Investors

Thrive Investors

Alo Ghosh

Silicon Valley Venture Capital. Founder of 5 FinTech Ventures

Seed investor, cofounder, interim CXO, strategist to startups in AI, fintech, edtech, impact-investment. Trusted advisor to SME & MNC top decision makers for creating sustainable competitive market value. Sourced & funded $multibillion PE deals, headed $4B country wealth fund, adviced CXO's worldwide. Taught Wharton MBAs, co-led McKinsey corporate finance, bootstrapped SV fintech startup to $100M.

Cindy Chin

An Entrepreneur, Venture Strategist, and Cultural Ambassador of the Arts and Sciences

Ms. Chin is an entrepreneur, venture strategist, and cultural ambassador of the arts and sciences. As CEO of CLC Advisors, LLC, she is an advisor and board member to founding startup teams, opportunity scout for VCs, investors, and LP partners, a supporter of global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems, strategic thought leader, and a sought-after speaker. Cindy is also a NASA Datanaut, an open data innovation program to promote data science, coding, and gender diversity. The NASA Datanauts program operates within the Office of the CIO at NASA Headquarters. She is also a mentor in the Google Launchpad Mentor Program, Stanford University’s Technology Entrepreneurship and undergrad programs, and a member of the faculty of the Startup Executive Academy of Silicon Castles in Salzburg, Austria.

Crystal Huang

Principal in GGV Capital’s Silicon Valley office

Crystal Huang is a Principal in GGV Capital's Silicon Valley office. Prior to joining GGV, Crystal worked as an analyst in Blackstone's Technology M&A Advisory Group, with experience in enterprise software, mobility and ecommerce. Crystal graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government.

Dayakar Puskoor

Managing Director at Naya Ventures

Mr. Dayakar Puskoor is a Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early- stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies. Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also a Board Member at Altia Systems, SnapOne and Zoomingo. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse. Dayakar’s distinguished career is showcased by an impressive record of achievement in building high value mobile, wireless and telecommunications businesses. He was recognized by the US White House as a mobile technology visionary and has been a keynote speaker for numerous industry events. Dayakar is an active supporter of entrepreneurs and startups.

Greg Obenshain

Investor and Founder, Obenshain Capital

Greg Obenshain manages Obenshain Capital, which uses a quantitative approach to investing in corporate credit. He previously ran high yield investment portfolios at Apollo Global Management and Stone Tower Capital. Prior thereto he completed GE's post-MBA leadership program. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Jesse Draper

Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures

Jesse Draper is founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of 2015 Emmy nominated television series,The Valley Girl Show. Draper is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in female founded consumer technology. Her portfolio includes the Skimm, Laurel & Wolf, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company& Sugarfina. Through her show she’s helped pioneer the way in digital media and started the initiative to interview 50% women in technology. Previously a Nickelodeon star, Draper used her comedic talents to bring an approachable feel to the technology world, has produced and distributed 500 interviews with some of the greatest minds in technology and beyond (including; Ted Turner, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jessica Alba, MC Hammer and Eric Schmidt). Draper was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Connected Women in America’. USA Today called the show “Must see startup TV”.

Kiyan Yazdi

Investor At Mucker Capital

Before joining Mucker Capital, Kiyan was member of the founding team at The Beard Club (Formerly, The Dollar Beard Club) where he helped build the company to over 70,000 monthly subscribers and $18 million in revenue in just its first 18 months. Prior to his time at The Beard Club, Kiyan worked in private equity, where he assessed standalone investment opportunities as well as strategic add-on acquisitions in the SaaS and Enterprise software industries. Kiyan holds a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from USC's Marshall School of Business.

LAURENT GRILL

Venture Lead Investor at Luma

Laurent is an Entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist who works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures and disruptive products. Laurent believes that there is a fundamental need for additional support in the early stage ecosystem in Los Angeles and other budding technology hubs around the US and globally. This desire to support these growing tech communities led him to his current role as Venture Lead at Luma Launch, a seed to series-a corporate venture with an accelerator program and internal incubation team. Luma Launch is focused on early stage startups at the convergence of evolving technology and content markets, capitalizing on internal and external resources to create successful products. Laurent has founded, expanded and managed multiple start-ups ranging from a music education technology platform, Miso Media, to the leader in the Massage-on-Demand space, Zeel. His experience working in the early stage start up scene has given him the tools necessary to understand the needs of founders in the infancies of their companies.

Marlon Nichols

Co-founder & Managing Partner at Cross Culture Ventures

Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), where he leads CCV in identifying game-changing entrepreneurs who are creating next-generation companies. Marlon draws from his unique professional background to drive CCV’s focus on using global trends and shifts in consumer behavior to capture high-potential investments. Prior to co-founding CCV, Marlon was an investment director at Intel Capital where he completed his Kauffman Fellowship. He also has led successful careers in enterprise software and strategy consulting in the technology, private equity, media and entertainment sectors. As a former professional athlete, Marlon takes a team-oriented approach to working closely with CEOs in the areas of operations and business model development to build tomorrow’s most innovative and notable enterprises.

Melinda Bush, C.H.A.

President/Chief Executive – HRW Holdings/ Hospitality Resources Worldwide, LLC

Melinda Bush is one of the industry’s most well-known and respected experts on the issues affecting the hotel, resort and tourism industries. As CEO of HRW Holdings/Hospitality Resources Worldwide LLC, Mrs. Bush and her colleagues assist hotels, resorts and suppliers in their market development and investment activities with a focus on the Luxury marketplace. Projects range from market expansion, customer development programs to strategic joint ventures and partnerships centered on building sales relationships within the major hotel and resort brand sectors. Various ventures and partners have included Expedia, The Carlyle Group, Attract China, Greatest Hotel Group, Felcor Lodging Trust, Panorama International, Viridis Learning, to name a few. Mrs. Bush is an early, founding investor in Thayer Venture Capital’s Funds I and II and serves on a number of public and private corporate boards. She is also the Founder and Chairman of Heroes in Hospitality, a private-public industry initiative aimed at training and hiring returning veterans for jobs within the hotel industry. The C.H.A. designation is the highest award granted in the industry by the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Educational Institute. HRW Holdings headquarter office is in New York City with affiliated offices in Florida, Texas and California.

PATRICK CONROY

Vice President at Revolution

Patrick is a Vice President at Revolution Growth where he focuses on venture investments in tech-enabled consumer and software businesses. Prior to Revolution, Patrick was an Analyst at Morgan Stanley on the Technology Investment Banking and Global Capital Markets teams based in New York City. Patrick graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Business Economics.

Peter Csathy

Managing Partner, SAM CREATV Ventures

Peter Csathy is Founder & Chairman of CREATV Media, a leading business development, advisory and investment firm. Peter is a noted international expert, thought leader and “go to” resource on media, entertainment and technology issues and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, TechCrunch, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, CNBC, Bloomberg, Billboard, Digiday, among others. He regularly appears on television, speaks at major industry events, and writes for TechCrunch and Variety, as well as for his own Digital Media Update blog (that USA Today’s business reporter Jefferson Graham calls a “must read”). He also just recently published his second highly-acclaimed book, “Media 2.0 (18): An Insider’s Guide to Today’s Digital Media World & Where It’s Going.”

Rahul Narvekar

Founder, The India Network

Rahul Narvekar is a seasoned startup entrepreneur, having earned his stripes in Mumbai and accumulated a track record in Delhi. Most significantly, Rahul has a wealth of experience with e-commerce out of India. He has been involved with the industry from its inception to the present, and he's passionate about sharing with you all the hallowed rules that he has learnt (and broken!) In addition to startups and e-commerce, Rahul's specialities include all elements of the retail experience, be it online or physical. Rahul is also an expert in real estate sourcing, pricing, negotiation, buying, leasing, renting and development.

Riley Kovatch

Investor at March Capital Partners

Riley comes from an enterprise software investment banking background where he worked on M&A and Private Equity transactions from the San Francisco and Bangalore, India offices of Signal Hill. After banking, Riley took time to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and now brings perspectives from both sides of the table into his role as a VC. Riley received his BS from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley where he played on a Division 1 soccer scholarship.

Sonpreet Bhatia

Entrepreneur and Innovator | Versatile Advisor and Investor | Recognized leader and speaker

Entrepreneur and Innovator: Sonpreet raised $14MM in venture capital funding in her two startups. Prior roles include VP on Wall Street; Co-founder and Partner at other VC-backed companies building AI conversational interfaces; and Scientist at IBM’s TJ Watson. Versatile Advisor and Investor: Sonpreet advises and enables many startups, social ventures, and nonprofits. Some of these organizations work in partnership with the UN across 110 countries. Sonpreet has forged business alliances and partnerships with top Fortune 500 executives, visionary leaders of global nonprofits, and people from all walks of life. Recognized leader and speaker: Advertising Age named Sonpreet to its “Creativity 50” list in 2014, honoring the most creative and innovative thinkers and doers. Business Insider magazine named her to “The Silicon Alley 100: New York’s Coolest Tech People” and “35 Up-And-Coming Entrepreneurs You Need To Meet.” The Wall Street Journal selected Sonpreet as one of 20 participants to appear in its “Start-up of the Year” documentary series. Her outreach includes public speaking on topics in technology, women leadership, Big data, Innovation, AI, Mindful Living, Integrative Medicine, Health, Ethics & more and high-profile writing and publishing for books and leading journalistic and business platforms, including both print and digital media.

SWATICK MAJUMDAR

Venture Partner
CMO Survive and Thrive Today

Swatick Majumdar is a Venture Capitalist, a former investment banker, and a serial entrepreneur. He is an active advisor and mentor to start-ups and helps leverage his wealth of global relationships, expertise and operating history to them. Swatick cherishes his time to help build disruptive companies that are led by passionate entrepreneurs. He is on the board of Global Path Capital and Rental Uncle (P) Ltd and a board observer at Easy Energy Systems. Previously he assisted in the execution of successful financings for companies in Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT), Renewable Energy, Biotechnology and Medical devices sectors. Swatick has participated as a panelist and a moderator at several industry related events in the US, India and the United Arab Emirates. He has a double Master’s in applied economics and computer information systems. Swatick is a trained volunteer at the American Red Cross and represents the Disaster Action Team (DAT) of Long Island, New York.

Thomas Lovell

Co-founder of BoldPointe Partners

Previously, he has held various senior leadership positions at Drexel Burnham including EVP and board member, Chairman and Chief Executive of Drexel Burnham Europe, Chairman of DBL Commercial Paper, and Worldwide Head of Operations & Administration (Institutional Investors & Commodities Groups). Early in his career, he was CFO of Citibank’s largest banking group and Treasurer of Citibank (Delaware) and Citibank (USA). He also headed Citibank’s North American Securities Services group (US Custody, Global Custody, Broker-Dealer, Securities Lending, 401(k) Processing). Mr. Lovell was also the COO of The Dubai Capital Group and a member of its investment committee, a $3 billion $US PE/hedge fund owned by the Ruler of Dubai. In the mid-90’s, he co-founded Goldman Sachs’ middle market business which contributed over $3B to the firm’s IPO market cap. It was #2 in market share and #1 in customer satisfaction per Greenwich Research within 3 years. He holds a BSIE from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tracy Moody

INVESTOR

Tracy Moody retired from Vision Source, North America’s largest optometric franchise, in 2013 as President and Chief Growth Officer. While at Vision Source, Tracy was co-founder and COO of Smile Source, a leading dental franchise that launched in 2006. Tracy founded Moody Capital, L.P. in 2013 to invest in real estate and technology. Tracy sits on the Board and is co-founder of Dock, an AI parking assistant that targets the private sector. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and boating.

Victoria Saucier

Impact Investor I AI I Blockchain I CEO @ Gainfy | Partner @ Ignite 500

Victoria Saucier is the CEO of Gainfy, AI and blockchain healthcare company I Managing Partner at Ignite 500, an investments group with a diversified portfolio of technology, media and healthcare companies I Founder of Bloomojo, alternative medicine marketplace I Chief Editor at Bloopost Media Group I Executive producer of SharkChain TV, pitching competition show for emerging tech companies I Mentor and advisor to companies developing blockchain and AI applications to solve inefficiencies in varies industries. Ms. Saucier has over 20 years of experience in business development and capital investments and have lead several companies through various stages of growth, from inception to a successful exit. Ms. Saucier is a public speaker and serves on numerous advisory boards. Born in Ukraine and fluent in four languages, Ms. Saucier earned graduate degree in linguistics, undergraduate in clinical medicine, business and economics.