Garry Tan — Managing Partner
Garry is a designer/engineer turned early stage investor. He was a partner at Y Combinator for nearly five years where he advised and funded over 600 companies and more than a thousand founders. He was cofounder of YC-backed blog platform Posterous (Top 200 Quantcast site, acquired by Twitter in 2012). Before that he was employee #10 at Palantir, where he was a founding member of the engineering team for Palantir's financial analysis product, and also designed Palantir's logo. He has a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford.
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Alexis Ohanian — General Partner
Alexis is an expert at product, marketing, community and a prolific early stage investor. He and Garry Tan cofounded Initialized in 2012. He’s cofounder of Reddit, the 4th largest website in the USA, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005, acquired by Condé Nast in 2006, and he’s now on the Board of Directors. He helped launch hipmunk (YC 2010) and ran marketing + PR until leaving to fight SOPA & PIPA. He was partner for Y Combinator and wrote the bestselling book, Without Their Permission. He has a BA in History and BS in Commerce from University of Virginia.
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Alina Libova — General Partner
Alina is a successful founder and software engineer turned early stage investor. She ran tech investments for Tamares Group, the first outside investor in Palantir, and previously founded Recrec, a computer vision startup which was acquired by Facebook. At Facebook she was a software engineer on Platform and Groups. She has a BA in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.
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Eric Woersching — General Partner
Eric is a seasoned financial analyst and investor, and worked for legendary investor Peter Thiel for 9 years, first managing the trading desk at Clarium Capital Management and then as a portfolio manager and macro analyst at Thiel Macro. Eric has also been an angel investor in Y Combinator startups. He is a CFA charterholder and has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
Alda Leu Dennis — Partner & COO
Alda brings decades of sharply honed legal and operating experience to both Initialized and our portfolio companies. She previously was a managing partner at 137 Ventures where she led investments in Planet Labs, Wish and CourseHero. Before that she was COO at Airtime, General Counsel at Founders Fund, Assistant General Counsel at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital Management, and practiced as a litigator for IP disputes at WSGR. She graduated from Stanford with bachelors degrees in economics and political science, and a JD from UCLA.
Kim-Mai Cutler — Operating Partner - Marketing
Kim is a well-respected writer and technology journalist and is in charge of marketing and outreach for portfolio companies. She is a columnist at TechCrunch and is best known for her work covering the intersection of tech and SF Bay culture, politics, housing, and racial diversity. She has worked for Bloomberg, VentureBeat, and the Wall Street Journal. She has a BA in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
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Vincent Chu — Operating Partner - Engineering
Vince is a software engineer who can build high scalability systems who also has an intuitive sense for building highly usable products. A physicist turned software engineer, Chu previously worked as Director of Engineering at Posterous. At Twitter, he worked on the backend systems that power the public API and consumer-facing features for the home timeline. More recently, he was an early employee at Clara Lending, building its mortgage lending platform. He has a AB in Physics and Mathematics from Harvard, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford.
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Brett Gibson — Operating Partner - Engineering
Brett is a software engineer who has built world-class social and consumer products for more than a decade. He co-founded both blog platforms Posthaven and Posterous (acquired by Twitter) and also wrote software for Y Combinator, where he and Garry built many of the essential software systems that run interviews, applications, events, and the internal alumni social network. He was a founder in the YC Summer 2008 batch with Slinkset, a link-sharing community site. Prior to that he cofounded DrawHere, a browser drawing startup acquired by DeviantArt in 2006. He graduated with a BA in philosophy from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jen Wolf — Operating Partner - Product/Design
Jen is a talented interaction designer and design manager. She was most recently Chief Product Officer at Reserve, an Expa-funded hospitality platform that connects restaurants and diners. A startup veteran, she was previously the CEO and Founder of a boutique product and design consultancy where she worked on successful projects with companies like Apple, Twitter, Chase, Nordstrom and Starwood Hotels. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington.
Austin Chang — Operating Partner - Growth (Part Time)
Austin is a product designer and product manager working with portfolio companies on designing great user experiences that optimize for retention and growth. He is also a product lead at Pinterest in charge of core product engagement. He was cofounder and CEO of Fridge, a group-based social network that was acquired by Google, where he then led Google+ Growth, notifications, and Kids & Family products. He has a BA in Biochemistry and Art History from Williams College and an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design.
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Marinda Luk — VP of Finance
Marinda runs finance, accounting, and back-office duties for Initialized. She was previously senior fund accountant for 500 Startups, and served in similar roles for hedge fund Mountain Lake Investment and as an auditor for State Street Bank. She has a BA in Mass Communications/Media Studies from University of California, Berkeley.
Tara Perillo — Director of Operations
Tara runs events and operations for Initialized. She was previously an event Manager for Y Combinator and was instrumental across the slate of events including dinners, office hours, Startup School, demo day, and the YC Camp. She has a BA in Global Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.