I am thrilled to join Xfund full-time to support our mission to seek out and support liberal arts founders, and to spearhead some exciting new initiatives on the East Coast.
Hugo and I first met through Harvard when SEAS faculty collaborated with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever state-of-the-art cultural center. I joined Xfund in 2011 and have now worked with Hugo, and our Xfund 1 partners Jim, Harry, Alan and Patrick, for almost half a decade. In that time, Xfund has blossomed from a handful of Cambridge-based investments to an impressive family of portfolio companies based all over the U.S. We’ve held three Experiment Assemblies, hosted 22 Experiment Tea events, raised $100 million in our second fund, and evaluated more than 3,000 inbound deals.
In 2014, I decided pursued a full-time masters degree in Technology Innovation and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, while working at Xfund part-time. This experience strengthened my passion for education and entrepreneurship, while allowing me to study the role of the entrepreneurial leader, and more specifically the educational pathways of those leaders and their driving force in the venture economy. It also allowed me to see Harvard from the student perspective.
I am now returning to Xfund full-time in part to manage Xfund’s education initiatives and to support Xfund’s east coast activities.
Xfund’s unique position at the intersection of leading universities and venture firms brings a world of learning and development, the most formative thinkers, new talent, and unparalleled resources to our founders and teams. To work everyday alongside these faculty and students is to create new models of learning and value creation.
I am very excited to continue working with the Xfund team, our family of founders and teams, and the inaugural class of Experiment Fellows, all at the intersection of education and entrepreneurship.