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Experienced

SeedInvest was built by a team of experienced investment professionals. Our team has worked at places such as Wellspring Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. We have also helped manage billions in private investment funds.

Proactive

We believe that relationships still matter. We have created a hands-on model where person-to-person interaction is supported and central to what we do. Our team works closely with our users to ensure a personalized experience.

Decisive

We move fast because markets move fast, good deals move fast, and if you're building a high-growth startup, you shouldn't spend more time than necessary on fundraising.


Team Members

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 Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Ryan was instrumental in the passage of the 2012 JOBS Act, which changed 80-year-old U.S. securities laws to make it possible for entrepreneurs to raise capital over the Internet. Since then, Ryan has worked closely with members of the SEC, FINRA, the White House, and the Treasury Department on the implementation of the JOBS Act and frequently serves as a subject matter expert on startup investing and the JOBS Act for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNBC, FoxBusiness, the Economist, the New York Times, Fortune Magazine and Inc. Magazine. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 81 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

James Han

Co-founder, President, and COO

James loves looking for and helping build what's next in technology. 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.

Aaron Kellner

Principal

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.

Adam Donahue

Associate

Adam has always had a deep appreciation for understanding how innovation aligns with technology to disrupt the business world and solve longstanding problems. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Adam spent time at Evercore ISI where he generated Macro and Fundamental research analysis and engineered Capital Markets transactions for institutional investors. In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading biographies, taking advantage of the NYC food scene, and traveling the world to pursue his ultimate passion for fly-fishing. Adam graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Business Management, Leadership & Innovation.

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.

Ameet Padte

Principal

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.

Andres Diana

Managing Director

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.

AnMaree Williams

Product Designer

AnMaree has a passion for finding creative solutions for client side challenges in technology. Before joining SeedInvest, AnMaree worked with over 20 startup companies at Bizdom Detroit, a seed funding investment firm. She is a versatile designer with a formal education from University of Michigan in graphic visual design and has enhanced her design skills by adding front-end development and UX/UI to her repertoire. In her free time, AnMaree enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, and visiting her home town of St.Thomas, US Virgin Island.

Aryeh Friedman

Corporate Counsel

An entrepreneur at heart, Aryeh enjoys learning how startups operate and leverage technology in creative ways to craft a successful business model. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aryeh worked at FINRA where he reviewed hundreds of IPO's, follow-on, and secondary offerings. During law school Aryeh worked at FINRA, the FDIC, USAO, New York Attorney General's Office and the New York State Supreme Court. Aryeh enjoys traveling to Israel and is especially interested in the Israeli startup and biotech scene. Aryeh graduated magna cum laude from Queens College with a B.B.A. in Corporate Finance and cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Connie Liu

Analyst

Prior to joining SeedInvest, Connie co-founded Bellovella, an online marketplace that enabled emerging fashion designers to pre-sell their collections. After launching Bellovella and working closely with its designers on their campaigns, Connie became fascinated with product and campaign launches. She enjoys finding creative ways to drive growth. In her free time, if she's not hanging out with entrepreneurs, you'll find her biking around the city, playing board games, reading non-fiction, or sketching in Sketch. Connie graduated from Yale University with a double-major in Economics and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology.

Eric Woo

Engineer

Eric has a passion for applying his technical knowledge to solve problems especially in finance and business. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Eric started his career at S&P CapitalIQ as a Software Engineer solving financial data problems with his technical background. In his spare time, Eric enjoys going to music concerts and traveling. Eric holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Homan Lee

Founding Engineer and CTO

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.

Jai Prasad

Engineer

Jai wants to use technology to help entrepreneurs raise funding for their startups. Prior to SeedInvest, he founded EntryWire; a startup that helped college students find jobs in the tech industry. He started his career as a Management Consultant at Accenture, and studied Systems Engineering and Economics at the University of Virginia. He is passionate about traveling to Spanish speaking countries, learning salsa, and the NY tech scene.

Jay Thakrar

Analyst

Jay has an innate passion for finding and helping talented individuals innovate and grow. Jay was formerly an Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates (CA), where he specialized in private equity and venture capital. Prior to CA, he led business development at SoluSoft, where he focused on product management and marketing for business process management solutions. He also founded a music and event management company, JT Entertainers, which specialized in private and corporate events globally. He studied Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Marketing at Babson College and Managerial Economics and Strategy at the London School of Economics. During his time at Babson, he was also an Entrepreneurship Mentor on campus. In his spare time, Jay enjoys training karate, mixing music, traveling the world, and exploring new cuisines.

Jigar Gandhi

Engineer

Jigar enjoys solving business problems by leveraging technology. Jigar began his career as a developer for the Cisco Webex, building out the their enterprise social platform. Following Cisco, he joined the online media advertising startup, Ampush where he built its Facebook AdTech platform. Jigar spends his free time learning new web technologies and searching for the best burritos in the city. Jigar graduated from Purdue University with a major in Computer Engineering.

Lennart Graf von Hardenberg

Engineer

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Lenny enjoys identifying and solving inefficient processes through the use of technology. He left his home country (Germany) to experience different cultures first hand at the age of 16. After four years of studying in Ireland and working in Hong Kong, he joined Columbia University where he graduated with a BA in Computer Science and Financial Economics. In his free time, Lenny keeps up to date with the latest advances in technology and his favorite soccer team, Bayern Munich.

Leah Shabshelowitz

Analyst

Leah loves problem solving and is fascinated by the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of finance, law, and technology. Prior to joining SeedInvest, she worked at an attorney at Macquarie Group Limited where she supported the Chief Compliance Officer, at State Street Bank and Trust Company where she negotiated trading documentation for various business lines, and as a Law Clerk at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Leah spends her free time beekeeping, training for marathons, and making homemade pasta. She graduated with a B.A. in Classics from Brown University and cum laude from Boston College Law School.

Liam Howell

Engineer

Liam enjoys working behind the scenes on business-critical systems which drive the websites and apps that delight us. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Liam worked for Mobiquity where he had the opportunity to explore and improve the websites of several Fortune 500 companies, including CVS and Pfizer. He enjoys reading, games, yoga, stand-up comedy, and soaking up culture. Liam began his career as a self-taught freelance programmer who later pursued a masters in Computer Science through the Harvard Extension School.

Michael Gorelik

Engineer

Michael enjoys finding innovative solutions to difficult problems using technology. With a BS and MS in Computer Science from Fordham University, he began his career at S&P Capital IQ, where he worked on improving and maintaining their web platform. Seeking a greater challenge and a place that would fall in line with his passions, he joined SeedInvest. In his free time, Michael dabbles in photography and pizza.

Nicolas Leeper

Analyst

Nicolas is fascinated by the intersection of entrepreneurship, capital formation, and the law. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he interned in the United States Senate and The Chwat Group, a government relations firm. He enjoys hosting Christmas parties, sailing competitively, and talking about his hometown, St. Pete, FL. Nicolas graduated from Columbia University with a major in Political Science.

Pelli Wang

Principal

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.

Roman Gorokhov

Associate

Roman was drawn to the SeedInvest by a keen fascination with capital markets and a passion for entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he headed the Russian Equity Research team at J.P. Morgan, where he covered three sectors: Metals& Mining, Transport, and Agrochemical. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Roman worked at UBS as an intern on an extended rotational program. In his free time, Roman enjoys travelling, reading about U.S. politics and foreign affairs, occasionally running marathons, and exploring just how much of his apartment he can automate. Roman has a B.S. degree in finance and a minor in entrepreneurship from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sallie Jian

Associate

Sallie is passionate about the intersection of startups, technology and finance. Prior to SeedInvest, Sallie served as CFO and Head of Business Development at Savil.me (formerly Savile Row Society), a men’s e-commerce startup. There, she led business operations and executed firm initiatives around finance, revenue generation, customer acquisition and business development. She has also worked at Morgan Stanley Technology Investment Banking in Silicon Valley and General Atlantic in NYC. Sallie graduated from the Haas Business Program at UC Berkeley with a Business Administration degree.

Scott Li

Engineer

Scott has always enjoyed working on innovative products with modern technologies. With a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University, Scott began his career at TheLadders.com where he developed and maintained multiple applications. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Scott was a lead engineer at NY Magazine. There he helped the team streamline the development process as well as implementing a unified API for the various CMS systems. In his free time, Scott attempts to eat/drink all that NYC has to offer, and when feeling ambitious, tries to replicate them at home.

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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 production, finance and venture investment company driven by for 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.

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 production, finance and venture investment company driven by for 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.