George Chai

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Shared Passions.

My favorite part about CVC is the fact that you can have an engaging conversation about technology and entrepreneurship with anyone in the club. CVC has provided me with a platform to truly dive deep in topics that excite me, and at the same time, have a good time with amazing people. This club allows me to truly think about what I'd like to venture off into for my future life. I love technology and entrepreneurship, and CVC is at the perfect intersection of that - it's a special group.

 

About Me

George is a sophomore from Long Island, NY studying Applied Economics and Management. He joined CVC in Fall 2018 and is excited to be a part of the team. Previously, George spent a year at Berkeley studying economics and doing consulting for sustainablity companies. Besides CVC, George likes learning about venture/entrepreneurship and hanging out with his friends.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management '21

Home:

Long Island, NY

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

GV, Foundation Capital

Professional:

Professionally, I am excited about fintech specifically and cool startups in general. This summer, I had the great opportunity to spend a summer at EquityZen, a marketplace for pre-IPO investments and shareholder liquidity. There, I worked on the deal team and helped push out live deals for accredited investors. Prior to that, I was a student consultant for a group called BEACN at Berkeley, where I helped advise sustainability companies on big picture questions. In the future, I'd like to either build an enterprise of my own or be a part of team that is in the process of doing so.

Personal:

I love to run, read about startups, and cook breakfast foods

Aastha Shah

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Breaking the Code.

Being a programmer, for me, often means being focused on developing and creating my own ideas. My experience at CVC through the research I have done has shown me that creating cool tech is more than typing away at a laptop! Aside from learning about VC's and entrepreneurship, CVC has allowed me to become friends with some of the coolest, kindest, and most passionate people that I have ever met.

 

About Me

Aastha is a freshman from Closter, NJ, stuyding Computer Science in the College of Engineering. She joined CVC in the fall 2018 semester and is also part of the Hack4Impact team. In her free time, Aastha enjoys hunting down the lastest trends in fashion, sketching, coding, running, and figure skating.

Major/Year:

Computer Science '22

Home:

Closter, NJ

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

Touchdown Ventures, Citi Ventures

Professional:

In my senior year of high school, I founded a food-sharing startup called Divvy. Divvy allows people list unwanted food items which can be given to other people or foodbanks. In the future, Divvy will also allow grocers and farmers sell so-called "ugly" or almost expired unwanted foods. I also interned as a content producer and web development intern at Sterling Medical Devices and as a web designer and developer for LuvMyJewelry.

Personal:

I love all things fashion, especially designing and sketching my own outfits! I also love app development, web design, figure skating, and running. And if I have time, I enjoy concocting dessert in wild flavors.

Olivia Qiu

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Professional and Personal Mentorship.

As someone that has only recently began pursuing an interest in business, I am constantly surprised and impressed with the resources CVC has to offer. On top of the experience analyzing interesting markets and interacting with professionals in the field, the kind, patient, and knowledgable members of CVC are always eager to share their advice regarding internships, networking, and life in general. CVC has exceeded my initial expectations for a venture capital club, and I am so excited to see where we go.

 

About Me

Olivia is a sophomore from Doylestown, PA studying Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. She joined CVC fall semester of 2018 and looks forward to exploring her interest in VC and business. She is also part of Cornell iGEM’s wikiteam and enjoys art and design. When she isn’t studying, she is running, playing tennis, sketching, or spending time with friends.

Major/Year:

Biological Sciences '21

Home:

Doylestown, PA

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

Citi Ventures, Foundation Capital

Professional:

I have had a wide variety of experiences during high school teaching art at Guanghua Chinese School and taking art commissions. At Guanghua, I created and taught the first art curriculum designed to introduce children to digital art by guiding them through the traditional principles of art. On the side, I have been taking art commissions through online platforms since 2013. I was in charge of planning courses and teaching a classroom of 14 children ages 5-11. This past summer, I was able to intern at Bionex Pharmaceuticals, where I helped conduct experiments, help design protocols by doing background research, manage small-scale studies, and organize and process data from small-scale studies. In addition to interning, I also volunteered with a nursing unit at Doylestown Hospital where I aided in care procedures and was one of the primary people on the floor ensuring patient comfort. In a similar vein, I cared for a child on the autism spectrum and incorporated basic art skills and color theory into her daily routine.

Personal:

In my free time, you can find me on a run, sketching, or cozied up to the latest episode of Black Mirror.

Samuel Lye

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Guidance and Mentorship.

CVC has been an awesome organization, not only in terms of the professional experiences and opportunities but also the people I have met. I truly enjoy being able to delve deeper into issues that interest me. At the same time, CVC has provided me with the breadth of exposure to different areas which I otherwise would not have had. More importantly are the people. It really is about working with rather than working for those who have had more experience at CVC. The team is always willing to offer guidance and mentorship to those who need it. At the end of the day, we at CVC work hard and play hard, and I guess that's what makes this place feel like home.

 

About Me

Samuel is a freshman from Singapore majoring in Economics and Information Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. He served in the Singapore Armed Forces for 2 years as a Battalion Human Resource Officer and Deputy Operations Officer before college, where he led transformation efforts in his battalion's supply chain systems. He is also a Singapore Public Service Commission scholar and will be returning to the public administration after college. On campus, Samuel is also involved in Phi Beta Lambda and the Singapore Students Association. In his free time, Samuel enjoys running, ultimate frisbee, baking, photography and travelling across the world.

Major/Year:

Economics, Information Science '22

Home:

Singapore

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

Storm Ventures, Touchdown Ventures

Professional:

As a battalion human resource officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, I supervised HR and personnel management for a multi-component Logistics Battalion with over 400 personnel. I also led the Battalion HR office to attain the prestigious Human Resource Audit Proficiency Award. Simultaneously, I was appointed the Deputy Operations Officer, where I nanaged an integrated supply base, consisting of over 400 personnel, 100 vehicles and 25 military cookhouses. Most significantly, I oversaw the transformation effort of the Army's supply chain system, which strengthened operational readiness and training outcome, while ensuring administrative excellence in the Army supply system. Finally, as a Singapore public service commission scholar, I will be serving in the public administration in the future, particularly in the fields of public policy, global affairs and government technology.

Personal:

I enjoy running, ultimate frisbee, baking, photography, travelling and also exploring hackathons!

Josiah Kek

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Mutual Support.

CVC puts me in touch with the ideas, teams, and technologies that are changing the world. Whether it is healthcare, construction, or law enforcement, I am excited to deep-dive into new industries and to share actionable insights with clients. What is amazing about CVC is the breadth of backgrounds and skillsets of our members, which creates a patchwork of diverse ideas. Above all, CVC is like a family. Throughout our busy times, breaks, successes, and mistakes, we are here for each other, and this culture of mutual support is what makes CVC special.

 

About Me

Josiah is a freshman studying Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. Hailing from Singapore, he served in an Infantry battalion of the Singapore Army from 2016 to 2017. Josiah has wide-ranging interests including web programming, political economy, psychology and space exploration. Outside CVC, Josiah is an analyst at the Foreign Policy Center of Roosevelt Institute. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was a Strategic Communications Intern at Finsbury and a Business Development Intern at edutech startup ArcLab.

Major/Year:

Economics '22

Home:

Singapore

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

Storm Ventures, Touchdown Ventures

Professional:

During my 10-month break after military service, I interned at Finsbury, a British PR firm, where I crafted branding strategy and liaised with journalists for leading companies such as BlackRock, Aviva and Softbank. I then joined edutech startup ArcLab, where I gathered business insights and executed a marketing campaign for the launch of a HR training platform. Finally, I interned at JTC, a Singaporean government agency in charge of industrial development, where I analyzed circular economy ecosystems in cities and industrial parks across Europe. Other organizations I have done internships with include World Vision and the Singapore Ministry of Education.

Personal:

In my free time, I enjoy backpacking, photographing insects and slurping down bowls of Thai curry.

Alanna Zhou

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See the Bigger Picture.

What I really love about CVC is the opportunity to explore the concrete results of applying technology to the real world. While I'm currently working on a project in AppDev about automating deployment through a bot, I'm also coincidentally researching for CVC about robotic process automation and learning about all the current startups that are exploring the field. It's just so cool to take a step back from coding and see technology in the grand scheme of things. On top of that, I'm super glad to have everyone on this team as my friends, and I can't wait to see all of our friendships grow throughout Cornell and beyond!

 

About Me

Alanna is a freshman majoring in Computer Science from the Bay Area, California. After interning at Andreessen Horowitz, she found a passion for venture capital and is excited to be working as a CVC analyst since joining in the fall of 2018. Beyond CVC, Alanna is on the Cornell Society of Women Engineers' student committee and is a backend developer at Cornell App Development (AppDev). In her free time, she enjoys coding away at hackathons, making OC memes, and eating fried bananas.

Major/Year:

Computer Science '22

Home:

Saratoga, CA

Semester Joined:

Fall '18

Projects:

GV, Foundation Capital

Professional:

During my junior year of high school, I worked as a Software Engineering intern at Andreessen Horowitz, an awesome experience where I created database integration tools with Python, Django, PostgreSQL, and the Slack API and discussed anything from the latest Musk vs. Zuckerberg argument on Twitter to the latest a16z investment. The rest of my coding experience comes from hackathons, where my teams and I code novel ideas into award-winning applications.

Personal:

I am frequently found drinking boba while playing poker, fish, or Avalon with my friends.

Fred Kauber

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Growth and Learning.

In my sophomore year, one of our members gave an industry talk on beauty. I knew very little about that industry at the time, but I ended up becoming very interested in it and using it as the subject for my entry in the Stripes Group National Pitch-off Competition sophomore year. We ended up winning that competition, earning me an interview and subsequently a job at Stripes. You always have the chance to learn something new in CVC, and that thought excites me personally and professionally.

 

About Me

Fred is a senior from Pleasantville, New York pursuing a double major in Information Science and Applied Economics and Management. He has worked on 7 projects at CVC with VC partners including NEA and OpenView. His professional experiences include time as a project manager for Morningstar in Australia and as an analyst for Stripes Group in New York. Outside of CVC, Fred enjoys interviewing entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurship@Dyson, playing tchoukball, and progressing on his quest to visit America's top pizza places.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management, Information Science '19

Home:

Pleasantville, NY

Semester Joined:

Fall '16

Projects:

Envision, DMG, Taurus, NEA, OTV

Professional:

Tech and Consumer Investor at Stripes Group

Personal:

Hockey, Soccer, Listening to Podcasts or Billy Joel

Claire Pan

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Pushing The Boundaries.

My favorite aspect of CVC is that it’s always challenging and there’s so much to learn. I knew nothing about the first few projects I was staffed on but learned how to analyze different industries quickly and be able to sound knowledgable about them to clients. Most of my learning has come from listening to how other members think and work through problems. CVC gave me the confidence to approach any project, no matter how far outside of my comfort zone it might be.

 

About Me

Claire is a junior in the Dyson School studying Applied Economics and Management. Originally from Edison, New Jersey, Claire joined CVC in Spring 2017 and has worked on 5 projects. On campus, she is also the Co-President of Forté, treasurer for Cornell Club Tennis, and a research analyst for the Cayuga Fund. Her professional experiences include interning at the American Consulate in Sydney, Australia and investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Outside of CVC, Claire enjoys traveling, attempting to snowboard, and being confused.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management '19

Home:

Edison, NJ

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

BVP, Envision, Openview, Taurus

Professional:

In Fall 2016, I was the General Manager of TakeNote with Student Agencies. In Summer 2017, I was a CALS Global Fellow and U.S. Commerical Service intern at the American Consulate in Sydney, Australia, advising U.S. companies entering the Australian market. Last summer, I was an investment banking summer analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York City on the Global Consumer and Retail team. I am passionate about empowering women in business and intern with Forté Foundation during the school year.

Personal:

My hobbies include avoiding my responsibilities, arguing with Josh, defending the Lakers, and making poor life decisions (joining CVC is not one of them).

Grace Shau

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Real Life Impact.

My favorite memory in terms of the work I've done with CVC would definitely be hearing one of our clients actually say they were going to look deeper into and invest in some of the companies we had researched and presented to them. Being able to work on a project with tangible outcomes was amazing. Generally though, my favorite part of CVC has just been how easy it is to get along with everyone even though everyone has such diverse interests and backgrounds. I genuinely would consider members of this club some of my closest friends now despite only joining last semester.

 

About Me

Grace is a junior from California majoring in Information Science in Arts and Sciences. She joined CVC in spring of her sophomore year and has worked on projects around consumer marketplaces and quantum computing with BVP and GGV. Outside of CVC, Grace is involved with CAPSU, heading its mentorship program for freshman and CII, a new impact investment consulting group on campus. In her free time, she binges Netflix, falls down Wikipedia rabbit holes, and annoys her mentor, Fred Kauber.

Major/Year:

Information Science '20

Home:

San Jose, CA

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

BVP, GGV

Professional:

This past summer I interned at Barclays in the Sales and Trading division, the summer prior I was back in California working for a tech retailer in the accounting department, and during the school year I've worked with REV: Ithaca, a local startup incubator. I really enjoy formulating critical investment ideas based on the understanding of the unique aspects of companies and their relation to the world around them, especially for distressed and early stage companies because of their massive potential and volatility.

Personal:

Outside of academics, I love talking, playing tennis, cooking, and defending NorCal and the West Coast (also known as the Best Coast)

Michael Ogongo

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CVC is Family.

My favorite memory was when a couple other members and I stayed up late into the night preparing a send-off party for the graduating seniors. We had finals to deal with, and it was hard to stay motivated, but we stuck at it because it was a tradition and the seniors meant a lot to us. It was a long night but we had a lot of fun; that's CVC in a nutshell.

 

About Me

Michael is a Junior from Nairobi, Kenya majoring in Economics and pursuing minors in both Business and Information Science. He joined CVC in the spring of 2018 and has since worked on a project with New Enterprise Associates. Outside CVC, Michael spends his time mentoring high school students under the Yale African Scholars Program.

Major/Year:

Economics '20, minor in Information Science and Business

Home:

Nairobi, Kenya

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

NEA

Professional:

The summer after my sophomore year I worked at a European private equity firm called Bamboo Capital as an analyst. I intend to pursue VC and Entrepreneurship after graduation.

Personal:

When I'm not busy with school work, I'm either at Cornell Cinema or Cinemapolis in the Downtown area.

Zachary Shine

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Expanding Perspectives.

Although still a software engineer at heart, CVC has given me the opportunity to explore different careers, expand my interests and engage with people I am lucky to call my colleagues and friends.

 

About Me

Zack is a junior from Montreal, Quebec and is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics and Business. He has experience in software development as an intern with Thomson Reuters and experience in business management as a restaurant owner of Zack's Snack Shack. He has worked on projects with Bessemer Venture Partners and Sierra Ventures since joining CVC in Spring 2018. Zack enjoys snowboarding and playing hockey, as most Canadians do.

Major/Year:

Computer Science '20, minor in Mathematics and Business

Home:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

BVP, Sierra Ventures

Professional:

This past summer I worked as a software developer at Thomson Retuers Finance & Risk under their Eikon Platform team.

Personal:

I love watching Chef’s Table, participating in various fantasy sports leagues and snowboarding whenever the weather permits.

Joshua Chin

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Fulfilling, Impactful Work.

My favorite aspect of CVC is the exposure to an industry that is very hard to get experience in, especially as an undergrad. Through a variety of projects like cold calling companies in India at 3:00 AM, teaching a venture capitalist about Quantum Computing, and sourcing companies within AgTech and Construction Tech, I was able to interact with many different venture capital firms and provide meaningful insights that are actually valued by them. It's an amazing feeling knowing that all our clients take our work incredibly seriously and have made/passed on investments purely due to our analyses.

 

About Me

Josh is a senior from Neshanic Station, NJ and is majoring in Applied Economics and Management. Since joining CVC in Spring 2017, he has worked on projects with NEA, Envision, OTV, and GGV. His professional experiences include working for venture firms like NEA and KEC Ventures and helping NEA's portfolio company, Choosy, with their product launch this past summer. In his free time, Josh enjoys listening to music, pretending he's good at golf, and driving circles around Fred Kauber on the highway during CVC trips.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management '18

Home:

Neshanic Station, NJ

Semester Joined:

Spring '17

Projects:

NEA, Envision, OTV, GGV

Professional:

During my freshman summer, I participated in a mentorship program at Merrill Lynch and also helped develop an app for tablets that help people with disabilities or verbal limitations communicate. The following summer, I was a fellow at 88ships, a boutique company builder and advisory platform for startups. During my junior year, I interned for KEC Ventures in the fall semester and interned for NEA in the spring semester. This past summer, I helped Choosy, a portfolio company of NEA, with their product launch as a strategy and operations intern. This semester, I will continue to intern for NEA.

Personal:

I enjoy playing tennis, watching hockey, shooting, fishing, and drinking boba tea.

Ally Wuerfel

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CVC While Abroad.

My favorite CVC experience was having the opportunity to work as a remote project manager while studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. CVC's management team was extremely supportive and understanding in keeping me involved with the organization. This opportunity gave me direct experience working on a deliverable independently and provided me with invaluable connections.

 

About Me

Ally is from Nothern Michigan and senior in SC Johnson's College of Business majoring in Hotel Administration and minoring in Real Estate. She joined CVC in fall 2017 and has worked on projects for OpenView, Omidyar Technology Partners, and Touchdown Ventures. Ally spent this past summer as a Global Real Estate intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Her hobbies include traveling, paddle boarding, and reading.

Major/Year:

Hotel Administration '19, minor in Real Estate

Home:

Traverse City, MI

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

OTV, OpenView, Touchdown Ventures

Professional:

I grew up working in the hospitality industry anywhere from front desk to housekeeping. Naturally, I was drawn to the Hotel School and have been growing my experience in aspects of hospitality ever since arriving on campus. Over my four years in the Hotel School I have served as the President of Female Leadership in Hospitality, a founding brother and Vice President of Finance for Phi Chi Theta Business & Economics Fraternity, the Associate Director of HR for Hotel Ezra Cornell, and a member of the Cornell Real Estate Club. Off campus, I have interned on a luxury cruise ship, at a hospitality tech startup called StayWanderful, a remote intern for Tiller Partners, and as a Real Estate Transactions intern at JPMorgan.

Personal:

I enjoy traveling, reading, and paddle boarding.

Mason Woods

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CVC is family.

My favorite CVC memories have been at our social events. Being able to work and plan many of them has been incredibly fulfilling for me. Specifically, CVC highly values its diverse membership and I found the social where members got to learn about the cultural backgrounds of other members to be a rewarding experience. I believe that enjoying your time with the people you work with at non-work events can be difficult to come by. Helping facilitate an internal morale that prides including every member of the organization, both professionally and personally, is something I see as pertinent to a successful organization. Whether its grabbing dinners, going to special events, or simply spending time with your fellow club members, I have enjoyed every moment of my time in this organization.

 

About Me

Mason is a junior from Houston, Texas pursuing a double major in Government and Philosophy with a double minor in Business and European Studies. He has worked on many projects at CVC with VC partners including NEA and Bessemer Venture Partners. His professional experiences include time working with KEC Ventures and as an investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets. Outside CVC, Mason is a Vice President in the Cornell Political Union and is involved with various LGBTQ+ organizations on campus.

Major/Year:

Government and Philosophy '20, minor in European Studies

Home:

Houston, TX

Semester Joined:

Fall '16

Projects:

BVP, Taurus, NEA, Envision

Professional:

In summer 2017, I worked on a research project with Omidyar Technology Ventures and explored the cybersecurity space. In the Fall 2017, I conducted research for KEC Ventures investigating the construction, architecture, and engineering spaces. Last summer, I worked as an investment banking summer analyst at RBC Capital Markets in New York City on the Consumer and Retail team. I am active in the LGBTQ+ business community on and off campus.

Personal:

I enjoy philosophizing over coffee, going to museums, and watching musicals at the theatre.

Siddant Basnet

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Real Life Impact.

Favorite CVC project-related memory was when the VC Client I had worked with as a novice first-semester analyst sent out an email saying that he landed a place on a $50M VC deal led by Sequoia and that our team's work had helped him a lot. It really helped me see that my interests were actually helpful to someone.

 

About Me

Siddant is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Computer Science. He's from Kathmandu, Nepal, loves startup culture and has interned at bunch of startups including one in the music industry; he aspires to continue his career in product management after graduation. Siddant joined CVC in his fall sophomore year and is currently a Project Manager. He likes rock music and pretends to be a soccer pundit.

Major/Year:

Computer Science '19, minor in Philosophy

Home:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Semester Joined:

Fall '16

Projects:

Envision, Touchdown

Professional:

After freshman year, I worked at a Media & Enterntainment startup called Karma Records as a Software Engineering (SWE) Intern. The next summer I initially started working as a SWE intern at StartupTree here in Ithaca. Midway through I transitioned to a Product Management role and really loved the work I did. This summer I worked as a Product Manager Intern at Chegg at their HQ in Santa Clara, CA which was an awesome experience. Recuriting is tough; feel free to reach out -- I'm happy to talk more about my experiences.

Personal:

In my little spare time, I love listening to the Doors, playing my guitar and daydreaming.

Shen Ming Lee

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Work that Excites.

My favorite CVC memory is when we drove down to NYC for the annual Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit and on the drive back, Fred (our current president) stopped at a Go-karting race track and we all randomly went Go-kart racing. Best. Pitstop. Ever. My best experiences with CVC are always when I get to learn something cool and new. Whether it's about Baby Tech or Liquid Biopsies, CVC has exposed me and opened my mind to industries like Industrial IoT that I would never dream of experiencing. I also get to work with incredibly driven and intelligent people who push me to do better and give me a million reasons to laugh along the way.

 

About Me

Shen is a junior from Malaysia majoring in Hotel Administration and minoring in Information Science. Since joining CVC in Fall '17, she has worked on projects in the areas of Industrial IoT, Agriculture Technology and Consumer Food Products with GGV Capital, NEA and Touchdown Ventures. Previously, she served as the President of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at Cornell and as the Campus Manager of Elevate Meal Plan, a DC-based meal plan startup. Her professional experience includes starting a restaurant called Fresco Supper Club, working at Unilever as a Brand Management and E-Commerce Intern and at Snapcart as a Business Intelligence and Data Science Intern. Currently, she is building her social food venture, Fresco Foods, and is writing a book about Food, Agriculture and Technology that will be published by New Degree Press in March 2019. In her free time, she loves to cook and bake, go to farmers markets, dance Flamenco, spin, snowboard and watch Chef’s Table and Suits.

Major/Year:

Hotel Administration '20, minor in Information Science

Home:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

GGV Capital, NEA, Touchdown Ventures

Professional:

Before college, I started a farm-to-table, social mission-driven restaurant called Fresco Supper Club in Singapore and interned at Marriott Hotels and Resorts and SaladStop, a health food chain in Asia. At college, I served as the President of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at Cornell and as the Campus Manager of Elevate Meal Plan, a DC-based meal plan startup. During my college year summers, I worked at Unilever as a Brand Management and E-Commerce Intern and at Snapcart as a Business Intelligence and Data Science Intern. Currently, I am building my social food venture, Fresco Foods, and am writing a book about the role of technology in the future of the Food and Agriculture ecosystem that will be published by New Degree Press in March 2019.

Personal:

I enjoy cooking and baking, going to farmers markets, dancing Flamenco, spinning, practicing yoga, snowboarding and watching Chef’s Table and Suits. I am a lover of all things gastronomy and am seriously avocado obsessed (follow my avocado instagram @shensavoddiction for some quality avocado puns and recipes!)

Jeff Liu

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A Different Perspective.

Without CVC, I never would have had the opportunity to look at startups from an investor's perspective. I enjoyed having the opportunity to analyze different industries and meet incredibly knowledgable investors. Of course, I made some of my closest friends here at CVC that I might not otherwise had the chance to meet. When I start my own company, I know that I will come to CVC members for their advice and expertise.

 

About Me

Jeff is a junior from Northern Virginia studying Computer Science and Government. Since joining CVC, he has worked on projects with GGV Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners. Last summer, Jeff was a Software Engineer intern for Cylera, a cybersecurity startup founded by Cornell alumni. In his free time, he enjoys brainstorming startup ideas, studying sports analytics, and watching Arsenal matches.

Major/Year:

Computer Science/Government '20

Home:

Vienna, VA

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

BVP, GGV Capital, Cornell Tech

Professional:

Two summers ago, I interned at Quicken Loans as a business analyst. During my sophomore year, I worked as a developer at Red Route, a Cornell-based startup building interactive voice response systems for taxi companies. Last summer, I was a software engineer at Cylera, a cybersecurity company founded by Cornell alumni and focused on protecting hospitals from cyber threats.

Personal:

I enjoy cooking, soccer and playing FIFA

Nikhil Dhawan

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CVC is family.

CVC has been the most valuable of my Cornell experiences. Through the club, I have not only expanded my interests and skills but have also developed many close friendships and gained great mentors.

 

About Me

Nikhil is a senior from Poughkeepsie, NY and is a Computer Science major in the College of Engineering. He joined CVC in Spring 2017 and has since worked on projects with Cayuga Venture Fund, OpenView Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Envision Ventures. His professional experiences include summer internships as an analyst at The Blackstone Group and as a researcher at Cornell Tech. On campus, as a Cornell Rawlings Scholar, Nikhil conducts human-robot interaction research with Dr. Guy Hoffman. In his spare time, Nikhil avidly follows football and is a fan of the New York Jets.

Major/Year:

Computer Science '19, minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Home:

Poughkeepsie, NY

Semester Joined:

Spring '17

Projects:

BVP, OpenView, CVF, Envision

Professional:

This past summer I worked as a technology analyst at The Blackstone Group. The summer before, I worked in an HRI lab at Cornell Tech. My professional and academic interests lie in HRI and Machine Learning research. On campus, I work with Dr. Guy Hoffman to explore how intelligent robotic agents can work side-by-side with humans in design spaces and aspire to further pursue such research in graduate school.

Personal:

Outside of classes, I enjoy watching football and follow the New York Jets.

Ivy Ying

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Both a Social and Professional Club.

What I love about CVC is that it gave me a focus other than hospitality. Since joining CVC, I have been able to explore my interest in tech and entrepreneurship and connect with top talents in the VC industry. CVC has a great balance of both professional and social experiences. My favorite memory was going on picnic with CVC members after my Python final exam.

 

About Me

Ivy is a sophomore Hotelie from Hong Kong with a minor in Real Estate. She joined CVC in her freshman spring and has worked on projects with BVP and Sierra Ventures. Outside of CVC, Ivy is involved with MCSA and HEC. Ivy also works at the Front Office of the Statler Hotel on campus. In her free time, Ivy enjoys travelling, food hunting (classic Hotelie things), and fashion.

Major/Year:

Hotel Administration '21, minor in Real Estate

Home:

Hong Kong

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

BVP, Sierra Ventures

Professional:

My current career interest lies in hospitality and real estate. I interned for Fushion Fund, a VC firm based in Palo Alto, last winter, where I worked on due diligence projects in the health tech space. Last summer, I worked for a real estate company where I was staffed in their newly established hotel development team. I collaborated on feasibility studies and positioning reports for boutique hotels in the development and planning phase. On campus, I gained operation experience through working at the Statler Hotel. I am also the co-founder of an education tech company called Innoedu.

Personal:

I enjoy spending time and money on anything food or fashion related, as well as travelling to new and exciting places.

Daniel Solinsky

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Learning About VC.

My favorite memory was going to the VCIC competition in North Carolina with four other CVC members. We were able to meet friendly and ambitious students interested in Venture Capital from around the country and learn about the deal process in a short amount of time. Opportunities like this are hard to come by without the resources and dedication of experienced members. I am grateful for the mentorship and team-bonding experiences that are always available at CVC.

 

About Me

Daniel is a Junior from Weston, CT majoring in Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) and pursuing minors in both Business and Computer Science. He joined CVC his first semester at Cornell in the fall of 2016 and has enjoyed every moment of it. He has been a Project Manager since the beginning of 2018 and has worked with a wide array of clients. Outside of CVC, Daniel is a Teaching Assistant within ORIE and manages his new fund.

Major/Year:

Operations Research and Information Engineering '20, minor in Business and Computer Science

Home:

Weston, CT

Semester Joined:

Fall '16

Projects:

OpenView Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Cayuga Venture Fund, GGV Capital, Touchdown Ventures

Professional:

I am interested in studying the (in)efficiencies of businesses and markets and helping them optimize processes. Last summer I interned in Corporate Strategy and M&A at loanDepot, the fifth largest mortgage originator in the US. I worked on potential external joint ventures as well as the internal expansion of the main business. I also co-founded a fund, Nostradamus Capital, that invests in US stocks and options.

Personal:

Between phone calls with clients, I like to hike and run around Ithaca and take in the natural beauty of upstate New York. I can also be found salsa dancing on occassion.