The 68 most important VCs in New York, according to other VCs

  • Several venture capitalists call New York home and are writing checks to startups of all stages.
  • The city’s prominent sectors like finance and media are also prevalent in its VC activity.
  • Insider compiled a list of New York’s top VCs, based on recommendations and investment data.

The venture capital scene in New York City is as vibrant as ever. And, while the Bay Area’s ecosystem continues to outnumber New York’s in terms of size and funding, the city’s investors and their influence continue to grow and thrive, despite a down year overall.

New York remains the world’s global finance capital, putting it in a unique position to attract talent from all over the world who cut their teeth at Wall Street firms before deciding to venture capital at established firms or start their own. There are also those who founded or worked at startups before moving into venture to help new startup founders navigate the ups and downs of running a business in industries such as fintech, consumer technology, and media.

This year, we updated our list of the VCs to know in New York’s largest city and solicited nominations from some of the city’s most prominent VCs. As a result, a growing list of the city’s most influential VCs has emerged.

Pano Anthos, XRC Ventures

Pano Anthos is the founder and managing director of XRC Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: As the managing director of XRC Ventures, Pano Anthos looks for early-stage startups in supply chain management, product design, distribution and sales.

Before launching XRC Ventures in 2015, he worked in the supply chain world, and says he trademarked the term “global logistics systems.” Anthos was also a serial founder before he became an investor. He started four software and media companies, such as the edtech startup Gather Education and the early social video platform Hangout Industries. Some of XRC Ventures’ most notable deals include the direct-to-consumer personal care brand Billie, the 3D-printed shoe manufacturer HILOS, and the healthtech startup OneImaging.

Key investments:  Billie, Gather AI, HILOS, MD Integrations, OneImaging, Solawave

Hayley Barna, First Round Capital

Hayley Barna is a partner at First Round Capital.

Why she’s on the list: A startup founder-turned-investor, Hayley Barna started the beauty subscription startup Birchbox in 2010 with her cofounder Katia Beauchamp after the two graduated from Harvard Business School.

After leaving the company in 2015, she joined the venture capital world as a general partner at First Round Capital, the firm that gave her her very first check into Birchbox.

As a pre-seed and seed-stage investor, Barna’s investments include the virtual healthcare platform Thirty Madison,  and more recently, the climate tech startup Arbor.

Key investments: Mirror, Thirty Madison, Caper, Alma, Arbor

Olivia Benjamin, Operator Partners

Olivia Benjamin is a partner at Operator Partners.

Why she’s on the list: Olivia Benjamin began her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, and has since risen quickly through the ranks of the investment world. She worked for two years as an early stage investor at Bain Capital Ventures before joining Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg’s team at Operator Partners in 2020. While at Operator Partners, she’s led deals in the social marketplace startup Whatnot and the telehealth dietician startup Nourish.

Before becoming an investor, Benjamin founded her own startup in college, an online art marketplace. Since making the switch, she has continued to support founders outside of her portfolio: she founded Ground Floor, a community for startup founders and employees, and runs a cofounder matching program called Founder’s Table.

Key investments: Whatnot, Remote, Nourish, Array

Jesse Beyroutey, IA Ventures

Jesse Beyroutey is the managing partner at IA Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Jesse Beyroutey leads seed and early-stage investments in Internet and SaaS companies at IA Ventures, a firm that he’s worked at since he was 22-years-old, after the founding partner Roger Ehrenberg hired him right out of college.

Over his time at IA Ventures, Beyroutey and his teammates have followed a unique strategy for evaluating top startups based on game theory. And there’s some evidence that this theory works: Beyroutey made the savvy call to invest early in the contract management unicorn Ironclad and the debt collection startup Replay.

Key investments: Ironclad, Headway, January, Replay, Point One Navigation, Simpl


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Rob Biederman, Asymmetric

Rob Biederman is the managing partner of Asymmetric.

Why he’s on the list: Rob Biederman founded Asymmetric in 2020 and invests in early-stage B2B software startups. currently writing checks from its $105 million first fund. Before moving to the VC side, he had experience growing and operating his own startup, Catalaynt Technologies, which pairs companies with independent business consultants for projects and interim support. Biederman cofounded the startup in 2013 and remains its chairman.

Key investments:, Firstbase, Gong, Edmit

John Borthwick, Betaworks

John Borthwick is the CEO of Betaworks.

Why he’s on the list: After cutting his teeth as a startup founder and selling his web business to AOL in the 1990s, John Borthwick founded the storied venture studio and investment fund Betaworks in 2008. There, he helped usher in the web 2.0 era with investments in social media startups like X, (formerly Twitter) and Tumblr, and worked to build notable startups from the ground up like Giphy.

More recently, Borthwick is diving headfirst into AI investments. According to Betaworks’ website, the fund’s focus right now is on “AI and Augmentation, LLMs, NLP,  web3 rails and applied machine learning.” The firm invested in the generative AI unicorn Hugging Face, which as of August reached a valuation of $4.5 billion.

Key investments: Twitter, Tumblr, Chartbeat, Venmo, Giphy, Gimlet, Rec Room, Hugging Face, Superplastic.

Peter Boyce II, Stellation Capital

Peter Boyce II is the founder and managing partner at Stellation Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Peter Boyce II spent the beginning of his professional investing career at the venture capital giant General Catalyst, where he led several seed stage deals for the firm alongside Niko Bonatsos and Katherine Boyle.

Boyce also cofounded the firm’s student-run investment fund, Rough Draft Ventures, before leaving General Catalyst to start his own fund Stellation Capital in 2021.

At Stellation, Boyce has invested in the payments platform Hopscotch and the anti-harassment app Block Party. He led the latter’s $4.8 million seed round in the fall of 2022.

Key investments: Ro, Mark43, Hopscotch, Bods, Hearth Display, Block Party, Primitives

Sandy Cass, Red Swan Ventures

Sandy Cass is the managing partner at Red Swan Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Sandy Cass has been angel investing into startups since 2008, writing early checks into several companies that have since exited, like Bonobos, Inkbox, Sonder, and Zero Financial.

Cass has been a startup operator too: he was the chief operating officer for the startup Artsy, and did a brief stint in-house as a vice president at Bonobos. However, Cass returned to investing full-time as a managing partner at Red Swan Ventures, alongside his friend and Bonobos cofounder Andy Dunn. Cass has written checks into the online pharmacy startup Capsule and the commerce startup AutoFi.

Key investments: Scopely*,* Coinbase, Warby Parker, Oscar Insurance, AutoFi, Capsule


Michael Dempsey, Compound Ventures

Michael Dempsey is the managing partner at Compound Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Michael Dempsey says his career is a “wandering path of very research-centric investing (and just some pure research) in often deeply technical categories. He started his investing career at the hedge fund Crane Partners, and then moved on to work for the private market data firm CB Insights before becoming the managing partner at Compound Ventures in 2016, where he invests in “frontier” technologies like robotics, machine learning, and crypto. “I’ve always followed weirdness and passions and it’s hopefully worked out thus far,” Dempsey told Insider.

Key investments:  Runway, Wayve, Tia, AIFleet, Arbitrum

Nisha Dua, BBG Ventures

Nisha Dua is the cofounder and managing partner at BBG Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Nisha Dua likes to back promising female founders. As the managing partner of BBG Ventures, Dua has written checks into prominent women-founded healthcare startups like Spring Health and the tech-powered maternity clinic Millie.

Before investing in women entrepreneurs from a fund of her own, Dua cofounded a website called Built by Girls which supported young women who were interested in careers in the tech industry. Her work there was so inspiring that she decided to team up with her cofounder and teammate at AOL Susan Lyne and raise a full-scale fund investing in female founders, which became BBG. The fund was spun out from AOL in 2019 as a stand-alone fund.

Key investments: Spring Health, Real, Planet FWD, Millie

Erica Duignan Minnihan, Reign Ventures

Erica Duignan Minnihan is the cofounder and general partner at Reign Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Minnihan is a veteran investor with years of experience in finance. She worked as an investment banker before becoming inspired to find a pathway in finance that could have a more positive impact, she previously told Insider. In 2006, she landed in early-stage VC as the executive director of Golden Seeds, one of the first firms focused on investing in women entrepreneurs, backing companies like Rent the Runway and Happy Baby early on.

In 2013, she launched Reign Ventures with cofounder Monique Idlett-Mosley, with a focus on backing underrepresented founders. The pair invested their own money and built relationships with investors until they raised their first institutionally-backed fund in 2021. Since then, they’ve invested in 15 companies and deployed around $20 million in capital, Minnihan said.

Key investments: Babyation, Dormify, Monica + Andy, Nicklpass, Sharebite

Anu Duggal, Female Founders Fund

Anu Duggal is the founding partner at Female Founders Fund.

Why she’s on the list: Anu Duggal is another one of New York City’s prominent startup founders-turned-investors: she started the Indian wedding marketplace and sold it to the Indian unicorn Snapdeal in 2011. After her exit, she decided to launch a fund to support other female founders, since many were struggling to get access to capital.

While Duggal told Insider that her fund doesn’t do deal attributions, some of Female Founders Fund’s biggest success stories include early checks into Rent the Runway and the unicorn Maven Clinic.

Key investments (by Female Founders Fund): Rent the Runway, Maven Clinic, Arey Grey, Hearth Display, Oula Clinic, Beyond Aero


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Esther Dyson, angel investor

Esther Dyson is an angel investor.

Why she’s on the list: Esther Dyson has been a top operator and investor in the tech world since its earliest days. In the 1990s, she was the chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit founded to promote civil liberties online. She ran a popular newsletter, Release 1.0, from 1983 until 2006, discussing the most topical issues of the up-and-coming tech industry at the time.

Her lengthy rolodex she acquired after all those years has been an excellent tool for her angel investing career. Dyson has backed startups that have become household names, like the genetic testing startup 23andMe. In addition to angel investing, she sits as the chair of her nonprofit Wellville, which focuses on health and equity in the US.

Key investments: 23andMe, Meetup, Evernote, Block

Stuart Ellman, RRE Ventures

Stuart Ellman is the founding partner at RRE Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: As the cofounder and general partner, Stuart Ellman has raised more than $2.5 billion in venture capital for his New York-based firm RRE Ventures, across ten funds. RRE has been backing startups out of the NYC tech scene for nearly 30 years, according to its website.

Ellman has backed some of the most successful startups of the past decade, including Venmo, Fi, and Giphy.  One of his other early investments, ClearPath Robotics, was acquired in September 2023.

Key investments: ClearPath Robotics, Venmo, Fi, Giphy

Chrissy Farr, OMERS Ventures

Chrissy Farr is a health-tech investor at OMERS Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Farr is a new addition to the New York VC community, having moved to the city from San Francisco in the fall. Since joining OMERS in 2020, she has grown into one of the industry’s better-known healthtech investors with a focus on finding startups building in the women’s health space, including Caraway and Oath Care.

Prior to VC investing, Farr was a longtime tech journalist, reporting on healthcare and tech for CNBC, Fast Company, Reuters, and Venture Beat. She hasn’t fully retired from her writing career: Farr currently authors a Substack newsletter that has 50,000 subscribers, and recently created a Slack group for clinicians who want to learn more about venture capital.

Key investments:  Oath Care, Caraway, Pangea Health, Caribou Wealth, FIG (, Gabbi

Jenny Fielding, Everywhere Ventures

Jenny Fielding is the cofounder and managing partner of Everywhere Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Jenny Fielding may be based in NYC, but her investing thesis is global, she told Insider.

She launched her venture capital firm Everywhere Ventures (formerly known as The Fund) in 2018 and has since gone on to back over 200 startups all over the world. Before that, she was best known for her work as the managing director of the accelerator TechStars, where she made savvy best on future unicorns Alloy, Latch, and Chainalysis.

Some of her notable recent investments include the glasses company Pair Eyewear and the online mental health startup Headway.

Key investments:  Alloy, Latch,Chainalysis, Headway, Cube Software, Pair Eyewear


Shana Fisher, Third Kind Venture Capital

Shana Fisher is the managing partner at Third Kind Venture Capital.

Why she’s on the list: Shana Fisher has long been active in the New York City tech investing scene, both as an angel investor and as the managing partner of  Third Kind Venture Capital. She’s backed multiple unicorns like the task manager Notion. Some of her early investments such as Pinterest went on to big exits.

But before launching Third Kind in 2010, Fisher was a mergers and acquisitions pro, managing the details of tech deals at Allen and Co. and IAC. She also sits on the board of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Key investments: Pinterest, ThredUp, Refinery29, Notion

David Fiszel, Honeycomb Asset Management

David Fiszel is the founder and CIO at Honeycomb Asset Management.

Why he’s on the list: An alum of Steve Cohen’s hedge fund, Point72, David Fiszel cut his teeth in both public and private investing before moving over to venture capital. From 2008 to 2015, he helped manage Point72’s positions in Facebook, Twitter, and Palantir.

After leaving the firm, Fiszel founded Honeycomb Asset Management in 2016 and leads the firm’s investment strategy as chief investment officer. Honeycomb, which manages over $1.4 billion in assets, invests globally in companies across multiple sectors including technology, media, telecommunications and consumer-related investments – including startups like Klarna, Ramp,, and Bombas.

Key investments: Klarna, Ramp, Bombas

Lee Fixel, Addition

Lee Fixel is the founder of Addition.

Why he’s on the list: Lee Fixel spent nearly 13 years at Tiger Global Management, where he was one of firm’s top VC dealmakers inking deals for blockbuster startups including Stripe and Roblox. He set out on his own in 2019 to found Addition, a VC firm focusing on early- and growth-stage startup investing.

So far, Fixel and Addition have backed up-and-coming healthcare startups including Lyra Health, which provides workplace mental healthcare as an employee benefit.

Key investments: Hugging Face, Lyra Health and Satispay

Mitchell Green, Lead Edge Capital

Mitchell Green is the founder and managing partner at Lead Edge Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Mitchell Green founded Lead Edge Capital in 2011 and has had a number of successful startup exits under his belt, including Asana, Spotify, and Uber. Lead Edge, which focuses on growth-stage investing for private and public software, internet, consumer, and tech-enabled services businesses, has also written checks for, Carbon 38, and Bird.

Prior to founding Lead Edge Capital, Green spent a year managing a Tiger Management hedge fund and before that was an analyst at VC powerhouse Bessemer Venture Partners and investment bank UBS.

Key investments: Amplitude, Asana, Uber, Spotify


Claude Grunitzky, Equity Alliance

Claude Grunitzky is the CEO and managing partner of The Equity Alliance.

Why he’s on the list: In 2021, Grunitzky launched Equity Alliance with Richard Parsons, the former CEO of Time Warner and Citigroup. Grunitzky, an executive and entrepreneur himself, founded the media companies Trace and True Africa. The pair were inspired by the drastically low percentage of assets that are managed by women and people of color in the US – just 1.4%, according to a 2021 report by the Knight Foundation. In February 2022, Equity Alliance debuted its first $28 million fund.

Key investments: Altro, Breakr, Esusu

David Haber, Andreessen Horowitz

David Haber is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Why he’s on the list: David Haber is a VC boomeranger: Before joining Andreessen Horowitz in 2021 as the firm’s first New York-based general partner, Haber started out at VC funds New Ventures and Spark Capital before taking a gig at investment bank Goldman Sachs.

While at Spark Capital, Haber helped source the firm’s lead investment in Plaid in 2013. He then started Bond Street, a lending service for small businesses that was acquired by Goldman Sachs. He then moved to Goldman for a role in strategy and corporate development, where he helped grow the digital finance business and later helped develop the bank’s firmwide digital and tech strategy.

Key investments: Adaptive, ModernFi, Setpoint

Matt Harris, Bain Capital Ventures

Matt Harris is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: A longtime staple in the venture capital community, Matt Harris built his career investing in fintech’s infancy as the dot-com bust plunged the industry into chaos. He’s been a partner at BCV since 2012 and before that started his own firm, Village Ventures, which had $175 million in AUM and made early-stage investments. The firm made its last investment in 2012.

Throughout his career, Harris earned a reputation for making good bets in startups including Justworks, Flywire, Orum, and Finix.

Key investments: Paytrix, GoCardless and Moov

Rick Heitzmann, FirstMark Capital

Rick Heitzmann, managing director at FirstMark Capital

Why he’s on the list: Rick Heitzmann founded FirstMark Capital in 2008 and never looked back. The VC firm has evolved over the years, first catering to early-stage investing before becoming the growth-stage powerhouse it is today. Under Heitzmann’s leadership, FirstMark has inked deals for startups like DraftKings, Discord, Ro, and Crisp.

Heitzmann, who specializes in emerging media and advertising as well as information services, previously spent nearly a decade at Pequot Ventures, a multibillion-dollar hedge fund sponsor that closed in 2010.

Key investments: Ro, Orchard, Legacy, Metaloop, Pickle


Eric Hippeau, Lerer Hippeau

Eric Hippeau is the cofounder and managing director at Lerer Hippeau.

Why he’s on the list: A longtime media executive, Eric Hippeau has parlayed a star-studded resume into making media investments at Lerer Hippeau, where he’s been since 2013. After leading internet publishing company Ziff-Davis in the 1990s, he completed a stint at SoftBank Capital Partners and invested in The Huffington Post, where he later served as CEO from 2009 to 2011.

After returning to VC to lead his namesake fund, Hippeau has continued to make waves in the world of digital media with investments in sites like BuzzFeed, Axios, K Health, and Blockdaemon.

Key investments: Teleskope, Birdstop, Rare Candy

Aaron Holiday, 645 Ventures

Aaron Holiday is the cofounder and managing partner at 645 Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Aaron Holiday, who cut his teeth as an engineer on Goldman Sach’s high-paced program trading desk, spent two years learning the ropes of VC at Gotham Ventures before cofounding 645 Ventures in 2014 with partner Nnamdi Okike. The early-stage investment firm has more than $550 million in AUM and backs startups in the enterprise and vertical SaaS marketplaces, and consumer technology verticals.

Since founding 645 Ventures, Holiday has invested in startups like Slope, a healthtech startup improving tech in clinical trials, and Goldbelly, an online marketplace offering nationwide delivery for popular food items.

Key investments: Causely, Efficient Capital Labs, Skydrop

Jeff Horing, Insight Partners

Jeff Horing is the managing director at Insight Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Jeff Horing co-founded Insight Partners in 1995 and has backed more than 150 companies including Shutterstock, Alteryx, and SentinelOne. Insight is one of the most prolific investment firms backing software startups. Horing has worked to build connections with entrepreneurs in Israel, which has become known for its tech talent. The firm has backed Israel-based startups Wix and, and Insight has an office in Tel Aviv.

Merritt Hummer, Bain Capital Ventures

Merritt Hummer is a partner at Bain Capital Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: As a partner at Bain Capital Ventures, Merritt Hummer leads the firm’s growth-stage investing in B2B SaaS, fintech, and marketplace startups. She’s been at BCV since 2018 and has inked checks for startups including data and sales software and Material Bank, an online platform for design professionals ordering architectural samples like tiles and paint. Before BCV, Hummer cut her teeth in the finance world as a growth equity investor at Goldman Sachs, and she also completed stints at private equity firm New Mountain Capital and consulting firm Bain and Company.

Key investments: Ankorstore, Material Bank, Pleo, SmartRent, Socure,

Amish Jani, FirstMark Capital

Amish Jani is the cofounder and partner at FirstMark Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Amish Jani has spent the last 20 years investing in early-stage tech startups based in New York, much of that time with Rick Heitzmann, with whom he cofounded FirstMark Capital in 2008. His investments include a laundry list of success stories across multiple verticals, including Shopify, Brooklinen, and Zilla Security.

Key investments: Shopify, (acquired by Adobe for $1.3B), Highbeam, Parametrix Insurance, and UtilizeCore

Gayle Jennings O’Byrne, Wocstar Capital

Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne is the cofounder and general partner of Wocstar Capital.

Why she’s on the list: Tech and business run in Jennings-O’Byrne’s blood. Her mother, Thelma Bataille, was a trailblazer who worked at the aerospace company McDonnell Douglas and spent 30 years in Silicon Valley, Jennings-O’Byrne said. She herself has had an illustrious career in tech and finance, spending a chunk of her career working in various roles at JPMorgan Chase.

Despite her successful career, there was an unfortunate reality that never went away: meaningful investment in women-of-color entrepreneurs. Soon after, she started Wocstar Capital to fill that gap and make a dent in the funding disparity omnipresent in venture capital.

Key investments: Moment.AI, Re-nuble, Filmhedge

Li Jin, Variant

Li Jin is the cofounder and general partner at Variant.

Why she’s on the list: Jin is an Andreessen Horowitz alum that went on to found Atelier Ventures in 2020, a firm that she said at the time focused on the “passion economy,” which allows people to monetize their non-commoditized skills. A year later, she joined fellow Andreessen Horowitz alum Jesse Walden at the crypto-focused fund Variant. ****

Key investments: Maven, Stonks, Snackpass

Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures

Rebecca Kaden is a general partner at Union Square Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Rebecca Kaden is part of a small but mighty club in the tech industry: journalists, writers, and media workers who have since become venture capitalists. She is a former special projects editor for Narrative Magazine, a literary nonprofit publishing fiction, poetry, essays, and art.

Kaden moved over to venture investing in 2012 with a stint at Maveron, and the born-and-raised New Yorker returned to the city in 2017 when she joined Union Square Ventures. She focuses on healthcare and edtech investing and has written checks for Outschool, Soona, and Modern Fertility.

Key investments: Slope, Ghost, Stash, Teamshares, Journey Clinical

Jonathan Keidan, Torch Capital

Jonathan Keidan is the founder and managing partner at Torch Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Keidan is relatively new to the VC game, having started Torch a little over 5 years ago, but he’s already notched some impressive investments. Torch was an early backer of household-name startups such as ZocDoc and Ro and in recent years had multiple successful exits with the IPOs of Sweetgreen, Compass, and DigitalOcean.

Keidan started his career as a talent manager working with musicians and producers. Since then he’s worked with consulting firm McKinsey & Co as well as for legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch. He also founded the media publication InsideHook.

Key investments: Compass, Ro, ZocDoc

Mo Koyfman, Shine Capital

Mo Koyfman is the founder and general partner at Shine Capital.

Why he’s on the list: After a stint in investment banking, Koyfman found himself on the front lines of the early digital media revolution, serving as a vice president at IAC and later overseeing operations at brands such as Vimeo and CollegeHumor.

After spending more than 7 years investing in startups at Spark Capital, Koyfman founded his own venture fund with Shine Capital. The firm has been an early backer of Plaid, Warby Park, and Blackbird among others.

Key investments: Plaid, Warby Parker, Blackbird, Tropic, Notion

Josh Kushner, Thrive Capital

Josh Kushner is the founder of Thrive Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Kushner founded Thrive Capital in 2010 and has since attracted major institutional investors including Princeton University and Goldman Sachs. Thrive notched early wins including being one of the largest investors in Instagram’s Series B funding round, an investment that quickly paid off handsomely when the company was acquired by Facebook.

Thrive has continued to be a fixture of the New York venture community and has invested in major tech unicorns including Spotify, Warby Parker, and Instacart, which recently went public in one of the year’s most watched IPOs.

Kushner is also a founder himself, having started the digital health platform Oscar, which went public in 2021, netting a tidy profit for Thrive in the process.

Key investments: Instacart, Compass, Reddit, Robinhood

Addie Lerner, Avid Ventures

Addie Lerner is the founder and managing partner at Avid Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Lerner started Avid Ventures in 2020 after a career in institutional investing working for Goldman Sachs, General Catalyst, and General Atlantic where she helped deploy more than $450 million. While at General Catalyst, she co-led the Series B funding round of tech unicorn Rapyd and she served as board observer for the company. Avid has since become an investor in the company along with other high-profile startups including Alloy and Coast. Lerner was recognized as one of NYC Fintech Women’s “50 Inspiring Fintech Females” and was featured on the 2019 Forbes “30 Under 30” Venture Capital list.

Key investments: Rapyd, Coast, Alloy


Jeremy Levine, Bessemer Venture Partners

Jeremy Levine is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Levine joined legendary venture firm Bessemer Venture Partners in 2001 in the throes of the dot-com bust. Since then he’s made early investments in some of the defining tech companies of the modern era including LinkedIn, Pinterest, Shopify, and Yelp. He’s led investments for Bessemer on four continents and focuses primarily on software companies. Over the years he’s also served on the board of Amazon, Cox, and Sony.

Key Investments: Linkedin Pinterest, Shopify, Yelp

Anton Levy, General Atlantic

Anton Levy is the managing director and global head of technology at General Atlantic.

Why he’s on the list: Anton Levy has been a major player in venture capital for more than two decades. Since joining General Atlantic in 1998, he’s led investments into some of the most iconic companies of the internet era including Facebook, Snapchat, Alibaba, Uber, and Bytedance. He regularly appears on Forbes  much-watched Midas List of top venture capitalists and has served on the boards of Airbnb, Buzzfeed, and Vox Media among others.

Key investments: Airbnb, Uber, Bytedance

Jeff Lieberman, Insight Partners

Jeff Lieberman is a managing director at Insight Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Lieberman has been with Insight for more than 24 years, helping to build it into one of the world’s most influential venture investors. His investments include Hellofresh,, and Qualtrics which was sold to SAP for $8 billion, at the time the largest privately held, VC-backed software company exit ever. He’s been recognized as one of the industry’s top venture investors by Forbes’ Midas List.

Key Investments: Hellofresh, Qualtrics, Divvy,

Jessica Lin, Work-Bench

Jessica Lin is the cofounder and general partner at Work-Bench.

Why she’s on the list: Lin fell in love with tech during college while she was developing a soccer ball that captured clean energy. It was this experience that diverted her from her original plan of pursuing a career in public health. After a stint at Cisco, Lin teamed up with Jonathan Lehr to found Work-Bench, which Lin has referred to as a “matchmaker” for enterprise technology companies. Work-Bench employs an innovative venture strategy by approaching large companies first to find out what problems they’re struggling with and then setting out to find and back innovative startups to solve those problems.

Key investments: Catalyst, Spring Health, Ripplematch

Susan Lyne, BBG Ventures

Susan Lyne is the cofounder and managing partner at BBG Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Lyne has worn many hats over the course of her career. For years she served as an executive at Disey and ABC, where she greenlit shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She would go on to be an executive at AOL and CEO of Gilt Groupe. She founded BBG Ventures based on the idea that “women are the key drivers of economic growth and cultural change” and she says that her biggest wins have come from listening to, building for and betting on women.

Key Investments: Zola, Spring Health, Squad

Nihal Mehta, Eniac Ventures

Nihal Mehta is the founding general partner at Eniac Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Mehta, a lifelong hacker and an engineer by training, was for years a serial entrepreneur starting and exiting multiple successful companies. He founded Eniac Ventures with three college friends in 2010 based on the then-maligned idea that New York needed a more robust seed-stage investing ecosystem. He has since become a fixture of the city’s tech scene, sometimes referred to as a “human Rolodex.”

Key investments: Admob, Uber, Alloy, Ghost

Amy Nauiokas, Anthemis Group

Amy Nauiokas is the cofounder and CEO of Anthemis Group.

Why she’s on the list: Nauiokas founded Anthemis in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis as one of the first venture firms to commit to backing the digital transformation of finance. Coming off a career in banking, Nauiokas saw how ripe for disruption the financial services industry was. Today the firm is one of the most active investors in the space and has been an early backer of Betterment, Carta, and eToro. Nauiokas is also the founder of successful Hollywood production company Archer Gray which has created projects that have been nominated for Oscars and tony Awards.

Key investments: Betterment, Happy Money, Carta, Power

Jerry Neumann, Neu Venture Capital

Jerry Neumann is the founder of Neu Venture Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Neumann started Neu Venture Capital 15 years ago to focus on commercializing leading-edge technologies. Since then he’s invested in more than 70 startups which have collectively created more than $100 billion in market value. He started his career as an engineer at IBM and cut his teeth in venture by running Omnicom Group’s venture capital division. In addition to backing startups, he’s been a founder himself starting Root Markets, one of the first platforms for pricing and exchanging consumer data.

Key investments: Datadog, Trade Desk, BankSimple


Chris Paik, Pace Capital

Chris Paik is the cofounder and general partner at Pace Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Chris Paik began his investment career at Thrive Capital, leading the firm’s investment in Twitch, which Amazon acquired in 2014 for $970 million, and assisting in the firm’s investment in Instagram. Paik left Thrive to start his own fund Pace Capital alongside Jordan Cooper, an alum of Lerer Hippeau, in 2019.

Key investments: Patreon, Schoolhouse

Alex Pattis, Riverside Ventures

Alex Pattis is a general partner at Riverside Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Alex Pattis started his career as an operator at several early-stage startups and experienced firsthand the “chaos and excitement” that comes with building an early-stage company, he told Insider. But he eventually wanted to help early-stage founders in their journeys and decided to become a VC, joining Riverside Ventures in 2020. Pattis is also a prolific angel investor and has written checks to over 200 startups.

Key investments: Pair Eyewear, Efficient Capital Labs, Selfbook, Sandbox VR, Attention, Shop Circle, Betr, Solace, Autopilot.

Deven Parekh, Insight Partners

Deven Parekh. is a managing director at Insight Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Since joining Insight in 2000, Parekh has made more than 140 investments in startups, and has made some notable bets in Alibaba, Twitter and He’s also backed a number of unicorn companies including Calm,, and Fanatics.  In addition to his role as a VC, Parekh is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, NYU Langone, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Tisch New York MS Research Center, and the Economic Council of New York.

Key investments: Twitter, Alibaba,, Enverus, Bullhorn, Yext, Fanatics, CoreLogic, Precisely,

Jeremy Philips, Spark Capital

Jeremy Philips is a partner at Spark Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Before his role as a VC, Philips was a founder. After graduating from law school in Australia, he cofounded a startup, ecorp, which he eventually took public. Drawing from his experience as a founder, Philips joined Spark Capital nearly 10 years ago to ‍build the firm’s growth fund. In addition to investing, he also teaches classes at Columbia Business School, where he’s an adjunct professor.

Key investments: Affirm, Ramp, Slack and Coinbase


Aniq Rahman, Vast Ventures

Aniq Rahman is a managing partner at Vast Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Aniq Rahman is the managing partner at VC firm Vast Ventures, which has had exits including Ginkgo Bioworks, Coinbase, and Clover Health in the past few years. He’s also the founder and CEO of the healthcare startup Florence, and founder and chairman of Candor Health, a healthcare intelligence platform.  Before that, he served as president of the cloud-analytics company Moat, which Oracle acquired in 2017. As an angel investor, Rahman has invested in startups such as Acorns, Carta, and LiveRamp.

Key investments: Sentieo, Transcend, Commons Clinic

Bryan Rosenblatt, Craft Ventures

Bryan Rosenblatt is a partner at Craft Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Prior to joining Craft, Rosenblatt helped expand the New York presence of both Reddit and Twitter. A seasoned investor, Rosenblatt founded Riverside Ventures in 2017 and made early bets on  Carta, Citizen, Bonobo’s, Slack, and Dapper Labs. At Craft,— the VC firm founded by David Sacks, the Yammer founder and member of the “PayPal mafia” —Rosenblatt is heading up the firm’s East Coast practice. In 2021, he made Insider’s Seed 100 list of the top early-stage investors.

Key investments:  ClickUp, Orum, Scratchpad, Snackpass, Carta, Pave, Slack, DocuSign, Reddit

Micah Rosenbloom, Founder Collective

Micah Rosenbloom is the managing partner at Founder Collective.

Why he’s on the list: Rosenbloom is a cofounder of Founder Collective and leads the firm’s New York office. By the time he launched the firm in 2010, he had already launched several startups and sold two: Brontes Technologies, a 3D-scanning company, to 3M; and the food-safety company Sample6 Technologies to IEH. At Founder Collective, Rosenbloom has invested in companies like Dia & Co., Plated and Sense360.

Key investments: Dia & Co, Lovevery, Trusted Health, Levels.

Katie Shea, Divergent Capital

Katie Shea is the cofounder and general partner at Divergent Capital.

Why she’s on the list: Shea began her VC career at the venture studio Kairos, where she spun out the pre-seed fund K50 Ventures. In 2021, Shea launched the firm Divergent Capital, whose $6 billion portfolio companies include the edtech startup EdSights and the skincare company Topicals. She began her career co-founding a manufacturing company from her NYU dorm room that was acquired in 2013.

Key investments: Bombas, Parade, Self, Simple Health and Real

Ian Sigalow, Greycroft

Ian Sigalow is the cofounder and managing partner at Greycroft.

Why he’s on the list: Sigalow cofounded Greycroft in 2006 and started the fund with $75 million to back startups. Greycroft is now managing more than $3 billion in assets, and, earlier this year, announced that they raised $1 billion in capital commitments across funds. Sigalow has led the firm’s deals in companies such as Venmo, Flutterwave, Public, and Branch. Sigalow jumped into venture capital right after graduating from MIT. He spent those first years as an associate at Boston Millennia Partners before going on to cofound Greycroft in 2006.

Key investments: Fetch, Flutterwave, Pie Insurance, HealthVerity

Arianna Simpson, Andreessen Horowitz

Arianna Simpson is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Why she’s on the list: Simpson has spent years backing crypto companies before they were in vogue. She spent some time working at a crypto startup before founding the firm Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. In 2020, Simpson joined Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto practice as a general partner.

Key investments: Irreverent Las, Mysten Labs, Phantom, Talos

Caitlin Strandberg, Lerer Hippeau

Caitlin Strandberg is a partner at Lerer Hippeau.

Why she’s on the list: As an investor, Caitlin Strandberg is a consumer startup specialist. She joined Lerer Hippeau in 2018 from fellow New York-based firm, FirstMark Capital, where she was a vice president. Before that, she worked in business development at Behance and LearnVest.

Key investments: Plantible FoodsAdvocateTopicalsCake

Ben Sun, Primary

Ben Sun is the cofounder and general partner at Primary.

Why he’s on the list: In 2015, Ben Sun partnered with Brad Svrluga to launch VC firm Primary in 2015. He’s since led the firm’s investments in companies such as Coupang, Chief, Alloy, and Mirror.

Sun previously told Insider that some skeptics in the industry thought he was “insane” for starting a VC fund focused on backing seed-stage startups in New York. But New York’s tech scene is booming and Sun and Svlurga made early bets on some of the region’s most successful companies, including proptech startup Latch, which went public in 2021

Key investments: Alloy, Chief, Slice, Coupang, K Health, Dandy, Alma, Vestwell, Noom, Stellar Health,, Marker, Orum, Pinwheel, Lunchbox, Mirror

Dan Sundheim, D1 Capital Partners

Dan Sundheim is the founder and chief investment officer at D1 Capital Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Dan Sundheim, who’s been dubbed the “LeBron James of investing,” leads D1 Capital Partners, which has taken off since it launched in 2018. Through some savvy bets, Sundheim has amassed an over $1 billion fortune. He cut his teeth in investing at Bear Stearns and then Viking Global.

In his spare time, he’s an avid art collector with a collection that’s worth $300 million, and owns works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Key investments: Warby Parker, Robinhood, Snowflake, Instacart

Brad Svrluga, Primary

Brad Svrluga is the cofounder and general partner at Primary.

Why he’s on the list: Svrluga began his career as a consultant and started investing in startups at the tail end of the dot-com boom. In 2003, he launched his first venture firm and made early investments in companies like Ticketfly and TxVia. These days, Svlruga focuses on backing enterprise apps and healthcare IT companies at his VC firm Primary, which he cofounded with Ben Sun in 2015.

Key investments: Alloy, Alma, Stellar Health, Vestwell, Lunchbox

Jarrid Tingle, Harlem Capital

Jarrid Tingle is the cofounder and managing partner at Harlem Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Tingle cofounded Harlem Capital with friend and Harvard Business School roommate Henri Pierre-Jacques, and Brandon Bryant. The firm began as an angel syndicate out of Tingle’s living room in Harlem. In November 2019, they raised their first $40.3 million fund, shortly after Tingle and Pierre-Jacques had graduated from business school. Harlem Capital then closed an oversubscribed $134 million fund in 2021.

Key investments: Cashdrop, Wagmo, 4Degrees, Workchew

David Tisch, BoxGroup

David Tisch is the founder and managing partner at BoxGroup.

Why he’s on the list: Tisch comes from a family of New York businessmen. But over the past 15 years, he’s made his own mark in the city’s tech scene, as the founder and managing partner of VC firm Box Group. Before that, he founded and was the managing director of TechStars NYC, and cofounded the ecommerce startup Spring, which ShopRunner bought in 2018.

At BoxGroup, Tisch has backed companies such as Airtable, Ro, Titan, and Plaid. He also cofounded the e-commerce startup Spring, which ShopRunner acquired in 2018.

Key investments: Ramp, Plaid, Ro, Scopely, Airtable, Warp, Maven

Nat Turner, Operator Partners

Nat Turner is the cofounder and general partner at Operator Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Before becoming a VC, Turner was a serial entrepreneur with longtime business partner Zach Weinberg. The pair cofounded Invite Media, which Google bought for $81 million in 2010, and Flatiron Health, which the pharmaceutical giant Roche bought for $1.9 billion in 2018.

After selling those companies, the two turned to the VC world, launching the firm Operator Partners in 2020 with friends Amit Avner and Gil Shklarski. Turner has also backed hundreds of startups as an angel investor, including Bark, Plaid, and Clover Health.

Key investments: Bark, Plaid, Clover Health, Oscar

Alexa von Tobel, Inspired Capital

Why she’s on the list: In 2008, von Tobel launched personal finance website LearnVest, which Northwestern Mutual later bought. She then became Northwestern Mutual’s chief innovation officer, and it was there that she began to invest in startups, through the insurance company’s corporate venture fund, which backed fintech startups such as Chime.

Von Tobel went on to launch her own venture firm, Inspired Capital, in 2019, alongside Penny Pritzker, the former US Secretary of Commerce.

Key investments: Habi, Chief, Finix

Jesse Walden, Variant

Jesse Walden is the cofounder and general partner at Variant.

Why he’s on the list: Walden is a crypto startup founder-turned-investor who says he never intended to become a VC. He founded the blockchain tool Mediachain Labs and sold it to Spotify in 2017. Shortly after that, he got a call to join Andreessen Horowitz’s new crypto team. And just a year-and-a-half later, Walden launched the venture firm Variant, which has backed companies such as Uniswap, Phantom, and Friends with Benefits. In 2021, Variant raised a $110 million fund.

Key investments: Uniswap, Phantom, and Friends with Benefits

Zach Weinberg, Operator Partners

Zach Weinberg is the cofounder and general partner at Operator Partners.

Why he’s on the list: Weinberg cofounded Invite Media and Flatiron Health with Nat Turner and sold those companies for $81 million and $1.9 billion, respectively. He now runs Operator Partners with Turner, and also now owns an events space and dance club in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Key investments: Fiverr, Ramp, Bark, Plaid

Ellie Wheeler, Greycroft

Ellie Wheeler is a partner at Greycroft.

Why she’s on the list: Ellie Wheeler had initially set out to become a doctor, but soon realized that finding hot emerging tech companies was more her speed. She started out doing this at Cisco, where she took part in the company’s acquisitions of Xobni and Jabber. She then worked at Chris Sacca’s VC firm Lowercase Capital.

Since 2011, Wheeler has been an investor at Greycroft, where she was named partner in 2015, focusing on digital health and wellness companies.

Key investments: Thirty Madison, Expel, Octave, Cometeer

Jillian Williams, Cowboy Ventures

Jillian Williams is a partner at Cowboy Ventures.

Why she’s on the list: Williams started her career in investment banking at Barclays and quickly shifted to the venture world as a principal at Anthemis Group. There she led deals in fintech companies Rally, Pipe, and Matic Insurance. That fintech experience serves her well as a partner at Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures, where she joined in April 2021 and focuses on fintech investing.

Key investments: Pipe, Rally

Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures

Fred Wilson is the cofounder and partner at Union Square Ventures.

Why he’s on the list: Wilson is the cofounder of one of the oldest and most respected venture firms in New York, Union Square Ventures. He got his start in the venture-capital world at Euclid Partners after receiving an MBA from Wharton. After working his way up at Euclid, he set out on his own and founded the VC firm Flatiron Partners, which went belly up in the wake of the dot-com bust in 2001. Two years later, he came back onto the scene with a second effort, Union Square Ventures, which has gone on to back some of the biggest tech companies in the past 20 years.

Key investments: Twitter, Etsy, Kickstarter, Coinbase, and Duolingo

Josh Wolfe, Lux Capital

Josh Wolfe is the cofounder and managing director at Lux Capital.

Why he’s on the list: Wolfe cofounded Lux Capital in 2000 and has become known for backing moonshot companies in areas like biotech, artificial intelligence, aerospace, and defense. Before getting into VC, Wolfe worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and in capital markets at Merrill Lynch.

A New York native, Wolfe grew up in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn and previously told Insider that his upbringing gave him a natural sense of skepticism that comes in handy for evaluating investments.

Key investments: Anduril, Osmo, Elkon Therapeutics, Variant Bio

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