Venture Experts

 

Venture Experts are actively engaged members of our innovation ecosystem.  They are associates, principals or partners at their respective firms who believe in elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs and paying it forward.

Learn more about this dynamic group:

 

steveanastos_liSteve Anastos, Bain Ventures
Steve is an early stage investor at Bain Capital Ventures, where he focuses primarily on B2B and B2C commerce technology. His role spans the investment lifecycle, from finding and evaluating new investments to working closely with portfolio companies including Rent the Runway, Jet.com, and Hooklogic.

Prior to joining BCV, Steve supported seed-stage entrepreneurs at Blueprint Health, a NYC-based healthcare accelerator. Before that, Steve was a strategy consultant at Altman Vilandrie & Company, where he worked on engagements across telecom and digital media and advised on M&A transactions in the internet infrastructure space.

Outside of work, Steve serves on the Associate Board of the NYC chapter of BUILD.org, a non-profit focused on developing youth in under-resourced communities through entrepreneurship.

Steve is a graduate of Harvard College, and is originally from Boston.


natalieNatalie Bartlett, General Catalyst & Rough Draft Ventures
I have had the good fortune of working with founders in multiple capacities: as part of a four-person start-up team at Socrative (acquired by MasteryConnect), as a student investor with Rough Draft Ventures, and as a platform manager at venture capital companies on both coasts where I focused on building strategic partnerships and scaling portfolio resources.

Helping young companies grow is a natural extension of my graduate work in technology and innovation at Harvard. When I began working with the Rough Draft Ventures team, I identified the needs common to our student founders and developed the infrastructure to support our student teams, as well as the university entrepreneurship ecosystem.

At General Catalyst, I look forward to supporting Rough Draft Ventures’ founders who are developing new tools that create increased productivity and cohesiveness among industries. This is an area where technology and learning can intersect at deeper levels, to break down industry silos and increase collaboration for both individuals and organizations.

My background includes directing the inaugural Mobile First Summits in 2014 and 2015 and leadership roles at Women in Wireless, a non-profit that aims to develop female leaders in technology. These inspiring examples left an early, strong impression on me regarding the impact women are capable of making in the tech world, and I am bringing this advocacy with me to General Catalyst.

Before getting my Masters degree in Technology and Innovation at Harvard, I earned my degree in Communication, Behavior, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Away from work, you might find me in a yoga class, a lap pool, reading biographies and other non-fiction writing, or traveling with family and friends.

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Anne has been a member of Saturn Partners since 2015 and is a passionate healthcare and tech investor. Prior to joining Saturn, Anne worked as a clinical researcher in the Neurology Department at MGH, where she served as lead coordinator for several ALS and MS clinical trials and examined telehealth and tech opportunities in patient care. Anne graduated cum laude from Yale College with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In her free time she can be found in the yoga studio, snapping photos along the Charles and cheering on her hometown Pittsburgh teams.

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Neil Chheda – Romulus Capital
Neil is a partner at Romulus Capital.  As a former product manager and entrepreneur, Neil loves partnering with entrepreneurs to build teams and products at the earliest stages of a business.  Prior to Romulus, Neil was a product manager at Zynga and a consultant at McKinsey.  He also founded a healthcare company that provides innovative anesthesiology service solutions.  Neil is an avid scuba diver and private pilot, but when he’s on the ground, he focuses on investments in internet, mobile, and healthcare companies.  Neil holds in A.B. in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Richard manages the investment process at _Underscore.VC
Richard began his venture career as an Associate at Founder Collective, an early stage venture, while attending the Harvard Business School. At HBS, he also co-managed the Rock Accelerator Venture Fund, a student-run venture capital fund.

Before matriculating at HBS, he was the technical co-founder of Popt, a social media sentiment analysis startup focused on $1B+ brands following his time as a Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble’s Direct-to-Consumer eCommerce business in North America. Previously, he helped launch Apple’s iTunes product for video-on-demand content as a developer in the pricing group, and before that, was a developer for Goldman Sachs internal trading system.
Richard has significant previous experience as an angel investor, and has a nighttime and weekends hobby of applying data science to private markets he calls ‘algorithmic signaling,’ or looking for a bias-free, data driven approach to venture capital sourcing to intelligently find ‘signal’ before other investors.
Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Operations Research & Information Engineering in 2005 (B.Sc., with distinction) and a Masters of Engineering in 2006 (M.Eng, with highest distinction) at Cornell University. As a graduate student, he taught as an assistant in the computer science and probabilistic computing departments and obtained the university’s highest distinction for his thesis on in Stochastic Network Optimization of Liquified Natural Gas in Southeast Asia. In 2015, he graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Richard had the good fortune to grow up just outside one of the country’s best ski towns, Vail, Colorado, and spent much of his early years on the slopes, eventually making the U.S. Ski Team for Freestyle Skiing, and becoming an alternate for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino Italy.
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Ash Egan, Converge Ventures
Ash is a Principal at Converge and is an actively engaged advisor through several organizations including MassChallenge and Harvard Ventures.  Ash went to Princeton University where he played squash and fostered his passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

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Moira Forberg, Allied Minds
Moira is an Associate in our Boston office. Before joining Allied Minds, Moira worked as a research associate in the MIT Computational Fabrication Group, where she designed innovative approaches to multi-material 3D printing as part of the hardware design team. Her experience also includes work as a lab associate at Disney Research, focusing on the automation of mechanical design in 3D printed characters. Additionally, Moira was a management consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where she developed growth strategies for clients in the business information and technology sectors. Moira enjoys applying business thinking to opportunities presented by novel technology in her role as Associate at Allied Minds. Moira combines her twin hobbies of running and traveling by competing in half marathons in different cities across the U.S.

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Margo Layton Cole – Breakaway Ventures
Margo is a member of the investment team at Breakaway, where she identifies and assesses investment opportunities across the consumer sector and works with Breakaway’s portfolio companies to build and grow their businesses.  Previously, Margo was a Co-Founder and Director of Customer Experience for an e-commerce fashion start-up, and prior to that, she served as Vice President of Institutional Equity Sales at RBC Capital Markets in Boston.  Margo graduated magna cum laude from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a BS in Finance and marketing and from Babson College’s FW Olin School of Business.  She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Minds Matter Boston, a nonprofit mentoring and college prep organization serving Boston’s high-achieving, low-income high school students.

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Juan Leung Li, General Catalyst

I am forever indebted to entrepreneurship. My parents were the first entrepreneurs that inspired me; they left a small village in China as farmers, moved to Mexico City without speaking the language and became restaurant entrepreneurs.  I look to work with equally passionate and driven founders.

At General Catalyst, I focus on early stage investments and I am a champion for Boston entrepreneurs. Some areas of interest include SaaS, SMBs, marketplaces, commerce, mobile and education. Regardless of space, I am excited by startups with unfair advantages – from hungry and visionary teams to defensible products that have scalable distribution strategies.

My personal path has had a few turns. At 15, I moved to the U.S. without my parents. To fund college, I worked countless jobs, from selling hot dogs to answering switchboard calls. Most recently, I was in San Francisco as part of the team at Javelin Venture Partners where I focused on Series A investments, working closely with companies such as MasterClass and FEM Inc. My experience in technology covers a wide spectrum – co-founding Ripple Concerts, a marketplace for live music, working with seed companies while at Primary Venture Partners in New York, helping the digital turnaround efforts at McGraw-Hill Education and advising large companies like AMD, IAC/InterActiveCorp, IMG, Ticketmaster, Universal Orlando and VeriFone on their financing strategies while at J.P. Morgan.

As an adopted Bostonian, I am naturally a huge Boston sports fan. I graduated from Boston University with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Business and a minor in Statistics; I earned my MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, I co-founded Rock Venture Partners, a program for students to invest in student-led startups. Also, I care deeply about educational causes and, over the years, have been a big supporter of Student Sponsor Partners, an education-focused non-profit helping underserved students, where I’ve served as a member of the Leadership Committee. In our spare time, my wife and I enjoy eating our way through Boston and teaching new tricks to our goldendoodle puppy.

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Rob McCall, .406 Ventures

At .406, Rob spends his time working across all of .406’s investment verticals and strategies, as well as running the Student Fellows program with partner Graham Brooks.

Prior to joining .406, Rob was an inside account manager at EMC covering the great state of Texas. At EMC, he worked with his customers and their IT departments to craft forward-thinking strategies surrounding their data storage, backup and disaster recovery environments. Although a great experience, Rob was happy to leave the corporate world and return to the entrepreneurial scene in Boston.

Before EMC, Rob spent over 3 years working in a variety of operational roles at MineralTree, a .406 Fund I portfolio company. While the company was in stealth mode and Rob was in college, he joined as a summer intern focused on market research in the financial and SMB spaces. Immediately drawn to the energy, culture and pace of the startup world, Rob graduated a semester early from college to start working full-time. As a former customer support representative, sales engineer, project manager, customer success representative, inside sales representative, sales operations lead, account manager and just about any other title he could think up for the day’s activities, Rob knows the hard-work and drive required to bring a start-up to life.

Rob received his BA in Psychology from Duke University, with minors in Economics as well as Environmental Science and Policy.

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Parul Singh, Founder Collective
Parul Singh is a principal at Founder Collective, one of the first seed stage VC firms in the country.  There she focuses on early stage investments across a wide range of industries, with technology as a unifying theme.  She has particular interests in SaaS, analytics, consumer products, food and developer tools.

Parul is a former developer turned product manager for venture backed startups and media companies like the NY Times, where she helped launch the video and multimedia vertical and managed the video player on the homepage.  Before joining Founder Collective, she founded and ran an edtech assessment and analytics company which aimed to provide an alternative to standardized testing.
Parul lectures on data analytics at Northeastern University and is deeply involved in the startup ecosystem in Boston and in building support networks for entrepreneurs at every level.  She grew up in the Boston area and has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and an MBA from MIT.  Parul lives in Cambridge with her husband and two young children.
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Matt Thoms, Allied Minds

Matt Thoms is a Director in our Boston office where he focuses on Allied Minds’ physical sciences portfolio, including existing subsidiaries and new company formation. Matt’s background includes experience in power generation & storage, nano-engineered materials, and transport phenomena. Prior to joining Allied Minds, Matt was a management consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants (now a part of Oliver Wyman) where he developed growth strategies, including M&A and international go-to-market, for companies in information and technology services. In his graduate studies, Matt led research in nano-scale heat transfer for applications in utility-scale concentrated solar power. Outside of the office, Matt takes his scientific curiosity to the kitchen, where he enjoys cooking, baking, brewing, and other culinary adventures.

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Ariel Winton, OpenView Ventures

Ariel is on the investment team at OpenView where she identifies, evaluates, and executes on investment opportunities. Prior to joining OpenView, she was a Product Manager at Yesware where she prioritized and helped implement product improvements on the mobile, growth, internal tools, and reporting teams. She also spent some time on Shyp’s product team conducting user research to help make the company’s courier and warehouse operations more efficient. When she’s not working, Ariel can be found screaming at Red Sox games, roaming the city on a hunt for chocolate, or binge watching political dramas on Netflix. Most importantly, Ariel loves spending time with friends – especially when food is involved.