and advising on the side. Previously, Lenny spent seven years at Airbnb leading teams driving supply growth, marketplace quality, and community. Before that he was a founder and an engineer.
Leura Craig
Co-Founder and Partner
Outlander Labs
Leura, previously the founder of the venture backed startup Laurel & Wolf, is a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient and angel investor. She is now the co-founder and partner of the pre-seed fund, Outlander Labs.
Lexie Komisar
Global Head of Strategic Partnerships and Startup Ecosystems
IBM
As the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships & Startup Ecosystems at IBM, Lexie leads a team bringing IBM's emerging tech to startups across the world and previously founded IBM's first Digital Innovation Lab. Prior to IBM, she served as Associate Director at the Clinton Foundation, where she created the Foundation’s first program focused on leveraging technology and innovation for social change.
Li Jin
Founder
Atelier
Li is the founder of Atelier, an early-stage firm investing in the passion economy. She also writes a newsletter about passion economy platforms and consumer startups. Prior to Atelier, Li was an investing partner at Andreessen Horowitz.
Liesl Chang
Co-founder
Atomic Returns
Liesl is the Co-founder of Atomic Returns, a returns optimization platform that lets online retailers place the right return policy for the right product, to the right customer, at the right time. A champion of NYC startups and expert in the logistics space, she's led last mile innovation and logistics for Latch, Casper and Zipments.
Lisa Kleinsorge
Directer, Business Development
Twitter
Specialized in product-focused Biz Dev endeavors, Lisa is currently running one of Twitter's partnerships teams. Prior to this role, she led Headspace's international growth efforts as well as built Spotify’s global partner / developer platform.
Lisa Marrone
Co-Founder
Revel
A founder and investor, Lisa is the Co-Founder of Revel Gatherings, a new community for women over 50. Before starting her own entrepreneurial journey, she worked with extraordinary founders as a Principal with August Capital.
Lucy Zhang
Visiting Partner
Pear VC
An engineering leader and investor, Lucy is currently a Visiting Partner at Pear VC. Previously, she co-founded Beluga, which was acquired by Facebook in 2011, and became the founding engineer on Facebook Messenger. Prior to that, she built products at Google including AdWords, News and Google Docs.
Madhu Muthukumar
Head of Product Management
Robinhood
A leader in the art of product, Madhu has spent the last 10 years building mobile, web and VR products for startups, public companies, governments and non-profits. Most recently he lead product teams at Twitter, Facebook and, currently, as Head of Product Management at Robinhood.
Mandela SH Dixon
Founder and CEO
Founder Gym
Mandela is the Founder & CEO of Founder Gym, the first online program to train underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups. She began her journey in Silicon Valley as the Co-Founder of Tioki, before leading Global Education for Startup Weekend (acq. Techstars) and joining Kapor Capital as the founding Portfolio Services Director.
Matt Bilotti
Product Lead, Growth & Lifecycle
Drift
Matt was employee number 6 at Drift and and has worn countless hats as the company has scaled from our first customer to what it is today. Most of his work and interests are anchored in product & growth. He formerly worked at HubSpot and was the Managing Partner of Boston's founding Dorm Room Fund team.
Max Branzburg
VP of Product
Coinbase
Max is currently a Senior Director of Product at Coinbase, where he also leads seed stage investments for Coinbase Ventures. Prior to Coinbase, he worked on several product teams at Google, including co-founding Google Pay India.
Max Crowley
Co-Founder & CEO
Bandit
A builder and investor, Max is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Bandit, a mobile order based coffee experience. Prior to this, he was one of the earliest employees at Uber, joining in 2011 to launch Chicago and later launched and led Uber for Business.
Megan Zoback
Startup Partnerships
Stripe
An investor and long term operator, Megan is currently a Startup Partner Lead at Stripe. An Uber original, she joined the team as one of the first international launchers in 2012. Most recently, she led as Uber's Director of Business Development, before working with Circle Up as a Managing Director.
Meka Asonye
VP, Sales
Mixpanel
Meka is currently the VP, Sales @ Mixpanel. Prior to Mixpanel, he lead the Startup & SMB Sales org at Stripe, where his teams advise high-growth, venture backed companies on their commerce, monetization and expansion strategies. Prior to Stripe, Meka led projects in Bain & Company's technology consulting practice and worked for the Cleveland Indians.
Melissa Tan
Growth & Product Leader
A growth and product leader, Melissa was mostly recently the VP Product at Ro, the DTC healthcare startup behind Roman, Rory, and Zero. Prior to Ro, she was at Dropbox where she started and led the Growth & Monetization team for Dropbox Business. Melissa enjoys supporting startups as an investor and advisor.
Michael Bloch
CEO & Founder
Pillar
Michael is currently CEO & founder of Pillar, a personal finance company working to get people out of debt. Prior to Pillar, he was an early DoorDash employee. He led the teams that ran the California & New York regions, helped the company scale from 50 to 2000+, and launched and led many of its new product & growth initiatives.
Michael Rothman
Co-founder and CEO
Fatherly
Mike Rothman is the Co-Founder & CEO of Fatherly, the leading digital lifestyle brand for today's parents. A New Yorker through and through, he was previously one of the founding employees at Thrillist, responsible for all sales and revenue operations.
Michael Vaughan
Former COO
Venmo
Mike was previously COO at Venmo helping grow the business from the ground floor to 40M+ users and $100B in payments. Currently, Mike is a Venture Partner at Oak HC/FT and an active angel investor and advisor to early and growth stage tech startups.
Mindy Zhang
Director of Product Management
Oscar
A lover of the human side of technology, Mindy currently a product leader @ Oscar. Previously, she was a Group PM at Dropbox both in San Francisco and New York, and Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft.
Molly Turner
Lecturer
Haas Berkeley
An urban innovation pioneer and a leading expert on technology startups and cities, Molly is currently a Lecturer at Berkeley Haas. Prior to this, Molly was an early employee of Airbnb, where she established the company’s public policy team in 2011 and directed its regulatory collaboration with cities as Global Head of Civic Partnerships.

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