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Management Team

Ryan Feit

CEO and Co-founder

Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group and the Chair of the Portals Committee. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

James Han

Co-founder

James loves looking for and helping build what's next. Prior to co-founding SeedInvest, James was a professional investor at Francisco Partners, where he focused on equity investment opportunities in deep technology. James also spent a number of years at Morgan Stanley in their technology investment banking group, Riot Games and Cisco in various roles. James brings to SeedInvest his love for technology and innovation as well as an unhealthy infatuation with the Los Angeles Lakers. James received an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton Undergraduate Program as well as a BAS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Investment Team

Kiran Lingam

General Counsel

Kiran has a passion for helping young companies do big things. In his time before SeedInvest, Kiran worked as a corporate and securities attorney at the law firms of Jones Day LLP and DLA Piper LLP, where he served as outside legal counsel to venture capital and private equity funds, angel groups and over 30 technology startups. He has seen first-hand the struggles encountered by early stage entrepreneurs and believes strongly that many more startups would be successful with additional avenues for early stage capital. Since passage of the JOBS Act, Kiran has been an active speaker, writer and commentator on crowdfunding and the related legal issues. He is a Charter Member and Executive Team Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and is an active member of a number of groups in the New York startup community. Kiran received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Georgia.

Aaron Kellner

Investment Director

Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aaron co-founded a mobile app company. He quickly recognized the problems associated with raising money for a twenty-first century startup within a twentieth-century regulatory framework. Aaron's positive entrepreneurial experience and desire to help small companies with their own fundraising hurdles led him to SeedInvest. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the firm’s NYSE Designated Market Maker desk. There he provided situational advice to traders and developed pitch books for prospective issuers resulting in wins worth over $100 billion in aggregate market capitalization. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as a private equity analyst at a small-cap fund where he was primarily responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and Marketing. Aaron spends the majority of his free time reading, cooking and cheering on the New York Rangers.

Ameet Padte

Investment Director

Ameet loves learning how companies form around a concept, establish their identity and execute a strategy. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he was an equity research analyst at Nomura Securities International where he covered the ever-changing Internet, Media and Advertising industries. Before that Ameet worked at the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) advertising agency where he devised international strategy for some of Johnson & Johnson's most prestigious brands. He loves discussing the impact that modern technology and social media have on our lives and spends his free time reading about politics, checking in on Foursquare and draining the battery on his Android phone. Ameet graduated from Boston College with a double-major in Finance and Marketing.

Pelli Wang

Venture Director

Pelli is excited by the global paradigm shift towards entrepreneurship innovation and is always on the hunt for the next, new thing. Prior to joining SeedInvest, she worked at Lean Startup Machine, which is a NYC edu-tech startup that was part of the TechStars accelerator. She lead their business development efforts in Asia / Greater China and built key partnerships with tech leaders and influencers. She also spent time in various investing roles at Capmark Finance and the Barclays Capital investment banking group. In her spare time, she is constantly uploading food photos to Instagram, practicing bikram yoga, and traveling to exotic locales. Pelli graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance, Management and Accounting with a minor in East Asian Studies.

Harrison Hines

Venture Analyst

Before joining SeedInvest, Harrison worked for The GIG Ltd., a venture capital firm in Europe, where he focused on early stage investments. His responsibilities included conducting due diligence and working closely with the firm's portfolio companies. Prior to that, Harrison helped launch Enterprise Technology Research, a startup market research firm based in Manhattan. He was responsible for helping create the proprietary research model as well as selling research to top hedge funds and mutual funds across the US. In his free time, Harrison enjoys surfing, fishing, and SEC/NY Giants football. He received a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware.

Product Team

Harshil Shah

Founding Engineer

Harshil's love of technology began early on as a child in India. While he would later attend Rutgers University intent on majoring in Genetics, he ultimately opted to pursue his passion for tech and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. After graduating from Rutgers, Harshil worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Citi where he helped develop their high frequency trading platforms. Harshil left Goldman to pursue opportunities with early stage companies as he became increasingly interested in trying and pursuing different and new ideas. It would eventually lead him to SeedInvest and, after meeting Ryan and James, decided to join the team full-time. Harshil is a full-on techie now and enjoys automating everything in sight. He loves entrepreneurship and looks forward to the day when anyone with a great idea and the requisite passion will be able to launch a business on SeedInvest.

Homan Lee

Founding Engineer

Homan has always been interested in entrepreneurship, business, technology, and the roles they play in our lives. After meeting James during a visit to New York, Homan decided to dive in head first and join SeedInvest to experience entrepreneurship first hand and help startups grow. Prior to SeedInvest, Homan held various roles at Amazon where he developed, managed, and led different technical projects. In his free time, Homan enjoys scuba diving, skiing and rock climbing. Homan received a MEng and a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University College of Engineering.

Bryan Yang

Engineer

Bryan is passionate about solving interesting problems in an innovative way. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he was an application developer at Citi, where he focused on building eTrading applications for the credit trading department. Bryan developed multiple solutions ranging from front-end to back-end systems. He also spent a year at AT&T as a system engineer and an application developer. Bryan loves snowboarding and he flies out to west coast to ride every year. He dreams of heli-snowboarding in the Alps one day. Bryan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marketing Team

Alexandra Tynion

Marketing Director

Prior to joining SeedInvest, Alex Tynion worked at Ralph Lauren in their marketing department, focusing on product launches and branding initiatives. In February 2013, Alex founded Hark Society, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing education and cultivating passion in the lives of underserved students in New York City. After writing her thesis on branding universities in a digital age, Alex helped develop an innovation program for her alma mater, Georgetown University. She is most fascinated by watching brands grow (particularly SeedInvest) and the narratives that connect customers to brands.

Peter Thomson

Digital Marketing Director

Peter Thomson is a digital marketer specializing in helping early-stage companies position themselves for capital raising and rapid growth. Peter studied at UC Berkeley, started his career as a venture capital lawyer at Russell McVeagh and has worked in management consulting and brand strategy for startups, global technology clients such as Panasonic, Toshiba and Philips. He is the author of the 2013 book Tickle: Digital Marketing For Tech Companies. Most recently he was responsible for marketing at equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. At SeedInvest, Peter is responsible for digital strategy and helping startups promote their campaigns to investors.

Regional Directors

Kara Kohlenberg

Managing Director of SeedInvest Chicago

Kara became part of the SeedInvest team to help expand the startup ecosystem in the Midwest and thereby fill a gap she herself saw in the process of investing in early-stage companies. She is an attorney who decided to forgo practicing for finance; formerly on the trading floor at Moore Capital Management and later doing due diligence to help sell companies to private equity firms. Kara has a slight obsession with pizza and enjoys traveling and college football. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in Political Science and received her J.D. from The University of Toledo.

Andres Diana

Managing Director of SeedInvest LA

Andres Diana is the Managing Director for SeedInvest Los Angeles. Before joining SeedInvest in 2014, Andres founded and managed a broker dealer and trading floor spending most of his career working as a quantitative proprietary trader in the public equities markets. He has a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School and loves all manner of action sports, especially Kitesurfing.

Sapna Patel

Managing Director of SeedInvest Georgia

Sapna comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has a love for innovation and making life more efficient. Before joining SeedInvest in 2015, Sapna spent most of her career working as an advisor in private wealth management for several local firms in Atlanta. Throughout her career, Sapna empowered clients by giving them clarity and confidence to make important financial decisions. Sapna enjoys traveling, cooking, music, and hopes to become a stellar guitarist. She graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science and received her Master’s in accounting from Georgia State University.

Marc Nathan

Managing Director of SeedInvest Texas

Marc is an experienced connector in the technology startup community with a passion for fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship. Before joining SeedInvest as their Managing Director for the State of Texas, Marc started his career as the founder of Bulldog Financial, a professional angel investment and venture consulting firm and has served as the Director of Entrepreneur Development at the Houston Technology Center. Throughout his career, Marc has assisted hundreds of companies with business strategy, capital acquisition, digital and mobile marketing, customer development, strategic partnerships and product development. Marc focuses on startup and early stage growth companies in diverse market sectors such as consumer electronics, enterprise software and web-based and mobile businesses. Marc is a frequent public speaker and thought leader as well as an active or founding board member of several investment and technology community organizations.

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Our Investors

Scout Ventures

Investor

Scout Ventures enables entrepreneurs to build great businesses by providing them the strategic support and capital necessary to grow and reach new markets. Scout Ventures engages and utilizes its proprietary network to identify smart and scrappy entrepreneurs who are adapting to changing markets, disrupting established business models and creating products that matter.

Krillion Ventures

Investor

Krillion Ventures is a $50 million fund that invests at the seed and venture stages. With no limits on location or industry, Krillion Ventures partners with entrepreneurs who challenge the status quo. Krillion Ventures looks for ideas that excite and inspire them, ideas that capture their imaginations and leave them thinking of the possibilities long after the meeting has ended. With no restrictions, no limitations, no pigeonholes, Krillion Ventures is on a search to find the extraordinary.

Great Oaks Venture Capital

Investor

Founded in 2003 as an Angel fund and institutionalized in 2011, Great Oaks has developed a network and reputation as a premier early stage capital partner for tech entrepreneurs. Great Oaks is based in New York with additional team members located in Chicago and San Francisco. By diversifying investments across a range of industries from coast to coast, Great Oaks offers their investors access to disruptive minds and technologies that are revolutionizing the world.

Avenue A Ventures

Investor

Avenue A Ventures was launched in early 2014 in New York and looks to back exceptional entrepreneurs with a focus on disrupting core markets in financial services and commerce.

Archer Gray

Investor

Archer Gray is a media finance, production, and venture investment company driven by a passion for innovation, integrity, and results. Through their venture arm, Archer Gray makes investments in early-stage media and financial technology companies that are creating new value and opportunities from inefficient markets and industries. The company prides itself on partnering with those who share our commitment to transparency, collaboration, and new ways of thinking.

Jumpstart

Investor

Jumpstart was formed in November of 2002 with the active support of the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). Since its formation, Jumpstart's relationships with the venture capital community, the EDA and the NJTC allows Jumpstart to take full advantage of local resources to help early stage companies. Member investments have totaled over $35 million in 45 companies.