The AVG Team

Meet the Incredible People Building Your Venture Portfolio


Board of Directors

Helping us build a great business

Tom “TK” Kuegler

Chairman of the Board at AVG and Chief Investment Officer

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TK is Chairman of Alumni Ventures Group and CIO, helping launch new funds, recruit deal teams, and oversee portfolio management. He is also the Co-founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, a venture capital incubator and consulting firm that builds and advises early state tech companies. Wasabi Ventures has launched, financed, and advised more than 200 startups. In his 25 years of startup activity, he has been a part of over 1,500 founds of financing as an investors, founder, or adviser. He is also the author of Web Advertising and Marketing and dozens of articles about startups and software, as well as a frequent lecturer. He earned a BS in Economics from Loyola and is a former member of the Board of Sponsor of Sellinger School of Business at Loyola.

Michael Collins

CEO

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Mike has been involved in almost every facet of venturing, from angel investing to venture capital, new business and product launches, and innovation consulting. He is currently CEO of Alumni Ventures Group, the managing company for our fund, and launched AVG’s first alumni fund, Green D Ventures, where he oversaw the portfolio as Managing Partner. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies, including Kid Galaxy, Big Idea Group (partially owned by WPP), and RDM. He began his career at VC firm TA Associates firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

James Gill


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Jim is an owner and President of Sun Valley Foods, a Mexican foods processor supplying leading North American food producers and distributors. In addition, he is Principal Manager at Eagle Holdings General Partners, a tribal venture fund. Formerly, Jim was CFO at Santa Fe Ingredients. Prior to that, Jim was at Intel, where he was a Controller in Operations Finance for Intel’s worldwide network of chip assembly and test facilities. He began his career in Boston as a bond analyst and later as a fed funds trader. Jim graduated from Dartmouth with an AB in Economics and received an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

Peter Graham


Peter has key experience in the investment banking industry and extensive knowledge of finance and capital markets. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of Seventh Generation (SVG), a position he held from 2000 to 2016, when Unilever purchased SVG. He also served on the board of ExamWorks Groups (EXAM-NYSE) and led its Independent Committee through the sale of the Company. Earlier, Peter was the lead independent director of Alloy, a NASDAQ-listed media and education provider to children, and negotiated its sale to a private equity company. Peter attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied finance and accounting.

Kara Gruver


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Kara is a partner and heads Bain & Company’s Boston office. As a leader in Bain’s Consumer Products practice, she advises clients on corporate, pricing, and trade strategy; M&A; innovation, supply chain restructuring; and organizational effectiveness. Kara was recently named one of 2017’s Top 25 Consultants (Consulting Magazine for Excellence in Leadership). Previously, she was head of the Bain’s North American Consumer Products practice. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and an AB from Dartmouth.


Executive Team

Leading the day-to-day charge

Michael Collins

CEO of Alumni Ventures Group

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Mike has been involved in almost every facet of venturing, from angel investing to venture capital, new business and product launches, and innovation consulting. He is currently CEO of Alumni Ventures Group, the managing company for our fund, and launched AVG’s first alumni fund, Green D Ventures, where he oversaw the portfolio as Managing Partner. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies, including Kid Galaxy, Big Idea Group (partially owned by WPP), and RDM. He began his career at VC firm TA Associates firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tom “TK” Kuegler

Chairman of the Board at AVG and Chief Investment Officer

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TK is Chairman of Alumni Ventures Group and CIO, helping launch new funds, recruit deal teams, and oversee portfolio management. He is also the Co-founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, a venture capital incubator and consulting firm that builds and advises early state tech companies. Wasabi Ventures has launched, financed, and advised more than 200 startups. In his 25 years of startup activity, he has been a part of over 1,500 founds of financing as an investors, founder, or adviser. He is also the author of Web Advertising and Marketing and dozens of articles about startups and software, as well as a frequent lecturer. He earned a BS in Economics from Loyola and is a former member of the Board of Sponsor of Sellinger School of Business at Loyola.

Luke Antal

Chief Marketing Officer

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Luke is an experienced entrepreneur with a focus on marketing, sales operations, and customer experience. He has a background in private equity, and has scaled several startups as employee #1, including bootstrapped, angel-backed and venture backed companies. His first company, Urban Escapes, was acquired by LivingSocial. He is also the Founder of the AVG Venture Fellow Program. Luke has an AB in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.

Tod Nestor

EVP and CFO

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Tod is a deeply experienced executive and manager who brings years of experience in finance, business development, turnarounds, start-ups and growth scenarios in both young and Fortune 100 companies. Among his previous roles he was CFO for Merchants Automotive Group, VP & CFO for Fairway Market Holdings Group and SVP & CFO at The Penn Traffic Company. He was also Managing Partner and Owner of Shareholder Value Advisors, a consulting firm focused on development and growth. Tod has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, with a concentration in Strategic Planning from Wharton and a BBA in Accounting from Notre Dame. He is also a licensed CPA, CFA, CMA, CFM, as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Chris Fahey

Chief People Officer

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Chris was formerly a Partner and VP of Operations at Mosaic Research Management, which provides relationship management services to institutional investors and heavily recruited executives to conduct research for the investment industry. Earlier, he served as Senior Research Manager and Associate at Mosaic. He also served as Director HR for a VC-backed startup focused on leveraging AI for conversational commerce. Chris has a BA in Economics from Williams.

Beth Obermiller

EVP Communications & Engagement

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Beth is an experienced communications expert, product developer, and C-level executive, who has helped launch and grow numerous startups. Most recently, she was Vice President at Big Idea Group, an innovation consulting agency partly owned by WPP, where she was head of operations and marketing. Earlier, she served as VP of Product Development at specialty retailer Kid Galaxy. She began her career in editorial supervisory positions at educational publishers. Beth has a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from the University of Michigan, both in English.


Investment Teams

Building promising venture portfolios for our investors

Green D Ventures

Laura Bordewieck Rippy

Managing Partner

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Laura brings operational perspective as a CEO, Chairman, and executive in technology startups.  As Managing Partner at Ripplecreek Partners’ technology practice and General Partner at FA Technology Ventures she worked many tech sectors: mobile, consumer, internet, SaaS, cloud-based, marketing and enterprise software.  She also served as CEO at Handango, creating the first marketplace of mobile apps. At Microsoft, she co-founded Sidewalk.com and MSN HomeAdvisor as part of an elite swat team spun out of Bill Gates’s office. Laura holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB in Government from Dartmouth (‘89).

Lacey Farrell Johnson

Principal

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Lacey joined Green D Ventures from CareGroup Investment Office, a $3B manager of combined endowment and pension assets. As a member of the investment team, Lacey was responsible for investment sourcing and due diligence. Lacey managed investment opportunities across asset classes and strategies, including venture capital, growth equity, buyout, private credit, and hedge fund vehicles. Previously, she was an Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management and an Analyst in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs. Lacey has a BA in History from Middlebury College and an MBA from Tuck.

The Yard Ventures

Michael Madden

Managing Partner, Co-founder

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Michael has spent most of his career in leadership roles at growing organizations. He has focused his time primarily as an investor, advisor, and/or board member working with companies across a range of industries and stages. Prior to co-founding The Yard, he served as Managing Director of Square 1, leading the expansion of the New England region while providing growth financing to dozens of venture-backed companies. Previously, Michael was an investor at Edison Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, and Summit Partners. He earned an AB from Harvard University( ’00), where he was a four-year letter winner in both Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball. Michael later received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Erin Kutner McCafferty

Principal

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Throughout most of her career, Erin has managed a wide range of investments in venture, private equity, buyouts, and more at the senior level. Previously, she was a Senior Investment Officer at Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM), where she managed and invested a $9B portfolio of PE and private debt investments. In this capacity, she sat on numerous boards of top VC & PE firms. Prior to PRIM, Erin was a VP at Bank of America Capital Advisors, investing across the private equity and real estate landscape. In addition, she held positions at Silicon Valley Bank in commercial finance and Citi Group in sales and trading. Erin has an AB in Economics from Harvard with honors, where she was an All-American lacrosse player, and an MBA from Tuck.

Blue Ivy Ventures

David Shapiro

Managing Partner

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David has over 25 years of experience as an investor, advisor, and board member, with expertise across early and late stage venture capital, growth investing and secondary deals, as well as in technology operations and entrepreneurship. Before joining Blue Ivy, David was Senior VP Corporate Development and Business Development for DataXu, a marketer-aligned data and analytics company.

Prior to his time at DataXu, he was a Director with the global venture and private equity firm 3i, and Managing Partner at Great Point Capital (established to manage a venture portfolio spun off from 3i.) This includes Board Directorships with ten companies, as well as strategic advisory work at both the Board and operating levels. His pursuit and passion is helping disruptive technologies and ideas to scale commercially.

Prior to his tenure with 3i, David was Co-Founder and COO of Exygy, focused on GPS and wireless technology. He also worked in the Private Equity group at GE Asset Management, where he specialized in late stage venture and growth capital opportunities.

David received his BA in History from Yale in 1991, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2000.

Lily Wan

Principal

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Lily has been a venture investor, advisor, and financial services professional across sectors and regions. Previously, she sourced and vetted venture investments for NYC-based Pure Energy Partners and Boston-based NXT Ventures. As a junior partner at Younker Capital in Beijing, she sourced and executed deals in IoT, healthcare, media, and consumer Internet. Lily was also the seed investor of Huanteng or “Phantom,” where she served as a board advisor; Fast Company later named the smart home company as One of Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China. Lily has a BA in Mathematics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Yale School of Management (’16).

Castor Ventures

Chris Sklarin

Managing Partner

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Chris has over 20 years’ experience in tech investing, product development, and sales engineering. He has invested over $60M in companies from seed to venture stage. Most recently, he was Vice President at Edison Partners, where he focused on investments for Enterprise 2.0 and mobile. Previously, Chris was a Director of Business Development with biomedical venture accelerator BioEnterprise and Director of Business Development with Chrysalis Ventures. Earlier, at JumpStart, a nationally recognized venture development organization, he sourced and executed seed investments. Chris has an SB EE from MIT (’88) and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Cainon Coates

Principal

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Cainon has a background in finance and entrepreneurship. At Boston Consulting Group, he conducted due diligence across the semiconductor, transportation, and medical device industries. At PBM, a $500M healthcare-focused VC firm, he led the due diligence process and worked as an operating partner within portfolio companies. He is also an active angel investor in several MIT startups. In addition, Cainon is the Co-founder of UbicaBus and was the Founder and CEO of University Laundry (acq. by Proctor & Gamble). He has an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS from the University of Virginia in Systems and Information Engineering.

Chestnut Street Ventures

Gail Gilbert Ball

Managing Partner

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During Gail’s long career at global financial services firms, she has served in decision-making posts as a banking executive, regulator, service provider, and board member. Her areas of expertise include financial services, portfolio development, financial analysis, and information tech. Gail served as a C-suite member of The Bancorp Bank, the innovative banking solution provider for the most recognizable names in digital banking. She also filled other executive roles at PNC Bank, Chase and Capital One, and NCO Financial Systems. In addition, she headed the Payments Studies Group at the Richmond Fed. Gail has a BS Economics, Finance and Statistics from Wharton (‘79).

Ven Raju

Principal

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Previously Ven served as Principal overseeing private equity investments at Choate Capital. There he was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including origination, due diligence, transaction structuring, financing, and portfolio management. He has more than ten years of experience investing in and advising companies. He began his career as a strategy consultant, where he worked on M&A advisory for Fortune 500 companies, PE firms, and PE portfolio companies. Ven holds dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, with a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from SEAS and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Purple Arch Ventures

David Beazley

Managing Partner

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David has played a leading role in many aspects of the VC investment cycle: structuring transactions as a fundless sponsor, improving operations as a consultant, leading management teams as a CEO, evaluating opportunities as an investor and advisor, and selling companies as a licensed business broker. Previously, he founded Synergy Financial, a private capital and consulting firm for entrepreneurs, PE professionals, and family offices. He started his investment career as a professional advisor managing millions in assets. David has an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern and played for the two-time Big Ten Championship Northwestern Wildcats Football Team. He serves on the NUvention and Kellogg Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Boards.

Wayne Moore

Principal

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Wayne has held positions in both successful startups and thriving tech firms and brings a wealth of operational experience building teams, executing deals, and developing clients. He is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in Chicago, serves as an advisor to a number of startups, and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School. Previously, he led analysis, negotiation, and deal execution for the global content acquisition team at Netflix. Before that, he was VP of Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media startup owned by the Chicago White Sox. Wayne began his career in the US Navy, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg.

Bascom Ventures

Greg Baker

Managing Partner

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Greg is a highly accomplished executive with experience in corporate leadership, business development, startups, M&A, strategic planning, and more. He has spent much of his career growing business in the electrical products, packaging, and chemical industries. Throughout, he has been buying, selling, and combining companies to fit strategic goals. Previously, Greg served as President and CEO of 2D2C, developing safer energy-saving products. Greg was also VP Corporate Development and Acting Division President for a high-tech subsidiary at Woodhead Industries and Director Corporate Development for Tenneco. Greg has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (’86) and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Jason Jacobsohn

Principal

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Jason has over ten years of experience supporting and educating small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing them with capital formation, strategic direction, mentorship, and resource development. Most recently, he was a Business Advisor at City Colleges of Chicago, a business management education program funded by Goldman Sachs. He was also the Director of The Founder Institute and the Managing Director of Reliable Venture Partners, providing entrepreneurs with mentoring and a variety of services. Jason has a BBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Wisconsin (’96) and an MBA from DePaul.

Spike Ventures

Andre de Baubigny

Managing Partner

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Andre is an experienced investor, investment banker, and entrepreneur. He backed leading-edge Internet ventures such as Songza (GooglePlay), Trulia (sold to Zillow), Dash (sold to RIM), and Oodle (sold to QVC). He co-founded Deep Fork Capital as a Managing Partner of Fund I, investing for an ultra-high net worth family, and also founded wine management business Vintrust ($300M+ in assets). Earlier, he managed a $500M venture fund for billionaire Bernard Arnault, ran Morgan Stanley’s global Internet banking practice (working directly with Mary Meeker), and founded the Internet banking practice at Robertson Stephens. He received an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1995, JD at Boston University School of Law, and BA in Economics from Trinity College.

Catherine Lu

Principal

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Prior to joining Spike Ventures, Catherine was a successful entrepreneur, product manager, and software engineer. She was Director of Product at NEA-backed DataVisor, an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution. Prior to DataVisor, she co-founded the retail analytics company Fancy That, which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. While at Stanford, she built an online platform used by thousands of students and instructors to streamline grading. Catherine graduated from Stanford with a BS and MS in Computer Science, focusing on artificial intelligence.

Strawberry Creek Ventures

Peter Loukianoff

Managing Partner

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Peter has 20+ years of experience as a business innovator, leader, and investor in Silicon Valley, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Forbes Global CEO network, has served on numerous boards, and done business in 40+ countries. His notable deals include Yandex, Xactly, and Qik (now Skype Mobile/Video), as well as startups in IoT, cloud services, big data, fintech, mobile internet, and data security. He is a Co-founder and seed investor of Silicon Valley Data Science, Co-founder Managing Partner of Almaz Capital, and a partner at Alloy Ventures. Before that, he was a founding member and operating executive with several startups. Peter has an MBA and BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley.

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Triphammer Ventures

Steve Greenberg

Managing Partner

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Steve has over 20 years of operating and investing experience, having closed 30+ equity, debt, and M&A transactions totaling ~$5 billion. Previously, he was Founder and Managing Partner of Fox Meadow Capital Partners, a PE and infrastructure investment and advisory firm. Prior to that, he was a General Partner and top performer at Clarity Partners, an $800M PE fund, and a Vice President and top performer at Clarity’s predecessor, Rader Reinfrank & Co., a $100M TMT venture capital fund. While at Clarity, Steve founded ImpreMedia, which he built into the largest Spanish language newspaper company in the US as CFO/EVP of Corporate Development. Steve has also worked in investment banking and as a developer and investor in energy and utilities. He has a JD from Stanford, an MBA from Cornell, and a BS with distinction from Cornell’s College of Engineering. Steve teaches Advanced Private Equity at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and serves on the advisory council of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP).

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Fission Ventures

Steve Zausner

Founder & Managing Partner
Columbia SIPA '91 IFB/IF

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Steve has more than 20-years of investment and senior leadership experience. During that time, he helped to build and manage three asset management firms, created and ran four research departments on three different continents, and led the restructuring of the alternatives business of a major bank. As a portfolio manager, he has sourced analyzed, structured and exited more than $10 billion in investments, across all asset classes and many different geographies. In venture capital, Steve was a Venture Fellow/Portfolio Manager for Rose Tech Ventures, where he led early-stage investments in fintech, digital media, healthtech, propertytech and oversaw a portfolio of more than 80 firms. He has also done significant work in international development, helping governments and development finance institutions structure financial facilities, transactions and initiatives promoting entrepreneurship, access to finance and capital market development.

 

Steve has a Master’s in International Finance and Business from Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and International Fellow. He has a BA from NYU, where he graduated with high honors and was a Founder’s Day Award winner. He is an Adjunct Professor, teaching investment, at University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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AVG Advisory Board

Advising us on building a smart business

John Replogle

Partner at One Better Ventures, Former CEO of Seventh Generation and Burt's Bees

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John is a seasoned executive who has led several innovative companies to success.  He is currently a partner at One Better Ventures, where he advises and invests in high-growth, purpose-driven consumer goods companies.  Previously, he served as the CEO of Seventh Generation, a producer of environmentally-safe household products, and CEO of Burt’s Bees, a natural personal care products company.  Earlier in his career, John managed the skin care division at Unilever and served in several roles at Guinness, including President of Guinness Bass Import.  John earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Scott D. Anthony

Managing Partner at Innosight

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Scott is the Managing Partner of Innosight, a consulting and investment company that focuses on strategic transformation, disruptive change, and business model innovation.  Based in Innosight’s Singapore office since 2010, he also leads its Asian consulting operations and its venture capital investment activities.  Scott is on the Board of Directors of MediaCorp, a diversified media company based in Singapore, and chairs the investment committee for IDEAS Ventures.  Scott is the author of several books, including “The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas Into the Market”, and has a regular column at the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.  Scott earned a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College, and an MBA (with high distinction) from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Jaques Clariond, CFA

Executive Director Global Family Offices at UBS

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Jaques is Executive Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, one of the world’s leading private equity firms. Based in New York City, Jaques leads the firm’s family office coverage effort where he focuses on deal syndication across private equity, real estate, infrastructure, power and renewables. Prior to Brookfield Jaques was a senior coverage officer for UBS Global Family Office Americas where he delivered UBS’s capabilities and expertise across the firm’s global wealth management and investment banking platforms. In this role he focused on financing and advisory mandates for family office portfolio companies, unique private investment opportunities, and tailored lending solutions. He has also been an investment banker with Credit Suisse, serving as a senior family office coverage officer. He has extensive private equity and alternative asset management experience. He earned a BA from Bowdoin College with a dual major in Economics and Political Science, and an MBA in Asset Management from Yale School of Management.

Maia Josebachvili

VP of Marketing & Strategy, Greenhouse Software

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Maia has a decade of experience working in tech start-ups.  She is currently VP of Marketing & Strategy at Greenhouse, a disruptive SaaS company in the recruiting space.  Prior to Greenhouse, Maia founded Urban Escapes, a travel and events company that focused on creating social adventures for young professionals.  During her time as CEO, she was named as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30”.  She later sold Urban Escapes to LivingSocial and joined the LivingSocial team as the Senior Director of New Initiatives, where she launched and ran three separate business units.  Maia earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Chris Yeh

General Partner at Wasabi Ventures

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Chris is an active angel investor and advisor to a wide array of start-ups ranging from network equipment makers to vertical search engines.  He is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Wasabi Ventures, and has been working with high-tech start-ups since 1995.  He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association.  Chris is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times best-seller “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age”.  He is also author of the popular blogs “Adventures in Capitalism” and “Ask The Harvard MBA”.  Chris earned two bachelor’s degrees (with distinction) from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.