Friends of Fitz

“Friends of Fitz” are Princetonians who are leaders in startups, technology, investing, academia and/or venture capital. Our Friends of Fitz may from time to time refer deals to Fitz Gate and/or lend their industry expertise to the fund’s principals or portfolio company founders


PRINCETON FACULTY:

Tim Buschman, Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Mung Chiang, Professor of Electrical Engineering. Chair, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Director, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. Director, Program in Technology and Society

Ed Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and the founding director of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy; previously, Deputy US Chief Technology Officer; Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission; member of National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Shahram Hejazi, Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship; Venture Partner at BioAdvance; Founder/CEO of Optimeos Life Sciences, a company based on nanoparticle technology licensed from Princeton; serial entrepreneur

Andrew Houck, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Yibin Kang, Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology

Kef Kasdin ‘85, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Executive in Residence, Princeton University; previously General Partner at Battelle Ventures

Lynn Loo, Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering; Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

David MacMillan, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry; Formerly Department Chair

Tom Muir, Chair of Chemistry Department; Van Zandt Williams, Jr. Class of ‘65 Professor of Chemistry and Associated Faculty in Molecular Biology

Warren B. Powell, Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Director, Program in Engineering and Management SystemsFounder of CASTLE Laboratory and Princeton Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (PENSA).

Paul Prucnal, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Josh Rabinowitz, Professor of Chemistry and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Director, Graduate Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology

Jen Rexford ’91, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Professor in Engineering

Pulin Sanghvi, Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University; formerly Assistant Dean and Director of the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; formerly McKinsey (Silicon Valley/Palo Alto office)

Tom Shenk, Professor in the Life Sciences in the Department of Molecular Biology, Co-Director, Program in Global Health and Health Policy

Jim Shinn, ’73 and ’01, CEO, Predata, and Visiting Lecturer, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dan Steingart, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Ali Yazdani, Class of 1909 Professor of PhysicsDirector, Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Ed Zschau ‘61, Lecturer and Ret. Professor of High Tech Entrepreneurship; former US Congressman, Venture Capitalist and serial CEO/board member of several tech companies

ALUMNI:

Camilo Acosta ’07, Co-founder and CEO Pay By Group; previously, co-President Root Orange

Marilyn Agbeko ’06, Senior Product Manager at the Advisory Board Company

Randy Altschuler ‘93, CEO of Nextline Manufacturing; previously Co-founder and Chairman of Cloud Blue Technologies, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Office Tiger

Jason Aramburu ’07, Founder and CEO of Edyn. Forbes’ 30 under 30

Brian Ascher ’89, Partner at Venrock; Forbes’ Midas List of top VCs

Ramsey Battin ’93, Partner Eastside Partners; previously, Partner Southeastern Technology Fund and Director at Arcapita Ventures

Matt Blumberg ’92, Chairman & CEO of Return Path and founder and Co-Chair of Path Forward; previously, MovieFone, General Atlantic Partners, and Mercer Management Consulting

Andrew Boer ’93, Founder and President of Movable Media; previously, TRUSTe; CEO of Accept.com (acquired by Amazon); founder of Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo)

David Brodess ’84, Founder & CEO at Beverly Hills Fitness & DTC Retail; Serial entrepreneur in digital consumer goods marketing; launched, built and exited companies in Asia, Europe & the US

Graham Brooks ’98, Partner .406 Ventures

Michael Carvin ’04, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartAsset (Fitz Gate Ventures portfolio company)

Mayra Ceja ‘03, President, Princeton Entrepreneurs Network

Sumir Chadha ‘93, Co-founder and Managing Director of WestBridge Capital Partners; previously, Sequoia Capital India and Goldman, Sachs

Frank Chang ’98, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners. Previously, Director of Amazon affiliate marketing program, Vice President at Audible.com (Amazon), Group Program Manager at Microsoft

Andrew Choi ’14, Co-founder and CTO, Predata

Lynda Clarizio ’82, President, US Media at Nielsen; Member of Leadership Council at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University; formerly, President at Advertising.com, EVP at AppNexus, EVP at AOL.com

Ben Cogan ’12, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Hubble Contacts

Jamie Davidson ’06, Partner at Redpoint Ventures; previously, YouTube, Google, Kleiner Perkins, HotelTonight

Kate Delhagen ’84, Oregon Sports Angels, TiE Angels Oregon; previously: Nike, Forrester Research, Lucy Activewear, Starwave, Rodale Press

Thanasis Delistathis ’93, Managing Partner at New Atlantic Ventures

Jeffrey C. Demmin ’84, Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Lead Scientist consulting to DARPA; previous experience in high-tech M&A, IP portfolio management, engineering, and marketing, including at Tessera, Seagate, and Textron

Catherine Dennig ‘15, Facebook Product Manager; Member of Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee; former President of Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

John Diekman ’65, Founding Partner, 5am Ventures; Charter Trustee, Princeton University

Karen Drexler ’81, CEO of Sandstone Diagnostics; previously CEO and founder of Amira Medical, acquired by Roche Diagnostics; Founding member of Astia Angels; Keller Center advisory council member

Pierre duPont ‘82, Partner at HPM Partners LLC; several startups and hedge funds

Phil Dur ‘95, Partner at PeakSpan Capital; previously, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners

Rory Eakin’01, Co-Founder and COO of CircleUp

Ash Egan ’14, Principal, Converge Ventures Partners

Alan Erera ’93, Professor and Associate Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech; and Research Affiliate, GT Supply Chain and Logistics Institute

Stuart Essig ’83, Chairman of the Board of Integra Life Sciences; Chairman of the Board of Breg, Inc.; Venture Partner at Wellington Partners; Managing Director of Prettybrook Partners

Aron Ezra ’99, CEO at OfferCraft; previously, CEO of MacroView Labs

Richard Freling ’16, AngelList

Alexander Fulks ’98, Serial entrepreneur and angel investor

Tim Gardner ’95, Founder/CEO of Riffyn. Previously VP R&D Amyris, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, and advisor to the EU Scientific Committees

Andrew Geant ’05, Co-founder/CEO of WyzAnt

Josh Glantz ‘90, SVP at Mobiquity Networks; previously, MDotLabs; Progress Partners; Publishers Clearing House; ideel; ePrize

Andrew Golding ’82, Senior Research Scientist at Google; previously, Lycos and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs

Ethan Lauf Goldstein, ’12 Founder of an early-stage predictive analytics startup; previously, Structured Credit at Deutsche Bank

Ron Gonen ’98, Principal, Clarity Capital; previously Emet Advisors and Princeton University Investment Company

Charles Goodwin ’93, Bridgewater Associates; previously, IBM; co-founder of Princeton Entrepreneurship Network

Alex Gounares ’93, Founder and CEO of Polyverse Corp.; previously, CEO of Concurix Corp., Chief Technology Officer of AOL, and Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Online Services

Andrew Grapkowski ’95, Partner and Managing Director at Altpoint Ventures, an investment firm dedicated to supporting outstanding entrepreneurs in building disruptive businesses

Sean Greene ’86, Founder/CEO of Away.com (sold to Orbitz); Managing Director at Siguler Guff, a $10B PE fund; formerly Associate Adminstrator for Investment, Special Advisor for Innovation at US SBA; Entrepreneur in Residence at Revolution/Case Foundation; C0-founder of Rock Creek Ventures and LaunchBox Digital

Fabrice Grinda ‘96, Co-Founder of Beepi, OLX, Zingy and Aucland; investor in 150 startups with over $300mm in exits; www.fabricegrinda.com

Anita Gupta, ’08, Head of Product Management at Genos; previously: athenahealth. MBA, Harvard Business School

Philip Hammarskjold ’87, Chief Executive Officer of Hellman & Friedman (Private equity fund investing its 7th fund with $9 billion in committed capital); Trustee, Princeton University

Wayne Hu ’06, Principal at SignalFire; previously, YouTube, Google, Kleiner Perkins, Bessemer

Tim Hwang ’14, Founder/CEO FiscalNote. WEF Technology Pioneer

Rishi Jaitly ’04, CEO, Times Global; Former Twitter VP Asia Pacific Middle East & Former Director at Google, Knight Foundation & College Summit; Co-Founder, India Voices, Michigan Corps, Kiva Detroit/Flint, tenpass Inc., BMe Community & Citizen Millennial; Trustee, Princeton University (2004-2008), Member, Princeton University Technology Advisory Council (2008-Present), Commissioner, New Jersey Commission on Higher Education (2003-2004)

Jeremy Johnson ’06, Co-founder and CEO of Andela (backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Google Ventures and Spark Capital); formerly founder 2U (NASDAQ: TWOU); Inc 30 under 30; Forbes 30 under 30, Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business

Tripp Jones ‘03, General Partner at August Capital

Irfan Kamal ‘86, Vice President of Marketing at Aspiration; previously, Executive VP of Data, Social and Strategy at Ogilvy & Mather

Dennis Keller ’63, Former Trustee, Princeton University; Co-Founder and Retired CEO of DeVry Education Group; founder of the Keller Center at Princeton (entrepreneurship and innovation in engineering education); Trustee, University of Chicago; Co-Chair, Princeton’s School of Engineering Leadership Council

Jiro E. Kondo ’01, Professor at McGill University; Previously on faculty at Northwestern (Kellogg); Kellogg Core Professor of the Year; McGill Desautels Professor of the Year Finalist; Developing Venture Capital and Startup Financing curriculum at McGill

Michael Kratsios ’08, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at The White House; formerly, Chief of Staff, Thiel Capital

Raeva Kumar ‘16, President of Princeton Entrepreneurship Club; Exampl (intern)

Shawn Kung ’99, VP Accelerator at Micron Technology; Founding Partner of LucidCloud Advisors; Founding Product Chief at Aster Data ($300M exit); previously NetApp, Oracle, Ariba (SAP)

Frank Langston ’06, President/COO/Founder of Pay By Group; previously, co-President GeoSkipper and Root Orange

Aaron (Wai-Fun) Lee ’00 (PhD in Computer Science), Founder, Builder, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor; previously Co-founder of Redbeacon, CTO of The Home Depot, Tech lead of Google Video and YouTube monetization team

Andy Lerner ’87, Managing Partner of IA Capital Group (venture and growth capital)

Dan Levin ’86, President and Chief Operating Officer of Box (NYSE: BOX); previously, Intuit, ReplayTV

Melinda Lewison ’94, Managing Director at Bezos Expeditions

Justin Liang ’02, Director, Compliance and Risk, LendingClub; previously, fintech advisor (payments, lending, cryptocurrencies, blockchain) at Promontory Financial Group

Chris Loh ’86, Business Development and Product Marketing executive at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Samsung, SanDisk, RioPort, Diamond Multimedia and Conner Peripherals

Jon Ma ’15, Investor at Insight Venture Partners

Fadzi Makanda ’07, iHeartMedia Ventures (Clear Channel Media); formerly, Head of International Content Acquisition at iROKOtv

Anne-Marie Maman ’84, Executive Director of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

Charlie Marsh ‘15, Khan Academy; formerly Microsoft; www.crmarsh.com

Paul Martino *97 (Computer Science), Managing Partner of Bullpen Capital; previously, founder of Ahpah Software; Tribe, and Aggregate Knowledge; current board member of FanDuel

Barbara J. Moore ’81, New York Angels, HBS Alumni Angels; previously, SEI Investments, Credit Suisse, Bain and Goldman Sachs

Robert J. Moore ’06, Co-Founder and Chairman, Stitch; Head of Business Intelligence, Magento Commerce; President, Philly Startup Leaders; formerly, Co-Founder and CEO, RJMetrics (acquired by Magento Commerce), Insight Venture Partners

Amit Mukherjee ’10, Principal at NEA, largest venture fund in the world with $17 billion AUM; Forbes 30 under 30 in Venture Capital

Austin Merritt ’04, Co-Founder & COO of Software Advice (acquired by Gartner)

Vaidhy Murti ’15, Co-Founder and CEO of Friendsy

Meg Nakaumura ’05, Co-Founder of Shift Payments, Investment Partner at Hard Yaka, Co-Founder of 3taps

Christopher Nam ’01, Managing Director and Head of Internet and Digital Media Investment Banking for North America at Mizuho Bank

Chris Olofson ’92, Founder and CEO of IQ7; previously, President, COO and Director of EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ)

Sev Onyshkevych ’83, CMO of ELEKS and FieldView; COO of WineNabber.com; serial entrepreneur and angel investor

Ron Orsini ‘86, Managing Director in Alvarez & Marsal’s strategy and performance improvement practices; previously Bain, Reliant Energy, Compaq/HP

Doug Pagan ‘93, CFO at Paratek Pharmaceuticals, a pre-commercial, publicly traded biotech company

Jason Pariso ’99, Director of University of Chicago Innovation Fund, Chicago Innovation Exchange

Sabrina Parsons ‘96, CEO of Palo Alto Software

Megan Partridge ’14, Founder of Deià; formerly President of Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Alexander Pease ’12, Co-Founder & Head of Product of Nomad Health; previously, Union Square Ventures

Alex Pessala ’09, Principal Middleland Capital; Forbes 30 under 30 in Venture Capital

Mitch Petersen ’86, Glen E. Vasel Professor of Finance & Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; former Chair of Finance Department

Michael Pinsky ’15, Baseball Operations Associate at New York Yankees; previously, Co-Founder & COO of Friendsy, Founder of Pinsky Baseball Analytics, Founder of Home Runs for Harlem

Dan Porter ’88, Founder & CEO of Overtime (Fitz Gate Ventures portfolio company); previously, Head of Digital at William Morris/Endeavor/IMG; GM of Zynga; CEO and Founder of OMGPOP; SVP of Corp Dev at Virgin USA; President of TicketWeb; President of Teach for America

Leland Putterman ‘82, Founder/Board Member of Centro, Trivie, LabAnswer; previously CEO of Acorn Systems, VP WW Marketing at BMC Software, Sales Executive at Oracle

Joelle Rauh ’02, Co-Director of Princeton Alumni Angels

Gordon Ritter ‘86, General Partner at Emergence Capital; Forbes’ Midas List of top VCs

Roselle Safran ’99, Entrepreneur in Residence at Antecedent Ventures; Co-founder of Uplevel Security

William Scheinman ’14, Shea & Company; OurCrowd

Don Seitz ’79, Alumni Engagement at Princeton Entrepreneurship Council; CEO of Inkubate, a data technology company in the natural language processing space

Jeff Shaw ‘86, Co-Founder and General Partner of TPG Capital (ret.); Board of Directors of America West Airlines, Del Monte Foods, Ryan Air, Ducati S.p.A., Allied Waste Industries and others; formerly Goldman, Sachs

Willard Simmons, Ph.D., *05, Co-Founder and CTO DataXu

Doris Lee Sohmen-Pao ’93, Trustee, Princeton University; executive vice president at Yale-NUS College in Singapore

Amy Solomon ’14,  Associate Producer of Silicon Valley on HBO

Bob Solomon ’82, Founder Software Platform Consulting; previously President, ServiceChannel; SVP Ariba Network

Collin Stedman ’15, Head of Platform, Predata

Bart Stephens ’97, Founder/Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital; previously Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management; EVP of Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation; founding investor and Head of Corp Dev at Oncology.com; and management roles at E*TRADE

Ashok Subramanian ’97, Co-founder and CEO of Liazon, acquired by Towers Watson

Steve Taber ’70, founder & CEO of the Princeton Energy Group, Nordic Windpower, and several other startups. Leader in the development of public policy for energy use

Nikhil Basu Trivedi ’11, Principal of Shasta Ventures; Forbes 30 under 30 in Venture Capital (2015); Advisor to Thiel Fellowship’s 20 under 20; formerly, co-founder of Artsy; Insight Venture Partners

Gregory Ugwi ’08, Co-Founder at Thinknum

Ken Umezaki ’86, President of Digital Daruma; co-founder of Five To One Media; co-founder of Dot Blockchain Music Project; formerly, Global Head of Fixed Income Business Strategy at Lehman

Duncan Van Dusen ’92, Founding Executive Director, CATCH Global Foundation; previously Co-Founder & CEO, Tango Health and SVP Sales & Marketing, Works (acquired by Bank of America)

Richard Vermillion ‘95, CEO of Fulcrum Analytics

Michael Weiksner ’95, General Partner of Rostrum Capital; previously Founder and Chairman of e-thePeople; co-founder and CEO of “Endless TV” and “Tip or Skip”; consultant at Oliver Wyman

Cack (Ferrell) Wilhelm ’06, Principal at Scale Venture Partners; previously: Cloudera, Oracle, Nike

Kevin Woo ’99, Advisor/investor; previously, SVP at Merkle, Co-Founder of Pointmarc (acquired by Merkle), Microsoft, aQuantive, Saatchi & Saatchi

Richard C. Woodbridge ’65, Member Delaware Crossing Investor Group; former Mayor of Princeton Township; Patent and Trademark attorney with Fox Rothschild. LLP

Michael Yaroshefsky ’12, Founder & CEO of RocketVisor; previously Insight Venture Partners

Justin Zhen ’10, Co-Founder at Thinknum; Board Member at FASB Taxonomy Advisory Group

Raymond Zhong ’15, Head of Product at Predata; previously AngelList, Dorm Room Fund

Justin Ziegler ’16, Chief of Staff at Andela

Ed Zschau ‘86, Principal of Inductus Associates (retained executive search); previously, Citysearch, Netzip, Bain, Booz Allen

The Fund will continue to add Friends of Fitz during its term