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The AlleyCorp Team

We are founders, operators, and investors.

Together, we build and invest in transformative companies for the present and future in New York. We are humbled to partner with brilliant and determined entrepreneurs along the way. 

Kevin Ryan

Founder and CEO

Kevin Ryan is one of the leading internet entrepreneurs and investors in New York. He is co-founder of MongoDB, Business Insider, GILT, Zola, and Nomad Health, and founds new companies with AlleyCorp every year.

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  • Wendy Tsu

    Partner

    Wendy Tsu

    Partner About

    Wendy serves as a Generalist Partner where she focuses her time on AlleyCorp’s early stage investments and incubation methodologies for new ventures. Joining the firm in 2017, she worked closely on the concept development and launch of CoEdition and Truebird while leading investing efforts in over a third of AlleyCorp’s portfolio. She worked previously at PayPal, Deloitte Consulting, KIPP Charter Schools, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

    Wendy graduated with an MBA from Stanford Business School now serving as the GSB NY Chapter Co-Chair, and with honors in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Portfolio Focuses

    NewCos, Meetup, Zevv, Truebird, CoEdition, Great Jones, Buffy, Arfa, Atlas Obscura, Ten to One, Mosaic, Nara Organics, Ripplematch, Wonder

  • Brenton Fargnoli, MD

    Partner

    Brenton Fargnoli, MD

    Partner About

    Brenton leads AlleyCorp’s healthcare investments and incubations. Prior to AlleyCorp, Brenton was an executive at Flatiron Health. He worked previously at J.P. Morgan and Blue Cross & Blue Shield. He is a practicing physician, board certified in Internal Medicine.

    Brenton completed his residency at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, earning his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School.

    Portfolio Focuses

    NewCos, Nomad Health, OMNY, Spring Health, Tempest

  • Susannah Shipton

    Head of Platform + Investor

    Susannah Shipton

    Head of Platform + Investor About

    Susannah leads Platform at AlleyCorp, working internally with AlleyCorp’s incubations and portfolio as well as externally across the entrepreneurial and investing ecosystems in NYC. She is also President and Co-Chair of the VC Global Platform Community, an organization of 2000+ platform and investment network leaders.

    Prior to joining AlleyCorp, Susannah led business strategy and operations at Artsy. She graduated from Princeton, where she was also captain of the varsity rowing team. 

  • Kenyon Cory

    Head of Talent

    Kenyon Cory

    Head of Talent About

    As Head of Talent, Kenyon partners with our incubations and investments to hire early team members, establish their company cultures, and build strong organizations. She also works externally to expand and support AlleyCorp’s diverse ecosystem of operators, advisors, and future founders.

    Prior to AlleyCorp, Kenyon built and led the Talent & Culture team at fintech startup Jetty, and she spent 5+ years scaling Squarespace from 140 to over 800 employees. She started her career in Korn Ferry’s executive search practice. Kenyon earned her degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, and she spent a year studying at the London School of Economics.

  • Kwabena Boateng

    Associate

    Kwabena Boateng

    Associate About

    Kwabena supports AlleyCorp’s incubation and early stage investment initiatives.

    Kwabena comes to AlleyCorp with a background in product management, design, and software engineering. As a technical operator, Kwabena helped lead API product management at Freewheel. Prior to Freewheel, Kwabena designed and engineered web and mobile applications as a product designer and software engineer at McMaster Carr,  supporting the company’s ecommerce business. He holds a degree in computer science from Yale University.

  • Blake Mandell

    Associate

    Blake Mandell

    Associate About

    Blake is an Associate at AlleyCorp, where he splits his time between investing and incubating. Prior to AlleyCorp, he was on the investment team at Pace Capital, a NYC-based Series A-focused VC firm , and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Previously, Blake also founded and exited a shared-space storage startup and was the top Cutco knife salesman in the country (out of 15,000).

    Blake studied theoretical mathematics, neuroscience, and Buddhist studies at Brown University, where he was awarded the Catherine E. Kerr award for outstanding senior capstone.  He received a fellowship to study at the Yenching Academy at Peking University, where he received an MA in Economics. He has published research in developmental neuroscience and the economics of education in peer-reviewed journals. Blake’s experience as a first-generation college student led him to co-found The Alliance for the Low-Income & First-Generation Narrative (AL1GN).

  • Sherman Leung

    Associate

    Sherman Leung

    Associate About

    Sherman supports AlleyCorp’s incubation and investment opportunities in healthcare and enterprise software. Before AlleyCorp, Sherman was an enterprise technology investor at Underscore VC and an early product manager at PatientPing where he was named to MedTech Boston’s 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators in 2018.

    Sherman was previously a Kleiner Perkins Fellow + product manager at Mango Health and a Greylock X Fellow + early mobile engineer at Khan Academy. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where he conducted machine learning and social gamification research under Dr. Fei-Fei Li and Michael Bernstein.

  • Jeffrey De Flavio, MD

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Jeffrey De Flavio, MD

    Entrepreneur in Residence About

    Jeff supports the growth of AlleyCorp’s healthcare practice as a co-founder and mentor for AlleyCorp’s founding CEOs and broader network, focusing on a range of projects across maternity care, digital therapeutics, and behavioral change – with an emphasis on pushing current thinking on the relationship between social forces and healthcare. 

    Jeff has dedicated his career to broadening access to healthcare, particularly for the most vulnerable patients. His first company, Groups, has become the leading provider of value-based opiate addiction treatment. Launched while he was still a medical student, Groups was conceived as a space for patients to heal and discover common solutions to their shared problems. Having completed a 2019 growth round led by Kaiser Permanente, Optum Ventures and Leerink/SVB, Groups has become an important forcing mechanism for our collective acknowledgement and action towards one of the most troubling systemic healthcare issues facing our country.

    Jeff is also a co-founder of Tempest, a holistic alcohol recovery program founded by Holly Whitaker that brings feminine-centric care to people poorly served by traditional addiction treatment.

  • Cameron Porter

    Venture Architect

    Cameron Porter

    Venture Architect About

    Cameron is responsible for new company R&D, due diligence on seed investments, as well the development of internal tools/initiatives. Prior to AlleyCorp, he played professionally in Major League Soccer while simultaneously working as part of their engineering team.

    Cameron studied computer science at Princeton University where he was recognized as an Academic All-American and William Winston Roper Trophy finalist for high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship.

    Portfolio Focuses

    NewCos, Altana Trade, Peach Street, Smallhold

  • Alison Hill

    Chief of Staff

    Alison Hill

    Chief of Staff About

    Alison Hill is a top-level Executive/Personal Assistant with more than twenty years experience supporting some of New York’s most prestigious executives at GILT, Cole Haan, GUCCI, Citicorp, and Cushman & Wakefield. As a result of many years working alongside, and learning from, some of New York’s best and brightest, the scope of Alison’s responsibilities have expanded far beyond that of a traditional Executive Assistant role. When she isn’t glued to a laptop, she enjoys spending time at the beach, exploring other countries/cultures, and relentlessly trying to develop a passion for running.

The AlleyCorp Braintrust

A network of operators

These NYC-based operators work with us across the full spectrum of founding, funding, and building companies.

  • Bryan Mahoney

    Co-Founder & CTO, Arfa (Formerly CTO, Glossier)
  • Kathy Leo

    Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Chobani
  • Ankit Patel

    Founder, Pearl Health (Formerly VP, Clover Health)
  • Xiaodi Zhang

    Chief Product Officer, 1stDibs
  • Matthew Smith

    SVP, Product, Vimeo
  • Sarah Choi

    Chief Marketing Officer, Coedition (Formerly SVP Marketing, SoulCycle)
  • Sebastian Cwilich

    Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Artsy
  • Justina Chiang

    Chief Operating Officer, Nara Organics (Formerly VP, Business Operations at S'well)
  • Marshall Porter

    Chief Commercial Officer, Gympass (Formerly Chief Strategy Officer, Shoprunner)
  • Rachel Jarrett

    President & COO, Zola
  • Rakib Azad

    Senior Director, Finance, MongoDB
  • Davin Chew

    Co-founder and CTO, New Venture (Formerly CTO, Jetty)
  • Alex Koykova

    Director, People Ops, MongoDB
  • Ross Feinstein

    Co-Founder, NewCo (Formerly Director of Business Development, Flatiron Health)
  • Prerna Singh

    VP of Product, Coedition (Formerly Director of Product, Quartz)
  • Rockman Ha

    Founder, Clear Talent (Formerly VP Operations, Transfix)
  • Justin Lambert

    Chief Operating Officer, Nomad Health
  • Kate Furst

    SVP of Operations, Zola
  • Mike Chi

    Chief Marketing Officer, Zola
  • Dave Cirilli

    Head of Communications, Untitled Partners (Formerly Director of Communications at Flatiron Health)
  • Julia Bernstein

    Chief Operating Officer, Tempest
  • Alex Zhang

    Head of Product, Cedar
  • Graham Neray

    Cofounder & CEO, Oso (Formerly Chief of Staff, MongoDB)

Clinical Advisory Board

A network of physician leaders who advise and engage with our healthcare work.

  • Sylvia Romm, MD

    Atlantic Health System, Chief Innovation Officer
  • Bobby Green, MD

    Flatiron Health, Chief Medical Officer
  • Mike Kolodziej, MD

    Previously Aetna, National Medical Director
  • Ryan Grant, MD

    Geisinger Neurosurgery Center of Excellence
  • Max Laurans, MD

    Yale Health System, VP of Surgical Services
  • David Fajgenbaum, MD

    Penn Orphan Disease Center, Author: Chasing My Cure

AlleyCorp Venture Fellows

Operators who grow and support our investing and incubation work, creating key touchpoints across our ecosystem and working with founding teams across the portfolio on key operational growth initiatives.

  • Jorge Colindres, Venture Fellow

  • Aneesha Raghunathan, Operator in Residence

Learn more about the AlleyCorp fellows program

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