Requests for Startups: Christina Bechhold (Samsung GIC)

Christina is a Senior Associate with the Strategic Investment team at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, focused on early stage investments in software and services startups. Christina is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led, New York based angel group of young professionals investing in tech enabled startups with a focus on supporting … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Christina Bechhold (Samsung GIC)

The Future of Work with Jonathan Matus of Zendrive

Jonathan Matus is CEO of Zendrive, a venture-backed startup focused on re-imagining transportation through mobile driver analytics. Previously, Jonathan was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Redpoint Ventures, a top Silicon Valley VC. Prior to Redpoint, Jonathan spent six years at Facebook and Google, focused on various mobile and speech-recognition projects. He graduated cum laude from … Continue reading The Future of Work with Jonathan Matus of Zendrive

Requests for Startups: Julian Counihan (Red Sea Ventures)

Julian is an Associate with Red Sea Ventures. He started a career in technology at Fortna, a logistics firm, where he helped develop distribution & supply chain CAD software that is still in use today. After leaving, Julian joined Citigroup where he designed portfolio analysis systems and later transitioned to advising technology companies on M&A … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Julian Counihan (Red Sea Ventures)

The Future of the On-Demand Economy with Pascal Levy-Garboua (Checkr)

Pascal is Head of Business at Checkr, the co-founder of the upcoming On-Demand (Economy) Conference, and an angel investor at Weave Capital. He invests at the angel or seed stage, primarily in marketplaces, networks and the “On-Demand Economy” stack (Shyp, Sprig, Checkr, and Caviar). A native French, Pascal was the co-founder of VirtuOz (acquired by … Continue reading The Future of the On-Demand Economy with Pascal Levy-Garboua (Checkr)

Requests for Startups: Matt Bradley (Forward Partners)

Matt is an investor at Forward Partners — a B2C eCommerce fund based in London that invests in and provides support to entrepreneurs at the idea and seed stage. He did an undergrad BA in Politics and International Relations. An atypical background for a VC, Matt worked in Trading, Structuring and Sales at Barclays Capital and Lloyds … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Matt Bradley (Forward Partners)

What Do the Founding Teams of Billion Dollar Companies Look Like?

Tod Francis and Nikhil Basu Trivedi of Shasta Ventures recently published a great analysis on what 25 B2C billion-dollar Unicorns and 7 likely soon-to-be Unicorns looked like at the time of their Series A. We were interested in unpacking more of the data around these companies, and specifically learning more about their founding teams — what did … Continue reading What Do the Founding Teams of Billion Dollar Companies Look Like?

Requests for Startups: Andy Weissman (Union Square Ventures)

Andy Weissman is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Prior to joining USV, he co-founded betaworks. What startup verticals interest you most right now? One, obviously, is blockchain related technologies. Second, is networks in the healthcare and medicine related industries. We’ve made two investments in that area (Human DX and Figure 1) — looking for networks of … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Andy Weissman (Union Square Ventures)

Requests for Startups: Gerald Tan (Scrum Ventures)

Gerald is an analyst at Scrum Ventures where he scouts and evaluates promising early-stage companies. Gerald is a native Singaporean. Before working at Scrum, Gerald was at the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office where he worked on projects to seed the Singaporean startup ecosystem. Aside from work, he is currently taking graduate courses at Stanford studying … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Gerald Tan (Scrum Ventures)

Requests for Startups: Romain Lavault (Partech Ventures)

Romain is a General Partner at Partech Ventures — a venture capital firm started in 1982 based in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, with $500M funds currently in active investment phase at seed, early and growth stages. Romain started his career as a rocket scientist (for real!) before launching a machine learning SaaS startup operating in the US … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Romain Lavault (Partech Ventures)

Requests for Startups: Nicole Glaros (Techstars)

Nicole is a Managing Director at Techstars, a startup accelerator based out of Boulder, Colorado. She’s been with Techstars since its early days in 2009, has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. She’s on the Board of Directors for the Application Developer’s Alliance and theEntrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado. She’s … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Nicole Glaros (Techstars)