Meet the 50+ Mentors of IDEO CoLab’s Blockchain Startup Studio

Ian Lee
Ian Lee
Jul 18, 2019 · 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.

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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

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Adam Lukasik
Designer
IDEO CoLab
@AdamDoesAThing

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Alexis Gauba
Co-Founder & Executive Director
she256
@alexisgauba

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Alex Skidanov
CEO
NEAR Inc
@alexskidanov

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Ali Cottong
Marketing Strategist
IDEO CoLab
@alicottong

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Alison Mangiero
President & Founder
TQ Tezos
@amangiero

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Andy Bromberg
Co-founder and President
CoinList
@andy_bromberg

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Arianna Simpson
Managing Director
ASP
@ariannasimpson

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Avichal Garg
Managing Partner
Electric Capital
@avichal

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

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Brayton Williams
Co-Founder & Partner
BoostVC
@braytonkey

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Chris Lawlor
Strategy
TQ Tezos

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Dan Elitzer
Investor
IDEO CoLab Ventures & Startup Studio
@delitzer

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Dawn Song
Founder & CEO
Oasis Labs
@dawnsongtweets

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Denelle Dixon
CEO
Stellar Development Foundation
@DenelleDixon

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Eric Meltzer
Co-Founder
Primitive Ventures
@wheatpond

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Fred Ehrsam
Co-Founder
Paradigm
@fehrsam

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

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

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Illia Polosukhin
CTO
NEAR Protocol
@ilblackdragon

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Jill Carlson
Principal
Slow Ventures
@jillruthcarlson

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Jacob Waites
Visual & Interaction Designer
IDEO CoLab
@imjacobwaites

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Joe Gerber
Managing Director
IDEO CoLab
@Joe__Gerber

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Joey Krug
Co-Chief Investment Officer
Pantera Capital
@joeykrug

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Justin Pirzadeh
Director
Silicon Valley Bank

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Kartik Talwar
Co-founder of ETHGlobal
ETHGlobal
@TheRealKartik

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Katherine Wu
Investor
@katherineykwu

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

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Larissa Rocha
First Employee at Brex
Brex
@brexhq

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Lily Liu
Angel Investor
@calilyliu

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

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Lowell Ness
Partner
Perkins Coie LLP
@LowellDNess

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Maria Shen
Investor
Electric Capital
@MariaShen

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Matt Weiss
Managing Director
IDEO CoLab
@mattwww

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Meltem Demirors
Chief Strategy Officer
CoinShares
@Melt_Dem

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Nic Carter
Partner
Castle Island Ventures
@nic__carter

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Nick Grossman
Partner
Union Square Ventures
@nickgrossman

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Nick Tomaino
General Partner
1confirmation
@ntmoney

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Paul Veradittakit
Partner
Pantera Capital
@veradittakit

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Robbie Bent
Ecosystem Support
Ethereum Foundation
@robbiebent1

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

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

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Ryan Selkis
Co-Founder & CEO
Messari
@twobitidiot

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Saroj Chintakrindi
President
Blockchain at Berkeley
@sarojchin

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Sasha Hudzilin
Head of BD
NEAR Protocol
@AliaksandrH

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Shuya Gong
Venture Designer
IDEO CoLab
@ohmygong

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Spencer Bogart
General Partner
Blockchain Capital
@CremeDeLaCrypto

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

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Steve Bernardez
Partner
Avanta Ventures
@sbernardez

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Susan O’Malley
Director of Talent
IDEO CoLab
@suzisch

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Taehong Huh
Director of Investment & Biz Development
GS Group

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Tara Tan
Venture Design & Investing
IDEO CoLab Ventures
@taratan

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Teck Chia
Head of Binance X
Binance
@hiteck

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Tomer Weller
Head of Integration
Stellar Development Foundation
@tomerweller

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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

Ian Lee

Written by

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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