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Kaitlyn Albertoli: Co-founder and CEO of Buzz Solutions

About Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is the CEO and co-founder of Buzz Solutions, providing AI-based fault detections and actionable insights for grid inspections. Kaitlyn graduated from Stanford University with coursework in Economics, Finance, and Psychology. She has previous experience working in finance at J.P. Morgan. Prior to Buzz Solutions, Kaitlyn ran a non-profit in the sustainable food space, employing 60 people and overseeing the needs of 300 people. In 2017, she co-founded Buzz Solutions with Vik Chaudhry in a launchpad course at Stanford focused on energy and sustainability.

Rachelle Villalon: Co-founder and CEO of Hosta Labs

Henriette Fleischman: Co-founder and COO of Hosta Labs

About Rachelle and Henriette

Rachelle and Henriette met at MIT where they shared a passion for AI and solving enterprise problems. Rachelle received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Architecture from MIT, a program that only accepts two candidates per year. She’s led over $1B in building projects for strategic innovative initiatives and built over 60+ computational tools. Her work focused on the intersection of AI and architecture, which serve as the foundation for Hosta Labs’ mission: merging intelligence and infrastructure. Henriette received her MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and has worked in top tier consulting, managing multi-million-dollar projects for Fortune 100 companies on process optimization, strategy development, and restructuring for more than 12 years.

Anita D. Gardyne: Co-founder and CEO of Onēva

About Anita

Technology business visionary Anita Darden Gardyne is an award-winning Black businesswoman with a personal mission of extending women’s careers, closing the pay equity gap faster, and creating thousands of living wage jobs. As Co-founder and CEO of Onēva, Anita combines her prowess as a trendsetter and trailblazer with this mission. The certified Minority Owned Business offers an employer-provided technology platform that matches FBI background-checked in-home care providers with employees to help them achieve greater work-life balance and peace of mind. Through the platform, caregivers are able to carve their own schedule and pursue jobs that best match their skillset while employees are comforted to know available caregivers have current FBI background checks, are fairly compensated and are trustworthy to care for elders, children, those with disabilities, pets, and home needs.

Chen Levanon: Co-founder of Stealth Mode Startup, Former Co-founder and CEO of MyKumbaya

About Chen

Chen is an experienced Co-founder with a demonstrated history of success in the tech industry. She is a mentor to women entrepreneurs and enjoys empowering women, especially mothers, to achieve their goals while maintaining a satisfying family life. Chen is currently working on a new project that focuses on AI and future of work. Previously she was the Co-founder & CEO of MyKumbaya, Inc. the first gig marketplace for Gen Z and was the Co-founder & CEO of SimilarTech. Before that, she served as the President & CEO of ClicksMob (acquired by AIM: XLM). She also worked as an investment banker at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brother and was a former European champion hurdler.

Shanna McIntyre: Co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Delos

About Shanna

Shanna is Co-founder and Chief Data Officer at Delos, a wildfire risk-focused home insurer, where she leads the world-class analytics team. The Delos analytics and modeling team stands out in the industry, with deeply experienced experts and cutting-edge proprietary methodology, which Shanna leverages into building insurance products that protect homeowners better than ever. Prior to Delos, Shanna spent 12 years performing statistical analysis and predictive modeling for weather satellites in the Aerospace industry, after studying Physics at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Adi Zief-Balteriski, Ph.D.: Behavioral Science Expert and Product Leader, Former Co-founder and Chief Behavioral Officer of MyKumbaya

About Adi

Dr. Adi Zief-Balteriski is a psychologist, entrepreneur and product expert. She applies her expertise as a behavioral science specialist in the field of community, wellness, technology and consumer behavior. She is also a researcher in the field of well-being, human computing interaction and technology and presents her work at universities and organizations in the Bay Area. Previously, Adi opened a successful private practice and a consulting business and engaged in product consulting for consumer and wellbeing products. After working several years as a consultant for startup founders in the Bay Area, she shifted her focus towards the tech world. Adi began working on products at startups focused on the well-being of individuals and communities. Later, she worked as a product manager being part of the entire product lifecycle from ideation to launch. Adi was the co-founder and the Chief Behavioral Officer of the Kumbaya App, a communal marketplace app that connected teens with parents. Adi holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University, L.L.B in Law and B.A in Business and IT from the Interdisciplinary Center. She is also the mother of two young children and passionate about making a positive impact on people’s well-being and advocating for the empowerment of women to succeed in modern society.

About Avanta Ventures

Avanta Ventures is the venture capital arm of CSAA Insurance Group. We provide deep insurance expertise, partnership consideration, and financial investment to leading startups in Insurtech, Mobility, and Insurtech-Adjacent markets. Avanta Ventures typically invests in Seed and Series A companies with market traction.



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