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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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  • Jay Hass

    General Partner & CFO

    Jay Hass

    General Partner & CFO About

    Jay is a Generalist Partner whose responsibilities include the firm’s finance and administrative operations and strategic business initiatives, as well as sourcing and supporting new business incubations and portfolio investments.

    Jay joined AlleyCorp from RRE Ventures, where he served as a partner and remains a strategic advisor. Earlier in his career Jay was a Managing Director at Brown Brothers Harriman, and previously spent several years in national political campaign management. Jay graduated with a BA from Princeton University and completed the CFA Institute’s Investment Management program at Harvard Business School.

    Jay is CEO of Ionic Recording Company; serves as a director of Department Studios, Bridgetown Holdings Ltd. and Bridgetown 2 Holdings Ltd.; is a board observer of Silvertree; and is a strategic advisor to Raftr, Inc., Decode_M and the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. He is a former director of the J.P. Morgan China Region Fund Inc. and Cheetah Korea Value Fund, and is a board member emeritus of the Tory Burch Foundation and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Jay has completed 22 marathons, including multiple finishes at Boston and Death Valley.

  • Brenton Fargnoli, MD

    General Partner

    Brenton Fargnoli, MD

    General Partner About

    Brenton leads AlleyCorp’s healthcare investments and incubations as managing partner of the AlleyCorp healthcare fund. 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

    Diana Health, Fund for Public Health NYC, OMNY Health, Orange Grove Bio, Pearl Health, Positive Development, Reside Health and Transcend Therapeutics, Thyme Care and Vori Health.

  • Marshall Porter

    General Partner

    Marshall Porter

    General Partner About

    Marshall is managing partner of the General Tech fund at AlleyCorp, focusing his time on early stage investments and incubations. Prior to Alleycorp, Marshall most recently was the US CEO at Gympass. Previously, he served in senior leadership roles at Spring and Gilt Groupe.

    Marshall holds an M.Litt from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and with a BA summa cum laude from the Honors College at TCU.

  • Tanya Beja

    General Partner

    Tanya Beja

    General Partner About

    Tanya is managing partner of AlleyCorp’s social impact fund, leading AlleyCorp’s investments and incubations in the social impact space. Tanya has extensive experience at the intersection of venture capital, venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Prior to AlleyCorp, she worked at Blue Marble Microinsurance, Robin Hood Foundation, and IGNIA Partners.

    Tanya holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA summa cum laude from Tufts University.

  • Wendy Tsu

    Partner

    Wendy Tsu

    Partner About

    Wendy joined in 2017 when the team was just Kevin Ryan and Alison Hill. She joined as the first Partner where she focused her time on AlleyCorp’s early stage investments and incubation methodologies for new ventures in over a third of their portfolio. She currently leads up and focuses on Collaborative Foundership at AlleyCorp which is how we have founded companies like Nomad Health, Transcend, and a couple stealth companies.

    Wendy graduated with an MBA from Stanford Business School and B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she serves as a guest lecturer for Harvard and Stanford Business School.

    Portfolio Focuses

    NewCos, Meetup, RippleMatch (Series A), Properly (Series B), Mosaic (Series A), Smallhold (Series A), Nara Organics (Series A), and more

  • Susannah Shipton

    Partner

    Susannah Shipton

    Partner About

    Susannah is a Partner at AlleyCorp, focused on general tech investments with an emphasis on ecommerce, marketplaces and consumer-facing software and products. Susannah also spends significant time with AlleyCorp incubations and early portfolio companies in their earliest stages.

    Prior to AlleyCorp, Susannah was Director of Strategy & Operations at Artsy, where she was on the leadership team for 5 years from series A through series E. Susannah graduated from Princeton, where she was captain of the women’s varsity rowing team.

  • Florencia Herra Vega

    Partner & CTO; CEO at AlleyCorp Nord

    Florencia Herra Vega

    Partner & CTO; CEO at AlleyCorp Nord About

    Floh is the CTO of AlleyCorp’s Montreal-based development team, supporting AlleyCorp’s incubations as their technical right hand.

    Floh was previously Director of Architecture & Platform at WorkJam, Co-Founder and CTO of Peerio Technologies.

  • Jorge Colindres

    Partner

    Jorge Colindres

    Partner About

    Jorge is a Venture Lead at AlleyCorp, where he works on incubation, identifying new investment opportunities, and supporting portfolio companies. Before AlleyCorp, he worked as a software engineer at early-stage technology companies in the New York area.

    Jorge graduated with an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was a Consortium Fellow. He also completed his undergraduate studies with high honors at Boston University.

  • Jay Kao

    Partner & General Counsel

    Jay Kao

    Partner & General Counsel About

    Jay Kao is Partner & General Counsel at AlleyCorp. Jay hails from the D. E. Shaw group, where she was Vice President and Counsel for the last 10 years. Jay is an avid angel investor and advisor to social entrepreneurs, and is an Executive Board Member at Birthright Africa and a Board Member at AirTrain. Jay holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Jeffrey De Flavio, MD

    Partner

    Jeffrey De Flavio, MD

    Partner 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.

  • Bill Georges

    Partner

    Bill Georges

    Partner About

    Bill Georges was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Bill was responsible for developing and overseeing the Company’s corporate strategy, expanding its business development and leading the Strategic Initiatives Group, which develops and implements key business programs. He also led the Company’s Enterprise Project Management Office and Business Process Improvement functions, and managed the Company’s venture fund investments. Prior to his nearly 15 years at Horizon Blue Cross, Bill was Vice President and Senior Analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities, where as a sell-side analyst, he covered the managed care industry. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Economics from Brown University, a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Michelle Garland

    Partner

    Michelle Garland

    Partner About

    Michelle is the Founder and CEO of Soul Search Partners, a boutique firm of headhunters specializing in building the CXO teams for Seed-to-VC-to-PE backed digital health companies.

    Michelle is also a partner at AlleyCorp, an early stage venture fund and incubator launched by Kevin Ryan, (Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, MongoDB and Zola) where she will seed companies and invest check sizes of $1-3M.

    Michelle built her reputation as the leading headhunter for digital health companies at Daversa Partners where she spent 19 years growing the practice.

    Prior to Daversa Partners, Michelle spent a decade at Dow Jones for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones International. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

  • Abe Murray

    Collaborative Investor, Alley Robotics Ventures

    Abe Murray

    Collaborative Investor, Alley Robotics Ventures About

    Abe leads Alley Robotics Ventures (ARV), a separate robotics and automation fund unaffiliated with AlleyCorp. Kevin Ryan and Eliot Horowitz (Kevin’s co founder at MongoDB) are initially the sole limited partners.

    Prior to ARV, Abe led AlleyCorp’s robotics and AI efforts, and remains an advisor to AlleyCorp.

    Previously, Abe was product and engineering leader in various roles at Alphabet, where he worked on Android, built the Verily Life Science product teams, and built the Google Research product management team. Before this he founded a Web 2.0 startup and worked on unmanned aerial vehicles in the defense industry.

    Abe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to all of this, he dropped out of high school to run fishing boats and factories in the family aquaculture business.

  • Michael Maccariello

    Director, Talent

    Michael Maccariello

    Director, Talent About

    Michael leads Talent at AlleyCorp helping to identify, attract, and engage with entrepreneurs, investors, operators, and advisors. Michael has a strong passion for helping to encourage and better the entrepreneurship ecosystem in NYC and beyond.

    Prior to joining AlleyCorp, Michael led GTM Recruitment for MongoDB helping to scale the organization from a small private company to a public company with revenues over $600MM a year.

  • Sercan Ozcan

    Director, Finance and Operations

    Sercan Ozcan

    Director, Finance and Operations About

    Sercan serves as a Financial Controller at Alleycorp, where he is responsible for the finance and accounting operations.
    Prior to joining Alleycorp, he was the founder and CIO of Mergen Capital Management. Earlier in his career, he worked at Brown Brothers Harriman, Nomura and Is Investment Securities.

    Sercan holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School and a BSc degree from Bogazici University.

  • Grace Fish

    Associate

    Grace Fish

    Associate About
  • Jane Suh

    Associate

    Jane Suh

    Associate About

    Jane Suh is an Investor on the AlleyCorp Healthcare team and spends her time on incubation, identifying new investment opportunities, and supporting portfolio companies. She was previously a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz on the a16z Bio Fund, backing entrepreneurs at the intersection of healthcare, bio and tech. She was on the founding team of the Bio/Healthcare GTM Network group and advised portfolio companies on go-to-market strategy, business development, sales and product marketing.

    She was trained as a stem cell biologist, and combines her scientific expertise with her experiences in startups, finance and strategic partnerships to transform companies at the intersection of healthcare, bio and tech.

  • Omar Njie

    Associate

    Omar Njie

    Associate About

    Omar is a third-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and has demonstrated commitment to healthcare innovation and addressing health inequities. Omar will spend his time at AlleyCorp as an Associate focused on incubation, identifying new investment opportunities, and supporting portfolio companies in the healthcare space.

    Prior to matriculating to Mount Sinai he worked as a healthcare consultant for Deloitte and was an early employee at Clover Health. He has consulted for various healthcare startups and most recently worked as a Venture Fellow for Rock Health.

  • Joseph Krause

    Associate

    Joseph Krause

    Associate About

    Joseph is a Material Sciences Associate at AlleyCorp, where he focuses on sourcing, investing, and incubating future materials science companies with an emphasis on nanotechnology. He is a PhD student at Rice University in NanoEngineering, and has conducted research at the US Army Research Lab building novel neuromorphic computing chips for advanced army applications. He is an advocate for scientific entrepreneurship, and is focused on helping AlleyCorp become a leader in this space.

    Outside of work, Joseph serves in the US Army National Guard as a CBRN specialist, responsible for ensuring unit readiness against chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks. He is a two-time honor graduate and has held leadership positions throughout his career. He cherishes the opportunity to serve our nation.

  • Najib Jai

    Operator in Residence

    Najib Jai

    Operator in Residence About

    Najib is an Operator in Residence on the AlleyCorp Healthcare team. His passion lies at the intersection of tech-enabled healthcare services, health equity, and patient-centric innovations. In his role he supports current healthcare incubations and is developing his own incubation that he will go on to co-found with AlleyCorp’s support.

    Prior to AlleyCorp, Najib completed his MD/MBA training at the University of Chicago and has experiences across startups, private equity, and most recently was leading specialty care strategy as a Director on the Population Health team at Oak Street Health and RubiconMD.

  • Alex Martin

    Collaborative Investor, Crypto & Blockchain

    Alex Martin

    Collaborative Investor, Crypto & Blockchain About
  • 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.

  • K Oppus Ganade

    Head of Facilities

    K Oppus Ganade

    Head of Facilities About

    Kym touches all public related issues for any company in AlleyCorp’s portfolio that’s transitioning from idea to “click’ and mortar. Using culture as working tool, he implements company head’s visions for their respective emerging company.

    Along with a past career as a dancer, Kym has designed and built facilities nationally and internationally for MongoDB, Gilt, Business Insider, amongst others.

  • Michelle Guengue

    Office Manager

    Michelle Guengue

    Office Manager About

    Michelle is the Office Manager for AlleyCorp’s New York office. She handles the day to day operations of the AlleyCorp office. That can include anything from vendor management to onboarding depending on the day. Previously she worked for Vewd Software and Mosaic Sales Solutions before joining the AlleyCorp team. Michelle was born and raised in Jersey City and has a BA from Rutgers University.

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
  • Jeannie Kim

    VP & GM of Content at Policygenius
  • 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, Core Power
  • James Aylward

    Chief Product Officer, Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Sebastian Cwilich

    Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Artsy
  • Justina Chiang

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

    President & COO, Zola
  • Rakib Azad

    SVP, Finance at Chainalysis
  • Alex Koykova

    Head of Total Rewards, MongoDB
  • Ross Feinstein

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

    Senior Director, Product Management, Meetup
  • 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

    Co-Founder at Spark Advisors (Former Head of Product, Cedar)
  • Graham Neray

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

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.

  • Youssef Kalad

Learn more about the AlleyCorp fellows program

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