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Katie Mishra is obsessed with storytelling — both in the classic “literature is narrative” way and the tech-forward “programming is an essential language” sense. As a teenager, she published three books and taught middle schoolers the design and logic engineering behind computer science.

Eeshan Tripathii started researching indoor air quality in middle school. He published his findings in the Journal of Architectural Engineering—which Advances in Engineering identified as “a key scientific article contributing to excellence in science and engineering research.”

Abu Qader was a sophomore in high school when he visited Afghanistan, where he was born and spent his early days before his family moved to the US. After seeing the gaps in the country’s healthcare system firsthand, he developed a low-cost mammography tumor detection platform. …

When we launched our company in 2015, it was with the core belief that engineers are shapers of the future.

Our mission: To build a member organization that partners with high-potential engineers for the long-term and empowers them to maximize their impact on the world.

We do this both by connecting members to high-growth companies that align with their vision and by supporting them as they start their own ventures.

Our mission remains unchanged. But as our vision and reach have expanded, we challenged ourselves to come up with a brand name that better captures our belief that large-scale change is created when the right people are supported by long-term thinking and incentive-aligned capital. …

Over the past four years, our team at Human Capital has partnered with thousands of talented engineers to help them figure out the best next step in their careers. At any career junction, our members are deciding among four career paths:

  1. Join a high growth company
  2. Join a large company
  3. Start your own company
  4. Pursue an academic career

We’ve placed hundreds of our members in first jobs where they were one of the first 25 employees at industry-changing companies such as Brex, Nuro, and Robinhood. …

Human Capital aims to be your partner in shaping the future. My name is Baris Akis and over the past four and a half years our core team and my co-founder, Armaan Ali, have been building Human Capital (previously Nav Talent), with the mission to empower ambitious engineers to maximize their impact on the world.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share our story, as well as a few challenges and lessons we have learned as we have grown Human Capital I will be periodically updating this blog, so stay tuned!

Personal Story & Foundations of Human Capital

For many, the earliest exposure to recruiting happens at their first college career fair. For me, it was a little different. My mother, Professor Yesim Toduk, runs one of the top executive headhunting companies in Turkey, focused on placing C-suite executives at some of the largest companies in the country. I grew up hearing about the challenges and opportunities associated with the business and had the chance to meet some of the country’s business leaders right at our dinner table. …


Human Capital

A venture firm for engineers

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