Fission Ventures Team

Smart, Simple Venture Investing for Columbia Alums

Meet Your Investment Team

These are your classmates who wake up every day on your behalf to assemble a great venture portfolio

Steve Zausner

Founder & Managing Partner
Columbia SIPA '91 IFB/IF


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.

This Could Be You – FV

Investment Committee

Classmates and fellow investors who help create your venture portfolio

Michael Collins

CEO of Alumni Ventures Group


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


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 stage tech companies. Wasabi Ventures has launched, financed, and advised over 200 startups, including Right Now Technologies, PBworks, Ustream, and Etherpad. Previously, TK was the Co-founder of two successful Internet startups, SNT and SpinBox. He earned a BS in Economics from Loyola and serves on the Board of Sponsors of Sellinger School of Business at Loyola.

Alumni Ventures Group Support Staff

The team behind the Fission Investment team - freeing them to build you a great venture portfolio

Josh Levine

VP of Marketing


Josh has been a Senior Product Marketer at Google and Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble on brands like Gillette, Tide, and Pampers. He has led B2B and B2C marketing teams in tech, CPG, and consumer electronics. Josh previously served six years as an Officer in the US Army, and continues to advise veteran entrepreneurs through Veteran Brands, which he founded. He has a BSE from Princeton and MBA from HBS.

Dom Perri

Director of Marketing Communications


Previously, Dom was a Media Program Manager at Dell EMC, where he worked in the advertising department implementing campaigns across digital, search, and social. He is the Founder and Director of the Hollihock Writers Conference and was a founding member of BandsinTown. He also held positions at Sony BMG in publicity, promotions, and A&R. Dom has a BS from Northeastern University and an MFA from Goddard College.

Josh Leavitt

VP of Finance


Previously, Josh was a Senior Financial Analyst at Performance Sports Group and Auditor, Tax Accountant, Business Advisor for Rowley and Associates. Josh has also been an entrepreneur, serving as Co-founder & CFO of Right Office Cleaners and CFO of Granite State Artists. Earlier he was Finance Manager at Direct Capital Corp. and Market Specialist at Franklin Templeton Investments. Josh has a Bachelor’s in Finance-Economics from Bentley University.

Chris Sacharuk

Investor Relations Manager


Prior to joining AVG, Chris was a Customer Advocate at Graphic Packaging and in Sales & Marketing at Putnam Investments, where he created materials for reps and investors. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Manning School of Business, where he studied Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Studies.

Hilary Ncala

Director of Investor Relations


Prior to joining AVG, Hilary was a Staffing Executive and Program Manager at Robert Half. Previous positions include Retirement Planning & Guidance Consultant for Fidelity and an Investor Assistant for an independent investor. She has a Bachelor of Science, Business Management & Marketing from Fisher College.

Jamie Eitel

Investor Relations Manager


Jamie was the Clinical Secretary Sr for Pediatric Gastroenterology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Earlier, he served as a Claims Processor Associate and then a Senior Associate at Cigna Health. He has also served in multiple church youth ministries for over 15 years throughout Ontario, Canada, in many different cultural contexts. He was part of the adjunct faculty in the youth ministry department at Tyndale University College. He has a BA in Psychology from York University, a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Wes Moyer

Director of the Venture Fellow Program


Wes runs the Venture Fellow Program. He has focused his career on launching and scaling companies and products in new markets. Prior to AVG, he took a digital marketing startup, Hooch, from zero to one in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before Hooch, he led the B2B marketing strategy and execution for EDC Consulting, a $50M management consulting firm in DC. Wes graduated Academic All-Ivy with a BS in Psychology from Yale.