I am thrilled to announce that I am rejoining the team at Flybridge Capital Partners as a Principal in New York City. I was last here between 2010 and 2012 before I headed off to Harvard Business School to get my MBA. While at Flybridge, I sourced two portfolio companies – Tracelytics (acquired by AppNeta) and Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter) – and worked as the first US employee for a third: tracx.
The part of this new chapter that I am most excited about is collaborating with an investment team that I love and know that I work incredibly well with. In contrast to recent stories about many women’s experience working in tech and VC, I can confidently say that as a result of the incredibly supportive culture I experienced at Flybridge, I have not only thrived but am also lucky to have found my passion and place as an investor. My investment interests and experience are broadly across the information technology sector, including the consumer web, mobile and enterprise software markets.
As a VC, I get to work with exciting entrepreneurs –visionaries who tell me how they want to change the world and, if I’m fortunate enough, I get to help them make it happen. And there is no better place to invest than in a rapidly growing startup ecosystem like NYC with so much amazing talent (more on this later). I look forward to further honing my skills, and learning from a team that’s dedicated to seeing me succeed.
My time at HBS was productive and fun –I remained active in investing as a judge and mentor of our student venture competitions and as an angel investor in a next-gen automated marketing solution and a quantified-self platform.
During my first year at HBS, I started an experiential marketplace comparable to an “etsy for service providers.” I spent my winter vacation backpacking through Africa and working in Accra, Ghana for Tigo Cash, the country’s largest mobile payments network, developing their global remittances product and increasing usage of their mobile wallet product. For my summer internship, I lived in SF and ran business development at Google[x] for Project Loon, learning firsthand how to scale the most innovative solutions to the world’s biggest problems.
While at HBS, I founded So She Did, the resource I always wished I had, to help young women invest in themselves, from the inside out. Young women are inundated with content and media focused on fashion and beauty and I wanted to offer them actionable tools and exercises for personal and professional growth. I am inspired by all the proud and fulfilling #SoSheDid Moments shared by our community.
Throughout my MBA program, travels, and startups, I continued to be entranced by the vibrant and growing startup ecosystem in New York City, and felt compelled to play a role in its evolution. I moved here last week, and am grateful to be a part of such a culturally rich and diverse city like no other, and consider it to be a true rite of passage for anyone in their 20s!
I am continuing my Angel Dinners and Founder Fairs, curated events for top angel investors, talented entrepreneurs, and the best engineers in NYC. Stay tuned for upcoming events in NY and if you’re a part of this thriving startup community, please reach out as I would love to meet you!