Project Manager

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).

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.

Nicholas DeFrancisco

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Learning about the Frontier of Technology.

CVC has given me the chance to explore fields that I would never have the chance to learn about in a classroom. Most notably, this most recent semester I was able to work on a project where I was tasked with teaching a venture capitalist about Quantum Computing. This project allowed me to gain insight and knowledge about a field that very few people know about. CVC has been a great learning experience for me and I look forward to learning about many more industries while in this club.

 

About Me

Nick is a sophomore from Smithtown, New York majoring in Information Science in the College of Engineering while pursuing a minor in Business. Since joining CVC in Spring 2018 he has worked on projects with NEA and GGV. Outside of CVC, Nick is a member of the Engineers for a Sustainable World project team and the Sustainable Business Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys going out to the golf course, fishing and watching New York sports teams.

Major/Year:

Operations Research '21, minor in Business

Home:

Smithtown, NY

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

GGV, NEA

Professional:

Prior to college I spent my summers doing immunotherapy research on Long Island, while simultaneously interning in the Fiscal Department of MercyFirst, a non-profit orginization on Long Island. This past summer I worked as an accountant at Penkovsky Company CPA's PLLC. My professional interests lie in data analytics, and the intersection between engineering and finance.

Personal:

Outside of classes, I can be found playing golf, fishing, or watching the New York Knicks lose basketball games.

Christophe Gerlach

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Network of Friends.

My favorite CVC memory was our end-of-semester Pines burger challenge. It is always awesome getting to know people you work on intense projects with in a more informal setting, especially when most of us come from such different backgrounds and always find a way to learn and grow from each other. I am really grateful to CVC for facilitating friendships that I would never have made otherwise, and hopefully a network of friends that lasts past Cornell.

 

About Me

Christophe is a junior from Washington, DC but originially from the Netherlands. He is majoring in Applied Economics & Management and minoring in Philosophy, and joined CVC in Spring 2018. On campus, Christophe is involved with Suna Breakfast, a hospitality start-up in the upcoming eLab cohort, Mundial club soccer, Cornell Blockchain, and Sigma Chi.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management '20, minor in Philosophy

Home:

Arlington, Virginia

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

Touchdown, Cornell Tech

Professional:

After my freshman year, I worked for a hedge fund in the DC area doing equity research. After my sophomore year, I worked for NEA (one of our clients) in the NEA Next program, where I did finance and strategy for The Players' Tribune, one of their portfolio companies. After my junior summer, I will be interning for General Atlantic, a tech private equity firm in NYC.

Personal:

Outside of classes, I enjoy playing soccer, snowboarding, and eating food.

David Larar

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Career Opportunities.

My favorite CVC experience was flying to the UNC Keenan-Flagler School of Business with four other members to compete in the Venture Capital Investment Competition. We got to dive deep into term sheet generation and had an amazing experience networking with established VCs, as well as the next generation of the VC community

 

About Me

David is a Junior from Scranton, Pennsylvannia studying Information Science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He joined CVC in Spring 2017 and has since worked on projects with OpenView Venture Partners, Omidyar Technology Ventures, and Touchdown Ventures. On campus, David is a member of the Sprint Football Team and Delta Upsilon Fraternity. In his free time he enjoys playing squash and finding new music

Major/Year:

Information Science '20

Home:

Scranton, Pennsylvannia

Semester Joined:

Spring '17

Projects:

Openview, OTV, Touchdown

Professional:

This past summer I worked as a Fixed Income Summer Analyst at Seer Capital Management. The previous summer I was a Summer Analyst at Pierpoint Capital.

Personal:

My hobbies include annoying Fred, going skiing, and playing squash.

Rishab Bhandari

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Insightful Tech Talks.

My favorite CVC experiences have been our bi-weekly tech-talks. These presentations have been an incredible way for me to learn about sectors I would not normally know about presented by a fellow CVCer. My favorites have been David’s presentations on Initial Coin Offerings, Fred’s presentation on Valuations and Jeff’s presentation on CRISPR. I look forward to hearing more of these in the semesters to come.

 

About Me

Rishab is a freshman from the Princeton area intending to double major in information science and applied economics and management. Since joining CVC, he has done work with Openview, BVP and GGV. Outside of CVC, Rishab is also involved on the CUAUV project team and Cornell Data Science. Some of his interests include cryptocurrencies, archery, and up-and-coming rappers.

Major/Year:

Information Science/Applied Economics and Management '18

Home:

Princeton, New Jersey

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

GGV, BVP, OpenView

Professional:

Last summer I worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation developing cost analysis models and benchmarks for intelligent traffic light migration and highway resurfacing, comparing in-house operations and private contractors with data analysis in Python and Excel. I was also able to develop a mental health application that was aquired by an angel investor in August of 2018.

Personal:

Listening to Rap Music, Watching Boxing and Soccer.

Matt Schwimmer

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Real Life Impact.

Nothing beats the feeling of getting on a call with a real VC firm, sharing a startup you've researched, and hearing "Oh wow, we've never heard of this. We're gonna have to give them a call." CVC has given me the opportunity to experience what real work in the VC world looks like. In doing so, I have already seen growth in my analytical and critical thinking skills which I've since applied to my life beyond and even done so in some of my classes. Truly a rare on-campus experience!

 

About Me

Matt is a junior from Armonk, New York and plans on majoring in Economics with a minor in Computer Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. Since joining CVC in the Fall of 2017, he has had the opportunity to work on 2 projects with GGV Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners. In the summer or 2017, Matt was an iOS Development Intern at Adafruit Industries. Feel free to talk to Matt about Hip-Hop or Arsenal Football Club.

Major/Year:

Economics '20, minor in Computer Science

Home:

Pleasantville, NY

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

GGV, BVP, Touchdown

Professional:

The summer of my freshman year, I was an iOS Development Intern at Adafruit Industries specializing in bluetooth solutions for their Bluefruit iOS application. This past summer, I was an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Robotics In Groups Lab at Cornell, working on developing partial-Markov Decision Processes for a human-robot collaboration experiment using the Kuka youBot.

Personal:

I enjoy listening to music, playing and watching soccer, video games.