30 AND UNDER: Rising stars in NY tech who find hot startup deals and manage millions of dollars

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In the competitive field of venture capital, it isn't always easy to make it before you turn 30. To be a successful investor in early-stage companies, you have to be a savvy deal-maker, a self-starter, and keep up-to-date on technologies that could one day disrupt established markets.

We've rounded up a list of those ahead of the curve: Venture capitalists under the age of 30 who are sourcing deals and leading investments in New York's venture capital scene.

In addition to our own research, we reached out to top firms and investors in New York for nominations on noteworthy up-and-comers in the city's tech scene to come up with our final 30. Here they are:

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Courtney Nelson has worked in investing at both Catalyst Investors and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments.

Courtney Nelson has worked in investing at both Catalyst Investors and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments.

Age: 26

Title: Associate, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Companies she's worked with: Food52, Clique Brands, The Athletic, Dashbot, Zergnet, Wibbitz, Inked Brands, Vemba, and Inverse.

Zavain Dar began his career as an engineer at science non-profit Discovery Engine, which was later acquired by Twitter.

Zavain Dar began his career as an engineer at science non-profit Discovery Engine, which was later acquired by Twitter.

Age: 29

Title: Venture Capitalist, Lux Capital

Deals led: Before joining Lux, Dar worked with Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, where he sourced and led the firm’s investments in companies including Zymergen and BlockStream.

Harry O'Sullivan began his career at ff Ventures as a member of the financial acceleration team before moving into investing.

Harry O'Sullivan began his career at ff Ventures as a member of the financial acceleration team before moving into investing.

Age: 25

Position: Associate, ff Venture Capital

Companies he's worked with: Ionic Securities, Drop Loyalty, Pebble Post, and Four Mine.

Lisa Cuesta worked in strategy and product roles at Google and Pepsicot before embarking on a career in venture capital.

Lisa Cuesta worked in strategy and product roles at Google and Pepsicot before embarking on a career in venture capital.

Age: 29

Title: Principal, NextGen Venture Partners

Who she's worked with: At the early-stage venture capital firm NextGen, Cuesta has worked closely with companies like Republic, Everlywell, and Vemo Education.

At Insight Ventures, Thomas Krane sources deals for companies in the fields of cybersecurity, DevOps, infrastructure software, and education technology.

At Insight Ventures, Thomas Krane sources deals for companies in the fields of cybersecurity, DevOps, infrastructure software, and education technology.

Age: 27

Position: Vice President, Insight

What he does: Krane has worked with more than 15 new investments and acquisitions during his time at Insight . His investments include companies like Cylance, Recorded Future, Darktrace, Prevalent, Tenable, Resolve Systems, Tricentis, QASymphony, Skytap, Mirantis, LiveAction, 1stdibs, BrightBytes and Nearpod.

Jillian Williams focuses on early stage fintech investments at Anthemis.

Jillian Williams focuses on early stage fintech investments at Anthemis.

Age: 24

Position: Investment Associate, Anthemis

Deals she's led: Williams has led nine investments including Arthena, Matic Insurance, Flo, and Maxwell.

AJ Malhotra joined Insight Venture Partners in 2014. He has experience working both in e-commerce and financial tech.

AJ Malhotra joined Insight Venture Partners in 2014. He has experience working both in e-commerce and financial tech.

Age: 25

Title: Senior Associate, Insight Venture Partners

What he does: At Insight, AJ works across minority and control investments as well as enterprise software and consumer internet investments. He's worked with Drillinginfo, FilmTrack, VTS, Freshly, and HomeToGo.

Jesse Beyroutey works on seed and early-stage investments in internet and SaaS companies at IA Ventures.

Jesse Beyroutey works on seed and early-stage investments in internet and SaaS companies at IA Ventures.

Age: 28

Position: Partner, IA Ventures

Companies he's worked with: Better Mortgage, Companion Labs, DigitalOcean, Hometeam, Irene Retirement, Ironclad, Komodo Health, Lobe, Sight Machine, Simpl, Transcriptic, TransferWise, TrueVault, Updater, and Verge Genomics. He's also worked with Consumr, which was acquired by Purch, and Twice, which was acquired by Ebay.

Alexandra Adamson oversees entrepreneurial development for Bowery Capital's portfolio companies.

Alexandra Adamson oversees entrepreneurial development for Bowery Capital's portfolio companies.

Age: 26

Position: Director of Talent, Bowery Capital

Startups she's worked with: Codecademy, MOAT, mParticle, msg.ai, Intercom, Rubrik, Zenefits, Everstring, TinTri, and Apptimize.

Greg Rosen's interest in tech began when he started engineering iPhone games in high school.

Greg Rosen's interest in tech began when he started engineering iPhone games in high school.

Age: 25

Position: Principal, BoxGroup

Deals he's sourced: Memphis Meats, Roman, Citizen, Cobalt Robotics, Visor, MohawkGP, Orchid, ZeppelinOS, LivePeer, Fat Lama, Culture Robotics, Brud, Paperspace, Mantra Bio, CrowdAI, Astranis, and Skysafe. Rosen is also an angel investor in Roman, Anchor Custody, and Sia Coin.

Josef Feldman leads early-stage venture investments at Tectonic Capital.

Josef Feldman leads early-stage venture investments at Tectonic Capital.

Age: 29

Position: Founding Partner, Tectonic Capital

Companies he's worked with: Frame.io, Shaper Tools, NYSHEX, irisVR, Lesara, ContractSimply, PhantomAuto, and Arbor.io (which was acquired by Acxiom.) One of the companies he worked with closely, Eve, went public in May 2017.

At BoxGroup, Nimi Katragadda focuses on investments in healthcare, fintech, and various marketplaces.

At BoxGroup, Nimi Katragadda focuses on investments in healthcare, fintech, and various marketplaces.

Age: 29

Title: Partner, BoxGroup

Deals led: Katragadda has led investments in companies like pharmacy benefits partner SmithRx, drug testing service Notable Labs, fertility test maker Modern Fertility, co-working marketplace Spacious, and in-home connected fitness platform Mirror.

Tommy Patek has invested in companies like Swift, Acorns, mParticle, IEX, Infusionsoft, and Kenshoo at Bain Capital.

Tommy Patek has invested in companies like Swift, Acorns, mParticle, IEX, Infusionsoft, and Kenshoo at Bain Capital.

Age: 27

Position: Principal, Bain Capital Ventures

What he does: In addition to the investments he's led, Patek serves as a board observer at Roofstock, Flywire, and OpenFin.

While in college, Morgan Cheatham launched a retail investing app called Fello, which enables investors to create investment clubs with peers from their social networks.

While in college, Morgan Cheatham launched a retail investing app called Fello, which enables investors to create investment clubs with peers from their social networks.

Age: 22

Title: Investor, Bessemer Partners

Companies he's worked with: TrustToken, mPharma, Basecoin, Protocol, and a number of cryptocurrency projects.

Steve Anastos works on healthcare and commerce investments at Bain Capital.

Steve Anastos works on healthcare and commerce investments at Bain Capital.

Age: 29

Position: Principal, Bain Capital Ventures

Companies he works with: Anastos has helped source deals for AbleTo, Attentive Mobile, Flow Commerce, Jet.com, mParticle, and Rent the Runway. He's already overseen several company sales in his career, including MedHOK to Hearst, Jet to Walmart, and Hooklogic to Criteo.

Rachel Foo is actively involved in the angel investing group Gaingels, which has invested over $7M in LGBT-led companies.

Rachel Foo is actively involved in the angel investing group Gaingels, which has invested over $7M in LGBT-led companies.

Age: 25

Title: Associate, Stripes Group

Types of deals she leads: Aside from her work with Gaingels, Foo heads up day-to-day sourcing for deals at Stripes Group in consumer and tech-related industries. She's worked with companies like Gimlet Media, GoFundMe, and Reformation.

Weston Reynolds leads investing efforts in healthcare at Greycroft and works with startups like Bright Health, HealthVerity, and CareSync.

Weston Reynolds leads investing efforts in healthcare at Greycroft and works with startups like Bright Health, HealthVerity, and CareSync.

Age: 26

Position: Senior Associate, Greycroft

Biggest deal he's led: Reynolds sourced and managed Greycroft's investment in Shipt, which was acquired in 2017 by Target for $550 million, making it one of the biggest exits in the firm's history.

Ritika Mahajan began her career as a consultant at McKinsey, then worked at NYC-based startup Maiden Home.

Ritika Mahajan began her career as a consultant at McKinsey, then worked at NYC-based startup Maiden Home.

Age: 28

Title: Associate, Radian Capital

Types of deals she's led: Mahajan sources growth investments in enterprise tech, with a focus on healthcare and HR tech.

Jonathan Rosenbaum focuses on vertical and horizontal application software investments at Insight Venture Partners.

Jonathan Rosenbaum focuses on vertical and horizontal application software investments at Insight Venture Partners.

Age: 26

Position: Senior Associate, Insight Venture Partners

Companies he's worked with: Conga, LeanTaaS, nCino, Azuqua, CloudCraze, Frontline Education, Whalerock Industries, and Showpad.



Chad Mitchell brought his experience working as a private equity analyst for KKR to the VC industry and now can be found working on deals for Radian Capital.

Chad Mitchell brought his experience working as a private equity analyst for KKR to the VC industry and now can be found working on deals for Radian Capital.

Age: 27

Title: Associate, Radian Capital

Types of deals he's led: So far, Mitchell has overseen investments of more than $1 billion in sectors like private equity, growth equity, technology, health care, and consumer retail industries.

David Spiro joined Insight from Citigroup's Equity Capital Markets desk. Now he focuses on investments in high growth and mature software businesses.

David Spiro joined Insight from Citigroup's Equity Capital Markets desk. Now he focuses on investments in high growth and mature software businesses.

Age: 25

Position: Senior Associate, Insight Venture Partners

Startups he's worked with: Diligent, E2open, Bullhorn, Darktrace, Payfactors, Appriss, and Ministry Brands.

Charlotte Ross left Goldman Sachs to join NEA, one of the largest venture capital firms worldwide.

Charlotte Ross left Goldman Sachs to join NEA, one of the largest venture capital firms worldwide.

Age: 26

Title: Associate, NEA

Types of deals she leads: Ross focuses on early-stage consumer opportunities. She serves as a board observer for companies like The Wing, Duolingo, Framebridge, Glamsquad, and CoEdition.

At Nyca, Sumeet Singh focuses on fintech startups in financial infrastructure, digital advice, alternative credit, and advanced payment.

At Nyca, Sumeet Singh focuses on fintech startups in financial infrastructure, digital advice, alternative credit, and advanced payment.

Age: 24

Position: Investor, Nyca Partners

Companies he's worked with: Achieve, Acorns, Amino Payments, Blend Labs, Boomtown, Built, Fluidly, Ladder, Roofstock, Renew, and True Accord.

Vorobeychik joined Insight Venture Partners in 2010 and has been involved with 22 standalone investments and 23 add-on acquisitions.

Vorobeychik joined Insight Venture Partners in 2010 and has been
involved with 22 standalone investments and 23 add-on acquisitions.

Age: 29

Position: Principal, Insight Venture Partners

Companies he's worked with: Cylance, Tricentis, Veeam, Kaseya, Thycotic

Anna Whiteman sources deals for Tribeca Venture Partners. She's active in New York’s female founder community and hosts a monthly networking series for consumer startup founders.

Anna Whiteman sources deals for Tribeca Venture Partners. She's active in New York’s female founder community and hosts a monthly networking series for consumer startup founders.

Age: 26

Title: Senior Associate, Tribeca Venture Partners

Types of deals she works with: Whiteman focuses on consumer and marketplace models, and supports Tribeca's investments in LoftSmart and Tentrr.

Jared Jacobs started off his investing career as a member of AEA Investor's consumer investing team.

Jared Jacobs started off his investing career as a member of AEA Investor's consumer investing team.

Age: 27

Position: Senior Associate, CAVU Venture Partners

Companies he's worked with: Bulletproof, Hippeas, Health-Ade, and Vital Pro.

Teddy Citrin was a product manager at Ebay before he started sourcing deals for Greycroft.

Teddy Citrin was a product manager at Ebay before he started sourcing deals for Greycroft.

Age: 27

Title: Investor, Greycroft

Companies he's worked with: Hubble, Candid Co, Peanut, Fig, and Hollar.

Nicole Johnson joined Forerunner Venture Capital in December 2013. She previously worked in development at SapientNitro, a brand and digital strategy consultancy.

Nicole Johnson joined Forerunner Venture Capital in December 2013. She previously worked in development at SapientNitro, a brand and digital strategy consultancy.

Age: 28

Title: Investor, Forerunner Ventures

Companies she's worked with: Away, Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Glossier, Jet.com, Outdoor Voices, and Warby Parker.

Oivind Lorentzen began working in venture capital in 2015. He focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in financial services technology.

Oivind Lorentzen began working in venture capital in 2015. He focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in financial services technology.

Age: 27

Title: Senior Associate, Oak HC/FT

Startups he's involved in: CLARA, DCG, FastPay, Feedzai, Insureon, Kasisto, NextCapital, Poynt, Trov and Urjanet.

Shan Aggarwal worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company before he began working with Greycroft.

Shan Aggarwal worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company before he began working with Greycroft.

Age: 26

Position: Senior Associate, Greycroft

What he does: At Greycroft, Aggarwal has served as a strategic financial advisor for startups, managed seed-stage investments, and kicked off an institutional investment in FanAI.

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