Requests for Startups: Andrew Weinreich

Andrew Weinreich is a serial entrepreneur, social networking pioneer, and active presence in NYC’s Silicon Alley for 2 decades. To date, he’s founded 7 startups and has been awarded 2 software patents. In the past few years, he has sold 2 businesses, including Xtify to IBM in October 2013, while advising 5 tech startups. He … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Andrew Weinreich

Requests for Startups: Alex Lines (Notation Capital)

Alex Lines is an engineer and hacker and has been building products and companies in New York for the last 10 years. Prior to co-founding Notation Capital with Nick Chirls, Alex was an early employee at Betaworks, helping to build and scale many companies that came out of the studio. What startup verticals interest you … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Alex Lines (Notation Capital)

Requests for Startups: Leo Polovets (Susa Ventures)

Leo is a software engineer turned venture capitalist. He was the 2nd non-founding engineer at LinkedIn, where he worked on core products like LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Jobs. After LinkedIn, Leo spent 3 years working on payment fraud detection at Google, followed by 4 years at Factual working on large scale-data cleaning and entity resolution. … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Leo Polovets (Susa Ventures)

Requests for Startups: Brian Sheng (Fresh VC)

Brian Sheng is a partner with seed stage firm Fresh VC and focuses on consumer technology companies. He is particularly interested in marketplaces, technology-enabled services, and digital healthcare. Previously, Brian worked with China’s largest venture capital firm, Shenzhen Capital Group. What startup verticals interest you most right now? I’m very interested in the intersection of … Continue reading Requests for Startups: Brian Sheng (Fresh VC)

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?