At our first virtual Introathon, we brought together founders and superconnectors to help build networks and facilitate introductions using our Intrograph tool.
We met people building amazing ed tech, crypto, real estate and other startups. Each came with a list of who they wanted to meet: VCs who might become partners, founders they admire, people they'd like to hire.
The purpose of the intrograph is to encourage people to be generous with their social capital. A warm introduction is always the best way to connect, and we want to help people get the introductions they need.
So who are these brilliant founders eager to meet? These are the most in-demand VCs and others founders are hoping to connect with:
Sara Adler is a General Partner at Wave Capital, a seed stage venture firm that specializes in marketplaces.
Marilyn Agbeko is a Venture Partner at Nassau Street Ventures, a venture capital firm and community of Princeton alumni investors, executives, entrepreneurs, and innovation enthusiasts. She has a background in Product Management and Product Marketing, with particular experience in healthcare technology.
Margaret Anadu is the Global Head of Sustainability and Impact for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, the primary investing arm of GS. She also leads Goldman Sachs' One Million Black Women initiative, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of Launch with GS, a $1 billion investment strategy grounded in the belief that diverse teams drive strong returns.
Rich Barbier is a leader in Strategy and Operations at the WNBA. Previously, he worked as a manager at Deloitte.
Vidhan Bhatt is Vice President of the Investment Team at Stripes where he covers developer tools, infrastructure software, and B2B fintech/payments.
Chris Cantino is a Partner at Color Capital, who invests across consumer, crypto, commerce, and marketplaces.
Michael Cardamone is CEO & Managing Partner at Forum Ventures (formerly Acceleprise), a B2B SaaS focused seed fund & pre-seed accelerator with locations in SF, NYC & Toronto.)
Arjun Chopra is a partner at Floodgate where he leads the firms IT investments. Floodgate is a VC fund that backs founders at the pre-seed and seed stages.
Ron Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds from 1998-2005, whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail.
Anu Duggal is the founding partner of Female Founders Fund, a first early-stage fund for female founders. She has played an instrumental role in shifting the VC industry as a whole to make more investments in female-founded companies.
Veronica Finch is a Human Resources leader with a focus in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). She’s currently working as Director of Recruiting Programs at Nike.
Ryan Gaertner is co-founder of a platform for sports fans that is currently in beta. He was also a Series B investor in Otter.ai, a live transcription software.
Kenya Garrett is a powerhouse in the beauty industry. She is Global Head, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, Ole Henriksen, BITE, and KVD Beauty at Kendo Brands, Inc.
Shauntel Garvey is a General Partner at Reach Capital, an investment firm that focuses on education.
Jamaal Glenn is a Director at impact investment firm Schmidt Futures, where he leads the organization's entrepreneurship programs and for-profit venture capital investing. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) and the City University of New York (CUNY), teaching graduate and executive education courses on finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
Benjamin Grubbs founded Next 10 Ventures in 2018 as the first venture group to solely focus on the creator economy. He also co-founded Kollyde, a creative marketing firm geared towards creators, and CreatorPlus, a film studio for digital content.
Katelin Holloway is founding partner at Alexis Ohanian's venture capital firm Seven Seven Six. She worked for over a decade developing teams as a senior executive at some of the internet’s most influential startups, including Klout and Reddit.
Teri Ijeoma left a career in education and non-profits when her stock trading side hustle really took off. Now she has created an online curriculum to teach others her investment strategies.
Elaine Kunda is a serial entrepreneur who recently launched Disruption Ventures, a VC fund that invests in female founded and managed companies. Previously, she consulted and advised start-ups and early stage companies, helping them reach their goals and access financing.
Jodi Kessler is a Partner at 3L, an investment firm based in LA and NYC that provides expansion capital in the technology, consumer and data services sectors.
Josh Kopelman is a founding Partner at First Round Capital, a seed-stage technology venture fund. He founded First Round Capital in 2004, and they have since invested in over 350 emerging technology startups. He is also an inventor on sixteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology.
Jennifer Lee is a Partner at Edison Partners, an investment firm that helps CEOs and their executive teams grow and scale successful companies. Their investments include: Prepaid Technologies, gohenry, Fund That Flip, YieldStreet, Bipsync, MoneyLion, Giant Oak, Bento for Business, Clearpool, ComplySci and GAN Integrity.
Jenny Lefcourt is a General Partner at early-stage VC firm Freestyle. Freestyle is an SF-based firm whose investments include Airtable, Intercom, Patreon, BetterUp, Snapdocs, Digit, Daily.co and many others. She’s also a founding member of All Raise, a non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity in funders and founders in tech.
Mike Novogratz is CEO of Galaxy Digital + Systems Changer CEO, Galaxy Digital. He was an early investor in Bitcoin, COMPASS Pathways and SpaceX, and serves on the boards of The Bail Project, REFORM Alliance and Hudson River Park.
Raoul Pal is co-founder & CEO of the Real Vision Group. Pal is an economist, investment strategist and publisher at The Global Macro Investor and Co-founder of Exponential Age Asset Management.
Chamath Palihapitiya is the founder and CEO of Social Capital. Social Capital invests in startups at all stages, with a focus on profit-minded opportunities and forward-thinking social investments. They have backed companies like Virgin Galactic, Opendoor and Slack. Palihapitiya is part-owner and director of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and was a member of Facebook's senior executive team prior to founding Social Capital.
Amit Puri is a General Partner at Pureplay Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that invests in large markets with technical inefficiencies and the game-changing companies going after them.
Sean Rad is the founder of Tinder, who served as CEO and Chairman from the company's inception until 2017. In 2020, Forbes included Rad on their list of the decade's top 10 tech entrepreneurs.
Geoff Ralston is President at Y Combinator. He is an investor, advisor, and sometimes a board member for small, growing companies.
Robert Reffkin is founder and CEO of real estate technology company Compass.
Blake Robbins is a Principal at Benchmark, an early stage venture capital firm focused on social, mobile, local and cloud companies. He was featured on the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list for venture capital.
Jewel Burks Solomon is head of Google for Startups, where her mission is to level the playing field for under-resourced founders in emerging US markets. She is also Managing Partner at Collab Capital, a growth solution for Black founders seeking capital.
Jason Spievak is Managing Partner at Entrada Ventures, a late seed stage fund based in Santa Barbara, CA, who invest across a broad range of innovative technologies. He is particularly interested in agricultural tech, software, data analytics, sports tech, virtual reality, microfluidics, bioinformatics, and life sciences.
Adam Struck is a founder and Managing Partner at Struck Capital. Listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017, Struck founded his firm in 2015, after cofounding Long Island Brand Beverages in 2011.
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur turned NYC mayoral candidate. He is founder and CEO of Venture America, a non-profit organization that provides a Fellowship Program for top college graduates to work for 2 years in start-up and early stage companies in emerging U.S. cities.
Are you hoping to meet someone from this list? Or could you help with an introduction? Help each other out! create your own intrograph, to make introductions, or to offer your own help or expertise.