As a few of our current Dorm Room Fund NYC partners prepare to graduate, we are extremely excited to pass the torch on to an incredible group of students! Each new partner brings a diverse set of experiences that will surely help us continue to support the growing student founder community. Please welcome Zak, Sweyn, Abigail and Max as our new DRF NYC partners!
Zak is an undergrad at NYU studying behavioral economics. He founded Autism Ambassadors and previously worked at the NewSchools Venture Fund supporting education entrepreneurs. Along with his work, he’s been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, Bloomberg View, and The Next Web, and has been honored by the Clinton Global Initiative and NBC Education Nation.
Sweyn is an undergraduate at Yale University majoring in Computer Science. He serves on the Executive Board of the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, the nation’s oldest campus microfinance organization. He is also working on a startup of his own, currently in stealth mode. In the past, Sweyn has served as a software developer at DreamFace Interactive and as a data analyst at theAudience. In his free time, Sweyn enjoys exploring the world of men’s style and dancing as part of Yale’s Ballroom Dance Team.
Abigail Stone is pursuing her MBA at Columbia Business School with a focus on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Prior to CBS, Abigail worked at Ralph Lauren in e-Commerce as well as in their Art Acquisitions department. Her passion for art, architecture, and design informed her studies as an undergraduate at Trinity College and led her to co-found Young Folk, the official young supporters group of the American Folk Art Museum. Currently, Abigail helps with business development for Cuseum, the startup building the mobile platform to bring Internet of Things technology (BLE beacons) to museums and the art world. In her free time, Abigail loves to practice her (non-existent) vocal skills at karaoke, check out local flea markets for cool vintage finds, and maintain her self-proclaimed title as NYC’s top cheese expert.
Max is an MBA student at Columbia Business School, focusing on investment management and entrepreneurship. He is an InSITE Fellow and was involved in startup and growth-stage companies prior to business school. He has founded and helped lead two successful startups to acquisitions, both with his brother, and worked on the investment team at Innovation Endeavors, a venture capital firm based in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv co-founded by Eric Schmidt. Most recently, Max worked at SoFi, a portfolio company of Innovation Endeavors that blends technology and marketplace lending to intelligently address specific debt and loan sectors. Max holds a BA from The University of Maryland, where he captained the University’s lacrosse team.