Ian Lee
Ian Lee
Jul 18 · 6 min read

Last week, IDEO CoLab announced the launch of its new Startup Studio program to help accelerate the world’s best blockchain entrepreneurs and startups, in partnership with over 20 leading organizations and protocols. Today, meet the 50+ Startup Studio mentors for 2019.

Since the beginning of IDEO CoLab in 2015, we’ve lived by the mantra: “we can do more together than alone.” This has guided the design of our lab, blockchain investing program, and now our blockchain Startup Studio.

Last week you met our blockchain Startup Studio’s 20+ partner organizations (covered in CoinDesk and The Block), but today we’re excited to share the humans behind them—and many more—who deeply care about the blockchain community and helping entrepreneurs and developers in it succeed.

We’re honored to be joined by our friends who are some of the best in the world. We’ve known and had the privilege to work with many of them for years. They will be helping advise, mentor, and coach startups that participate in the Startup Studio in 2019.

Apply to our free blockchain Startup Studio programs here, and reach out about our Mentor program here.


2019 Startup Studio Mentors

Adam Lukasik
Designer
IDEO CoLab
@AdamDoesAThing

Alexis Gauba
Co-Founder & Executive Director
she256
@alexisgauba

Alex Skidanov
CEO
NEAR Inc
@alexskidanov

Ali Cottong
Marketing Strategist
IDEO CoLab
@alicottong

Alison Mangiero
President & Founder
TQ Tezos
@amangiero

Andy Bromberg
Co-founder and President
CoinList
@andy_bromberg

Arianna Simpson
Managing Director
ASP
@ariannasimpson

Avichal Garg
Managing Partner
Electric Capital
@avichal

Brad Holden
Angel/Seed Business Development
Amazon Web Services
@holdenbrad

Brayton Williams
Co-Founder & Partner
BoostVC
@braytonkey

Chris Lawlor
Strategy
TQ Tezos

Dan Elitzer
Investor
IDEO CoLab Ventures & Startup Studio
@delitzer

Dawn Song
Founder & CEO
Oasis Labs
@dawnsongtweets

Denelle Dixon
CEO
Stellar Development Foundation
@DenelleDixon

Eric Meltzer
Co-Founder
Primitive Ventures
@wheatpond

Fred Ehrsam
Co-Founder
Paradigm
@fehrsam

Gavin McDermott
Research, Engineering & Investing
IDEO CoLab Ventures
@GavinMcDermott

Ian Lee
Managing Director
IDEO CoLab Ventures & Startup Studio
@ianjohnlee

Illia Polosukhin
CTO
NEAR Protocol
@ilblackdragon

Jill Carlson
Principal
Slow Ventures
@jillruthcarlson

Jacob Waites
Visual & Interaction Designer
IDEO CoLab
@imjacobwaites

Joe Gerber
Managing Director
IDEO CoLab
@Joe__Gerber

Joey Krug
Co-Chief Investment Officer
Pantera Capital
@joeykrug

Justin Pirzadeh
Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Kartik Talwar
Co-founder of ETHGlobal
ETHGlobal
@TheRealKartik

Katherine Wu
Investor
@katherineykwu

Katie Chase
Head of Strategy & Blockchain Incubator
Fidelity Center for Applied Technology

Larissa Rocha
First Employee at Brex
Brex
@brexhq

Lily Liu
Angel Investor
@calilyliu

Linda Xie
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Scalar Capital
@ljxie

Lowell Ness
Partner
Perkins Coie LLP
@LowellDNess

Maria Shen
Investor
Electric Capital
@MariaShen

Matt Weiss
Managing Director
IDEO CoLab
@mattwww

Meltem Demirors
Chief Strategy Officer
CoinShares
@Melt_Dem

Nic Carter
Partner
Castle Island Ventures
@nic__carter

Nick Grossman
Partner
Union Square Ventures
@nickgrossman

Nick Tomaino
General Partner
1confirmation
@ntmoney

Paul Veradittakit
Partner
Pantera Capital
@veradittakit

Robbie Bent
Ecosystem Support
Ethereum Foundation
@robbiebent1

Rob Massey
Global Tax Leader — Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Deloitte
@masseyrl

Ross Rarbash
Founder & Head, Fintech and Blockchain
Atrium
@barbash

Ryan Selkis
Co-Founder & CEO
Messari
@twobitidiot

Saroj Chintakrindi
President
Blockchain at Berkeley
@sarojchin

Sasha Hudzilin
Head of BD
NEAR Protocol
@AliaksandrH

Shuya Gong
Venture Designer
IDEO CoLab
@ohmygong

Spencer Bogart
General Partner
Blockchain Capital
@CremeDeLaCrypto

Spencer Noon
Investment Manager
Doggie Tail Crypto Capital, LLC
@spencernoon

Steve Bernardez
Partner
Avanta Ventures
@sbernardez

Susan O’Malley
Director of Talent
IDEO CoLab
@suzisch

Taehong Huh
Director of Investment & Biz Development
GS Group

Tara Tan
Venture Design & Investing
IDEO CoLab Ventures
@taratan

Teck Chia
Head of Binance X
Binance
@hiteck

Tomer Weller
Head of Integration
Stellar Development Foundation
@tomerweller

IDEO CoLab

A collaborative network focused on accelerating the research and development of emerging technologies. ideocolab.com

Thanks to Gian Pangaro and IDEO CoLab

Ian Lee

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Ian Lee

Investing in and building with blockchain and crypto founders at IDEO CoLab Ventures.

IDEO CoLab

A collaborative network focused on accelerating the research and development of emerging technologies. ideocolab.com

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