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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.

Alec Charbonneau

Engineer

Alec is fascinated by technology and its impact on our everyday lives. This fascination led Alec to pursue a career in engineering, where he's found a passion for building large-scale products people love. Before joining SeedInvest Alec worked as a software engineer for Infosys, where he led the development of applications used by leading investment firms. Prior to that Alec earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from Cornell University. In his free time, you can find him either coding in a coffee shop, playing basketball, or rooting for a professional sports team from his home state of Ohio.

Alexandra Tynion

Principal

Alex has always had a passion for technology and entrepreneurship. At Georgetown, Alex was on the executive team of the world's largest student-run business. After graduating, she helped build out the university's innovation program, finding ways for technology to solve campus wide issues. She then worked at Ralph Lauren in the company's corporate Marketing department before joining SeedInvest. Outside of work, Alex is actively involved in the community. She co-founded Hark Society, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing education and cultivating passion in the lives of underserved children in New York City. Alex continues to be involved in various philanthropic organizations in NYC.

Alison Tong

Associate Counsel

Alison is passionate about bringing creative ideas to life through efficient solutions in law, finance, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Alison worked as an associate in the Investment Management Group at Seward & Kissel LLP. Alison received a JD from Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from University of Washington. Alison enjoys drawing, reading comics, and bread-baking.

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

General 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.

Babar Rafique

Associate

Before joining SeedInvest, Babar was an Associate at Setter Capital, a boutique investment bank focused on the secondary market in illiquid alternative assets. Prior to that, he worked in various areas of finance including retail wealth management at RBC Royal Bank and a transfer agency called Computershare Investor Services. Throughout it all, he has been fascinated by the power of equity crowdfunding to make capital and early-stage investment opportunities available in a broader, smarter and more efficient manner - a fascination that led him directly to SeedInvest. Babar is a CFA® Charterholder and received an MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management in 2017. In his free time, Babar is a huge music fan and also enjoys reading and spending time in nature.

Brian Schuman

Associate

Since a young age, Brian has always been passionate about investing. Being fascinated with entrepreneurship, he was drawn to venture to work with companies not at their maturity but rather when the magic is happening – when they are just getting off the ground. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Brian was an Associate at H.I.G. Capital in Miami focused on buyout and growth equity investments. He began his career as an Analyst for J.P. Morgan Asset Management in both New York and Miami. Brian graduated with a B.B.A. from the University of Miami with a concentration in Finance and minors in Accounting and Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the many, diverse neighborhoods of NYC and what they have to offer.

Cici Wang

Analyst

Cici wants to live in a world filled with innovative ideas, solid friendships, and fascinating books that come bundled with extra snacks. Prior to joining SeedInvest, she interned at ChinaSF, a partnership between the SF Mayor’s Office and the SFCED, and Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company. After that, she worked full-time at American International Group as a D&O Underwriter, with a focus on Securities Class Actions. She holds a BS from University of Cincinnati, and a MS from Columbia University. Cici enjoys traveling and hip-hop dancing. She also cooks, with results that can best be described as mixed.

Ed Bao

Engineer

Ed enjoys working with great people to solve demanding technological problems. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Ed worked at Zagster, a bikeshare company in Cambridge, MA. Ed received a BS from Cornell University in Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports and pizza.

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.

Jamila Awad

Engineer

Jamila has always gotten satisfaction from solving difficult problems. She graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Systems Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She began her career at BNY Mellon as a developer on the engineering team. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Jamila worked as as a consultant, and that's when her passion for working with fast-paced, innovative, and entrepreneurial startups grew. In her free time, Jamila loves playing and having fun with her little son.

Joe Messineo

Principal, Capital Markets

Joe is a serial entrepreneur that has been an early member of four startups, founded two of them, and lead one to a successful exit. Spending most of his 20-year career in finance he is most passionate about matching early stage and late stage investors with high growth investment opportunities. At his former companies Cohen & Company (NYSE:COHN), Hexagon Securities, and UBS, he focused on capital raising, deal origination, and institutional sales. Most recently he was COO & Head of Business Development for Rukkus, a technology driven e-commerce platform for concert, sports, and theater tickets. Joe graduated with a double major in Finance and Marketing from the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University.

Krishanti Daryanani

Analyst

Krishanti enjoys problem solving and finding more efficient ways of getting things done. Prior to joining SeedInvest, she started her career at EnTrustPermal, a leading alternative asset manager, where she rose to Vice President of Operations, focusing on trade reconciliation and investor servicing. She graduated from NYU with a major in economics, and minors in political science and French. Krishanti enjoys finding the city's best vegetarian food, and also plays guitar and sings in a "frantic and edgy" punk band.

Lauren Fong

Analyst

Lauren developed her interest in tech and venture capital after growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about working with and growing new companies that aim to advance and disrupt current markets. Prior to SeedInvest, she worked in digital advertising at 360i, crafting brand strategies and performing consumer insights research across retail, entertainment, QSR, CPG, and automotive industry verticals. Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics.

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.

Marcus Hollon

Analyst

Marcus has a passion for collaborating with entrepreneurs from all walks of life and aiding them in their mission to change the world. Marcus began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, advising FinTech companies on M&A and capital raises. Following Morgan Stanley, he joined the NY based accelerator VentureOut, where he worked closely with entrepreneurs from around the world, helping them scale and break into the NY tech ecosystem. During his free time, you can find him at the gym, with his head buried in a good book, or flying helicopters as he works on obtaining his private pilot’s license.

Miles Green

Analyst

Miles became interested in startups and early stage investing while growing up in Seattle. He started his career working in fixed income. First as a Portfolio Analyst at HomeStreet Bank in Seattle, then as an Operations Analyst at MFA Financial, a real estate investment trust, when he moved to New York. There he focused on trade support and worked closely with the whole loan and fix & flip loan traders and analysts. He graduated from Seattle University with a major in Finance. Still new to New York he enjoys finding new restaurants, exploring the city, and skateboarding.

Leah Shabshelowitz

Associate

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.

Nicolas Leeper

Vice President

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.

Nicholas Pinto

Senior Associate

Nicholas is excited about the opportunity to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and realize their ambitions. Prior to SeedInvest, Nicholas worked at Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consulting firm. At Interbrand, Nicholas led the startup practice, expanding Interbrand’s serving offering and engagement model to support the needs of emerging brands. He also co-led Interbrand’s first FinTech Summit, and wrote multiple FinTech focused articles published on Interbrand’s noted BrandChannel blog. Nicholas graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Finance. He enjoys playing basketball and golf, and commiserating over the fate of the Jets, Knicks, and Mets.

Rethna Eddy

Talent Aquisition Manager

Rethna has been passionate about the art of human connections for as long as she can remember. She is especially interested in the intersection of how tech and people intersect. Prior to joining SeedInvest, she worked at Axiom Law in various different roles working closely with the executive leadership team and helping launch a new product offering in pharmaceutical technology. She thinks human capital is the most valuable asset to a company, and is obsessed with building the right company DNA. Reth graduated from Lafayette with a major in Psychology and hails from Philadelphia. Outside of work, she is either booking a plane or on one (or at the dance studio, the yoga studio, or trying a new noodle place in NYC and constantly caught with a new book).

Sam Lawson

Associate

Sam is passionate about entrepreneurship and bold ideas, and believes that innovative startups have the capacity to solve some of the world’s biggest and most meaningful problems. To that end, before joining SeedInvest, Sam co-founded a U.K.-based political technology platform, helping individuals to participate and campaign more impactfully online. Before that, Sam worked across the U.S. and Europe for the private equity firm, AR Global, where he focused on corporate development and growth investments. Sam graduated with an MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge. In his spare time, he enjoys composing music, travelling, and debating international issues with friends.

Tai Nicolopoulos

Principal, Marketing

Tai has spent the last twelve years leading marketing efforts for startups. Her first-hand knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities facing founders of early-stage companies connects her to the mission of crowdfunding. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Tai served as Head of Marketing for Knotel, supporting New York and San Francisco-based entrepreneurs with flexible headquarters. Tai received a BA and MA in Psychology from Stanford University. In her free time she maintains her connection to the start up community, serving as an Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator mentor. Tai also serves on the advisory board of Board Match, which connects professionals with non-profit board positions, and on the fiduciary board of Harvest Home Farmers Markets, which provides access to farm fresh local produce to communities in food deserts and educates our consumers to achieve healthier lifestyles.

Wyatt Lonergan

Associate

Wyatt started his career at U.S. toy brand Melissa & Doug, managing their Product Development team in Shenzhen, China and launching the company's first ever e-commerce operation in China. After learning the product development and supply chain side of the business, Wyatt moved to New York to launch his own consumer brand, Tribe Bicycle Co., where he learned firsthand the beautiful but challenging process of building a startup. Wyatt left the company in late 2017 to pursue his passion for investing in startup businesses, eventually joining the Venture Team at Seedinvest in the Spring of 2018. Wyatt graduated with a B.A. degree from Dickinson College where he majored in International Business and Management and a minored in Chinese language. In his free time, Wyatt loves traveling, playing soccer, and is a die-hard Liverpool FC fan.

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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.