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 founder and managing partner, Garry Tan, evaluated more than 6,000 startups as an early partner at Y Combinator.

He 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 then built Initialized Capital into a standalone San Francisco-based early-stage venture capital firm with $1B assets 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

Jen Wolf

President & Partner

Alda Leu Dennis

General Partner

Brett Gibson

General Partner

Kim-Mai Cutler


Parul Singh


Scott Moss


Andrew Sather


Kat Steinmetz


Livingston Miller

General Counsel

Zoe Perret

Head of Strategic Operations

Alejandra Calvo


Daniel Tovbin


Julianna Vitolo


Marinda Luk


Chi An


Robert Lindsey

Fund Controller

Esaul Delgadillo

Fund Accountant

Raquel Aceves

Head of Product

Dan Andrews

Lead Software Engineer

Vivian Chaves

Head of Community

Cyndi Reseburg

Head of Communications

Victoria Feliciano

Head of Admin

Dani Metz Shuval

Chief of Staff

Nicole Hashemi

Senior Executive Assistant

Jessica Aguilar

Executive Assistant


Alexis Ohanian

Co-founder and Board Partner

Greg Lazarus

Part-time Expert, Sales

Dave Le

Part-time Expert, Design

Lissie Garvin

Chief of Staff