The Initialized team has grown, and we’re very lucky to call these talented people our partners. It’s always been a priority for us to bring on people who are experts at what they do who also happen to be genuinely good, kind, and empathetic.
We’ve gone out of our way to find people who can help with the nitty-gritty of building a company — in going from zero to one. Successful startups are able to navigate not one or two, but thousands, of landmines that stand between them and building a successful company.
With these new additions, we have just upped the ability of our founders to diffuse problems on this path. When a startup reaches the other side of product-market fit, it’s magic, and we are happy that with these great folks, more will be able to cross over.
Eric Woersching, General Partner
Eric is able to help startups understand their metrics and put together operating models that make sense as they hit scale. He 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.
Vincent Chu, Operating Partner, Engineering
Vince has consistently built distributed systems that have handled world-class scale, while also having the empathy and product vision to build software that deeply satisfies what users need. A physicist turned software engineer, Chu worked with me 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.
Jen Wolf, Operating Partner, Product/DesignJen is a talented interaction designer who can also build, manage, and inspire teams of product managers and designers to build products used by millions. She was recently Chief Product Officer at Reserve, a 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.