Senior Associate @ DFJ Ventures
Adena Hefets joined DFJ in 2016 as a senior associate. Prior to DFJ, Adena was a product manager at Square, where she helped build and grow Square Capital, a microlending platform for small businesses.
Before becoming a product manager, she was part of the Strategy and Finance team at Square, which focuses on corporate planning. Adena also worked at TPG, a private equity firm, where she focused on companies in the retail, healthcare, and industrials sectors. Adena started her career as an investment banker in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Adena holds a BS in policy analysis and management from Cornell University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, Adena started a fashion technology app and invested in early-stage companies.
Managing Director @ Techstars New York
Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars in New York City.
Previously Alex was Founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by i.tv), founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM), and Chief Architect DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO).
Alex created GetGlue, the leading social TV network, backed by Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, TimeWarner Investments and Rho Ventures. GetGlue has been named breakout startup of 2011 by Mashable and Top 10 Video Innovator by FastCompany. In 2012 Hollywood reporter named Alex among top 50 digital power players.
Alex’s first startup, Information Laboratory, created a tool that helped software architects find problems in their code. IBM acquired the company in 2003, and much of Alex’s work made its way into widely used IBM Rational Developer and Architect products. In addition to being serial entrepreneur, Alex also contributed hundreds of articles to ReadWriteWeb, and taught an award-winning undergraduate software engineering class at NYU.
An engineer by training, Alex has deep passion and appreciation for startups, digital products and elegant code. He likes running, yoga, complex systems, Murakami books and red wine. Not necessarily in that order and not necessarily all together. He actively blogs about startups and venture capital at http://alexiskold.net.
General Partner @ Partech Ventures
A graduate of one of the top European MBA schools, Dan spent 9 years as a director with Cap Gemini Group specializing in supply chain management leading global projects involving in-depth changes to processes, systems and organizations. In 2000, he founded a company operating the first global marketplace dedicated to the environmental industries. Dan joined Ivalua in 2002 as a key executive in charge of marketing and business development, relocating to the US in 2011 to support Ivalua’s expansions in North and South America.
Managing Partner @ Lerer Hippeau Ventures
Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. He is the chairman of RebelMouse and co-founder of NowThis Media. Previously, Eric was the Chief Executive Officer of The Huffington Post and a Special Partner at Softbank Capital, where he served as Managing Partner. Prior to Softbank Capital, Eric was Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, which was the largest media company serving the technology sector. He serves on the Board of various private and public companies, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Founder & CEO @ Scoop.it
Guillaume co-founded, launched and developed Scoop.it into a prominent Marketing Tech company. Following its public launch in November 2011, Scoop.it rapidly became a leader in its space and now helps millions of professionals and hundreds of companies publish and share content. He grew his previous startup Musiwave to become the leading Mobile Music Service Provider in Europe (~$35MM revenue). Acquired by Openwave for $120MM in 2005, and then by Microsoft end of 2007.
Guillaume is also board member, advisor and business angel of Tedemis (acquired by Criteo) and GameTube (editor of NomadCast).
In the late 90’s, he spent 6 years at SAGEM Mobile Division ending up holding several top positions.
Guillaume is graduated from Polytechnique and Ponts & Chaussées in Engineering and holds a MSc. from Stanford University.
Head of strategic initiatives @ StartX
Henri Deshays is an entrepreneur and angel investor, currently EIR at Merus Capital and head of strategic initiatives at StartX, the leading non-profit accelerator created by and for Stanford entrepreneurs (300+ startups accelerated, $1B raised, $55M invested by the Stanford-StartX Fund).
He was previously co-founder and CEO of ModeWalk, a curated luxury fashion marketplace acquired by Moda Operandi in 2014.
Originally from France, Henri graduated from IEP Paris and started his career in investment banking at Natixis then corporate finance at GRED, where he was successively director of finance and CFO. In 2008, he discovered the word entrepreneur in a French dictionary, co-founded the fashion company Pret Pour Partir then moved to Silicon Valley to pursue a MBA at Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2011.
Founder and CEO @ Insensi
Ilan Abehassera is a second time Entrepreneur based in NYC since 2004. He is now Founder and CEO at Insensi, makers of ILY, a new kind of communication device and platform for Families : www.ily.co.
Ilan’s first company, Producteev, one of the leading Task Management platforms for teams, had 2,500 paying companies when it got acquired by Jive Software (Nasdaq listed company) in November 2012, which is when Ilan and his family moved to Palo Alto, where he stayed until the summer of 2014, before moving back to NYC to start Insensi.
Ilan is also an angel investor in great companies such as Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft), Wit.ai (acquired by Facebook), Algolia, Checkr.io, OKPanda, Sabi, Campaign, Circa and 15 more.
Ilan is a dad of 3, and lives with his wife in Manhattan.
General Partner @ Rubicon Venture Capital
Joshua Siegel is a General Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, where he leads Rubicon’s New York office. He oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with LPs, attracting LP capital, and developing the Rubicon professional network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products.Joshua was formerly the Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank and was with the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC). In 2007, he became an active angel investor with interests in software and technology. Joshua holds a BA degree from Boston University, a MBA from Georgetown University and a Degree in Gastronomy from ICE in New York. Joshua, was born and raised in New York, attended Horace Mann, and still lives there with his family.
CTO @ Birchbox
Liz Crawford is the CTO of Birchbox, the discovery retail company changing the way women and men shop for beauty, grooming and lifestyle products. Through its multi-channel platform, the Birchbox experience features personalized sampling, informative editorial content and a handpicked online store.
Liz has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon and during her time there published papers on topics ranging from Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Robotics. Prior to working at Birchbox, Liz started her career as the co-founder and CTO of Crono, LLC and then the co-founder and CTO of Aprizi. Liz also has a BSc in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from the University of Sydney.
Maranda A. Dziekonski
Maranda A. Dziekonski
Chief Operations Officer @ rentLEVER
She is a customer facing operations leader with almost 20 years of experience in both working with and designing the best (in my opinion) customer facing groups.
She has proven experience building and scaling Customer Success (B2B), Customer Service (B2B, B2C), API (Engineering) Support, Contact Centers (Inbound/Outbound), Sales, and various other teams in operations. She is a ground up builder with a passion for setting up the right teams, systems, process, and overall infrastructure to take both the team and the company to the next level.
Managing Director @ FirstMark Capital
Matt Turck is a Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, investing across a broad range of enterprise and consumer startups. Prior to FirstMark, he was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures, the investment and incubation arm of Bloomberg LP, which he helped start. Previously, Matt was the co-founder of TripleHop Technologies, a venture-backed enterprise search software startup that was acquired by Oracle.
Matt is passionate about building communities, and organizes two large monthly events, Data Driven NYC (which focuses on data-driven startups and Big Data) and Hardwired NYC (which focuses on the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and wearable computing).
Matt graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School.
Consumer Investing Partner @ Lightspeed Venture Partners
Nicole focuses on investments in consumer technology with particular interest in brands, commerce, social media, video, fintech and marketplaces.
Nicole started working with brands over 10 years ago and has specialized in consumer behavior, the retail landscape both in the U.S. and Europe and taking brands to the public market. Prior to Lightspeed, she worked on branding and marketing at Nutmeg, a London based Fintech startup focused on online wealth management for millennials. Earlier, Nicole spent eight years covering consumer, eCommerce and brands at Morgan Stanley on the equity sales and research side. She worked on the IPOs for Facebook, Groupon and Pandora.
Nicole has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Math and Economics from York University, England.
A little known fact about me is: I used to run 100m sprint for England but now take more passion in sailing and skiing.
Founding General Partner @ ENIAC Ventures
Nihal Mehta is an entrepreneur, investor, professor and philanthropist. He was lucky to discover his passion over fifteen years ago- in mobile technology- which drove him to co-found five startups (philly2nite, urbangroove, ipsh!, buzzd, localresponse/qualia) and two investment funds (Eniac Ventures, India Internet Fund) with over 100 mobile-first investments including Admob (sold to Google), AirBnB, InVenture, SwiftKey, Saavn, Tapad, and Uber.
Nihal co-founded the charity “Project Ahimsa” to provide music education to disadvantaged youth, is part of the brain trust of “Girls Who Code,“ working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors, and often lectures on mobile & entrepreneurship across the globe. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.
Venture Partner @ Rho Capital
Mr. Wack has 25 years of experience with early stage and high-growth Companies. For the last 6, he has been a venture partner at Rho Capital in New York City. Prior to that, as CEO of IntraLinks (NYSE:IL), he led the Company from $20mm to over $125mm in revenue. Mr. Wack serves as Chairman of the Board for IntraLinks. In addition, he has served as a Director for numerous SaaS/Cloud businesses serving the the mobile, health care, educational, compliance and payroll industries.
Prior to IntraLinks, by the age of 27, Mr. Wack helped build an outpatient health care services company from $0 revenue to a NASDAQ-listing and eventual sale.
Mr. Wack has a BSE from Princeton University’89.
General Partner @ Benchmark Capital
Peter Fenton joined Benchmark in 2006 after spending seven years as a partner with Accel Partners. Current Board Seats: Cockroach Labs, Docker, EngineYard, Elasticsearch, Hortonworks (IPO: HDP), Lithium, New Relic (IPO: NEWR), Optimizely, Quip (acquired by Salesforce) Revinate, Twitter (IPO: TWTR), Yelp (IPO: YELP), Zendesk (IPO: ZEN), Zenly, and Zuora.
Previous Investments: Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), FriendFeed (acquired by Facebook), JBoss (acquired by RedHat), Reactivity (acquired by Cisco), SpringSource (acquired by VMWare), Terracotta (acquired by Software AG), Wily Technology (acquired by CA), Xensource (acquired by Citrix), and Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!).
Education: MBA from Stanford Business School; BA from Stanford University.
Peter is married with 3 kids and lives in San Francisco. He is also on the boards of the San Francisco Opera and the California Academy of Sciences.
General Partners @ RRE Ventures
Raju is an Enterprise, SaaS, and deep tech investor. He is responsible for RRE’s investments in Imgix, Hyla, DataDog, Sailthru, YieldBot, Bit.ly, and Base. Before joining RRE as a General Partner, Raju was a Venture Partner at Sigma Prime Ventures, where he led investments in Ceros, NSONE, and several other startups. Raju is also a co-Founder of Rave Mobile Safety, one of RRE’s portfolio companies.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, Raju held executive roles at AT&T and Lucent. He continues to serve as a strategic advisor to a great many venture-backed startups. Raju is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering. Outside of the office, Raju can be found spending time with his wife, kids, and dogs of various sizes. He has been known to entertain discussions ranging from spirituality to the future of cybersecurity, often while sipping a fine Single Malt.
Founder @ The Hive
T.M. Ravi is founder and managing director of The Hive that incubates, funds and launches data-driven startups. Ravi has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur and operational executive.
Most recently, Ravi was Chief Marketing Officer for Iron Mountain, a provider of information management services. Ravi joined Iron Mountain through the acquisition of Mimosa Systems, the leader in enterprise content archiving, where he was founder and chief executive officer.
Before Mimosa, Ravi was founder and CEO of Peakstone Corporation that provided performance and capacity management solutions. Prior to his role at Peakstone, Ravi was vice president of marketing at Computer Associates (CA), where he was responsible for the core line of CA enterprise management products, including CA Unicenter as well as the areas of application, systems and network management, software distribution, help desk, security, and storage management. Ravi joined CA through the $1.2 billion acquisition of Cheyenne Software, the market leader in backup solutions. At Cheyenne Software, he was the vice president of the company’s successful Windows NT business.
General Partner @ Partech Ventures
Reza is an active catalyst and leader in the French Silicon Valley tech community and an advocate of French and European technological innovation.
He has twenty years of experience in various executive sales, marketing and operations roles for both large and startup companies. He was one of the very early VMware employees joining the company in 1998, and has also co-founded and successfully sold two startups.
CEO @ Upwork
Stephane has more than 15 years of high-tech engineering, product and general management experience, including leadership roles at pioneering companies such as Fireclick, Zong, Work4, and PayPal. Defining and leading PayPal’s consumer strategy, Stephane achieved unprecedented growth for the company. He also helped guide Zong in their ascent and eventual acquisition by PayPal, and most recently worked as the COO of the social media recruiting platform Work4. Stephane holds a Bachelor Degree from Ecole Polytechnique (France), a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Managing Partner @ DN Capital
Steve Schlenker is a co-founder of DN Capital and has more than 20 years of venture capital and private equity experience. Steve’s focus at DN Capital is on enterprise software and digital media investments. Steve currently oversees DN Capital portfolio companies Apsalar, Avegant, Ombud, Distill, Delectable, FNBox, Geckoboard and HybridCluster. Steve was also responsible for DN Capital’s investments in Endeca (sold to Oracle), Datanomic (sold to Oracle), Familybuilder (sold to Intelius) and Lagan sold to (Kana/Verint), among others.
Prior to co-founding DN Capital, Steve was chief investment officer at SUN Capital Partners for technology investments, where he was involved in the successful sale of PlanetAll to Amazon. Steve also worked with the co-CEOs of SUN group to raise and invest a $150 million emerging markets buyout fund and to sell SUN Brewing to Interbrew, at the time one of the largest exits of a Russian consumer goods company to an international acquirer. Prior to SUN, he was at Interlaken Capital, a buyout fund in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he invested in consumer goods, industrial distribution, and service industry companies.
Steve received a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of Finance with dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, and an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.