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Why We Invest
"Venture capitalists always say they invest in people rather than in ideas. Upstart actually lets you do just that."
- CEO, Clarity Health Services
"Everybody needs a boost in their careers at the right moment - by being an Upstart backer, I hope to provide a few of those moments."
- Partner at InterWest Partners
"I invest in people who are creative, confident and believe in their mission.”
"On Upstart, there are talented, creative young individuals who don't necessarily want to follow a traditional career path; Upstart enables them to develop an alternative path to pursue their passions."
- Professor, Stanford University
"I've loved the concept of Upstart since first hearing about it. It was a eureka moment because it felt intuitively like the kind of thing we should be doing."
- Senior Product Manager, Glass
"There is a huge misallocation of capital in our economy - we need to give more young people the financial flexibility to take risks and start something new."
- Partner, Director of Startup Lab at Google Ventures
This list does not include backers who invested anonymously.
Managing Director, Retired
Executive-in-Residence at Scale Venture Partners
David Croson (@ProfDC)
Entrepreneurship Professor, Venture Advisor and Investor
Entrepreneur. Venture Capitalist. Nerd.
Nurse practitioner, baker, blogger
Karen E. Orso
Expert in Development Finance, Sustainable Development, Fundraising
Systems Engineer Google, Chief Bovine CardCow.com
I work with outstanding teams to develop digital products that change outcomes.
Programmer at Google
Vice President at Google
John C. Gulla
Independent School Educator
Financial Specialist, Marketing Expert, Entrepreneur
CEO of Clarity Health Services
Sr. Producer - Rockstar Games
Vice President at SurveyMonkey
Private Equity Professional
Internet and Payments Executive
Managing Director at Rice, Voelker, LLC
Co-Founder and board member of Trulia.com; MSc(Physics), Stanford MBA
IT Executive & Inventor of CubeShield
Co-Founder and COO of zaZom
Entrepreneur and product guy
Board of Directors and Investor
Software Development Manager
Software Engineer at Yammer, Inc.
Author, poet, technologist, skydiver & yogini. Product Manager at Google
Author of "Bullish" career and life advice column for young women.
CFO at Upstart
Managing Director at Foundry Group and co-founder of TechStars
Partner at InterWest Partners
Randy J. Bates II
Software Engineer at Google
Stacy Brown Philpot
Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit
Professor in Practice at MIT Media Lab
Co-Founder and CEO at Alchemy Solutions
CEO at Beau-coup
Founder and CEO at Firespotter Labs
Analytics Geek and Bacon-trepreneur
Vice President at Google
Co-Founder of Authentic8, Inc.
Yew Jin Lim
Software Engineer at Google
Claire Hughes Johnson
Vice President at Google
Founder at Learnirvana
Venture Partner at Fidelity Bioscience
VP of Product, Airtime
CEO, SADA Systems
Consultant and Managing Director at Warren Development Group, LLC
Christopher Watson, MD FACS
Surgeon, Medical Director Surgical ICU, Vice-Chief of Surgery
CTO & Co-Founder, iHance Inc.
Corporate Director of Tax and Internal Audit at OSP Group
Partner at Strategic Risk Capital Advisors
Author, "I'm Feeling Lucky," art student
Managing Director, EMEA at YouTube
Commodity Trader; Unconventional Investor
Pharma executive with strategy and portfolio experience
Automotive Industry Professional and Private Investor
Senior Medical Director, Product Development Immunology, Genentech
Director, Operations at Cisco Systems
CEO at Poster Revolution
CTO / Co-founder of Iron.io
NSF Graduate Research Fellow Chemical Engineering, UCSB
Associate at The Plaza Companies
Co-founder & Chief Zipler at ZipCap
Independent Software Developer
Principal at Mountaineer Partners
ESH&M Compliance Manager
Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur
30 years of experience in Greater China, now based in Shanghai
Product Leader for Online Media and Enterprise Applications
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Managing Director at Adair Capital LLC
VP, Olympic Anesthesia Services
VP Engineering, Google
John O. Van Hooser
Investor, Dad and Little League Coach
VP at VertiCloud, Inc.
Experience Design Strategist, Entrepreneur, Design Mentor
IP Counsel at Corning Incorporated
Institutional Consulting Director
Innovation Catalyst Leader, Design Innovation Strategist at Intuit
Partner / Founder Cotton Mountain Group
Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Clean Pacific Ventures
Jack of all Trades at Google [X]
CEO / Co-founder of Parlay Labs, Inc
Co-Founder & Head of Operations, Upstart
Engineering Director at To Be Announced
Entrepreneur turned venture capitalist
Experienced Biz Dev, Mobile, Internet, Sales, Someone who makes it happen
COO/CFO at CollegeFrog
General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Group Product Manager at Google
Finance professor @ Vanderbilt, co-founder Lumni Inc.
CEO at HooplaHa.com
Evan J. Segal
Business Leader, CFO at USDA under President Obama, Author, Public Speaker, Management Consultant, Corp Director
Vice President, Education Operations - Full Sail University
Head of Sales Engineering at Google
Consultant, Philanthropist, Artist
Founder, Managing Partner, Civitium LLC
General Partner, Prism VentureWorks
Author of "401K Tune-Up" & Professor - Graduate Studies at Strayer University
Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
Lyla Kuriyan McInerney
Vice President at Appcelerator
Global IT Lead at Novartis
Co-founder and CTO, Cover
Technology and Policy
Cofounder, CEO at ProFounder (www.profounder.com)
Managing Partner at Romulus Capital
Founder of FeltKids
Field Manager at Spreadboss (tm) T.G. Mercer Consulting Services INC (A Quanta services company) - CEO @ Advanced Pipeline Devices, inc.
Wealth Management at UBS
Puneet S. Chawla
Co-Founder/CTO at Workspot
Medical Director, Internal Medicine Practice at Oregon Health & Science University
Serial Entrepreneur and Coup d'œil Innovator
Ka Mo Lau
Co-Founder of PaperG, a local advertising technology company.
Stacy Witfill DPM
Podiatric Physician and Surgeon
Author "Frey on Technology Transactions" - providing legal support for corporate transactions and corporate compliance
Vice President, Strategy at NII Holdings (Fortune 500 Wireless Telecom)
Founder & CEO Capsuline, Inc.
Entrepreneur, teacher, software developer
Supporter of Social, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship
Media & Tech Executive
Cheerleader for existential art, organic design, accessible tech, and mindful living.
Practice Director with a Global SI Company
General Counsel at PayPal, Inc.
David E Silverman
President at Silverman Device Consultancy
On a sabbatical. Retooling myself to become an executive / leadership coach and culture change agent.
VP Content at Boundless
Technology, IT Security and Risk Management in Financial Services
Product exec & entrepreneur
Manager, Pension Investments at Emerson
Product Design Manager at Facebook
Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst College
Director of Marketing, Partner - Gelli Arts™
Veterinarian, Owner - Forest Lake Veterinary Hopsital
President at American Go Association
Program Managment Google
Tech CMO and Author of The Dragonfly Effect
Founder of Trupa & Zaarly
Founder, CCO at UNINCORPORATED, LLC
Quant Researcher / Portfolio Manager at Tudor Investment Corp
Senior Partner, E3 Collaborative LLC-"environment, economics and equity"
Internet Product Consultant
Principal, The Culinary Edge consultancy; Co-Founder, Mindful Meats
Partner & Engineer at Google Ventures
Sales & BD Exec in Emerging Markets
CEO at Insurance Wholesale Agency
George M Harvin
Managing Director, The Rosemyr Corporation (A Real Estate Investment Company)
Entrepreneur Coach at Mosaic
Partner at Shasta Ventures
Managing Partner & Co-founder at Grow & Co.
Software Developer and Sailor
Early Stage Venture Capital at True Ventures
Owner at Flourtown Country Club and Owner of MEH Investments
CEO at CompilerWorks
Partner, Equity LLP
Managing Director at Acxiom
Founder, Describing Function LLC
Eng Manager, YouTube
Technology product and stuff like that (YouTube, Google, Second Life)
Head of SMB Sales, Americas
International Speaker on Rapid Business Growth For Entrepreneurs Media: The Today Show, CNN & New York Times
Jeff Morris Jr.
Marketing and Creative at Zaarly
Creative Guy, Rx Ad Man
Portfolio Manager at Colchis Capital Management, LLC
Duc M Pham, MD
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
CEO @ Atomic Data & The Foundation & U4EA Studios
Joanna (Lawrence) Schwartz
Chief Executive Officer at EarlyShares.com
Columnist, Time magazine
Venture Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners
Sales and Marketing Executive
Founder of Exec, Justin.tv, Twitch.tv, Socialcam. Part time at YC.
Quantitative Derivative Associate at ING
General Counsel at SeedInvest
Former Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Brown-Forman
Lisa Marie Lambert
VP, Intel Capital, Software and Services Group
Product designer & full stack developer
Marion Gabrielle Gelo
Long Term Care Solutions Specialist, Partner @ LTC Financial Partners
Co-Chair, Board of Directors at Seattle Arts and Lectures
Martha George Boxley
Co-Founder of Packard Place
Investor at Bain Capital
Public Relations/Social Entrepreneurship
Michael Di Gioia
Founder at Affinity Trading Institute, LLC
CEO, Captos Technologies; Exec in Residence, General Catalyst Partners
VP Sales and Marketing at Digital Lumens
VP, Customer Operations and Success at Rafter (fka BookRenter.com)
Michael and Maria Gunther
Honai Furniture dba Tuscan Valley Furniture, President and Owner
Independent Broadcast Media Professional
25 Year Veteran of Enterprise IT Industry
Michael Southworth, MD,FACS,CWS
Physician,Surgeon, Educator, Entrepeneur
Technologist, Entrepreneur, Sea Kayaker
SVP of Worldwide Business Development at Kabam, Inc.
Engineering Manager, Experienced Entrepreneur and Executive | Technology Development
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Optum
Director of Real Estate, Cathexis Capital
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners (former CEO of LiveOffice acquired by Symantec)
Senior Policy Fellow at Public Impact
CEO at Lendalytics
Global Cleantech Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO PredictSpring, Former Googler.
Bruce Mc Donald
Brian J. Lefler
Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Ricardo C. Bullock
Jorgensen & Company
Partner, Startup Lab at Google Ventures
CTO at Gosh! Entertainment
Telecom Sales Executive
Chief Executive Officer at Connect
North America Credit Manager at IBM
Dr. Benjamin Piper
Chief of Party
CEO, MetricStream Inc.
Group Product Manager at Shutterfly
Director at SunEdison
Senior Product Manager, Google Now
Software Engineer, Mountain View CA
Board Member at Buongiorno (STAR MIT: BNG)
Thomas R. Boehlke
Private Banker and RISD supporter.
Imagine K12, co-founder and managing partner
Financial Services Professional
Todd Cress, CFA
Alternative Assets Analyst
CEO, Lolly Clothing
Retired. EVP and CEO Americas & Global Brands, Hilton Hotels Corp.
Andrew N. Ferenci
Entrepreneur via NYC.
CEO at PaperG, Inc.
Alexis (not Alex) Ohanian
Entrepreneur, investor, speaker, & author
The Chernin Group
Entrepreneur & Investor (Founder of ZeroDesktop, NComputing and eMachines)
Chief Technology Officer at Envestnet Retirement Solutions
Product leader from Google, Netflix, and LinkedIn. Founder of Snip.ly. Mentor at 500 Startups and Code for America.
Founder & CEO - Upstart
Head of BizDev - Upstart
Investor & Business Executive
Olark live chat software