Nikhil Basu Trivedi '11 is a Principal at Shasta Ventures in San Francisco, CA, where he focuses on early-stage venture capital investing in consumer-oriented companies. Nikhil joined Shasta in 2012, and has led or co-led the firm's investments in companies such as Bloc, Canva, ClassDojo, Eero, Frame.io, Hinge, Imperfect Produce, Stance, Survios, Tally, Timehop, and Whisper. Nikhil was previously at Insight Venture Partners, and at Artsy, a company he co-founded back in 2009 during his sophomore year at Princeton. Nikhil concentrated in molecular biology, with a certificate in finance, and restarted the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club in 2008.
Denali is an Associate at General Catalyst and Director of Operations at Rough Draft Ventures, an initiative backing student-founded startups. What excites her most about working with young entrepreneurs is the unique energy that drives them to get started now, not someday. She is also passionate about encourage more women to go on the startup journey. That includes working with universities to create the conditions for women to see themselves as entrepreneurs.
Marvin Vilma is a Program Coordinator for MIT Launch, a high school entrepreneurship program housed at the Sloan School of Management. He always had a hustling attitude even from a young age when he ran a pencil sharpening gig at his middle school during standardized testing season. He was able to translate his inner hustler into an entrepreneurial pursuit when he started a small event planning company called pruie production after participating in an incubator at Colgate University. He produced several large-scale fundraising events for non-profit organized based in New York City for about five years before closing the business. The entrepreneurial mindset combined with his passion for education and teaching led him to MIT Launch. Marvin manages the Launch Clubs program, helping build entrepreneurship ecosystems at over 130 high school campuses around the world. He spends a lot of time working on equity and access in education, but also enjoys teaching, the outdoors and traveling.
Tripp is a General Partner with August Capital in Menlo Park, CA, and invests broadly in information technology companies, with a particular focus on consumer internet and enterprise applications software. Tripp also leads August’s Special Opportunities fund.
Tripp led August’s investments in ADARA, Bark & Co, Caer, CommonBond, Compology, Hipcamp, Paperless Post, Rocketmiles, Quandl, and Wattpad, and was involved in August’s investments in Avant, Ebates, Fastly, INRIX, Integral Ad Science, Mirantis, PubMatic, RJMetrics, Rockets of Awesome, and Zulily.
Tripp is a graduate of Princeton University.
Sheila Pontis is a partner at Sense Information Design LLC, a New York-area design consultancy that helps bring focus and clarity to any situation. She is also a lecturer at Princeton University teaching courses about information design, creativity and design thinking, and honorary research associate at University College London (UK). Her work and research focus on understanding how people interact with information, particularly the process and methods people use. She has extensive experience teaching workshops combining design research and design thinking with information design. She has produced work for diverse industries and organizations in the United States, South America and Europe including Transport for London, Elsevier, Unilever and NHS. She received her BA in Graphic Design from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), both her PGDip in Editorial Techniques and MPhil in Information Design from University of Barcelona (Spain), and her PhD also in Information Design from University of the Arts London (UK).
Tony Capasso is an entrepreneur & angel investor in the infrastructure, real estate development, construction automation, finance, robotics, software, technology, & 3d printing space. Along with running and scaling one of the largest construction firms in the northeast, Tony is an alumni from Draper University and was the winner of ABC Family’s “Startup U” where his concept for a robotic 3d concrete printer won the best in class competition.
Doc Parghi is a sales focused technology executive and venture capitalist with experience running and scaling businesses globally. He is a dynamic and visionary leader who led his start-up through various transformations into what became the largest company of its kind before its sale to a Fortune 100 firm. Currently, Doc is a Partner with SRI Capital an early stage VC, which provides funding, advice and liquidity solutions to start-ups, early stage concepts and growth companies. Previously, Doc was the Global GM of the Mobility and Social business unit at CSC, responsible for building the Mobility business for CSC. CSC (NYSE: CSC) is a $15 Billion IT services and consulting company.
Jack is certainly no stranger to Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community. After graduating from Baylor High School, he attended Princeton University and eventually worked on Wall Street in corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions for Credit Suisse. Jack next founded a software company, Draftspace, which was later acquired by Moody’s Investor Service. After success in Silicon Valley, he returned to Chattanooga and began to make waves in the burgeoning local startup scene. He co-founded the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, an angel investment fund for southeastern entrepreneurs, as well as Lamp Post Group, a venture capital incubator which has created hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in local economic impact and successful exits. Before joining CO.LAB as executive director in 2016 he also co-founded Torch, a WiFi router with built in parental controls. Jack also serves as the chairman of the board of the Erlanger Hospital System, a billion dollar safety net trauma hospital. He spends his spare time reading, playing with gadgets, and having quality time with his wife and two daughters.