We started with the idea of helping the next generation of angel investors learn about investing and become part of our community. Today we are certain that young investors want to make educated investment decisions and support founders beyond the capital.
program includes a series of in-depth discussions and educational sessions with topics ranging from:
■ Deal sourcing advice;
■ Evaluating startups and markets;
■ Partnering with early-stage founders;
and much more.
Rafi Tanzim Syed
Christina Leigh Morgan
Felix A. Navarro Jr.
Juan is an investor at Soma Capital investing in early stage seed and series A companies. He has invested across multiple sectors including fintech, enterprise, consumer and healthcare. Prior to Soma, Juan was a Scientist where he worked on OTC (Over the Counter) drug development at Johnson&Johnson and later focused on Influenza and Oncology research at Genentech. He started his investing career at DCM and later Manchesterstory Group. Has an MBA and a background in Data Science and Biochemistry.
Engineer at Snap. Previously at Google, Spotify, and Airtime. Percussionist & Drummer.
Jessica is on the growth marketing team at Zageno, a General Catalyst backed startup. She is also head of content for Elpha (Y Combinator S19, community of 36K+ women in tech), Harvard in Tech, and Techstars Boston. She was formerly an investor at Soma Capital and graduated with high honors from Harvard. In her free time, she loves running, biking, and hiking.
Megan is the founder, advisor and investor focusing on emerging tech. She has built 4 companies, one successfully exited. She has a long track record of taking technical products to market and of serving as interim CMO for other high-growth startups. She is also a sought after mentor at Techstars, an Advisor and angel investor in several early stage companies, and a Venture Partner at Republic. Megan earned her MBA from Thunderbird in 2012 a certificate from VC Unlocked, Stanford’s invite-only investor training program for emerging leaders.
Growth Initiatives team at Hippo Insurance, where he helps lead their smart home program and sales operations function.
Warner Music Group
Sumit is the Head of Corporate Development at Revel Transit Inc. Prior to this, he held a similar position at Fluidity, a blockchain technology company that was acquired by ConsenSys. He's also served as Head of Corporate Strategy, Business Operations, and New Market Strategy at Spotify, and has held consulting roles at Bain & Company, and technical roles at Google and IBM. Sumit received a BSc Engineering from UAlberta and MBA from NYU.
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 venture capital firm Sinai Ventures, a $100 million fund focused where he focused on early stage consumer investments. Previously, Oscar worked at BMW’s VC arm on mobility, autonomous driving, and marketplace investments. Oscar is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business.
890 5th Avenue Partners
Andy’s latest company Wonder created the first mobile operating system capable of turning a smartphone into a gaming and entertainment console. Wonder was recently acquired by Atari. Before Wonder, Andy was an early executive and CBO at Scopely, a mobile entertainment company. Prior to Scopely, Andy was Vice President at Zynga, and an early employee and VP at Playdom, where he helped scale the company on way to an acquisition by The Walt Disney Company for $563 million. Andy is an active investor, mentor and advisor to multiple companies and venture capital funds.
Max Alway-Townsend currently works on Growth at Grain.co, an early stage B2B SaaS company. Max has been investing in early stage startups for the past two years, and has invested in companies such as Feather, Luminous Computing, Jüsto, Outer and more. Previously, he ran an HR tech startup, and is currently based in DC but is frequently in between NYC and SF.
Nandeet has been called one of “The Youngest Venture Capitalists” by Huffington Post for starting his career in VC at the young age of 18, having worked at Anthos Capital, and Science Inc, and others. He is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Prototype Capital, recognized for spearheading the distributed funds model. He is also the CEO and Founder of Pyur Solutions, a cpg-focused house of brands studio. Nandeet has also spent time at a myriad of Fortune 500 companies and startups including Lyft, T-mobile, Ubisoft, Dell and Samsung. He attended UCLA for a B.A. and was an Edison Scholar.
Jimmy is currently the COO of MixerBox, a mobile entertainment startup with 313+ million downloads across its suite of applications and he is focused on continuing its growth trajectory. Over the last few years, Jimmy has helped thousands of startups with their growth strategies and fundraising as an Advisor, Angel Investor, and GM of Fundraise Concierge at Atrium. He has helped founders raise over $330 million over the last 3 years.