• Management Team

    J. Skyler Fernandes

    Co-Founder & General Partner

    • Ranked Top 100 Powerlist VC
    • 10+ years of VC/PE Investing
    • Former Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue (VC/PE Fund co-founded by Former CEO & President of McDonalds), focusing on food and beverage brands, food related technologies, and new restaurant concepts
    • Founder & Former Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (Corporate investment arm of Simon Property Group, S&P 100, largest retail real estate company in the world), grew to top 5 corporate VC focused on commerce alongside Google Ventures, Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures
    • Adjunct Professor at New York University teaching Venture Capital Intensive
    • Creator of Multiple Top Ranked Entrepreneur Resources: #1 Startup Investor Pitch Deck Template (viewed & downloaded 500,000+ times, used by leading business schools and accelerators)
    • Co-Founder of the #1 Startup Board Game: The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors


    Andrew Zalasin

    General Partner

    • 25+ years of venture capital and private equity investment and operational experience with entrepreneurial growth companies
    • Former General Partner for 17 years at RRE Ventures, a leading technology venture capital firm with $1.5B across seven funds
    • Involved in nearly 200 investments and has served on more than 30 boards in the US, Europe and Asia, and has been instrumental in generating industry-leading returns and providing experience and resources to help companies build teams, attack new market opportunities, identify and secure strategic initiatives / partnerships and achieve profitable growth in all phases of development


    Jenna Fernandes

    Co-Founder, Operating Partner, Head of Admissions & Student Life

    • Venture Backed Serial Entrepreneur
    • Co-Founder & CEO of The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship, backed by over 25+ of the top accelerators and VC investors
    • Ranked Top 10 Female Tech CEO by Women 2.0 
    • Former CEO of Largest Student Run Business in The Country (Tufts Student Resources)


    Sergio Marrero

    Investment Associate

    • Co-Founder, Rebel One
    • Associate, Gotham Ventures
    • The Degree Is Dead, TEDx Princeton University
    • Strategy & Innovation Fellow, Teach For America
    • Consultant, Strategy, & Operations, Deloitte
    • Supply Chain, Pepsico
    • Portfolio Management, Proctor & Gamble
    • Contract Manufacturing, Johnson & Johnson
    • Quality Control Analyst, Gillette
    • Harvard Business School, MBA
    • Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Masters
    • Northeastern University, BA


    Oluwaseyi Olaleye

    Summer Analyst

    • Financial Analyst, Concentric Equity Partners
    • Stanford University, BS in Mechanical Engineering