Meet Dorm Room Fund’s newest partners

Dorm Room Fund
Mar 4, 2016 · 11 min read

Dorm Room Fund recently hit some big milestones. We’re pumped to keep up the rapid growth in order to serve the best student-run companies across the nation. We’re excited to welcome our new investment team partners in the Bay Area, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. They come from a variety of different backgrounds, from engineering to legal and everything in between, and they’re all incredibly passionate about helping student founders build impactful companies. If you’re a student starting a company, please feel free to reach out to them. Find their contact information at dormroomfund.com/team.

We also have an exciting surprise — theres’ a new initiative in the works and even more people will be joining Dorm Room Fund to take us to the next level. For now, get to know our new partners from all four cities below.


Bay Area

Divyahans Gupta

Divyahans Gupta is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Computer Science. He is an officer of the Stanford ACM and an organizer of TreeHacks. In the past, he has founded venture-backed companies in ed-tech, messaging, and social polling. His interests include cryptocurrencies and machine learning. He is super excited to help student entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition.

Ben Penchas

Ben is a freshman at Stanford University where he is active in the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) as a web developer on the CNECT team. He is also a contributing tech writer for the Stanford Daily and a tech equity analyst for the Blyth Fund. Before coming to Stanford, Ben conducted neuroscience research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. In his spare time, Ben is passionate about mixed martial arts, autonomous cars, and improv comedy.

Ima Christian

Ima Christian is a freshman at Stanford University pursuing B.S. in Computer Science. Ima is an award winning startup co-founder, mentor, and tutor. Her team’s first app, Five-0, is a nationally recognized tool for improving police-citizen relationships across the United States. Five-0 recently gained international acclaim, winning the 2015 Innovating Justice Challenge and 20,000 euros at the Hague, Netherlands in December. Ima is also engaged in creating a national and international IT platform to encourage K-12 students to become excited about Computer Science.

Imran Khoja

Imran Khoja is a first year MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he focuses on entrepreneurship and venture capital. Prior to the GSB, he worked on Venture Design at IDEO to help companies design and launch new products and services. He’s also been a part of a number of startups: he was a Product Manager at Fiksu and co-founded ShoeKicker, Designed Good, and The Gear Den.

Davey Bloom

David Bloom is an Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund. He is a current sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Technology. At Berkeley he is a project manager at Optimir Consulting, a student run consulting firm that focuses specifically on startups around the Bay Area. He is inspired by companies that work on improving the broken and outdated aspects of today’s society.

Breton Birkhofer

Breton Birkhofer is an Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund. He is an MBA student at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where he is the VP of Haas in the campus-wide Energy Club (BERC) and organizes opportunities to engage with energy/sustainability startups on campus. Prior to Haas, Breton worked in Business Development at Euclid Analytics, a leading developer of location analytics software, and in Investment Banking at Jefferies. He is excited to help accelerate the growth of the rich startup community at UC Berkeley. Breton holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Josh Ephraim

Josh Ephraim is an Investment Partner at Dorm Room Fund. He is a JD-MBA student at Berkeley Law and the Berkeley-Haas School of Business where he is the President of InSITE Fellows and founder of berkeleystartupcentral.com, the only place to find the exhaustive list of events and resources for entrepreneurs in Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Josh worked at IMS Consulting Group working with healthcare clients and at StartUp Health, a global digital health startup accelerator as the Enrollment Director. He is excited to help Berkeley startups get the resources they need to grow and succeed. Josh holds a BA in History from UC Berkeley.


Boston

Henry Tsai

As a kid, Henry wanted to be an artist and an inventor. Most recently he worked in the Office of the CEO at Yahoo by way of the acquisition of mobile startup Astrid, where he was an early employee leading UX and growth. He also co-founded gratitude company Thankster, which was backed by Facebook’s fbFund. He started his career at Bain & Company’s San Francisco office after graduating from Stanford.

Sophia Popova

As an investor and startup advisor, Sophia loves to help transform ideas into products. Before Harvard Business School, she worked on Business Development at Recombine and was an early employee of Contactive, a data intelligence startup which was acquired in 2015. She is fascinated by data-intensive technologies, genomics, and auctions. Sophia started her career as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and studied Economics and Math at Yale. In her spare time she runs a social experiment called Pass the Pounds, watches Wes Anderson movies, and fixes broken computers.

Joe Kahn

Joe was born to a family of activists in South Africa and grew up in a small village called Scarborough. His middle name is Wandile, which means “progress” in isiZulu. Since matriculating at Harvard he’s dedicated himself to exploring the intersection of machine learning and neuroscience, figuring out the art of software engineering, and not getting an American accent. Progress is slowest on the third front.

Jason Krone

Jason is a rising senior studying computer science at Tufts University. He is passionate about design thinking and runs the Tufts Design Thinking Club. In the past, he has worked as a Software Developer for both a student run startup and a faculty led non-profit. In his free time, Jason loves to write music, watch interviews with Chamath Palihapitiya, and meet new people.

Lucas Rocha

Hailing all the way from Brazil, Lucas is part of a dual degree program between Northeastern and Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo. He majors in International Business and Finance. Prior to Northeastern, he worked in operations at Boeing in Seattle (arguably the best city in the world) and marketing research with an Italian firm. At FGV, he was the president of Junior Enterprise, a student-led group that does strategy consulting for Brazilian entrepreneurs. He also spent some time solving cases in FGV’s consulting club, researching about impact investing, representing the university in leadership events at West Point and in Portugal, momentarily being an UN Model delegate, and co-organizing the first TEDxFGV with friends. Currently, he is an investment analyst at IDEA, Northeastern’s venture accelerator. At work, he likes to wear many hats and looks for the perfect integration between finance, entrepreneurship and tech. When not working, he can be easily found driving around the country on road trips and talking about how much he misses Brazilian food.

Will Green

Will is currently an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and is also a Partner at Dorm Room Fund. Around MIT’s campus, Will is a community leader in energy entrepreneurship through his role as a director of the MIT Energy Club. Further, he continues to leverage his network across the university to engage with engineers across all disciplines from the artificial intelligence lab (CSAIL) to the Media Lab to pursue technologies that are giving consumers delightful and personalized experiences. Prior to coming to MIT and Dorm Room Fund, Will was a software developer at Goldman Sachs, where he developed algorithmic trading solutions for commodities markets. He fell in love with venture capital and empowering entrepreneurs this past summer in San Francisco, where he worked as a venture associate at FundersClub, an online venture fund. In his free time, you will find Will on the water, whether he is in the pool playing water polo, or out on the Charles River sailing or kite surfing.

Lisette Tellez

Lisette is a rising junior at MIT studying Computer Science & Engineering and playing varsity volleyball. She serves as the Director of StartLabs, MIT’s undergraduate entrepreneurship club, as the Technology Officer for the Society of Women Engineers, and as a brand manager for the Tech Generation and for the Female Athletes Network. She is also an active member of the student advisory groups for the Sandbox Innovation Fund and the EECS department. Lisette spends her free time exercising and learning about healthy eating, always while listening to audiobooks or country music.

Kelsey Bishop

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Kelsey is a Boston College student concentrating in Finance and Entrepreneurship and minoring in International Political Economy. Kelsey loves discovering emerging startups and initiating a connection to help companies reach their full potential. She also had the privilege to work with startups like Campus Insights,Shine, and Rent the Runway, and investors from Empire Angels and Flybridge Capital. These experiences have encouraged her to find ways to combine her interest in investing with her love for startups through Dorm Room Fund. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys taking boxing classes and discovering new coffee shops around downtown Boston.


New York

Andrew Ng

Andrew studies computer science and economics at Princeton. He is one of the co-founders of Chesscademy (YC/IK12 F2015, StartX S2015) and has a strong interest in edtech. Other areas of interest include VR/AR and AI. Outside of work and school, Andrew enjoys playing chess, competing in hackathons, and reading.

Avi Das

Avi is an MBA student at NYU Stern. Prior to Stern, Avi worked as a strategy and growth consultant to startups in New York City. He started his career in finance working at Goldman Sachs and Riverstone Holdings. He dislikes buzzwords and loves cooking.

George Liu

George studies Economics and Computer Science at Columbia. On campus, he runs Almaworks, Columbia’s student-run startup accelerator, is a Senior Advisor to CORE, and sits on Columbia’s Committee on the Core Curriculum. In the past, George has worked on the growth team at HubSpot, expanded a student movement to 80+ chapters in 30 countries, and directed Columbia’s student-run investment fund. George is also an avid Soylent fiend.

Matthew Piccolella

Matt is an undergraduate at Columbia studying Computer Science and Economics. As one of the heads of ADI, he mentors teams for ADI Labs and is the lead organizer of DevFest, Columbia’s week-long tech-talk series and hackathon. He loves teaching technical workshops, building iOS apps, and talking about products. He’s currently interested in machine learning and how it can be applied to education, recruiting, and communication. Matt has previously interned at both Google and LinkedIn as a software engineer.

Monica Shi

Monica Shi studies economics and computer science at Princeton. She directs HackPrinceton, a biannual 500+ person event, and runs the Princeton Social Impact Competition, a $30,000 venture competition for student startups focused on social good. Monica spent last semester sourcing technology companies for Anthos Capital and last summer visualizing data for Ampush, an adtech startup in the heart of SF. This summer, she’ll be at Google making search more accessible for users in developing countries. In her free time, she enjoys creating visual art and crafting (potentially) viral Medium articles.

Samantha Ku

Sam is a JD/MBA student at NYU Law and NYU Stern, specializing in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. As an InSITE Fellow, she advises founders on raising venture capital, conducting market research, and developing go-to-market strategies. She also works with the Emerging Companies practice group at Cooley LLP to help startups with their legal needs throughout their life cycles, from incorporation to VC financings to M&A or IPO exit.


Philadelphia

Pranav Ramabhadran

Pranav is a Junior studying Computer Science and Marketing in the University of Pennsylvania’s Management and Technology Program. He was previously the Director for PennApps and scaled it to become the first 2000+ person college hackathon. He was on the Board of the Dining Philosophers leading the Hacking/Learning Team and is extremely passionate about education — especially when it comes to computer science. He’s also constantly on the lookout for great product design and branding and enjoys reading up on technology business strategy in his spare time.

Molly Wang

Molly is a junior studying Computer Science and Economics at The University of Pennsylvania. She has previous experience at JPMorgan, Broadcom (IoT), and will be at Uber this summer as a software engineer. On campus, she is involved with The Hult Prize@Penn, PennSEM Consulting, and student-run VC Weiss Tech House Innovation Fund. She enjoys playing tennis, listening to jazz and classical music, and perusing Yelp for new restaurants.


Are you a student working on the next game-changing startup? We’d love to hear more from you! You can reach us on Twitter at @DormRoomFund or get in touch here.

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