Why We Invest


William Bunker
"Venture capitalists always say they invest in people rather than in ideas. Upstart actually lets you do just that."
William Bunker - CEO, Clarity Health Services
Keval Desai
"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."
Keval Desai - Partner at InterWest Partners
Amy Palmer
"I invest in people who are creative, confident and believe in their mission.”
Amy Palmer - Artist
Jennifer Aaker
"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."
Jennifer Aaker - Professor, Stanford University
Mat Balez
"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."
Mat Balez - Senior Product Manager, Glass
Rick Klau
"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."
Rick Klau - Partner, Director of Startup Lab at Google Ventures

Our Backers
This list does not include backers who invested anonymously.


Tim Wicker

Tim Wicker

Managing Director, Retired

Scott Banister

Scott Banister

Angel investor

Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer

Serial Entrepreneur

Eric Tilenius

Eric Tilenius

Executive-in-Residence at Scale Venture Partners

David Croson (@ProfDC)

David Croson (@ProfDC)

Entrepreneurship Professor, Venture Advisor and Investor

Karen E. Orso

Karen E. Orso

Impact Investor

Josh Kopelman

Josh Kopelman

Entrepreneur. Venture Capitalist. Nerd.

Susan Tenney

Susan Tenney

Nurse practitioner, baker, blogger

Avi Karnani

Avi Karnani

I work with outstanding teams to develop digital products that change outcomes.

Eric Larson

Eric Larson

Systems Engineer Google, Chief Bovine CardCow.com

Jocelyn Ding

Jocelyn Ding

Vice President at Google

Gary Hoke

Gary Hoke

IT Executive & Inventor of CubeShield

Luis Fierro

Luis Fierro

Expert in Development Finance, Sustainable Development, Fundraising

John C. Gulla

John C. Gulla

Independent School Educator

John Pongsajapan

John Pongsajapan

Programmer at Google

Sidarta Tanu

Sidarta Tanu

Co-Founder and COO of zaZom

Rob Weinberg

Rob Weinberg

Financial Specialist, Marketing Expert, Entrepreneur

William Bunker

William Bunker

CEO of Clarity Health Services

Michael Flaster

Michael Flaster

Software Engineer at Google

Josh Needleman

Josh Needleman

Sr. Producer - Rockstar Games

Brennan O'Donnell

Brennan O'Donnell

Vice President at SurveyMonkey

Carl Sjogreen

Carl Sjogreen

Entrepreneur and product guy

Tadd Seitz

Tadd Seitz

Board of Directors and Investor

Sami Inkinen

Sami Inkinen

Co-Founder and board member of Trulia.com; MSc(Physics), Stanford MBA

Geoff Moller

Geoff Moller

Software Engineer at Yammer, Inc.

Dan Massey

Dan Massey

Software Development Manager

Larry Klatzkin

Larry Klatzkin

Managing Director at Rice, Voelker, LLC

Jennifer Dziura

Jennifer Dziura

Author of "Bullish" career and life advice column for young women.

Mac Hofeditz

Mac Hofeditz

Private Equity Professional

Jim Andreoni

Jim Andreoni

VP of Technology and Processes at Copesan Services, Inc.

Ryan Randall

Ryan Randall

CFO at Upstart

Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Managing Director at Foundry Group and co-founder of TechStars

Vanessa Howell

Vanessa Howell

Author, poet, technologist, skydiver & yogini. Product Manager at Google

Scott Petry

Scott Petry

Co-Founder of Authentic8, Inc.

Amy Palmer

Amy Palmer

Artist

David Ellison

David Ellison

Web Products Leader

Dave De Caprio

Dave De Caprio

Chief Technology Officer at Fina Technologies

Keval Desai

Keval Desai

Partner at InterWest Partners

Stacy Brown Philpot

Stacy Brown Philpot

Chief Operating Officer, TaskRabbit

Claire Hughes Johnson

Claire Hughes Johnson

Vice President at Google

Peter Fishman

Peter Fishman

Analytics Geek and Bacon-trepreneur

Yew Jin Lim

Yew Jin Lim

Software Engineer at Google

Randy J. Bates II

Randy J. Bates II

Asset Manager

Kent Smith

Kent Smith

ESH&M Compliance Manager

Tom Cole

Tom Cole

CEO at Beau-coup

Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

Venture Partner at Fidelity Bioscience

Elena Krasnoperova

Elena Krasnoperova

Internet and Payments Executive

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Director, SpaceX

Frank Moss

Frank Moss

Professor in Practice at MIT Media Lab

Dave Crowder

Dave Crowder

Venture Capitalist

Tony Safoian

Tony Safoian

CEO, SADA Systems

Mat Balez

Mat Balez

VP of Product, Airtime

Matt Yerington

Matt Yerington

Experienced Biz Dev, Mobile, Internet, Sales, Someone who makes it happen

Chris Warren

Chris Warren

Consultant and Managing Director at Warren Development Group, LLC

Bradley Horowitz

Bradley Horowitz

Vice President at Google

Russel Simmons

Russel Simmons

Founder at Learnirvana

Craig Walker

Craig Walker

Founder and CEO at Firespotter Labs

Brett Matthews

Brett Matthews

Co-Founder and CEO at Alchemy Solutions

Dana Weick

Dana Weick

Software/Hardware Engineer

Doug Edwards

Doug Edwards

Author, "I'm Feeling Lucky," art student

Andy Warner

Andy Warner

Jack of all Trades at Google [X]

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann

Corporate Director of Tax and Internal Audit at OSP Group

Evan Malter

Evan Malter

Co-founder & Chief Zipler at ZipCap

Konstanty Owczarek

Konstanty Owczarek

Partner at Strategic Risk Capital Advisors

John Hart

John Hart

CTO & Co-Founder, iHance Inc.

Kartik Raghavan

Kartik Raghavan

Technology and Policy

John Valentino

John Valentino

Supporter of Social, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship

Christopher Watson, MD FACS

Christopher Watson, MD FACS

Surgeon, Medical Director Surgical ICU, Vice-Chief of Surgery

Ben Wolke

Ben Wolke

Commodity Trader; Unconventional Investor

Jonathan Garriss

Jonathan Garriss

CEO at Poster Revolution

Matthew Glotzbach

Matthew Glotzbach

Managing Director, EMEA at YouTube

Travis Reeder

Travis Reeder

CTO / Co-founder of Iron.io

Dave Weisberg

Dave Weisberg

Independent Software Developer

Benjamin Borton

Benjamin Borton

Principal at Mountaineer Partners

Daniel Schwiebert

Daniel Schwiebert

Associate at The Plaza Companies

Lynne Valiquette

Lynne Valiquette

Retired Educator

Bob Mason

Bob Mason

Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur

Anita Kishore

Anita Kishore

Pharma executive with strategy and portfolio experience

Christopher Ghazi

Christopher Ghazi

Investor

Woody Benson

Woody Benson

General Partner, Prism VentureWorks

Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee

Automotive Industry Professional and Private Investor

Jeff Huber

Jeff Huber

SVP, Google

Lee Maxey

Lee Maxey

CEO MindMax

Micki Klearman

Micki Klearman

Senior Medical Director, Product Development Immunology, Genentech

Maryanne Flynn

Maryanne Flynn

Director, Operations at Cisco Systems

Anil Chitkara

Anil Chitkara

Growth guy.

Sean Schickedanz

Sean Schickedanz

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Clean Pacific Ventures

Anders Brownworth

Anders Brownworth

Technical Co-founder

Wendy Castleman

Wendy Castleman

Innovation Catalyst Leader, Design Innovation Strategist at Intuit

Shan Sinha

Shan Sinha

CEO / Co-founder of Parlay Labs, Inc

Kenneth Klions

Kenneth Klions

VP, Olympic Anesthesia Services

John O. Van Hooser

John O. Van Hooser

Investor, Dad and Little League Coach

Ricardo Jenez

Ricardo Jenez

VP at VertiCloud, Inc.

Michael Russell

Michael Russell

IP Counsel at Corning Incorporated

Carl Wegner

Carl Wegner

30 years of experience in Greater China, now based in Shanghai

Oliver Bogler

Oliver Bogler

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Brian Graves

Brian Graves

Field Manager at Spreadboss (tm) T.G. Mercer Consulting Services INC (A Quanta services company) - CEO @ Advanced Pipeline Devices, inc.

Paolo Alimonti

Paolo Alimonti

Managing Director at Adair Capital LLC

Venkat Panchapakesan

Venkat Panchapakesan

VP Engineering, Google

Anna Mongayt

Anna Mongayt

Co-Founder & Head of Operations, Upstart

David Wesson

David Wesson

Serial Entrepreneur and Coup d'œil Innovator

Dolly Parikh

Dolly Parikh

Experience Design Strategist, Entrepreneur, Design Mentor

Stacy Witfill DPM

Stacy Witfill DPM

Podiatric Physician and Surgeon

Al Hammond

Al Hammond

Institutional Consulting Director

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava

Entrepreneur

Erik Christoffersen

Erik Christoffersen

Partner / Founder Cotton Mountain Group

Mark Rudick

Mark Rudick

Head of Sales Engineering at Google

Alan

Alan

NSF Graduate Research Fellow Chemical Engineering, UCSB

Steve Hornsey

Steve Hornsey

Leadership Recruiter

Miguel Palacios

Miguel Palacios

Finance professor @ Vanderbilt, co-founder Lumni Inc.

Evan J. Segal

Evan J. Segal

Business Leader, CFO at USDA under President Obama, Author, Public Speaker, Management Consultant, Corp Director

Sanjeet Arora

Sanjeet Arora

Program Managment Google

Susan Silverman

Susan Silverman

Founder of FeltKids

Matt Liotta

Matt Liotta

Serial Entrepreneur

Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Frank White

Frank White

COO/CFO at CollegeFrog

Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman

Co-founder, Thinkful

Thorsten Claus

Thorsten Claus

expansion-stage software, internet and mobile venture capital

Gabriel Cohen

Gabriel Cohen

Group Product Manager at Google

Craig Sherman

Craig Sherman

Entrepreneur turned venture capitalist

Lyla Kuriyan McInerney

Lyla Kuriyan McInerney

Vice President at Appcelerator

Eric Mayers

Eric Mayers

Eng Manager, YouTube

Steve Bashmakov

Steve Bashmakov

Executive

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Private investor

Bruno Bowden

Bruno Bowden

Engineering Director at To Be Announced

Jessica Jackley

Jessica Jackley

Cofounder, CEO at ProFounder (www.profounder.com)

Kumar Jeev

Kumar Jeev

Investment Management

Kristan Wheaton

Kristan Wheaton

Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst College

Marty Isaac

Marty Isaac

CEO at HooplaHa.com

Christian Melby

Christian Melby

Microventure Investor

Mobeen Gajee

Mobeen Gajee

Global IT Lead at Novartis

Kimberly Twombly

Kimberly Twombly

Wealth Management at UBS

Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher

Investor.

Edward Ho

Edward Ho

Co-founder and CTO, Cover

Erik Noteboom

Erik Noteboom

Vice President, Education Operations - Full Sail University

George M Harvin

George M Harvin

Managing Director, The Rosemyr Corporation (A Real Estate Investment Company)

Kennon McLendon

Kennon McLendon

MD

Neil Chheda

Neil Chheda

Managing Partner at Romulus Capital

John Muller

John Muller

General Counsel at PayPal, Inc.

Jeff Green

Jeff Green

Private Investor

Bernard Desarnauts

Bernard Desarnauts

I love tech (especially in the Bay Area) and I am rather good at "Product" & "innovation"

Carol Krauss

Carol Krauss

Consultant, Philanthropist, Artist

Ka Mo Lau

Ka Mo Lau

Co-Founder of PaperG, a local advertising technology company.

Jeff Clavier

Jeff Clavier

Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

Ben Orthlieb

Ben Orthlieb

Business Operations @ LinkedIn

Greg Richardson

Greg Richardson

Founder, Managing Partner, Civitium LLC

Hugh Connelly

Hugh Connelly

Author of "401K Tune-Up" & Professor - Graduate Studies at Strayer University

Pritham Raj

Pritham Raj

Medical Director, Internal Medicine Practice at Oregon Health & Science University

Puneet S. Chawla

Puneet S. Chawla

Co-Founder/CTO at Workspot

Adam D'Augelli

Adam D'Augelli

Early Stage Venture Capital at True Ventures

John Saroff

John Saroff

Media & Tech Executive

Jonathan Gilinski

Jonathan Gilinski

Founder & CEO Capsuline, Inc.

David E Silverman

David E Silverman

President at Silverman Device Consultancy

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

Entrepreneurial investor

Kelly Frey

Kelly Frey

Author "Frey on Technology Transactions" - providing legal support for corporate transactions and corporate compliance

Kevin Gough

Kevin Gough

Cheerleader for existential art, organic design, accessible tech, and mindful living.

David Simmons

David Simmons

Quantitative Derivative Associate at ING

David Boyer

David Boyer

Senior Partner, E3 Collaborative LLC-"environment, economics and equity"

Marc Shivers

Marc Shivers

Quant Researcher / Portfolio Manager at Tudor Investment Corp

Marilyn Hackett

Marilyn Hackett

Notary Public

Martin Burlingame

Martin Burlingame

CEO at Insurance Wholesale Agency

Johnson Kang

Johnson Kang

Business Development

Doug Greene

Doug Greene

Technology, IT Security and Risk Management in Financial Services

Doug Schoen

Doug Schoen

Manager, Pension Investments

Michael Sexton

Michael Sexton

Managing Partner & Co-founder at Grow & Co.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Entrepreneur Coach at Mosaic

Mike Daoust

Mike Daoust

Sales & BD Exec in Emerging Markets

Charles Palanzo

Charles Palanzo

Engineering Manager, Experienced Entrepreneur and Executive | Technology Development

Drew Hamlin

Drew Hamlin

Product Design Manager at Facebook

Nancy Kelley

Nancy Kelley

Director of Marketing, Partner - Gelli Arts™

Nick Ducoff

Nick Ducoff

VP Content at Boundless

Nikhil Dhingra

Nikhil Dhingra

VP

Nita Losoponkul

Nita Losoponkul

Senior Policy Fellow at Public Impact

Peter Taft

Peter Taft

Vice President, Strategy at NII Holdings (Fortune 500 Wireless Telecom)

Ian Evenstar

Ian Evenstar

Founder, CCO at UNINCORPORATED, LLC

Hunter Walk

Hunter Walk

Technology product and stuff like that (YouTube, Google, Second Life)

Pito Salas

Pito Salas

Entrepreneur, teacher, software developer

Harry Feliciano

Harry Feliciano

Founder, Describing Function LLC

Ramesh Babu

Ramesh Babu

Practice Director with a Global System Integrator

greg cervelli

greg cervelli

Internet Product Consultant

Eric Koester

Eric Koester

Founder of Trupa & Zaarly

Richard Roux

Richard Roux

Entrepreneur

Brian Halligan

Brian Halligan

Owner at Flourtown Country Club and Owner of MEH Investments

Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn

Partner at Shasta Ventures

Sharon Palmer

Sharon Palmer

Retired Administrator

Stephen Goldmann

Stephen Goldmann

Principal, The Culinary Edge consultancy; Co-Founder, Mindful Meats

Stephen Weil

Stephen Weil

Plant Engineneer

Timothy Johnston

Timothy Johnston

Software Developer and Sailor

Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Tech CMO and Author of The Dragonfly Effect

Andrew Okun

Andrew Okun

President at American Go Association

Vikas Bhatia

Vikas Bhatia

On a sabbatical. Retooling myself to become an executive / leadership coach and culture change agent.

Thomas Randall

Thomas Randall

Veterinarian, Owner - Forest Lake Veterinary Hopsital

William Wolfe

William Wolfe

Portfolio Manager

Erik Nordlander

Erik Nordlander

Partner & Engineer at Google Ventures

Philip Nadel

Philip Nadel

Serial Entrepreneur

George Russell

George Russell

Physician

Gerald Wluka

Gerald Wluka

CEO at CompilerWorks

Gil Silberman

Gil Silberman

Partner, Equity LLP

Graham Gunst

Graham Gunst

Managing Director at Acxiom

Eli Davidson

Eli Davidson

International Speaker on Rapid Business Growth For Entrepreneurs Media: The Today Show, CNN & New York Times

Jeanne DeWitt

Jeanne DeWitt

Head of SMB Sales, Americas

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Marketing and Creative at Zaarly

Ted Conrads

Ted Conrads

Portfolio Manager at Colchis Capital Management, LLC

Duc M Pham, MD

Duc M Pham, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Jeffrey Rich

Jeffrey Rich

Creative Guy, Rx Ad Man

Jim Mills

Jim Mills

Director - Process Engineering at Verizon Wireless

Jim Wolford

Jim Wolford

CEO @ Atomic Data & The Foundation & U4EA Studios

Joanna (Lawrence) Schwartz

Joanna (Lawrence) Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer at EarlyShares.com

Joel Stein

Joel Stein

Columnist, Time magazine

John Babcock

John Babcock

Venture Partner at Rustic Canyon Partners

John Fanguy

John Fanguy

Sales and Marketing Executive

Justin Kan

Justin Kan

Founder of Exec, Justin.tv, Twitch.tv, Socialcam. Part time at YC.

Kiran Lingam

Kiran Lingam

General Counsel at SeedInvest

Kris Sirchio

Kris Sirchio

Former Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Brown-Forman

David Chouinard

David Chouinard

Product designer & full stack developer

Lisa Marie Lambert

Lisa Marie Lambert

VP, Intel Capital, Software and Services Group

David Blakelock

David Blakelock

Retail/Consulting Professional

Marion Gabrielle Gelo

Marion Gabrielle Gelo

Long Term Care Solutions Specialist, Partner @ LTC Financial Partners

Mark Madsen

Mark Madsen

Co-Chair, Board of Directors at Seattle Arts and Lectures

Martha George Boxley

Martha George Boxley

Educational Consultant

Dan Roselli

Dan Roselli

Co-Founder of Packard Place

Matt Stern

Matt Stern

Investor at Bain Capital

Melinda McMullen

Melinda McMullen

Public Relations/Social Entrepreneurship

Michael Di Gioia

Michael Di Gioia

Founder at Affinity Trading Institute, LLC

Michael Ellenbogen

Michael Ellenbogen

CEO, Captos Technologies; Exec in Residence, General Catalyst Partners

Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein

VP Sales and Marketing at Digital Lumens

Michael Geller

Michael Geller

VP, Customer Operations and Success at Rafter (fka BookRenter.com)

Michael and Maria Gunther

Michael and Maria Gunther

Honai Furniture dba Tuscan Valley Furniture, President and Owner

Cindy Seide

Cindy Seide

Independent Broadcast Media Professional

Michael Konson

Michael Konson

Entrepreneur

Michael Lock

Michael Lock

25 Year Veteran of Enterprise IT Industry

Michael Southworth, MD,FACS,CWS

Michael Southworth, MD,FACS,CWS

Physician,Surgeon, Educator, Entrepeneur

Christopher Crowhurst

Christopher Crowhurst

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Sea Kayaker

Mike DeLaet

Mike DeLaet

SVP of Worldwide Business Development at Kabam, Inc.

Mike Ecklund

Mike Ecklund

Director of Real Estate, Cathexis Capital

Charles Fan

Charles Fan

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Optum

Nikhil Mehta

Nikhil Mehta

Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Accel Partners (former CEO of LiveOffice acquired by Symantec)

Carole Forgan

Carole Forgan

Writer/Entrepreneur/Investor

Nitin Mangtani

Nitin Mangtani

Founder & CEO PredictSpring, Former Googler.

Patrick Gannon

Patrick Gannon

Archimedes Labs

Bryan Sims

Bryan Sims

CEO at Lendalytics

Bryan Hassin

Bryan Hassin

Global Cleantech Entrepreneur

Ricardo C. Bullock

Ricardo C. Bullock

Entrepreneur/Investor

Bruce Mc Donald

Bruce Mc Donald

Private Investor

Brian J. Lefler

Brian J. Lefler

Managing Director, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Rickard Jorgensen

Rickard Jorgensen

Jorgensen & Company

Rick Klau

Rick Klau

Partner, Startup Lab at Google Ventures

Robin Rowe

Robin Rowe

CTO at Gosh! Entertainment

Rushi Bhanderi

Rushi Bhanderi

Finance professional

Brad and Nancy Schrader

Brad and Nancy Schrader

Social Entrepreneurs and Kitchen Dancers

Ryan Allis

Ryan Allis

Chief Executive Officer at Connect

Ryan Oakes

Ryan Oakes

Managing Director

Scott Collins

Scott Collins

North America Credit Manager at IBM

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

Telecom Sales Executive

Shellye Archambeau

Shellye Archambeau

CEO, MetricStream Inc.

Stephen Chau

Stephen Chau

Senior Product Manager, Google Now

Stephen Garrow

Stephen Garrow

Executive/Investor/Entrepreneur

Thomas R. Boehlke

Thomas R. Boehlke

Private Banker and RISD supporter.

Ben Guthrie

Ben Guthrie

Group Product Manager at Shutterfly

Barnaby Olson

Barnaby Olson

Director at SunEdison

Tim Brady

Tim Brady

Imagine K12, co-founder and managing partner

Ariel Rideout

Ariel Rideout

Software Engineer, Mountain View CA

Tim Higgins

Tim Higgins

Financial Services Professional

Anna Gatti

Anna Gatti

Board Member at Buongiorno (STAR MIT: BNG)

Todd Cress, CFA

Todd Cress, CFA

Alternative Assets Analyst

Todd Kimball

Todd Kimball

CEO, Lolly Clothing

Tom Keltner

Tom Keltner

Retired. EVP and CEO Americas & Global Brands, Hilton Hotels Corp.

Tom Rosenwein

Tom Rosenwein

Attorney

Torge Dennen

Torge Dennen

NA

Victor Wong

Victor Wong

CEO at PaperG, Inc.

Andrew N. Ferenci

Andrew N. Ferenci

Entrepreneur via NYC.

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow

Marketing Manager

Walter Montgomery

Walter Montgomery

CEO, RLMFinsbury, a corporate communications consulting firm.

Young Song

Young Song

Entrepreneur & Investor (Founder of ZeroDesktop, NComputing and eMachines)

Alexis (not Alex) Ohanian

Alexis (not Alex) Ohanian

Entrepreneur, investor, speaker, & author

Alex Eu

Alex Eu

The Chernin Group

Zal Bilimoria

Zal Bilimoria

Product leader from Google, Netflix, and LinkedIn. Founder of Snip.ly. Mentor at 500 Startups and Code for America.

Ajay Agrawal

Ajay Agrawal

Chief Technology Officer at Envestnet Retirement Solutions

Zhe Wu

Zhe Wu

Architect at Oracle

Dave Girouard

Dave Girouard

Founder & CEO - Upstart

Jeff Keltner

Jeff Keltner

Head of BizDev - Upstart

Scott Wu

Scott Wu

Development Innovation Ventures - USAID