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1. Tim Young - Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures
Tim Young is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures with two exits as an entrepreneur & over 20 years of experience advising & investing in 100+ early stage startups. Tim has been fascinated by technology since his mother taught him to code in Fortran at the age of 10. He went on to study engineering & become a patent attorney & tech entrepreneur.
Prior to founding Eniac in 2009, Tim founded Bridge, an enterprise software company focusing on corporate training in Beijing, China, which he led to an 8-figure exit. Prior to Bridge, Tim led product at Quoteship, a B2B marketplace for logistics, which exited to Logistics.com (NASD: ICGE). Tim also spent time coding at ExxonMobil, managing product at BAE Systems, & advising startups on Patent & other IP issues at MoFo.
2. Alexa Binns - Jesse Draper's team at Halogen Ventures
Alexa Binns is an early stage investor with a talent for spotting the latest consumer trends & technology. She is on Jesse Draper's team at Halogen Ventures where they invest in the top female founders. Previously Alexa was at Maven Ventures, another seed stage venture fund focused on consumer tech. A marketer by training, she has launched many new brands in partnership with Target, Walgreens, MTV, Univision, the NBA, & Planned Parenthood to name a few. Alexa's specialty is deploying the latest marketing techniques: she wrote her master's thesis on how to build a brand on YouTube, helped sell the Twitch influencer marketing platform NoScope, & was nominated for a Mashable Award for social media marketing with Foursquare back when that was cool. Alexa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford with a degree in public health & has her MBA from UCLA Anderson.
3. Daniel Merja - Managing Partner at FC Ventures
Daniel Merja is currently the managing partner at FC Ventures (Founders Committee), an NYC-based Syndicate VC. He immigrated to the United States from Albania, where he received an advanced high-school degree in electronic engineering. After earning his B.S in Finance, he co-founded data analytics FinTech company, FDC, & acted as the COO & leader of the product development team. In Daniel's 5 years as a startup founder, he grew to love the demanding task of scaling a new company & wanted to help others to do the same. This inspired Daniel to put together a team of 16 great minds who now invest in teams & ideas that will make a difference in the world.
4. Laleh Masnavi - Operating Partner at Candou Ventures
Laleh joined Candou Ventures in 2020 as an Operating Partner. She is a technology veteran & entrepreneur committed to driving business growth at scale through improved operating performance & disciplined strategy. She has proven success at driving collaboration & influencing at all levels of the organization.
At Candou Ventures, she is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities, providing support to portfolio companies, cultivating strategic partnerships, & extending Candou's strategy & operating model.
Prior to her time with Candou, she worked at BootUP Ventures for over 3 years as the Head of Operations, & VP of Business Development & Global Strategic Alliances in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America & Africa. She sourced unicorns such as Luminar Technologies & Robinhood, & facilitated the expansion of companies such as ByteDance at BootUP's venture studio.
5. Yasmine Morrison - VC at Antler