Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Investors for 2022. These individuals play a vital role in the growth of the companies in which they have invested. Not only do they come with financial backing, these individuals have expertise that makes businesses successful long after they leave. Their critical thinking, market knowledge, and patience provide a foundation for success. The awardees span nearly all industries, including consumer goods, information technology, non-profits, healthcare, and more. While these individuals differ in the strategies and philosophies they apply to their endeavors, they remain consistent in their ability to beat the market.
Awardees include Gautam Malhotra, an Investor at Noosh, who is supporting the world’s leading independent marketing execution software company that’s helping bring campaigns to life; Riyanka Ganguly, an Investor at Blackstone, who uses her industry knowledge and experience to create a positive economic impact and long-term value for investors, companies, and community; and David Mort, an early-stage investor focused on entrepreneurs building the new financial economy, who leads Propel Venture Partners, the VC firm he co-founded in 2016.
This year’s awardees understand the challenges of forging their own paths to produce long-term, profitable returns. They are carving their way into history with new and innovative investment strategies. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the Top 100 Investors of 2022.
1. Anant Gupta
Investor, Brookfield Asset Management
Anant Gupta is an Investor of Brookfield Asset Management. He first joined the company in 2020. Brookfield Asset Management is a leading global alternative asset manager focused on property, renewable energy, infrastructure, and private equity, with approximately $225 billion of assets under management. Based in Toronto and New York, they have over a 100-year history as an owner and operator of real assets, offering a range of public and private investment products and services which leverage its expertise and experience. They have more than 700 investment professionals and 30,000 operating employees working in 20 countries around the world.
Previously, Gupta was a principal and associate at Golden Gate Capital. Earlier in his career he worked with Insight Venture Partners as an analyst. Gupta earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an MA in statistics and an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.
2. Carl Liebert
Founding Advisory Board Member and Seed Investor, Semo
United States Naval Academy
Carl Liebert is a Founding Advisory Board Member and Seed Investor of Semo. Semo is an insurance company that digitizes the insurance quoting and switching process by making the inputs that drive pricing transparent. He is a global business executive and board member with more than 30 years of experience leading customer-driven digital and technology transformations.
Before joining Semo, Liebert was an EVP and COO at USAA and before that a president and CEO at 24Hour Fitness Worldwide. Earlier in his career he was a naval officer in the US Navy. Liebert graduated from Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management with an MBA and from United States Naval Academy with an undergraduate degree in physical science.
3. Kenneth Johnson
University of Michigan
Kenneth Johnson is an Investor of KKR. KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management, capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets, and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. Their insurance subsidiaries offer retirement, life, and reinsurance products under the management of The Global Atlantic Financial Group. Johnson has over 7 years in the financial services industry. He began his career in 2015.
Before joining KKR, Johnson was an associate at The Blackstone Group and before that an analyst at Maize and Blue Fund. Johnson graduated from the University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance.
4. Glenn Solomon
Glenn Solomon began his professional career over 31 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of Square. Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then, Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more.
Solomon first got his start in 1991 as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. From there, he went on to SPO Partners, before eventually moving on to become a venture investor at Nimble Storage, his most recent venture prior to joining Square. Solomon graduated from Stanford University with an MBA and an undergraduate degree in public policy.
5. Riyanka Ganguly
Riyanka Ganguly began her professional career nearly 7 years ago. Today, she is an Investor at Blackstone. Blackstone is the world’s largest alternative asset manager. They seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for their investors, the companies they invest in, and the communities in which they work. They do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Its $731 billion in assets under management include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, infrastructure, life sciences, growth equity, opportunistic, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis.
Ganguly first got her start in 2015 with founding PASH Center (Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health) where she served as the president before eventually moving to becoming an overseas investment and business development officer at ByteDance, her most recent position prior to joining Blackstone. Ganguly graduated from Tsinghua University with a master’s degree in global affairs and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
6. Matthew Doubleday
Investor, 11.2 Ventures
The University of Texas at Austin
Matthew Doubleday is an Advisory Board Member and Investor of 11.2 Ventures. 11.2 is disrupting the traditional venture capital model by building its companies internally, maintaining control and consistency throughout the growth process and exiting opportunistically. 11.2 Ventures builds, scales, and exits companies by conducting these activities in parallel to increase deal quality and shorten typical venture “idea-to-exit” duration. Through this lifecycle approach, 11.2 Ventures offers accredited investors end-to-end access to venture, encompassing early-stage startup creation through its studio model and high quality, difficult-to-access mid and late-stage opportunities. 11.2 invests the majority of its capital in creating, building, and growing products/companies. Doubleday has over 30 years in the venture industry. He began his career in 1992.
Before joining 11.2 Ventures, Doubleday was a senior vice president of marketing and business development at FIRST Insurance Funding Corp and before that a marketing communications manager at US Auto Glass. Earlier in his career he worked with McLane Company as a communications and training specialist. Doubleday graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with an MBA in marketing and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in radio, television, and film.
7. Michael Lim
Michael Lim is an Investor at Blackstone. He first joined the company in 2020. Blackstone is a leading global investment business investing capital on behalf of pension funds, large institutions and individuals. Their mission is to create long-term value for their investors through the careful stewardship of their capital.
Previously, Lim was a technology investor at Warburg Pincus and before that, a private equity associate at Madison Dearborn Partners. Earlier in his career he worked with Evercore Partners as an investment banking analyst. Lim earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.
8. Scott Persons
Seed Investor, Cresco Labs
Florida State University
Scott Persons is a Seed Investor at Cresco Labs. Cresco Labs is one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America. It was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Persons has nearly 21 years of experience. He began his career in 2001.
Before joining Cresco Labs, Persons was a director for marketing acquisition strategy at Anthem, Inc. and before that, a director for Medicare marketing at Amerigroup. Earlier in his career he worked with Full Press as an account executive and creative consultant. Persons graduated from the University of South Florida with an MS in mass communication and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in mass communication.
9. Mark Marinella
Investor & Multi-Asset Product Leader, Capital Group
University of Massachusetts
Mark Marinella is an Investor and Multi-Asset Product Leader for Capital Group. Capital Group is a private equity firm that provides investment management services for long-term investors. It also offers its services to financial intermediaries and institutions around the world through a broad range of products and solutions which include American Funds. With offices throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, Capital Group is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was established in 1931. Marinella has over 37 years in the financial services industry. He began his career in 1985.
Before joining Capital Group, Marinella was a founder and president for Three Speech Consulting Group, and before that, an EVP at State Street. Earlier in his career he worked with Credit Suisse as a managing director of fixed income sales. Marinella graduated from Boston College Carroll School of Management with an MBA in finance and marketing and from the University of Massachusetts with an undergraduate degree in economics.
10. Nancy Nguyen
Investor, Silicon Valley Bank
Nancy Nguyen began her professional career over 7 years ago. Today, she is an Investor of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). SVB works with technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity, and premium wine businesses. They provide industry knowledge and connections, financing, treasury management, corporate investment, and international banking services to its clients worldwide through 27 US offices and seven international operations. Silicon Valley Bank’s diverse financial services, knowledge, global network, and world class service increase its clients’ probability of success.
Nguyen first got her start in 2015 as an investment banking analyst at Barclays Investment Bank. From there, she went on to K1 Investment Management. Nguyen graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in East Asian studies
11. Gautam Malhotra
University of Virginia
Gautam Malhotra began his professional career over 12 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Noosh. Noosh is the world’s leading independent marketing execution software company, used by enterprises and marketing services companies to bring campaigns to life. The company’s collaborative SaaS solution helps customers optimize marketing execution activities from creative brief through production processes to costing and invoice reconciliation. Noosh’s users span the entirety of the marketing value chain, including agencies, enterprises, and suppliers, delivering billions of dollars of marketing assets into the market to drive revenue for some of the world’s leading brands.
Malhotra first got his start in 2009 as an investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From there, he went on to Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy, before eventually rising to become a group product manager at Intuit, his most recent position prior to joining Noosh. Malhotra graduated from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management with an MBA and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in political and social thought.
12. Ruminder Dhillon
Investor, PWR Lab
Ruminder (Romi) Dhillon began his career in venture capital 13 years ago. Today, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sonoran Founders Fund in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that, he served as the CEO at Arizona Founders Fund, which was ranked as Arizona's most active investor in 2020 by CBInsights. They are leaders in providing high-quality, founder-focused capital in Arizona and the Greater Sonoran Region.
Dhillon first got his start in 2009 as an associate at vSpring Capital & Kickstart Seed Fund in Utah. From there, he went to Arizona to found Arizona Founders Fund in 2016, a seed investor dedicated to Arizona startups. He graduated from Emory University with an undergraduate degree, from Columbia University with a master’s degree, and from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an MBA.
13. Ruth Lawanson
Investor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
University of California - Los Angeles
Ruth Lawanson is an Investor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
Previously, Lawanson was a strategy consultant at African Leadership Network (ALN) and before that a senior assurance associate at Ernst & Young. Earlier in her career she worked with UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science as an administrative assistant. Lawanson earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in business economics and accounting from the University of California - Los Angeles.
14. David Mort
Investor, Propel Venture Partners
University of Wisconsin - Madison
David Mort is an early-stage investor focused on entrepreneurs building the new financial economy. He is a General Partner at Propel Venture Partners, a firm he co-founded in 2016. As part of Propel, Mort is an investor in Coinbase, Neon, SumUp, DocuSign, Hippo, Guideline, TrustLayer, Nomad Global, and 20+ FinTech companies. Mort has nearly 11 years of experience. He began his career in 2011.
Before founding Propel Venture Partners, Mort was an analyst at BBVA Ventures. Earlier in his career he worked with SVB Financial Group as an associate. Mort graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with an undergraduate degree in finance, investment, banking, management and human resources.
15. Alexandra Levitt
Washington University in St. Louis
Alexandra Levitt is an Investor of Snap. She first joined the company in 2018. Snap is a privately-owned camera company focusing on multinational technology and social media. Snap is behind Snapchat, a photo messaging app that allows users to take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to recipients. In 2016, it released Spectacles, video-sharing sunglasses that free the Snapchat app from smartphone cameras.
Previously, Levitt was an agent of digital media at William Morris Endeavor and before that a president at Team 31 Productions. Levitt earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
16. Karen Drexler
Board Member, Angel Investor and Advisor, Astia Angels
Karen Drexler is a Board Member, Angel Investor and Advisor of Astia Angels. She first joined the company in 2002. Astia Angels is a global network of individual angels and family offices investing in companies with women leaders. Astia Angels is a global network of both female and male angel investors that invest in high-growth companies.
Previously, Drexler was a CEO at Sandstone Diagnostics and before that a co-founder and executive chairman of Cellscape Corporation. Earlier in her career she worked with The Boston Consulting Group as an associate consultant. Drexler earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
17. Luna Yang
Healthcare Investor, The Carlyle Group
Luna Yang is a Healthcare Investor with The Carlyle Group. The Carlyle Group is a company involved in the private equity industry primarily. They operate more than $81.1 billion of equity capital under management. The firm operates four fund families, focusing on leveraged buyouts, venture and growth capital, real estate, and leveraged finance investments. They recently opened another arm for their hedge funds. Yang has over 11 years in the management consulting industry. She began her career in 2011.
Before joining The Carlyle Group, Yang was an associate at Golden Gate Capital and before that a business analyst at McKinsey & Company. Yang graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in management science and engineering.
18. David Heller
David Heller is an Investor at Peloton. Peloton is the largest interactive fitness platform in the world, with a loyal community of more than 5.9 million Members. They pioneered connected, technology-enabled fitness and the streaming of immersive, instructor-led boutique classes to their members anytime, anywhere. Peloton makes fitness entertaining, approachable, effective, and convenient, while fostering social connections that encourage their members to be the best versions of themselves. Their world-class instructors teach classes across a variety of fitness and wellness disciplines, including indoor cycling, indoor/outdoor running and walking, bootcamp, yoga, strength training, pilates, boxing, stretching, and meditation. Heller has nearly 33 years of experience. He began his career in 1989.
Before joining Peloton, Heller was a board of directors and investor with the Philadelphia 76ers. Earlier in his career he worked with Goldman Sachs as a partner. Heller graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in American history.
19. Ian Sigalow
Investor, Bright Health
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ian Sigalow began his professional career over 20 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of Bright Health. Bright Health is a healthcare company founded and led by industry veterans all too familiar with the challenges that have plagued US healthcare for decades. They believe that to drive meaningful change, they must leverage technology and bring together the financing and delivery of care to strengthen healthcare’s most critical relationship: that between the consumer and their primary care physician. They are making healthcare simple, personal, and affordable.
Sigalow first got his start in 2001 as an associate at Boston Millennia Partners. From there, he went on to StrongData Corporation, before eventually becoming an investor at Braintree, his most recent venture prior investing in Bright Health. Sigalow graduated from the Columbia Business School with an MBA and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in economics.
20. Jack Mathew
Angel Investor, The Carlyle Group
University of California - Los Angeles
Jack Mathew is an Angel Investor at The Carlyle Group. He first joined the company in 2017. Carlyle is a global investment firm with $301 billion of assets under management. Their purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of their investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which they live and invest. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful global investment firms, with nearly 1,850 people operating in 26 offices across five continents.
Earlier in his career, Mathew worked with Microsoft as a software engineer. He earned an MBA in innovation and entrepreneurship from PPA Business School and an undergraduate degree in business administration and management from the University of California - Los Angeles.
21. Jane Seu
Investor and Founder, happyly
New York University
Jane Seu is the Founder, Investor and Advisor of happyly. She founded the company in 2019. The happyly app is easy to implement and delivers personalized outdoor experiences to users’ teams and their families. happyly is available in over 30 cities nationwide and America’s only mobile-first family activity planning app. The app helps parents and caregivers find expert-curated local activities in less than a minute. Activities include hikes, parks, playgrounds, bike rides, water activities, family-friendly restaurants, sweet treat spots, wineries, breweries and much more.
Previously, Seu was a principal and CEO at Heidrick & Struggles and before that a managing director at Champion Recruiting. Earlier in her career she worked with Thomson Reuters as a business manager and technology consultant. Seu earned a master’s degree in public policy from Brown University and an undergraduate degree in political science and journalism from New York University.
22. Ahmad Ishaq
The Johns Hopkins University
Ahmad Ishaq is an Investor at SpaceX. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of making life multiplanetary. Ishaq has over 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2008.
Before joining SpaceX, Ishaq founded U.Group and before that he founded ByteCubed where he served as the company’s CEO. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Department of Defense as a program manager. Ishaq graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in government and from California State University - Dominguez Hills with undergraduate degrees in business administration and political science.
23. Bryan Lamkin
Angel Investor, Pure Storage
University of California - Berkeley
Bryan Lamkin began his professional career nearly 36 years ago. Today, he is an Angel Investor at Pure Storage. Pure Storage helps innovators build a better world with data. Pure's data solutions enable SaaS companies, cloud service providers, and enterprise and public sector customers to deliver real-time, secure data to power their mission-critical production, DevOps, and modern analytics environments in a multi-cloud environment. Pure Storage enables customers to quickly adopt next-generation technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to help maximize the value of their data for competitive advantage.
Lamkin first got his start in 1986 as a product localization manager at Software Publishing Corporation. From there, he went on to Adobe Systems, before eventually rising to become the SVP of consumer products at Yahoo!, his most recent position prior to joining Pure Storage. Lamkin graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with an MBA and an undergraduate degree.
24. Ben Stokes
Investor and Partner, Chasing Rainbows
Quantic School of Business and Technology
Ben Stokes is the Founding Partner of Chasing Rainbows, an early-stage investment fund specifically aimed at creating more equality in startup funding by investing in founders who come from underrepresented backgrounds - particularly those from the LGBTQ+ community. Ben previously founded and ran the virtual networking platform SocialTable, with customers on all 7 continents. Using his own experience as an LGBTQ+ founder of color, he has been an active angel investor in companies led by underrepresented founders and has fostered a number through to their exit or next investment phase.
He was a mentor at the Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco, assisting Australian founders who take their start-ups and scale-ups global. Ben has an Executive MBA, attended UC Berkeley’s Venture Capital Program and was selected to be part of both the StartOut Growth Lab, a start-up incubator located in San Francisco, and RBL1, based in Austin. In 2020 he was asked to address the UN General Assembly for their Leaders on Purpose Summit. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked at Oracle and Salesforce. Ben Stokes grew up on a farm on the North-West Coast of Tasmania after being adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, by a loving Tasmanian family. Ben's mission is to help create a world that's built on radical inclusivity where diversity of knowledge and experience is celebrated. It is the cornerstone for the vision of his fund, Chasing Rainbows. Stokes graduated from Quantic School of Business and Technology with an MBA, from James Cook University with a master’s degree in tropical medicine and public health, and from Southern Cross University with an undergraduate degree in law.
25. Joseph Clancy
Investor, Symphony Technology Group
Joseph Clancy began his professional career over 9 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of Symphony Technology Group. Symphony Technology Group (STG) is a strategic private equity firm with the mission of investing in and building leading software and services companies. In addition to capital, STG provides transformation expertise to enable its companies to deliver maximum value to their clients, to drive growth through innovation, to retain and attract the best talent and to achieve best in class business performance. STG's current portfolio consists of nine global companies.
Clancy first got his start in 2013 as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. From there, he went on to TPG Global. Clancy graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in biology and economics.
26. Michael Liou
Michael Liou began his professional career nearly 36 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Robinhood. Robinhood was founded on a simple idea that our financial markets should be accessible to all. In an industry where barriers have prevailed for too long, this hasn’t always been easy. They are leveling the playing field by making trading more intuitive, more affordable, and more inclusive to ensure that everyone, regardless of wealth or industry knowledge, feels empowered to participate in the financial system.
Liou first got his start in 1986 as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories. From there, he went on to Kidder Peabody, before eventually founding Anvil Capital Advisors where he served as the chief investment officer, his most recent position prior to joining Robinhood. Liou graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a master’s in electrical engineering, from NYU Stern School of Business with an MBA, and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.
27. Pablo Solano
The University of Texas at Austin
Pablo Solano is an Investor of SpaceX. He first joined the company in 2017. SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies, is a space-transportation startup company founded by Elon Musk. SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX develops crew and cargo capsules, engines, cryogenic tank structures, avionics, equipment, guidance, and control software. The company is developing the partially reusable launch vehicles Falcon 1 and Falcon 9.
Previously, Solano was a general partner at MITA Ventures. Earlier in his career he worked with Pilot44 Labs as an innovation network director. Solano earned an undergraduate degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.
28. George Strompolos
Investor and Advisor, Flexport
University of California - Berkeley
George Strompolos is an Investor and Advisor at Flexport. He first joined the company in 2013. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Today, companies of all sizes from emerging brands to Fortune 500 companies use Flexport technology to move more than $10B worth of merchandise across 112 countries every year.
Previously, Strompolos was the founder of Fullscreen and before that, an acquisitions manager at CNET Networks. Earlier in his career he worked with Wired Magazine as a sales associate. Strompolos earned an undergraduate degree in mass communication and business administration from the University of California - Berkeley.
29. Ryan Brogan
Columbia University in the City of New York
Ryan Brogan is an Investor at Palantir. Palantir’s software lets their customers integrate and analyze all of their data so they can answer questions that they couldn't before. From delivering disaster relief to building safer automobiles, they are dedicated to helping make their partners better at their most important work. Together with their customers, they’re building the future of national security, healthcare, energy, finance, manufacturing, and more. Brogan has nearly 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009.
Before joining Palantir, Brogan co-founded 1XRUN LLC. Brogan graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York.
30. Russell Sarder
Investor, Sarder Investments
The City University of New York
Russell Sarder is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and CEO of Learning. He is an Investor of Sarder Investments. Sarder Investments is a collaborative knowledge platform bringing together some of the world’s best business practices from Fortune 1000 corporate leaders, ivy league professors, and best-selling business authors. Dissemination of information happens through eLearning programs that are designed to deliver robust learning solutions to organizations worldwide. Sarder has over 23 years of experience. He began his career in 1999.
Previously, Sarder was a trustee at New York Hall of Science and before that an investor at LearningGG. Earlier in his career he founded Angryman.com where he served as the CEO. Sarder graduated from NYU School of Professional Studies with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.
31. Anthony Joseph
Investor, Flywheel Solutions Group
Anthony Joseph began his professional career nearly 28 years ago. Today, he is the Founder, Principal, Advisor and Investor of Flywheel Solutions Group. Flywheel Solutions Group is based in Bellevue WA and provides clean slate eCommerce solutions for businesses. Their team of experienced business, technology, marketing and operations veterans specialize in helping businesses succeed. They know how to create solid outcomes that provide value to customers, achieve high growth, and deliver strong business returns.
Joseph first got his start in 1994 as a program manager at Digidesign/Avid Technology. From there, he went on to PointCast, before eventually rising to become the VP of product, marketing and customer experience at Adobe. Joseph is a graduate of Stanford University and Middlebury College.
32. Ken Hausman
Seed Investor & Advisor, Snowflake Computing
Ken Hausman is a Seed Investor and Advisor of Snowflake Computing. He first joined the company in 2012. Snowflake delivers a single and seamless experience across multiple public clouds. Snowflake’s platform is the engine that powers and provides access to the data cloud, creating a solution for data warehousing, data lakes, data engineering, data science, data application development, and data sharing. Snowflake’s customers, partners, and data providers are already taking their businesses to new frontiers in the data cloud.
Previously, Hausman was a VP at Deutche Telekom and before that, a senior manager of the open systems group at Ingres. Earlier in his career he worked with ReSound as an acting CFO. Hausman earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in human biology and economics from Stanford University.
33. David Kellenberger
David Kellenberger is an Investor of Snowflake. He first joined the company in 2020. Snowflake is a cloud data platform that provides a data warehouse-as-a-service designed for the cloud. The platform is built for the cloud, focusing on an instant, secure, governed access to an entire network of data, and is built to enable a variety of data workloads, including a single platform for developing modern data applications. It combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.
Previously, Kellenberger was a venture capital investor at Norwest Venture Partners and before that a technology investment banking at William Blair & Company. Kellenberger earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
34. Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan is an Investor and a Board Member at Datadog. He first joined the company in 2011. Datadog is the essential monitoring platform for cloud applications. They bring together data from servers, containers, databases, and third-party services to make their customer’s stack entirely observable. These capabilities help DevOps teams avoid downtime, resolve performance issues, and ensure customers are getting the best user experience.
Previously, Callahan was a co-founder, CEO and board member at Awake Security and before that a chief technologist of StorageWorks at HP. Earlier in his career he worked with Ask Jeeves as a director for advanced developments. Callahan earned an undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University.
35. Jon Kossow
Jon Kossow began his professional career over 26 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of CoreLogic. CoreLogic is a provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics, and services to business and government. The company combines public, contributory, and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built the largest and most comprehensive US real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services.
Kossow first got his start in 1996 as an account executive at Leo Burnett. From there, he went on to TA Associates before eventually moving on to become an investor at Appriss. Kossow graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in biology.
36. Jay Grimsted
Angel Investor, Investors Bank
Jay Grimsted is an Angel Investor of Investors Bank. Investors Bank is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $27 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors serve a wide range of consumer, business, commercial real estate, nonprofit and local government customers. In addition, its charitable foundation supports local and statewide organizations that enrich the quality of life in the communities they serve. Grimsted has nearly 34 years in the banking industry. He began his career in 1988.
Before joining Investors Bank, Grimsted was a VP of the middle market group at PNC and before that an account manager of information solutions at Schlumberger. Earlier in his career he worked with Merrill Lynch as an associate. Grimsted graduated from Emory University - Goizueta Business School with an MBA and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in accounting and business management.
37. Jonathan Shaffer
Jonathan Shaffer is an Investor of Point72. Point72 Asset Management is a family office managing the assets of its founder, Steven A. Cohen, and eligible employees. Point72 primarily invests in discretionary long/short equities and makes significant quantitative and macro investments. The firm is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and maintains affiliated offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore. Point72 has a world class team of more than 850 employees, including more than 350 investment professionals. Shaffer has over 11 years in the financial services industry. He began his career in 2011.
Before joining Point72, Shaffer was a founder and chairman at Alpha Audiotronics, Inc.
and before that, a research analyst at Credit Suisse. Shaffer graduated from Yale University with an MBA and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.
38. Aditi Maliwal
Aditi Maliwal is a Lead Series A Investor at Chime. Chime was created with the mission to make financial peace of mind a reality for millions of Americans. They partner with regional banks to design member-first financial products. This creates a more competitive market with better, lower-cost options for everyday Americans who aren’t being served well by traditional banks. They offer access to bank accounts with fee-free overdraft, provide members the chance to receive early access to their paychecks, and help them improve their credit. They were recently valued at over $25.5B and they’ve raised over $1.7B in funding from leading investors including Sequoia Capital Global Equities, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, General Atlantic, Tiger Global, Dragoneer, DST, Coatue, Iconiq, Menlo Ventures. Maliwal has over 9 years in the financial services industry. She began her career in 2012.
Before joining Chime, Maliwal was a product manager at Google, and before that venture associate at Crosslink Capital. Earlier in her career she worked with Deutsche Bank Securities as an investment banking analyst. Maliwal graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and economics.
39. Marie Cernese
Investor, Canopy Growth
Marie Cernese began her professional career over 19 years ago. Today, she is an Investor and Managing Partner at Canopy Growth. Canopy Growth Corporation is a world-leading diversified cannabis company. They operate a collection of diverse brands and curated strain varieties, supported millions of square feet of indoor greenhouse production capacity, partnered with some of the leading names in the sector.
Cernese first got her start in 2003 as a partner at Kleiner Perkins. Cernese graduated from Yale University with an MBA and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
40. Allan Jean-Baptiste
Allan Jean-Baptiste began his professional career over 10 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike, a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with one of the world’s most advanced cloud-native platforms for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk, endpoints and cloud workloads, identity, and data. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrikeFalcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft, and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting, and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.
Jean-Baptiste first got his start in 2012 as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. From there, he went on to SurveyMonkey, before eventually moving on to become an investor at Glassdoor, his most recent venture prior to joining CrowdStrike. Jean-Baptiste graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in economics.
41. Stephen Ensley
Stephen Ensley began his professional career nearly 18 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Sprinklr. Sprinklr is the leading enterprise company for all customer-facing functions. With advanced AI, Sprinklr's unified customer experience management (Unified-CXM) platform helps companies deliver human experiences to every customer, every time, across any modern channel. Headquartered in New York City with employees around the world, Sprinklr works with more than 1,000 of the world’s most valuable enterprise global brands like Microsoft, P&G, Samsung and more than 50% of the Fortune 100.
Ensley first got his start in 2004 in corporate finance at Focus Strategies. From there, he went on to SSE Capital Group, before eventually rising to become an analyst at J.P. Morgan M&A, his most recent position prior to joining Sprinklr. Ensley graduated from Stanford University with a master’s degree in management science and engineering and an undergraduate degree in economics.
42. David Yuan
David Yuan is an Investor at HashiCorp. first joined the company in 2019. HashiCorp is the leader in infrastructure automation for multi-cloud environments. They are building solutions that enable innovation at global enterprises, offering them a common cloud operating model via consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect, and run their infrastructure with any application. HashiCorp was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, though 85 percent of their employees work remotely, strategically distributed around the globe. HashiCorp has a thriving user community of tens of thousands, and their open-source software receives tens of millions of downloads annually.
Previously, Yuan was an assistant to the CEO at VMWare and before that a director of business development at 1stUp/ CMGI. Earlier in his career he worked with Bain and Company as an associate consultant. Yuan earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.
43. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes
Private Investor, Goldfingr
University of Miami
Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes is a Private Investor of Goldfingr. Goldfingr is a global club and social investing platform. They provide investment opportunities, resources, and experiences to their members powered by $GFT. Vasiliu-Feltes is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership and was appointed to the board of advisors for several organizations.
Vasiliu-Feltes is the CEO of Softhread Inc., the founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, founder and CEO of Revexpo Consulting and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, and Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School- Division of Entrepreneurship. She has held several executive leadership roles for organizations like the Government Blockchain Association, Detect Genomix, Mednax, and the University of Miami UHealth System. She also holds several certifications from Harvard, MIT Sloan, and Stanford and graduated from the University of Miami Herbert with an executive MBA.
44. Eric Schwartz
Angel Investor, nCino
Eric Schwartz is an Angel Investor at nCino. The nCino system empowers financial institutions with scalable technology to help them achieve revenue growth, greater efficiency, cost savings and regulatory compliance. In a digital-first world, nCino enhances the employee and client experience to enable financial institutions to more effectively onboard clients, make loans and manage the entire loan life cycle, and open deposit and other accounts across lines of business and channels. Schwartz has over 24 years of experience. He began his career in 1997.
Before joining nCino, Schwartz was a senior principal at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company and before that, a manager of business operations at Promontory Interfinancial Network. Earlier in his career he worked with Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union as a teller and VP of IT. Schwartz graduated from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
45. Bruce Irish
Seed Investor, GitLab
University of Michigan
Bruce Irish is a Seed Investor at GitLab. He first joined the company in 2015. GitLab is a complete DevOps platform, delivered as a single application, fundamentally changing the way development, security, and operations teams collaborate and build software. From idea to production, GitLab helps teams improve cycle time from weeks to minutes, reduce development costs and time to market while increasing developer productivity. They are the world's largest all-remote company with team members located in more than 65 countries.
Previously, Irish was a president at Thira Corporation and before that a vice president for marketing and product strategy at Gamma Enterprise Technologies. Earlier in his career he worked with Sun Microsystems as a worldwide market development manager. Irish earned an MBA, a master’s degree in Japanese studies, a master’s degree in computer science, and an undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.
46. Raju Rishi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Raju Rishi is an Investor of Datadog He first joined the company in 2015. Datadog is an essential monitoring platform for cloud applications. It brings together data from servers, containers, databases, and third-party services to make a stack entirely observable. These capabilities help DevOps teams avoid downtime, resolve performance issues, and ensure customers are getting the best user experience.
Previously, Rishi was an advisor at APTEXX, Inc. and before that an investor at ClearGraph (acquired by Tableau). Earlier in his career he worked with Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff and project leader. Rishi earned an MS and an undergraduate degree in materials science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
47. Shuja Keen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shuja Keen is an Investor of Afiniti. Afiniti is a world-leading applied artificial intelligence and advanced analytics provider. Their core product, Enterprise Behavioral Pairing™, uses artificial intelligence to identify subtle and valuable patterns of human interaction in order to pair individuals on the basis of behavior, leading to more successful interactions and measurable increases in enterprise profitability. Afiniti has over 350 patents and operates throughout the world, measurably driving billions of dollars in incremental value for its clients. Keen has over 24 years of experience. He began his career in 1998.
Before joining Afiniti, Keen was a director of corporate strategy at HauteDecor and before that an analyst at Morgan Stanley. Keen graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
48. CJ Reim
CJ Reim began his professional career nearly 13 years ago. Today, he is an Angel Investor at Talkdesk. Talkdesk is a global cloud contact center leader for customer-obsessed companies. Their automation-first customer experience solutions optimize their customers’ most critical customer service processes. Their speed of innovation, vertical expertise, and global footprint reflect their commitment to ensuring that businesses can deliver better experiences across any industry and through any channel, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and accelerated business outcomes.
Reim first got his start in 2009 as a head of special projects at Performance Athletix. From there, he went on to Applied Power Innovations, before eventually rising to become a VP at Highland Capital Partners, his most recent position prior to joining Talkdesk. Reim graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in finance and information systems.
49. Martin Murrer
Investor and Advisor, Serva Energy
The Ohio State University
Martin Murrer is an Investor and Advisor of Serva Energy. He first joined the company in 2021. Serva Energy is revolutionizing the way nuclear fuels are produced under the urgent timeline of climate change, serving the world a critical carbon-free pathway to a clean energy future. Serva fuel technologies are poised to transform the state of nuclear power within this decade, making reactors safer, more efficient, and 100% sustainable by eliminating the stockpile of hazardous waste.
Previously, Murrer was a co- founder and managing director at Sagent Advisors and before that, he worked in investments at Solar Implant Technologies. Earlier in his career he worked with Salomon Brothers as a director. Murrer earned an MBA in finance and strategy from UCLA Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in finance and marketing from The Ohio State University.
50. Aabed Meer
Investor, Questa Capital
Aabed Meer, MD is a Partner at Questa Capital focused on growth-stage healthcare technology, healthcare services and medical device investments. His investments include Epic Systems, Altruista Health (acquired by Blackstone), HealthPlan Services (acquired by Wipro), Performance Health (acquired by Patterson Medical), AAI Pharma (acquired by Alcami), Breg, HeartFlow, and Capsule.
Meer is actively involved in Questa's current investments, which include Bicycle Health, Vynca and Claritas Rx. Previously, he was a director and member of the founding team at Martis Capital, where he focused on private equity investments in the healthcare sector. Prior to that, he was with Capricorn Investment Group and New Enterprise Associates. Early in his career, he contributed to the Human Genome Project, a research effort led by the NIH to identify, map and sequence the entire human genome. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in biochemical sciences, and from Stanford University with an MD and MBA.
51. Paul Pate
Paul Pate is an Investor at Flywire. He first joined the company in 2020. Flywire Corporation is a global payments-enablement and software company trusted by organizations around the world to deliver on their customers’ most important moments. Unlike other companies, Flywire is proven to solve high-stakes vertical-specific payment and receivables problems for organizations that deliver high-value services. Flywire has vertical-specific insight and technology that allows organizations to optimize the payment experience for their customers while eliminating operational challenges from invoicing to payment reconciliation. Flywire supports over 2,500 clients around the world with diverse payment methods in more than 140 currencies across 240 countries and territories. Flywire counts Goldman Sachs, Temasek, Bain Capital Ventures, Spark Capital, F-Prime, Whale Rock Capital Management, Marshall Wace LLP, and Sunley House Capital, Advent International among its investors.
Pate earned an undergraduate degree in government and economics from Harvard University.
52. Drew Sanocki
Investor, Thrive Market
Drew Sanocki is an Investor at Thrive Market. Thrive Market is a membership e-commerce platform on a mission to make the world’s highest quality natural and organic products affordable for every American family. For $60/year, Thrive members get access to their favorite healthy snacks, supplements, home, beauty, and baby products at 30-50% off retail value all shipped to their front door for free. Sanocki has nearly 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1994.
Before joining Thrive Market, Sanocki was a CMO at Karmaloop and before that a co-founder of DesignPublic.com. Earlier in his career he served with the US Navy as a naval intelligence officer. Sanocki graduated from Stanford University Graduate School of Business with an MBA and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in government and ocean physics.
53. Kevan Olander
Kevan Olander is an Investor at Headspace. Headspace was created with one mission in mind, to improve the health and happiness of the world. Reaching more than 65 million users in 190 countries, Headspace was one of the first meditation apps in the world and remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training. Headspace operates a B2B business to offer its mindfulness products and services to more than 700 companies, such as Starbucks, Adobe, GE, Hyatt and Unilever, to help them build healthier, more productive cultures and higher performing organizations. Olander has nearly 8 years of experience. He began his career in 2014.
Before joining Headspace, Olander was an investor at Seismic and before that a senior associate at JMI Equity. Earlier in his career he worked with Raymond James as an investment banking analyst. Olander graduated from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting.
54. Angelina DiPaolo
Angelina DiPaolo is an Investor at Outreach. Outreach, the first and only Sales Execution Platform, helps revenue teams bring intelligence to workflows, unlock full visibility across the entire revenue cycle, and commit their forecasts with confidence. Outreach is the only solution provider to integrate sales engagement, conversation intelligence, and revenue intelligence into one platform. More than 5,300 companies such as Adobe, Tableau, Okta, Splunk, DocuSign, and SAP depend on Outreach's enterprise-scale, unparalleled customer adoption, and robust AI-powered innovation. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. DiPaolo has nearly 9 years of experience. She began her career in 2013.
In addition to her roles with Outreach, DiPaolo is a venture capital investor with Premji Invest and an investor of Chainalysis, Robinhood and Heyday. Previously she was a technology investment banking officer at Citi. Earlier in her career she worked with Anthropologie as a sales associate. DiPaolo graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in engineering and Chinese.
55. Sebastian Zhou
Sebastian Zhou is an Investor of Dataminr. Dataminr is an AI platform that detects the earliest signs of high-impact events and emerging risks from publicly available information. It discovers, distills, and delivers alerts from the increasingly diverse and complex landscape of publicly available information including social media, blogs, information sensors, and the dark web, ensuring that businesses have the knowledge they need to act with confidence. Zhou has over 8 years of experience. He began his career in 2014
Before joining Dataminr, Zhou was on the investment team at Search Fund Accelerator and before that, with GRC Capital. Earlier in his career he worked with Guotai Asset Management as an investment team member. Zhou graduated from New York University with an MS in information systems and from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in management with concentrations in finance and information systems
56. Ray Crowell
Investor, SCADpro Fund
American Military University
Ray Crowell is the Managing Director of SCADpro Fund. SCADpro Fund invests in alumni from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Since 2019, Crowell has invested in Liist, Streamlytics, The Big Favorite, Q4 Sports, Deepr, Mini City ATL, Parafin, FilmHedge, Imago Rehab, Outsmartly, and Novel Effect. He also is an angel investor in Ion Learning and invested in Smart Yields and Farm from a Box through crowd-investing platform Republic. Crowell researches, writes, and publishes articles through Inc. focused on the power of creative leaders in business.
Crowell is also Chief Innovation Officer at Bluum, an Idaho charter school incubator and national education opportunity leader. He focuses on strategy at the intersection between K-12 education and the future of work. Crowell has lived several lives over the years from hostage negotiator to business negotiator. He is a passionate ecosystem builder, inspiring brand storyteller, collaborative board member, invested coach, and thoughtful participatory-centric service designer. He was co-founder of Humble Ventures, built and led accelerators for Bunker Labs DC and the Frederick Innovative Technology Center, held several executive leadership roles within the federal government, and is a decorated US Air Force veteran. Crowell supports and mentors founders from inclusive entrepreneurial initiatives that include Patriot Boot Camp and Techstars Workforce Development Accelerator. He has received numerous accolades to include being one of DC Inno's "50 on Fire" as an investor, serving as innovation bridge between the Defense Department and industry co-creating real-time global intelligence visualization with Google Earth, and is in the company of past US Presidents, Senators, and journalist legends as recipient of the United Service Organizations (USO) Spirit of Hope award. He holds several executive certifications from Harvard, Notre Dame, and Georgetown and graduated from the American Military University with a master's in security management and bachelor's in criminal justice.
57. Victoria Cheng
Victoria Cheng began her professional career nearly 20 years ago. Today, she is an Investor of DataRobot. DataRobot is the AI cloud leader, delivering a unified platform for all users, all data types, and all environments to accelerate delivery of AI to production. DataRobot is trusted by global customers across industries and verticals, including a third of the Fortune 50, delivering over a trillion predictions for leading companies globally.
Cheng first got her start in 2002 as a web developer at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business before eventually rising to become a director for venture investing at Citi, her most recent position prior to joining DataRobot. Cheng graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree.
58. Ken Grouf
Investor, Tender Greens
Ken Grouf began his professional career over 27 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Tender Greens. Tender Greens is a group of restaurants where super talented chefs get to run each kitchen like their own. It’s the kind of comfort food chefs love to cook for themselves and their families, for far less than their customers would expect.
Grouf first got his start in 1994 as a national program and marketing director at DoSomething.org. From there, he went on to Yahoo, before eventually rising to become the vice president for marketing, communications and community relations at Spot Runner, his most recent position prior to joining Tender Greens. Grouf graduated from Cornell University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
59. Adam Hirsch
University of Michigan
Adam Hirsch is an Investor at Dataminr. He first joined the company in 2012. Dataminr puts real-time AI and public data to work for their clients, generating relevant and actionable alerts for global corporations, public sector agencies, newsrooms, and NGOs. Their leading AI platform detects the earliest signals of high-impact events and emerging risks from vast amounts of publicly available information. Dataminr is making its mark for growth and innovation, recently earning recognition on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Forbes AI 50 and Forbes Cloud 100 lists.
Previously, Hirsch was a VP of operations at David Barton Gym and before that a senior manager at American Express. Earlier in his career he worked with Crunch Fitness as a director of operations. Hirsch earned an MBA from Fordham Gabelli School of Business and an undergraduate degree in communication and sports management from the University of Michigan.
60. Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard is an Investor of Wellth. Wellth is a venture-backed digital health company that improves adherence in chronic disease populations. Using the science of behavioral economics, combined with an appreciation for human nature, they uncover and address the unique obstacles that prevent people with chronic conditions from improving patient outcomes. Their program goes beyond current efforts to boost adherence with technology, reminders, and coaching solutions using contingency management and loss aversion to create motivation, behavior change and improve population health at scale. Leonard has over 13 years of experience. He began his career in 2009.
Before joining Wellth, Leonard was a resident physician in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Health System and before that, a doctor at Thomas Jefferson University. Earlier in his career he worked with MATCH Education as a teaching assistant. Leonard graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals with an MD and from Boston College with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and music.
61. Will Kohler
Will Kohler is an Investor at 1Password. He first joined the company in 2014. Trusted by more than 100,000 businesses to protect their data, 1Password gives their users complete control over passwords and other sensitive business information. As an integral layer of the identity and access management stack, 1Password protects all employee accounts, even those their clients aren’t aware of. 1Password is easy to deploy and integrates with Azure AD, Okta, OneLogin, and Slack, so users can automatically provision employees using the systems they already trust.
Previously, Kohler was a mentor at TechStars and before that a senior associate at Advanced Technology Ventures. Earlier in his career he co-founded Pointe Communications where he served as the operations manager. Kohler earned an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.
62. Alka Tandan
University of California - Berkeley
Alka Tandan is currently the Executive Vice President of Finance at Gainsight, the leader of Customer Success, and has over 20 years of corporate finance, operations, and M&A experience in the technology industry, mostly focused on SaaS. Her career spans respected companies like SAP, Actian, and MetricStream and includes several successful exits. At Gainsight, she was part of the executive team that scaled the company to a $1B unicorn.
Alka has raised over half a billion dollars in venture and debt financing, while also being considered a strong strategic partner across the business. She utilizes her operations background to invest and advise emerging companies, most recently in Mural, TRM Labs and Vareto. She is also a limited partner and advisor for the venture fund Operator Collective and a member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women community. Tandan graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with an MBA and from the University of California - Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree.
63. Aidan Yeaw
University of Rhode Island
Aidan Yeaw began his professional career over27 years ago. Today, he is an Investor, Advisor, and Board Observer NODE40. NODE40 offers the industry’s most comprehensive data analysis, accounting, and crypto tax platform to create an independent verifiable audit trail. It tracks the entire lifecycle of each transaction, from cost basis origin to transfers to disposition, to deliver precise calculations, complete confidence, and full compliance.
Yeaw first got his start in 1995 as an investor services representative at First Data Corporation. From there, he went on to Fidelity Investments. Yeaw graduated from Clark University with an MBA in business administration and management, and from the University of Rhode Island - College of Business with an undergraduate degree in management.
64. Patrick Keating
Seed Investor, Accel
United States Military Academy at West Point
Patrick Keating began his professional career over 13 years ago. Today, he is a Seed Investor at Accel. Accel is a leading venture capital firm that invests in people and their companies from the earliest days through all phases of private company growth. Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, CrowdStrike, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, FreshWorks, Jet, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, UiPath and Vox Media are among the companies the firm has backed over the past 35 years.
Keating first got his start in 2009 as a combat engineer officer with the US Army. From there, he went on to Stanford University, before eventually moving on to become a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, his most recent position prior to joining Accel. Keating graduated from Stanford University with an MBA and from United States Military Academy at West Point with an undergraduate degree.
65. Harry Park
University of California - Berkeley
Harry Park is an investor of Lacework. Lacework is the data-driven security platform for the cloud. The Lacework Cloud Security Platform, powered by Polygraph, automates cloud security at scale so their customers can innovate with speed and safety. Only Lacework can collect, analyze, and accurately correlate data across an organization’s AWS, Azure, GCP, and Kubernetes environments, and narrow it down to the handful of security events that matter. Park has over 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.
Before joining Lacework, Park was a senior manager of software development at Edelman Financial Engines and before that a manager of software engineering at Medallia. Earlier in his career he worked with Financial Engines as a manager of software development and an architect. Park graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
66. Gaetano Franceschi
Gaetano Franceschi began his professional career over 28 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of Enertiv. Enertiv is a real estate technology company that transforms building data into asset value. Their platform streamlines building operations by digitizing the physical infrastructure of commercial real estate portfolios. They collect better data, faster and more affordably than anyone else, enabling owners and operators to eliminate waste within their largest and most controllable operating expense.
Franceschi first got his start in 1994 as a software engineer at DXC Technology. From there, he went on to GE Capital, before eventually rising to become a director and CFO of Amazon Games, his most recent position prior to joining Enertiv. Franceschi graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA in finance and from Northwestern University with an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering.
67. Kambiz Silani
Angel Investor, PatientPop
University of California - Los Angeles
Kambiz Silani began his professional career over 18 years ago. Today, he is an Angel Investor at PatientPop. PatientPop is the only all-in-one practice growth solution. By enhancing and automating each touchpoint in the patient journey from first impression online to digital booking to post-visit follow-up. PatientPop makes it easy for healthcare providers to attract more patients, manage online reputation, modernize the patient experience, and automate the front office. They are a fast-growing healthcare technology startup in the heart of Silicon Beach.
Silani first got his start in 2006 as an assistant property manager at H.Silani and Associates. From there, he went on to Rev360, before eventually rising to become a brand ambassador and advisory board member at Visionix - Luneau Technology, his most recent position prior to joining PatientPop. Silani graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Optometry and from the University of California - Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in sociology, psychology and pre-optometry.
68. Mike Robichaud
University of New Hampshire
Mike Robichaud is an Investor at Ascendify. He first joined the company in 2013. Ascendify is an end-to-end recruiting platform that unifies candidate relationship management and an applicant tracking system. Designed for global organizations, Ascendify makes it easy to enhance the candidate’s experience, build diverse talent pools, improve hiring outcomes and ensure global compliance.
Previously, Robichaud was a head football coach at Concord Carlisle High School and before that a investor, advisor and board member at Talener Group. Earlier in his career he founded Motion Recruitment Partners where he served as the CEO. Robichaud earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of New Hampshire.
69. Peter Wang
Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Wang is an Investor at Snackpass. He first joined the company in 2021. Snackpass is social commerce for restaurants. Their users order ahead at their favorite restaurants and unlock discounts with friends. This social buying creates exclusive content for users and organic word of mouth for restaurants. They’ve grown 7.5X year over year and gone viral on college campuses by helping other users save time, save money, and connect with friends, all while driving new and repeat business to restaurants. Snackpass has raised over $90M from the top investors in the country such as Craft Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, First Round, Y Combinator along with leading voices in entertainment and hospitality such as the Jonas Brothers, Steve Aoki, Draymond Green, and David Grutman.
Previously, Wang was a CTO at The Mighty and before that, a CTO at Narrativ. Earlier in his career he worked with UBS Investment Bank in bank operations. Wang earned an undergraduate degree in electrical computer engineering and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
70. Gregory Chang
Gregory Chang is an Investor at Vanta. Vanta was founded in 2016, in the wake of several high-profile data breaches that shook the collective faith in internet businesses. Their mission at Vanta is to be a layer of trust on top of cloud services, to secure the internet, increase trust in software companies, and keep consumer data safe. Chang has nearly 20 years in the computer software industry. He began his career in 2002.
Before joining Vanta, Chang was an SVP of product at Womply and before that a VP of platform product at YuMe, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with Microsoft as a group product manager. Chang graduated from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management with an MBA and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences.
71. Andrew Riesenfeld
University of Virginia
Andrew Riesenfeld is an Investor at People.ai. People.ai bridges complex artificial-intelligence and real-world business expertise to help their clients innovate, grow, and generate greater revenue. They do this through reliable, unified data, and more effective approaches to putting that data into action. People.ai uses technology to make business more human.
In addition to his investment roles, Riesenfeld is the VP of GTM Operations and Productivity at DocuSign. Previously, he served as the VP of WW Sales Development + Pipeline at Responsys, where he helped lead the company to an acquisition by Oracle. He is also an early stage investor in a number of companies including Second Nature, Chorus.ai, Routable, Datagrail, Atrium, Groundswell, Pallet, and Forwrd.ai. Riesenfeld graduated from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree in sociology and was a four-year letterwinner in baseball.
72. Paul Davis
Paul Davis began his professional career over 36 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Tego. Tego is a complete asset tracking, supply chain and lifecycle management solution, providing edge intelligence in both disconnected and inhospitable environmental conditions. With 30 granted patents, Tego’s Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP) is a configurable, scalable, edge to enterprise solution with industry specific templates for rapid deployment. Tego’s platform is an interoperable system for building rugged IoT solutions. As the leading aerospace solution provider, Tego’s global customers include Honeywell, Parker Aerospace, and Collins.
Davis first got his start in 1985 as a consultant at Monitor Company. From there, he went on to Yeager Wood & Marshall, before eventually rising to become an SVP at Welch & Forbes LLC, his most recent position prior to joining Tego. Davis graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree.
73. Michael Frank
Board Member and Investor, Akumina
Michael Frank is an Investor at Akumina. He first joined the company in 2018. With a growing community of over 4.5 million active daily users, Akumina is the world’s leading employee experience platform, boosting workplace satisfaction and productivity with the ultimate modern intranet experience. Akumina’s customers include Whole Foods Market, The Boston Red Sox, Crocs, Sketchers, GlaxoSmithKline, iRobot and The World Trade Center. Akumina was ranked a Strong Performer in the 2022 Forrester Wave™ Report on Intranet Platforms.
Previously, Frank was a chairman, co-founder and investor at SpinWave Systems and before that a general partner at Advanced Technology Ventures. Earlier in his career he worked with Tencor Instruments as a development engineer and project manager. Frank earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in mechanical engineering and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University.
74. Evan Brown
Investor and Advisor, Datasembly
Evan Brown is an Investor and Advisor at Datasembly. Datasembly knows that their customers need real-time data to make real-life decisions. That is why their technology provides in-store and real-time, pricing, promotions, and availability data, without ever stepping foot in a store. From a brand or private label to a store or the competitors', they provide real-time data for every product, every store, every day. Brown has over 25 years of experience in capital markets. He began his career in 1995.
Brown is one of the first investors in Datasembly, and also has made investments in Recapped, Enko Chem, Nesh, Gradient Health, recent hot NFT deal CryptoSlam, and Mainline.GG where he sits on the Board. His capital markets career has included stops at Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, and Velocity Futures where he previously served as COO. Brown graduated from Dartmouth College with undergraduate degrees in molecular biology and Spanish literature.
75. Anshul Agarwal
Investor, Lucid Motors
University of Arizona
Anshul Agarwal began his professional career over 21 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Lucid Motors. Lucid is the future of sustainable mobility, designing luxury electric cars that further reimagines the driving experience. They were founded in 2007 under the name Atieva and originally focused on building electric vehicle batteries and powertrains for other vehicle manufacturers. The company rebranded to Lucid Motors in October 2016 and officially announced its intent to develop an all-electric, high-performance luxury vehicle.
Agarwal first got his start in 2001 performing various roles at Epic. From there, he went on to Deloitte Consulting, before eventually rising to become an investment and business development officer at Mitsui & Co., Ltd., his most recent position prior to joining Lucid Motors. Agarwal graduated from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth with an MBA and from the University of Arizona with an undergraduate in computer and management information systems.
76. Matt Carbonara
The Ohio State University
Matt Carbonara began his professional career over 26 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Snyk. Snyk is the leader in developer security. They empower the world’s developers to build secure applications and equip security teams to meet the demands of the digital world. Their developer-first approach ensures organizations can secure all of the critical components of their applications from code to cloud, leading to increased developer productivity, revenue growth, customer satisfaction, cost savings and an overall improved security posture.
Carbonara first got his start in 1995 as a senior member of technical staff at Terayon Communications Systems. From there, he went on to TeleSoft Partners, before eventually rising to become a principal at Comcast Ventures, his most recent position prior to joining Snyk. Carbonara graduated from The Ohio State University with an MS and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
77. Henry Frankievich
University of Chicago
Henry Frankievich is an Investor of PayCargo. He first joined the company in 2020. PayCargo is a commercial payments solution for the Ocean, Air, Trucking and Rail industries. PayCargo offers electronic tools that create significant efficiencies by automating the payments process with multiple financing options, dispute resolution, systems integration, email alerting, and report capabilities. PayCargo’s financing options allow carriers to enjoy advanced funding of receivables and shippers to qualify for additional credit terms on their payables.
Previously, Frankievich was an associate of the technology group at TA Associates and before that an investor at Gamma Technologies, LLC. Earlier in his career he worked with Credit Suisse as an analyst. Frankievich earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
78. Mujtaba Elgoodah
Mujtaba Elgoodah is an Investor at Statespace. Statespace is using cognitive science and artificial intelligence to revolutionize the way humans improve. Leveraging their expertise as neuroscientists, data scientists, video game developers, and computer visionaries, their products bring much needed standardized performance analytics to training. Elgoodah has over 5 years of experience. He began his career in 2016.
Before joining Statespace, Elgoodah was a financial analyst at Excelacom and before that, an operations lead at Transcend Agencies, LLC. Elgoodah graduated from Liberty University with an MS in sports management and recreation and an undergraduate degree in business administration.
79. Rui Lu
Investor, Spartan Micro
University of Washington
Rui Lu is an Investor at Spartan Micro. Spartan Micro is a neurovascular and peripheral vascular company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets innovative medical devices. They focus on the neurovascular market for the safe endovascular treatment of common, and uncommon, cerebrovascular diseases and abnormalities. Spartan Micro develops products for use by interventional neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neurologists, interventional radiologists, and vascular surgeons. Spartan Micro provides these specialist physicians with a means to drive improved clinical outcomes through faster and safer procedures. Lu has nearly 6 years of experience. He began his career in 2016.
Before joining Spartan Micro, Lu was a business analyst at Tourico Holidays. Lu graduated from Duke University with an MEM and from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering.
80. Preeti Rathi
Investor, Jupiter Intelligence
Preeti Rathi began her professional career over 17 years ago. Today, she is an Investor at Jupiter Intelligence. Jupiter is the global leader in data and analytics services to make informed decisions to anticipate risk from extreme weather, sea-level rise, storm intensification and rising temperatures caused by short, medium and long-term climate change. Jupiter’s ClimateScore TM Intelligence Platform provides sophisticated, dynamic, hyper-local, current- hour-to-50-plus-year probabilistic risk analysis for weather in a changing climate.
Rathi first got her start in 2005 as a product manager at Cisco. From there, she went on to Vectra Networks, Inc., before eventually rising to become an investment lead at Tractable, her most recent position prior to joining Jupiter Intelligence. Rathi graduated from Stanford University with a master’s degree in computer science and from The Wharton School with an MBA.
81. Pedro Muller
Angel Investor, Encuadrado
University of California - Berkeley
Pedro Muller began his professional career over 7 years ago. Today, he is an Angel Investor at Encuadrado. Encuadrado provides a platform for appointment scheduling, payments, and invoicing. They help get rid of the administrative hassles so that their clients can finally focus on their true passion: serving. Muller has over 10 years of experience working with the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley and the world. His background ranges from marketing, business development, and corporate innovation.
In addition to his investment roles with Encuadrado, Muller is a partner and co-founder of Prodigio Capital, an exclusive global venture community, enabling operators/experts and founders to collaboratively build the best tech companies across Africa and Latin America. He is also a director of global startup and innovation for Intercom. Muller first got his start in 2014 at Zendesk where he served in various roles. He graduated from the University of California - Berkeley.
82. Nicholas Scarpino
Seed Investor, Cartwheel
University of Notre Dame
Nicholas Scarpino began his professional career nearly 19 years ago. Today, he is a Seed Investor of Cartwheel. Cartwheel is the fastest-growing on-demand delivery management software for restaurants, dispensaries, retail and more. They help businesses launch in-house delivery or upgrade their third-party delivery infrastructure. Companies save on costs, keep their brand identity, and have full control over visibility and data. They have dozens of integrations including Olo and ezCater. Their clients include P.F. Changs, Portillo's, and Charleys Philly Steaks, to name a few.
Scarpino first got his start in 2003 as a communications director at Cambridge Educational Services. From there, he went on to IES Abroad before eventually rising to become the head of the travel industry at Google, his most recent position prior to joining Cartwheel. Scarpino graduated from Northwestern University with an MS in integrated marketing communications and from the University of Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
83. Bernard Liang
University of California - Berkeley
Bernard Liang is an Investor at Cart.com. He first joined the company in 2021. Cart.com is the first end-to-end ecommerce solutions provider delivering a fully integrated and owned suite of software, services and infrastructure to scale businesses online. They are on a mission to put brands back in charge of their ecommerce journey and their customer relationships. Today, Cart.com offers a wealth of business solutions including online store software, customer service capabilities and unified analytics across all areas of commerce and marketing performance so brands of any size can work with a single partner to access the same capabilities as the world’s largest ecommerce companies.
Previously, Liang was a software engineer at DoorDash and before that a senior software engineer at LinkedIn. Earlier in his career he worked with TeleCommunication Systems as a software engineer. Liang earned an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of California - Berkeley.
84. Stefan Linn
Investor and Operating Executive, Holexion
The University of Dallas
Stefan Linn is an Investor and Operating Executive at Holexion. He first joined the company in 2016. LetterOne is an international investment business headquartered in Luxembourg. They invest their own capital in companies that they think have unrealized potential and where they believe their strategic involvement can improve their performance and build significant value.
Previously, Linn was a chief operating officer at Oxford Immunotec and before that an SVP at IMS Health. Earlier in his career he worked with McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Linn earned an MBA from the University of California - Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in economics from The University of Dallas.
85. Alex Taussig
Alex Taussig is an Investor of Frubana. He first joined the company in 2021. Their mission is to be the largest One Stop Shop for restaurants in LATAM. They operate in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, connecting the countryside and different suppliers with the city, through a digital platform with a wide portfolio of products for the restaurant sector. They are part of Y Combinator, the same accelerator as AirBnB, Dropbox and Rappi. Additionally, they have one of the most solid investor bases in the world including Monashees, GGV, Softbank, Tiger Global, among others.
Previously, Taussig was a global shaper of San Francisco Hub at World Economic Forum and before that a partner at Highland Capital Partners. Earlier in his career he worked with MIT as a research & teaching assistant. Taussig earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University.
86. Roy Engen
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Roy Engen is an Investor at Engen. Engen is an African-based energy group focused on the marketing of petroleum, lubricants, functional fluids, chemicals and retail convenience services, through an extensive network of service stations across 7 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Engen has over 44 years of experience. He began his career in 1978.
Before joining Engen, he was a corporate controller at Hjemmet Mortensen and before that a finance director at Tandberg Data. Earlier in his career he worked with IBM as a consultant. Engen graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with an MBA.
87. Stephanie Zhan
Stephanie Zhan is an Investor at Graphcore. Graphcore has created a new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for artificial intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work, not possible using current technologies, to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence. They believe its IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for artificial intelligence computing. The performance of Graphcore’s IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors whether it be for medical researchers, roboticists or builders of autonomous cars. Zhan has nearly 9 years of experience. She began her career in 2009.
Zhan graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in computer science.
88. Tina Chang
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Tina Chang is an Investor at Cover5. Cover5 offers an alternative to fantasy sports games. Instead of drafting individual players, Cover5 participants choose five favorite teams. The more points their teams score above a spread that is set every Tuesday, the more points the participants score. When a team doesn't beat the spread, the participant loses points. Cover5 has formed unique partnerships with radio stations and sports bars around the country that use Cover5 as a marketing engagement tool for their listeners and patrons. They have received attention and praise from nationally known figures like Jimmy Fallon, Dan Patrick (NBC Sports), Steve Czaban (Yahoo Sports), and actor Roy Wood Jr. (from the TBS hit show, Sullivan and Son). Chang has over 28 years of experience. She began her career in 1994.
Before joining Cover5, Chang was a consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Chang graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
89. Jaja Liao
Jaja Liao began her professional career over 6 years ago. Today, she is an Investor at Sprout. Sprout provides a platform integrated with mobile ad networks and publishers, enabling professionals to create media HTML5 ads.
Liao first got her start in 2016 as a business analyst at Google. From there, she went on to CodeSignal, her most recent position prior to joining Sprout. Liao graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.
90. Philip Zielonka
Angel Investor, Emile
Philip Zielonka began his professional career nearly 5 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Emile. Emile Learning is a subscription education platform providing premium on-demand courses, support, and community for as little as $10 a month. Students have unlimited access to over 20 AP, core, and experiential classes, with the option to earn high school credit. Their product is inspired by best practices in consumer technology and tailor-made for the modern-day student.
Zielonka first got his start in 2017 as an analyst at CMA Strategy Consulting. From there, he went on to join Bowen where he served as an investment banking associate, his most recent position prior to joining Emile. Zielonka graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in economics.
91. Wan Li Zhu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wan Li Zhu is an Investor at Agora. He first joined the company in 2020. Agora is a materials procurement platform built for commercial trade contractors to reduce overhead costs and increase labor productivity. Its platform connects suppliers with field, office, warehouse, and accounting teams, allowing contractors to create requisitions, issue purchase orders, and track invoices and deliveries instantaneously.
Previously, Zhu was a partner at Fairhaven Capita and before that a coach of the entrepreneurship development program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Earlier in his career he worked with MIT Media Lab as a researcher. Zhu earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MS and an undergraduate degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
92. Dennis Yang
Investor, Various Companies
Dennis Yang has spent more than two decades launching and growing innovative companies around the globe, with a particular emphasis on education technology. Today he serves as Chairman, Investor, Advisor and Board Member to several technology startups. Yang previously served as CEO of Udemy, a global provider of online education that has served more than 50 million students worldwide.
Yang has been featured in or on national media sources such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, Inc., Time, and Fortune. He also has spoken at numerous conferences, including Fortune Global Forum, and appeared on Bloomberg TV. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Yang is an Alumni Regent for Northwestern University and has guest-lectured for various Northwestern classes and served as an advisor for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern.
93. Cody Skinner
Cody Skinner is an Investor at Chronometriq. ChronoMetriq operates as a software company that provides a service-as-a-software platform for online health care appointment booking, medical self service, and automated reminders that helps to manage queues at clinics and hospitals. ChronoMetriq serves customers in Canada and the United States. Skinner has nearly 10 years of experience. He began his career in 2012.
Before joining Chronometriq, Skinner was a software developer at Bridgewater Associates and before that a software engineer at Cogo Labs. Skinner graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MBA and from Williams College with an undergraduate degree in computer science and art history.
94. Tomasz Tunguz
Investor, Offchain Labs
Tomasz Tunguz began his professional career nearly 22 years ago. Today, he is an Investor at Offchain Labs. Offchain Labs is a New York based company that is building a suite of scaling solutions for Ethereum. This includes Arbitrum Rollup, the only EVM-compatible rollup that is currently live on an open, public, and full-featured testnet. Arbitrum Rollup instantly scales Dapps, drastically reducing costs and increasing capacity, without sacrificing on security. Porting contracts to Arbitrum requires no code changes or downloads, as Arbitrum is fully compatible with all existing Ethereum developer tooling.
In 2000, Tunguz founded Perquimans Systems. From there, he went on to Appian Corporation, before eventually rising to become a product manager at Google, Inc., his most recent position prior to joining Offchain Labs. Tunguz graduated from Thayer School of Engineering with an MEM and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
95. Mike Vernal
Mike Vernal began his professional career over 20 years ago. Today, he is an Investor of Rippling. Rippling is a human resource management company that manages employees’ payroll, benefits, devices, and apps. It is a platform that automates manual work, like onboarding new hires. In just 90-seconds, a company can set up or disable an employee’s payroll, health insurance, work computer, and third-party apps, like Gmail, Microsoft Office, and Slack. It’s the only platform that truly unifies every employee system and automates all of the administrative work. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Vernal first got his start in 2002 as a project manager and engineering lead at Microsoft Corporation. From there, he went on to Facebook. Vernal graduated from Harvard University with an MS and undergraduate degree in computer science.
96. Kirk Dunn
University of California, Los Angeles
Kirk Dunn is an Investor at Cyberhaven. He first joined the company in 2018. Cyberhaven is transforming the DLP market and helping organizations secure all of the high-value data they must protect in order to compete and thrive in the digital economy. It’s a big hairy problem, and we are up to the challenge. DLP is completely ineffective in the era of cloud-first applications and Zero Trust security. These data breaches result in stolen IP, damaged brands, and significant financial penalties. DLP in its current form is nothing more than a compliance checkbox. Cyberhaven is transforming the DLP market and helping organizations secure all of the high-value data they must protect in order to compete and thrive in the digital economy.
Previously, Dunn was a COO at Cloudera and before that a CEO at PowerFile Corporation. Earlier in his career he worked with ROLM / IBM Corp as a sales representative. Dunn earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics, applied sciences, game theory, computer science and econometrics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
97. Nick Rockwell
Advisor & Investor, StackShare
Nick Rockwell is an Advisor and Investor of StackShare. StackShare is a community-driven SaaS platform that lets individuals see all the best software tools and who’s using them both inside and outside of a company. Over one million engineers, CTOs, and VPEs from some of the world's top startups and companies use StackShare regularly to make tech stack decisions. Their mission is to make developers more productive by helping them learn about technology through the people and companies they trust. Rockwell has over 25 years of experience. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining StackShare, Rockwell was a CTO at Condé Nast and before that a CTO at TheLadders.com. Earlier in his career he worked with SonicNet as a technical director. Rockwell graduated from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in literary theory.
98. Bo Ren
University of Southern California
Bo Ren began her professional career over 11 years ago. Today, she is an Investor at TripleBlind. TripleBlind has created the most complete and scalable solution for privacy enhancing computation. The TripleBlind solution is software-only and delivered via a simple API. It solves for a broad range of use cases, with current focus on healthcare and financial services. The company is backed by Accenture, General Catalyst and The Mayo Clinic. TripleBlind’s innovations build on well understood principles, such as federated learning and multi-party compute. Its innovations radically improve the practical use of privacy preserving technologies, by adding true scalability and faster processing, with support for all data and algorithm types.
Ren first got her start in 2011 as a customer relations associate at Sunrun. From there, she went on to SigFig, before eventually rising to become the US head of ecosystem and assistant GM at Samsung NEXT, her most recent position prior to joining TripleBlind. Ren graduated from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in economics, psychology and business law.
99. Dixon Doll
Investor, Ten Eleven Ventures
University of Michigan
Dixon Doll is an Investor at Ten Eleven Ventures. He first joined the company in 2015. Ten Eleven Ventures focuses on early stage and growth investments in private companies that are innovating and poised to lead the digital security field. The firm is founded by security entrepreneur and investor, Alex Doll, a co-founder of PGP Corp. Ten Eleven is a specialized venture capital firm exclusively dedicated to helping cybersecurity companies thrive.
Previously, Doll was a co-founder and general partner at Impact Venture Capital, and before that an advisor at ZZ Capital International. Earlier in his career he worked with Accel as a general partner. Doll earned a PhD in electrical and electronics engineering and an MS in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Michigan.
100. Jonathan Tower
University of California - Berkeley
Jonathan Tower is an Investor at Zenplace. Zenplace makes rentals easier for property owners and landlords. Their award-winning technology-led rental management platform generates higher returns, lower costs, and provides peace of mind to property owners everywhere using their innovative approach, products, and next-generation technology. Zenplace is a high-growth technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley with a unique and award-winning team, with deep expertise innovating and building across places like Google, Apple, Facebook, Nest, Yahoo, Nokia, NBC Universal, General Electric, CBRE, Realtor.com, and other great technology and real estate companies. Tower has over 28 years of experience. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining Zenplace, Tower was an investor at Philo and before that a managing director at Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Earlier in his career he worked with Accenture as a senior consultant. Tower graduated from The Wharton School with an MBA and from the University of California - Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in economics and computer science.