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David Shapiro

Managing Partner

David has an extensive background as an investor and operator, with expertise in venture capital and private equity, as well as corporate and business development. Before joining Blue Ivy, David was Senior VP Corporate Development and Business Development for DataXu, a marketer-aligned data and analytics company. As an investor, David has expertise across early and late stage venture capital, growth investing, and secondary deals.

Prior to his time at DataXu, he was a Director with the global venture and private equity firm 3i, and Managing Partner at Great Point Capital (established to manage a venture portfolio spun off from 3i.) This includes Board Directorships with ten companies, as well as strategic advisory work at both the Board and operating levels. His pursuit and passion is helping disruptive technologies and ideas to scale commercially.

Prior to his tenure with 3i, David was Co-Founder and COO of Exygy, focused on GPS and wireless technology. He also worked in the Private Equity group at GE Asset Management, where he specialized in late stage venture and growth capital opportunities.

David received his BA in History from Yale in 1991, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2000.



Lily Wan

Vice President

Lily has been a venture investor, advisor, and financial services professional across sectors and regions. Prior to Blue Ivy Ventures, Lily sourced and vetted venture investments for NYC-based Pure Energy Partners and Boston-based NXT Ventures. In her role as a junior partner at Younker Capital in Beijing, she sourced and executed deals in the Internet of Things, healthcare, media, and consumer Internet.

Lily was also the seed investor of Huanteng or “Phantom,” where she held a board advisor position; the smart home company was subsequently named to one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in China” by Fast Company in 2014. Prior to her career in venture capital, Lily was an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York within prime brokerage margin lending, where she actively managed large accounts of hedge fund clients and led several cross-division strategic projects.

Lily has a BA in Mathematics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Investment Committee


Raymond Chang

Raymond is a successful entrepreneur, and an active angel investor based in Boston. He is also a Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management, and an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He founded GigaMedia, the first broadband internet company in Asia. In 2000, the Company went public on NASDAQ and raised US$280mm, one of the largest IPOs for an internet company prior to 2000. He also founded Luckypai, a leading TV shopping company in China. In 2010, Luckypai was sold to Lotte Home Shopping for US$160mm. From 2012-2013, Raymond served as the CEO of New Focus Auto, the largest automobile after-sales service company. He is a member of Launchpad Venture Group, Hub Angels, and a mentor at Techstars Boston.

Raymond received his BA from New York University, MBA from Yale School of Management, and MPA from Harvard JFK School of Government.


Jaques Clariond, CFA

Jaques delivers UBS’s capabilities and expertise across the firm’s global wealth management and investment banking platforms. He focuses on financing and advisory mandates for family office portfolio companies, unique private investment opportunities, and tailored lending solutions. He has also been an Investment Banker with Credit Suisse, serving as a senior family office coverage officer. He has extensive PE and alternative asset management experience, with a focus on growth equity investments in private companies.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College with a dual major in Economics and Political Science, and an MBA in Asset Management from Yale School of Management.


David Cohen

David is an investor and financial strategist. He has a wide range of experience in companies and capital markets/M&A from start-ups to large global corporations with a special focus on energy and technology. He has also directly invested in a number of private companies. David spent over a dozen years at Goldman Sachs Group, most recently as the co-head of the Investment Banking Strategies Group (non-financials). He has managed portfolios for the global macro hedge funds of Fortress Investment Group and Tudor Investment Corporation, served as a CFO of a solar power plant in development, and was partner and CFO at a boutique, FINRA-registered investment bank.

David graduated from Yale College with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Geophysics, and holds an MS in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University.


Ali Fenn

Ali's expertise includes capital raising, market development strategy, partner development, sales and product management, and she has led both early stage company business development as well as global, F100 initiatives, across North America, Europe, China and India. She is currently the founder and managing partner of York Street Strategy, a consulting firm that assists venture-backed technology companies, and is the founder and CEO of Rethink: Circular, an advisory firm working with companies to adopt circular economy principles. Her previous experience includes roles at Seagate, Archetype Solutions, Genius.com, Alliances Wyse Technology (acquired by Dell), and BEA Systems (acquired by Oracle.) 

Ali has an Economics Degree from Yale University and is currently pursuing an Executive Masters in Public Policy at the London School of Economics.


Neil Inala

Neil has worked in a variety of industries over his career, spanning artificial intelligence/machine learning, financial services, cryptosystems, networking, robotics, and life sciences. He has broad expertise in engineering and software development, product management, sales/partner development, and market strategy. He is currently a product manager at Google Life Sciences (Verily), working on surgical robotics. Previously, he has worked in the Apps group, leading large brands strategy for Google Plus as well as the new G+ Enterprise offering. At Google, Neil also worked in the Ads org, where he drove the multi-billion dollar launch of Enhanced Campaigns, led the original product design for AdWords drafts and experiments, and was the lead product manager for Google’s efforts in the Online to Store space.

Prior to his work at Google, Neil spent a decade in the financial services space, leading product and engineering design for portfolio and wealth management at ITG (an international broker-dealer) and developing proprietary trading and analytics tools for Wellington Management. 

Neil holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Yale University.


Reshma Karipineni

Reshma's experience includes public and private equity investments, strategy consulting, and business development in the healthcare industry. As Director of Business Development for Stanford Health Care, she facilitates strategic program growth and partnerships. Prior to that, she was a Partner at Impact Consulting, where she provided business development, market strategy, and pre-market planning support to venture-backed health technology and life sciences companies. She has also worked as an Associate in Pinnacle Ventures, where she evaluated, recommended, and supported venture investments in med tech, digital health, and life sciences startups. Reshma serves on the boards of several civic and non-profit organizations.
Reshma has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale, and an MBA from Stanford University. 


Northrup Knox

Northrup has broad private equity experience. In 1990 he founded Noonmark Capital to acquire small, high growth specialty manufacturing companies. The firm led a series of successful buyouts, and Northrup currently invests in earlier stage private companies. Previously, he was an associate at Goldman Financial Group and later at Shawmut National Ventures in Boston. Northrup serves on the investment committees of the $900mm University at Buffalo Foundation and the Seymour H. Knox Foundation, and on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

He received a BA from Amherst College and an MBA in Finance and Organizational Behavior from the Yale School of Management.


Michael Miller

Michael joined the private fund placement agent Monument Group in 1998, and is a Partner in the Boston office. Monument has assisted its clients in raising 79 funds, totaling $86 billion of equity. He has investor coverage responsibility in the US. Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge Associates, where he was responsible for private equity research with a focus on leveraged buyouts, mezzanine debt, turnarounds, and special situations. Prior to this, Michael worked in Merrill Lynch’s Media Investment Banking Group.

He has a BA in Political Science from Yale and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 registered through Monument Group.


Phong Nguyen

Phong Nguyen is an accomplished technology executive and entrepreneur.  He currently serves as EVP of Product Management & Strategy for Accolade, a leading on-demand healthcare concierge that was recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most promising companies by Forbes magazine. Prior to Accolade, Phong served as SVP & General Manager for Concur Technologies, a travel and expense SaaS pioneer that sold to SAP for $8.3B in 2014.  He was a member of the executive committee and held leadership roles across Expense, Invoice, Mobile and Platform.  Prior to Concur, Phong also worked at SAP for 6 years as Vice President across key functions including Mobility, Emerging Markets and Corporate Development.

Phong earned his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and graduated as a Joseph Wharton Scholar from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Phong sits on the board of directors of the Lupus Foundation of America.


Marc Peterman

Marc is a prolific inventor and medical product developer, with broad operating experience as both an entrepreneur and acquirer. He has held a variety of innovation and executive positions at ODC, Medtronic, Abbott, Facet Solutions, Synthes, and Johnson & Johnson. He has played a central role in R&D, M&A transactions, IP strategy, in- and out-licensing of individual technologies, and post-M&A integrations, including the $19.7B acquisition of Synthes by J&J.

Marc earned a BS in Physics at Ursinus College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming, a PhD in Kinesiology at Penn State, and an MBA from Yale.



Mat Stover

Mat is Founder and President of LKM Ventures, LLC, a firm that advises, invests in, and participates in the management of technology and media businesses.  Over the past 30 years, he has held CEO and other executive roles at public and private companies providing solutions and platforms in areas such as search, advertising, publishing, communications, and identity security, and has been a board member for a number of public and private companies, ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations. Mat also served in the federal government, and has overseen government affairs, policy, and regulatory initiatives in the private sector.

Mat holds a BA from Yale University and completed the Executive Program of the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Venture Fellow Program


Sarah Guzick, Venture Fellow

San Francisco, CA

Sarah (YC'13) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. She currently works at SolarCity, where she most recently led the financial analysis of the company's largest private sector deal in the last year, a portfolio of 17 megawatts spanning 100 acres for a leading e-commerce company. Previously, as head researcher for the CEO of Eurasia Group, Sarah built energy market investment risk models for top executives of Fortune 100 companies including GE, Exxon, and Google. Before Eurasia Group, she analyzed energy legislation for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives. Sarah holds a BA with Distinction in Political Science from Yale.


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Sherry Li

New Haven, CT

Sherry (YC'17) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. She is currently a senior at Yale College, pursuing a BA in Economics and a certificate in Energy Studies. Last summer, she interned in the finance department at Sungevity, a solar company based in Oakland, CA. There, she experienced firsthand their announcement to go public through a reverse merger. At Yale, Sherry has worked at the Office of Sustainability and is a member of the Varsity Women's Tennis Team.



Wes Moyer, Venture Fellow

San Francisco, CA

Wes (YC'12) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. Most recently, Wes led the expansion of Hooch, a digital marketing startup, into the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that, as the Head of Marketing and Corporate Strategy for EDC Consulting, he helped establish and grow EDC's management consulting presence in the Department of Defense and Civilian Federal government. During that time, Wes sourced and led the acquisition of a SaaS startup focusing on capture management for the Federal Government. Wes holds a BS in Psychology from Yale.



Casey Street

Washington, DC

Casey (YC’06) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. He currently works as the Chief of Staff to a Mississippi congressman serving on the House Appropriations Committee and Majority Whip team. Previously, Casey has held various positions on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member for the House Veterans Affairs Committee and legislative aide to a senior member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. Casey holds an MBA from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College.


Yang Zhang

New Haven, CT

Yang (YSPH'17) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. He is currently an MPH candidate at Yale School of Public Health and an investment manager at AngelsGlobal, a cross-border funding platform and venture fund. At Yale, he serves as a regulatory analyst at the Institutional Review Board reviewing biomedical research applications. Previously, Yang worked at Zhen Fund, an early-stage investment firm in China, where he discovered the impact of venture capital on the healthcare landscape. Before arriving at Yale, Yang received a bachelor degree in Biology and Asian Studies from Macalester College.

Community Engagement Fellows


Alex Esparza

Alex (MBA'16) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. Most recently, she was an investment analyst and trader at Pearl Brook Capital, a globally focused long/short hedge fund. She has spent 6 years on the US equities desk at Oppenheimer & Co. in sales and trading, and also held positions in private equity and investment banking. She was a finalist in the 2016 Ira Sohn Conference stock-picking competition and serves as the Chairman of the advisory board for the Kupona Foundation. Additionally, she was a member of the New Leaders Council fellowship class of 2017. Alex holds a BA in Humanities from Stanford University, and an MBA with a focus on Asset Management from the Yale School of Management.   


Javaughn Lawrence

New York, NY

Javaughn (YC'14) is a member of the Blue Ivy Ventures Fellow program. He currently works in Sales Strategy and Operations at Linkedin, providing data-driven insights and process improvements to senior sales leaders. Previously, he was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Bain, Javaughn was venture fellow at Rokk3r Labs where he performed due diligence and provided support to portfolio companies in the Big Data, IoT and Computer Vision sectors. He also co-founded an e-commerce website called thevinelist.com.