We are builders & founders

We’re founders and builders here to help others create and scale transformative companies.

  • We built the team that we wish we had in our corner when we founded our first companies.
  • Venture is an antiquated industry, so we’re using software to scale the un-scaleable parts of our business in order to better help our founders and make best use of our all-star team’s time.
  • Our partners — leveled up through software — are a hive mind to serve founders, who in turn help us see the future.
We've helped more founders build startups at the earliest possible stage than most anyone you'll meet

Initialized’s Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian evaluated more than 6,000 startups as early partners at Y Combinator and while Alexis was co-founding one of the Internet’s most iconic destinations, Reddit.

Garry was part of Y Combinator as it grew from a little-known entrepreneurial program into Silicon Valley’s best-known and regarded network for early-stage technology startups. He also built their internal software system, Bookface, and conceptualized Continuity, their late-stage funding program.

Garry and Alexis then built Initialized Capital into a standalone San Francisco-based early-stage venture capital firm with $250 million under management and more than 200 companies in the portfolio.

We've helped more founders build startups at the earliest possible stage than most anyone you'll meet, and that means we can help startups avoid the 1,000 landmines that can cause certain failure. A lot of great investors, advisors, founders, and friends have helped us along the way.

Garry Tan

Managing Partner

Alexis Ohanian

General Partner

Alda Leu Dennis

General Partner

Eric Woersching

General Partner

Jen Wolf

COO & Partner

Kim-Mai Cutler


Vincent Chu


Brett Gibson


Tara Perillo


Marinda Luk

VP of Finance

Chi An

Accounting Manager

Lissie Garvin

Chief of Staff

Lilia Velasco

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Part-Time Experts

Rick Morrison

Part-Time Expert

Austin Chang

Part-Time Expert

Andrew Sather

Part-Time Expert