Clara is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. The Urban Innovation Fund is a venture capital firm that invests in transformative urban technology. It provides seed capital and regulatory expertise to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Clara previously co-founded Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator. During the last three years, Tumml has incubated 33 startups, who have raised $37M+ in funding and launched products/ services for over 2.2M people. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including Forbes, TechCrunch, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, among others. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU.
WE ONLY INVEST IN IN CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY. Fairly agnostic about the industry, we look for the very best founders to back. We are excited about helping you realize ideas that matter, rather than just making something that people want.
Not Interested In
No "arbitrage" businesses - that means no simple ecommerce, no lead gen, nothing which lacks truly sustainable competitive advantage.
Right now I'm focused almost exclusively on running Seattle Angel Conference 18. If you are interested in connecting with the Seattle Angel Community, please express your interest here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=AJTmxvWtBkCyZ9vnP2NRYSFK-mror3pHoo6Vr4xKt6tUQzZSQU9SOUFVWFZRWUtFS09RMlRCRVBZNC4u and I'll get you plugged in.
Aligning Products with Markets for exceptional Results
Investing and interested in health, wealth, work and wellness. Enjoy backing founders focused on improving quality (physical, mental, professional, etc.) of life for the customers and communities they serve. Increasingly excited and passionate about frontier innovation.
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Not focused on investing in existing models in new geographies.
Juney Ham serves as the Chief Marketplace Officer at Hired. He also serves as Chief Operating Officer at Porch. He is also an Angel Investor. Juney Ham is a Co-Founder and serves as President at Upside Financial. Juney has been in the consumer Internet space for more than 11 years, in roles ranging from engineering to product development to online marketing. He was Director of Online Marketing for Airbnb, and VP of Global Paid Search at Expedia before starting Upside with Tom. Juney has a BS in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he and Tom were fraternity brothers.
Nicole Glaros serves as a Partner at Techstars. He is an Angel Investor. She is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs for over 15 years. Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. While earning her masters degree at the University of Florida, Nicole co-founded a tech startup that retailed products to the property management industry. It was there she developed her lifelong passion for supporting tech entrepreneurs. She took her learnings of how to scale and applied it to CTEK, an incubator in Colorado supporting tech startups in 2002, before accelerators existed. She helped grow CTEK from 1 to 5 offices across the state, and was an early catalyst in developing the startup ecosystem in Colorado. Most recently, she is the Chief Innovation Officer at Techstars - a global network and investor in early-stage web software companies. She's been with the company since it's earliest days, yet has been instrumental in its growth from one office in Boulder, CO to a global powerhouse, featuring investment offices in 18 cities worldwide, events in over 500 cities globally, with $265M in capital under management and a market cap of over $5B. Through Techstars she's invested in over 90 startups, most of which she still supports to this day. In addition to her role at Techstars, she's also on the board of Pana. Previously she's been on the boards of Owlet, the Application Developer's Alliance, Simple Energy and Pledge1Percent Colorado, She was named one of the Coolest People in New York Tech and an Extraordinary Woman in New York Tech by Business Insider, Marie Claire named her one of the NewGuard, and Entrepreneur Magazine named her One of the Most 7 Powerful Women to Watch and featured in the Denver Business Journal. She's been featured on CNBC, Inc.com, and Huffington Post, and her talks have been featured at SXSW, TEDx, WebSummit, Pioneers Festival, Arctic festival, the University of Colorado, Real Leaders, @WomenatForbes Mentoring Moments, and many, many more.
Laks Srini is a Co-Founder & serves as Chief Technology Officer and Board Member at Zenefits. Previously he served as a Software Developer at SigFig. Prior to this he served as the Project Leader at D.E. Shaw & Co. He received his MS in software engineering from the PSG College of Technology.
Julien Coustaury serves as Managing Partner and Founding Partner at Fil Rouge Capital. Coustaury is a Co-Founder and serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Acceleration Business City. He has over 20 years of relevant experience in manufacturing and services, much of it at CEO level. He has worked in more than 80 countries across five continents and participated in over $1.7bn of purchase, sale and financing transactions. More recently with his partner, he invested in more than 40 early stage ventures, mainly focusing on B2C software with some HW exception like H20Pal, the first hydration tracker on the market. As part of the founding team of Double Recall, Julien attended YCombinator S11 class. Julien currently serves on the board of Symvaro, H20pal and Europronet. He holds a master's Degree in Telecom engineering. He is also an Angel Investor.