Good Luck to our Graduating Partners!

June 4, 2020
From the Fund

Good Luck to our Graduating Partners! #DRF4Life

With the entire world in a state of tumult and uncertainty, it’s hard to imagine closing a chapter or setting forth on a new adventure. However, here at Dorm Room Fund, we’re no strangers to tough challenges. Our dedicated partners have displayed incredible hustle, resilience, and leadership in their work with student founders time and again — and we can’t wait to watch them continue to thrive. 

While we’re sad to see them go, our graduating partners have had a tremendous impact on our community. We’re excited to welcome them to the ranks as DRF alumni, and cheer them on as they achieve amazing things. 

Please join Dorm Room Fund in congratulating the class of 2020! 

                                             Abhinav Karale

Abhinav graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in data science, finance, and computer science. He worked with DRF the past two years. He's now working on his own software company in the B2B space.

                                                     Adele Li

Adele Li graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with double majors in Computer Science and Economics — with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance — from the Jerome Fisher M&T program. She served as Managing Partner on DRF’s Philly team the past two years, and ran initiatives to expand frontier investments. She’s deeply passionate about founder diversity, real estate technology, and other technologies which enable greater access to the many social determinants of health. After graduation, she’ll be in LA working as a Private Equity Analyst at Ares Management.

                                               Akshay Kirtikar

Akshay Kirtikar graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management after serving as Managing Partner on the DRF Boston team. After school, he will be joining Google as a Product Manager based in New York City, but insists on remaining plugged into the early-stage startup and venture ecosystem.

                                                   Alex Chen

Alex graduated with an MBA from Yale School of Management. Over his 2 years with DRF, Alex served as the NY team treasurer and helped to redesign recruitment and improve the diligence process. From his past experience as an impact investor, Alex has spent his time at DRF passionately supporting entrepreneurship at the intersection of tech and social impact. He looks forward to leveraging the foundation built at Dorm Room Fund to continue this work.

                                               Alex Wendland

Alex Wendland graduated from Harvard College with a concentration in Computer Science. The highlight of his senior year was being a partner on DRF’s Boston team; an experience he said was paralleled only by his excitement for the release of Cosmic Crisp, a delicious new apple cultivar, in December of 2019.

                                                    Andy Reed

Andy graduated with a BBA from the University of Michigan and joined the content strategy team at Robinhood. Serving as Dorm Room Fund's first Head of Content on the remote HQ team, Andy helped launch the DRF blog, newsletter, and podcast all over the course of the past six months. He will miss the people at DRF the most, though he's counting on seeing lots of DRFers in San Francisco as an alumnus!

                                               Bridget Labe

Bridget graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA concentrating in entrepreneurship and innovation. After graduation, Bridget plans to take some time off to read, comb through her skincare shelves, and continue her work as a research assistant with Wharton's management and real estate departments.

                                             Brittany Walker

Brittany graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, after two years on the DRF Philly team. During her time with DRF, she focused on sourcing and supporting founders from emerging startup ecosystems. She will be joining the budding LA-based DRF alumni community and continuing as an intern with Crosscut Ventures.

                                                     Chris Shei

Chris is graduating from Cornell Tech with an M.Eng. in Computer Science and plans to head back to Hong Kong for the near future. This past year, he enjoyed connecting with the startup community through his time spent at Two Sigma Ventures, and as part of the NYC DRF team. Although he'll miss the DRF family dearly, he'll never be too far away, and will continue supporting entrepreneurship and venture capital in his future adventures.

                                                 Cindy Zhang

Cindy graduated from Cornell University with a major in Information Science. She is grateful for the opportunity DRF has given her to improve access to opportunity for female founders. Since graduation, she joined Grow as their first product manager, and has joined a stealth startup, working on international expansion. She is excited to continue working towards her aspiration to build a startup in China.

                                                 Claire Smilow

Claire graduated with her MBA from Harvard Business School and is joining BoxGroup as an investor. Claire served on the Boston team for the last 2 years and is sad to leave the team, but excited to serve the DRF community as an alum!

                                               David Mackanic

David is graduating with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. David was an Investment Partner in SF for the last two years. After graduation, David is working on spinning out his PhD research into a startup company. He will be located in the Bay Area, and is looking forward to staying plugged into the DRF community.

                                                     Garros Li

Garros Li graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and is joining Amazon Web Services’ sales strategy team in Seattle. He’s thrilled to combine his passion for sales and interest in enterprise software into a career. At DRF, Garros focused on enterprise SaaS and enterprise productivity. He’ll be missed for his willingness to voice his opinions and for beta testing his stand up jokes.

                                                   Jason Seibel

Jason joined DRF at the end of his junior year as a student at MIT. He loved helping founders break into the venture capital world and realize their potential. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science and will be located in San Francisco. 

                                          JeanClaude Dorsainvil

A proud member of the #SF_DEALTEAM, JeanClaude graduated with a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley, where he was dedicated to building and supporting communities across campus. In addition to working with early stage founders and small businesses, JeanClaude worked to fill in the gaps in the ecosystem by founding Bold Venture Partners, a budding community of student innovators and entrepreneurs. At DRF he is known for seeking outliers and backing bold founders. JeanClaude is furthering the Blueprint Project legacy as the founder of DRF’s Blueprint Investor Track, a summer masterclass aimed at empowering the next generation of diverse investors. JeanClaude is continuing his journey in venture as a Summer Associate at Base Ventures in Berkeley. 

                                             Justine Humenansky

Justine is graduating with an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She was Managing Partner of the DRF SF team and was involved with Female Founder Track and the Blueprint Projects. Although always a New Yorker at heart, she is excited to embrace the Bay Area as her new home post-graduation.

                                                 Kenta Yaegashi

Kenta graduated from Stanford University with a BAH in Economics. He joined the DRF team in 2018 and has worked closely with companies in the enterprise software and food space. He helped the SF team develop internal models around standardizing the investment committee process across industries and business models while supporting entrepreneurs on and off campus. He co-founded LaCarte, a company focused on food ordering technology, while at Stanford and will remain in the Bay Area. He is looking forward to continuing his involvement with the DRF community as an active alumnus!

                                                 Loewen Cavill

Loewen graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering with robotics. While at MIT, she enjoyed building frontier technologies and working with founders and MIT’s entrepreneurial community. She is excited to join the DRF alumni in the Bay area where she will be working as a mechanical engineer for Google X’s drone delivery startup, Wing.

                                                Medha Kothari

Medha graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in computer science. She will be joining Celo Labs as a software engineer, and will be continuing as co-founder of she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space. She is excited to stay involved in DRF as an active alumnus.

                                              Meryl Breidbart

Meryl is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Management and now works as an investor at LDV Capital investing in visual tech companies. At DRF, Meryl was the Head of Design on the HQ team. She loves design, baking, and her dog, Moses.

                                                 Ryan Morgan

Ryan is graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA. He is the co-founder of rmdy, a consumer health brand that aims to transform your relationship with food. He previously worked in venture capital at DFJ Growth, where he worked on their investments in Katerra, Unity3D, Ring, and Planet Labs. He also previously worked on the M&A and venture team at Priceline and worked on their acquisitions of and OpenTable.  He loves national parks (even got engaged at the peak of Mt. Lassen), running, and hiking. He is an angel investor in Saturn, Dandy (fka Orthly), and Mlkmn.  

                                           Sarah Guzick Moyer

Sarah is graduating with an MBA from Stanford University and will soon join Jasper Ridge Partners as a Vice President on the firm's private equity team. During her two years with DRF SF, Sarah took great pride in helping portfolio companies raise follow-on funding. We will miss her sense of humor and willingness to ask the tough questions!

                                                 Shohini Gupta

Shohini joined DRF her sophomore year at UC Berkeley and graduated as an economics major. She served as Managing Partner of the SF team for two years and launched Female Founder Track, which has been the blueprint for diversity programming at DRF. She'll be in New York working as a product manager at Oscar.

                                                  Shrey Gupta

Shrey graduated from Stanford University with a bachelors degree and a masters degree in Computer Science. Having served three years as an investment partner on the SF team, he will miss the incredible community of partners and student entrepreneurs, and seeing the technological innovations students have pioneered. Shrey is now working at to help create AI that can summarize the world’s events and uncover disinformation. He’s always happy to talk tech, venture, and tacos!

                                                Spencer Yen

Spencer graduated from Columbia University, where he studied computer science and sociology. During his two years at DRF, he spent his summers working at DRF portfolio companies and served as Managing Partner on the NYC team, where he laid a strong foundation for the team to best support the student entrepreneurship ecosystem. Spencer will be pursuing a year-long social impact fellowship supported by Schmidt Futures. He's excited to build thoughtful technology and is looking forward to the day he can see the DRF community again!

                                               Sri Bhamidipati

Sri graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was both a Columbia Fellow and VC Fellow. At DRF, Sri was first an investment partner and then served as MP for the NYC team, through which he helped build a strong foundation for how we invest, source new opportunities, and engage with founders post investment. In parallel, Sri has worked at a variety of early-stage and later-stage investment firms focused on globally emerging technological themes across enterprise, marketplace, and consumer sub-categories, and looks to further his passion for investing hereafter. Over the course, he has had a chance to work with prominent private and public technology companies such as Uber, Lyft, Palantir, Airbnb, Sprinklr, Blend, and many more.

                                        Stephanie MacConnell

Stephanie graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. During her two years, she focused on Healthcare and FinTech startups, winning the McGovern Award for Entrepreneurship for her significant impact to startups across MIT. She co-founded the MIT COVID-19 Challenge, bringing together thousands of participant teams with mentors and clinical partners to provide solutions to problems emerging from the pandemic. This summer, she will continue working with the COVID initiative to help bring the solutions to life, and we can't wait to see how she changes the world.

                                              Trevor Sookraj

Trevor joined DRF as a Marketing Partner from Huron University College, majoring in Political Science. During his tenure, he launched Dorm Room Fund's Guide to Careers in Tech and supported the growth of our portfolio companies. Trevor now runs Divisional, a growth team for early-stage tech startups.

                                            Vinai Rachakonda

Vinai graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Computer Science and Business. He spent the last two years on DRF’s HQ team, and was most recently a Managing Partner. Although he is graduating, he is excited to stay involved with DRF and continue the lifelong friendships he has made!


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