Our mission is simple: Help entrepreneurs thrive by giving them the capital and resources they need.

There are 28 million small businesses in the United States. The overwhelming majority are hidden from investors—too small for private equity firms, not yet suitable for traditional bank loans. We are using data and algorithms to bring transparency and efficiency to the market. With better information comes better decisions, and better decisions yield better outcomes for entrepreneurs, investors, and industry players alike. The result is much more innovation, which improves what we eat, drink, wear, put on our skin, and how we live our lives.

And we're just getting started.

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Kevin Baker
Sam Blumenthal
James Bohannon
Jeff Butler
Ryan Caldbeck
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Philip Chen
Humberto Cruz
Shobna Dhewant
Bob Elliott
Jon Finley
Stewart Galloway
Grace Gellman
Chief of Staff
Audrey Gibson
Melissa Ginder
Joe Hovde
Karen Howland
David Johnson
Shelly Jones
Nelly Kong
Tarun Kumar
Vineet Kuroodi
Data Science
Huy Lam
Ben Lee
Michelle Lee
Brandi Lipton
Marvin Lucas
Harrison Mebane
Joe Messineo
Tim Miller
New Ventures
Alfredo Nava
Sean Pan
Michael Poole
Franco Posa
Patrick Robinson
Nick Rockwell
Raquel Rodriguez
Kirsten Sachs
Pejman Salehsari
Pankti Shah
Josie Sotomayor
Rick Sperko
Emma Stubbs
Nathan Suh
Nick Talwar
President & CEO
David Topper
Josh Troutman
Christine Truong
Tom Walker
Janey Zhang

Investors & Advisors

Andy Stewart
Managing Director, co-head of BlackRock Alternative Investors
Ken Kroner
Retired Global Head of Scientific Active Equities, BlackRock
Tom Glocer
Former CEO of Thomson Reuters
Jon Winkelried
Co-CEO Texas Pacific Group

Andy Stewart, Managing Director, is the global co-head of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI) and serves as a member of BlackRock's Global Operating and Human Capital Committees. Andy is responsible for managing the operation and strategic development of BAI. BAI includes BlackRock's hedge funds and opportunistic funds, funds of hedge funds, private equity and credit, private equity funds of funds, real estate and real assets.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Andy worked at Credit Suisse in the Asset Management division, where he was Head of Liquid Alternatives and led their hedge fund, fund of hedge fund, index, credit and commodities teams. Andy previously worked for Man Investments, Inc. where he was President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for business management and overall supervision of the firm's activities, and global head of Managed Accounts. Prior to joining Man Investments, Andy was at Financial Risk Management (FRM), where he led FRM's product development and strategy effort. Before joining FRM, Andy was an attorney in the Investment Funds Group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Andy earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a JD, cum laude, from Indiana University.

Andy on LinkedIn

Kenneth F. Kroner, PhD, is recently retired from BlackRock. As a Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, he was global head of Multi-Asset Strategies and global head of Scientific Active Equities. These teams were responsible for several hundred billion dollars of active investment strategies. Ken also served as a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee and BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee.

Ken worked with BlackRock and its predecessor organizations (including Barclays Global Investors, or BGI) from 1994 through 2016. At BGI he oversaw asset allocation (which included global macro, active currencies and active commodities), fund of hedge funds and client solutions. Prior to joining BGI in 1994, Dr. Kroner was an associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kroner serves or has served on various academic boards, foundation boards and academic journal editorial boards. His research on forecasting volatility and asset returns has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals. Dr. Kroner earned a BA degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta and a PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Ken on LinkedIn

Tom Glocer is the former Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Tom joined Reuters Group in 1993 as Vice President and Deputy Counsel, Reuters America. He held a number of senior leadership positions at Reuters, including President of Reuters LatAm and Reuters America, before being named CEO of Reuters Group PLC in July 2001. He is a director of Merck & Co., Inc. and the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the International Advisory Board of British American Business Inc., the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute of Management at Cambridge University, the European Business Leaders Council, the Corporate Advisory Board of Tate Britain and the Madison Council of the Library of Congress. Tom is also involved in several public education initiatives in New York City and London. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr Glocer is married with two children and Luna the Bullmastiff, and lives in New York City. He writes his own blog at www.tomglocer.com

Tom on LinkedIn

Jon was formerly with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. for more than 27 years when he retired in 2009 as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He currently manages his family office, JW Capital Partners with investments across a range of industries including technology, real estate, healthcare, and natural resources. Jon is a strategic advisor and partner at Thrive Capital, a New York based venture capital firm focused on technology investing. In addition to his investing activities Jon is also an advisor to the credit opportunities fund (TSSP) at TPG Capital, LP. Jon has served as a trustee at the University of Chicago from 2006 to 2012, was elected to the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in 2012 and serves on the Board of Overseers for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jon received an A.B. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1981 and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1982.

Jon on LinkedIn

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