Analyst

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.

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.

Matthew Salazar

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Honing Professional Skillsets.

CVC gave me the opportunity to talk with people that I usually wouldn't at a level of heightened professionalism and insightfulness. By working with firms directly, you really get to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship and venture capital. CVC members really care about each other and will help wherever needed both professionally and personally.

 

About Me

Matthew is a sophomore from San Diego, California majoring in mathematics while minoring in ILR economics and computer science. He joined in Spring 2018 and has worked with Touchdown and Sierra Ventures. Outside of CVC, Matthew is a member of Cornell Hedge Fund. In his free time, he plays piano and poker.

Major/Year:

Mathematics '20, minor in Economics/Computer Science

Home:

San Diego, CA

Semester Joined:

Spring '18

Projects:

Touchdown, Sierra Ventures

Professional:

Last summer, I interned for Hinge Capital, a VC in San Diego that has invested in Bird, Dollar Shave Club and Ripple. Additionally, I attended the IC3 conference in Ithaca on blockchain. My interest lies mainly in blockchain, decentralization and liberation.

Personal:

DJing, classical piano, poker, rock climbing, soccer.

Levy Agaronnik

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Personal Growth.

My favorite experience was presenting a project on construction technology to a professional in Venture Capital. This project provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills and present my work in a way I would never be able to do in class or on campus. CVC gives you exposure to industries and work that is traditionally not available to college students. It helps me develop professionally and as a person as every project is a unique challenge that I can take on alongside peers who are unbounded in their ambition and passion.

 

About Me

Levy is a sophomore majoring in Applied Economics and Management from Brooklyn, New York. Since joining CVC, he has worked on projects with OTV, Sierra, and Envision ventures. Last summer, Levy was an intern in BlackRock's Global Credit group. Outside of CVC, Levy is part of campus start-up Suna Breakfast. His passions include competitve latin dancing and black coffee.

Major/Year:

Applied Economics and Management '21

Home:

Brooklyn, NY

Semester Joined:

Fall '17

Projects:

OTV, Envision Ventures, Sierra, Cornell Tech

Professional:

I have spent two consecutive summers interning at BlackRock within their M&A and Global Credit groups. During my freshman year I become involved with the business side of Cornell start-up Suna Breakfast. My professional interests lie in the intersection of finance and technology as well as entreprenuership.

Personal:

I enjoy competitive latin dancing and traveling. I am a previous nationally ranked latin dancer and have spent a portion of last summer backpacking throughout 7 countries in Europe and the Middle-East.