About KingsCrowd

We are a team of financiers, venture capitalists, technologists, founders, and industry experts on a mission to democratize private market investing.

One of the most successful asset classes of the past 20 years has been startups and private companies not listed on major exchanges like the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Thanks to technological advancements and regulatory improvements, these investment opportunities are becoming increasingly available online. We are on a mission to provide you with one trusted source to find all the deal flow available.

We provide trusted insights, analytics and ratings to help you navigate the fragmented market of startup investing and vet the best deals worth adding to your investment portfolio.

A One-Stop Solution For Vetted Private Market Deal Flow

With KingsCrowd you will never miss a hot deal. Reduce your hours of searching and vetting deals by using our proprietary technology rating and analytics tools produced by our industry insiders with years of startup and venture capital experience.

Their reports are so accurate and give a detailed insight of the companies fundraising on crowdfunding portals like Wefunder, SeedInvest etc.

– KingsCrowd Customer

Who we are

Chris Lustrino

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Chris Lustrino

Founder & CEO

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Prior to founding KingsCrowd, Chris served as an Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where he focused on private equity due diligence. Before his time at L.E.K., he ran finance ops at Freebird, a travel tech startup. He also founded Simple.Innovative.Change, a Fintech publication focused on alternative investments and lending and was a finalist for the 2018 LendIt Fintech Journalist of the Year. Chris graduated from Boston College with a Business degree in Operations, Info Systems, and Marketing.

Sean O'Reilly

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Sean O'Reilly

Chief Marketing Officer

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Before joining Chris Lustrino in building KingsCrowd in 2018, Sean served as the Founder & Principal of Wilson Blvd. Content, a boutique advertising and marketing agency specializing in servicing financial firms and publishers. From 2013-2017, Sean was an investment analyst, contributing editor, podcast host, and marketing copywriter for The Motley Fool, a financial publisher and investing education company. Sean is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, where he holds a Finance Degree.

Vin Narayanan

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Vin Narayanan

VP of Strategy

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Vin brings a vast amount of private market and entrepreneurial experience to KingsCrowd. He started his career reinventing media for the Internet age when people were still dialing up on AOL. From there he went on to help disrupt the casino industry where he helped -- among other things -- usher in a new era of online gaming. He also ran a Hong Kong-based startup that mixed online gaming and crypto before turning his attention to helping people invest in startups.

Howie Schneider

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Howie Schneider

Chief Technology Officer

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Howie is a proven entrepreneur focused on technology, development, data management, and operations. Prior to co-founding Crowditz which was purchased by KingsCrowd, Howie was CTO and Co-Founder at Generate Inc., where he developed and implemented the technology to create real-time news and event monitoring, comprehensive intelligence on millions of companies and executives, and relationship capital management. Generate was purchased by Dow Jones.

Jim Bordewick

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Jim Bordewick

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

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Jim Bordewick began his career in private practice with Boston’s largest law firm, Ropes & Gray, before becoming the chief legal officer for MFS Investment Management’s fund business. After that, he worked at Bank of America as general counsel for its various asset management businesses and as chief compliance officer. Jim then transitioned to being the head of operations, legal, and regulatory affairs at an equity crowdfunding portal in order to be part of the growing movement for increasing accessibility to private capital markets for all investors. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Cornell Law School.

Ted Parker

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Ted Parker

SVP of Sales Growth

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Ted Parker started his career in the financial services industry at Fidelity Investments as a VP Trust Investment Consultant where he was instrumental in building their Trust Investment Company. His experience includes private banking, family office wealth management, and building an institutional division for one of the oldest and most respected Insurance and Investment companies in the country. He joins KingsCrowd as SVP of Sales Growth from Millennium Trust Company, where he worked with some of the leading companies in the alternative investment space -- most notably OurCrowd, the Israeli-based global venture capital firm.

Andy Gordon

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Andy Gordon

Managing Director

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After graduating from the London School of Economics, Andy worked with the U.S Department of Commerce, the CIA, and a K Street firm that monitored World Bank activities. He went on to consult on a series of infrastructure projects around the world. Following that, he worked with Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, and Bethlehem Steel to increase global sales. He also worked under the Governor of Maryland on global trade and investment initiatives. From there he joined a global investment advisory service and then a startup investment advisory service where he provided guidance to accredited investors, retail investors and crowdfunders.

Ahmad Takatkah

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Ahmad Takatkah

Chief Investment Officer

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Ahmad comes to KingsCrowd with the perfect blend of venture capital and data science experience. He holds an MBA, is a Kauffman Fellow and has spent eight years working in venture capital, with stops at N2V, Leap Ventures, and ArzanVC. He also spent three years at Carta, a leader in cap table management and private equity technology. In his free time, he runs his own VC and data science-focused blog: VCpreneur.com where he entertains and educates thousands of readers.

Olivia Strobl

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Olivia Strobl

Sr Investment Analyst

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Olivia comes to KingsCrowd with a background in venture capital and technology. She spent time at Glasswing Ventures, an AI-focused venture fund in Boston, before joining the KingsCrowd team. There she helped develop machine learning algorithms for the opportunity qualification of preseed and seed-stage startup companies. Prior to her time at Glasswing, Olivia worked in a lab studying the neural correlates of attention. She holds a degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College.

Francis Vu

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Francis Vu

Investment Analyst

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Francis has an extensive background in private equity and venture capital that he brings to KingsCrowd. Previously, Francis was a part of VU Venture Partners, helping to source deals and lead program management. Prior to this, he served as a private equity analyst at Pacific Oak where he helped source deals. Aside from developing his own startup investment portfolio, he spends his time learning data analytics in Python and SQL. Throughout his time in private equity and venture capital, he's built financial models, conducted due diligence, and sourced investment opportunities. Francis holds a degree in Finance and Management from Tulane University.

Inez Sanjaya

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Inez Sanjaya

Investment Analyst

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Inez's background is in the startup ecosystem, which she is very passionate about. Inez has experience working in a startup, a Google-backed accelerator, and lastly in Plug and Play Tech Center. Prior to this, she was a part of VU Venture Partners doing deal sourcing and conducting due diligence. Inez graduated from the University of California Berkeley with an Economics degree.

Zee Zhong

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Zee Zhong

Director of Investments

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Zee is passionate about venture investing in startups. Prior to KingsCrowd, he was part of the investment team at VU Venture Partners and Scale Asia Ventures. He also has experience in investment banking, advising software companies on sell-side M&A deals. Zee gained his operational and leadership experience by serving in the US Army for 4 years. He is also part of the Goldman Sachs Veteran Integration Program. Zee holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. In his free time, Zee loves outdoor adventures and traveling. He has been to 20+ countries so far.

Léa Bouhelier-Gautreau

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Léa Bouhelier-Gautreau

Senior Investment Analyst

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Léa is passionate about impact investing and sustainability. Prior to KingsCrowd, she worked for Stanford’s accelerator, StartX, helping to select the most promising entrepreneurs. She also led the first award-winning study on the Malawian startup ecosystem. In her free-time, she volunteers to help entrepreneurs in Cameroon, Brazil and Colombia. Léa holds a degree in Anthropology from France and is currently enrolled in the UC Davis MBA program. She enjoys travelling, learning new languages, and being a handball goalkeeper.

Carolyn Price

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Carolyn Price

Investment Analyst

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Carolyn is passionate about mission investing within the startup ecosystem. Prior to KingsCrowd, she was a founding team member at Rentearn, a proptech startup that makes real estate investing more efficient and equitable for inexperienced investors. Carolyn also co-founded a fintech startup, which was accepted to and funded in MIT Sloan’s accelerator program, that makes long term investing simple for university students. Carolyn holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, stand up comedy, and surfing.

Yasmin Sharbaf

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Yasmin Sharbaf

Investment Analyst

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Yasmin is passionate about the intersection of business, art, and science. Prior to KingsCrowd, Yasmin worked on a cryptocurrency investing research project for Wellesley College Investment Office where she assessed the risks and rewards for university endowment investment into cryptocurrency. She has also previously worked in a neuroscience lab studying language and memory of songbirds. Yasmin’s dream is to make investing and financial education accessible to everyone. In her free time, Yasmin enjoys going on adventures, learning new languages, and exploring different cultures. Yasmin studied Neuroscience and Studio Art at Wellesley College.

Feven Solomon

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Feven Solomon

Investment Analyst

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Feven is very passionate about venture capital and startup investing. Prior to KingsCrowd, she worked on three continents: Africa (Ethiopia), North America (U.S.A), and Europe (Italy). She has sourced and led deal due-diligence for potential minority investments in early stage and growth stage B2B SaaS companies. She has also received a certificate from Cornell’s Women and Entrepreneurship program where she focused on the startup ecosystem for minority groups. Feven holds a double degree in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University. She loves to travel, watch documentaries, and is involved in community service.

Steve Callan

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Steve Callan

SVP, Technology

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KingsCrowd's resident Merlin, Steve is a proven technologist with a passion for creativity and invention. He began his career at Watts Water Technologies (WTS), bridging experience design, data and engineering to create industry-leading web and mobile tools. For the last 10 years, Steve has led technology at the marketing firm Hill Holliday, where he created innovative and award-winning work for companies such as Bank of America, Verizon, Dunkin' Donuts, Liberty Mutual, cutting edge startups, and mission driven non-profits.

Brian Belley

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Brian Belley

VP, Product

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Brian is the Founder of Crowdwise.org and VentureWallet.co and an angel investor in 110+ startups through equity crowdfunding. An Aerospace/Mechanical engineer by training, a seasoned engineering leader, and a self-taught software developer, Brian also serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association’s (CfPA) Board of Directors and is an advisor to numerous startups.

Krishan Nattar

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Krishan Nattar

Software Engineer

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Krishan has a background in software engineering, Montessori education, accounting, and being a late-night musician. He's passionate about new technologies and any book about self-development. He spends his free time traveling, connecting with friends and family, and working on personal projects.

Chris Martin

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Chris Martin

Quality Assurance Manager

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Prior to Kingscrowd, Chris managed a multi-office quality assurance department for advertising giants Hill Holliday and Erwin Penland. A promoter of WCAG, shift-left DevOps, and remote team-management, he also comes with experience in design, UX, and web development. He is a digital jack-of-all-trades who spends his off time gardening, gaming, and refinishing wood furniture.

Eric Alexander

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Eric Alexander

Data Specialist

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Eric Alexander grew up north of Boston and spent 10 years in the restaurant industry before deciding to pursue his passion for tech and investing. As a data specialist at KingsCrowd, Eric is focused on ensuring that investors have full access to all relevant data so they can make informed investment decisions. In his free time, Eric enjoys caring for his dogs, playing golf, and video games.

Aryelle Young

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Aryelle Young

Head of Content

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Aryelle Young is a published writer and editor with experience across industries. She has worked with an independent publishing company and as a proposal writer for a government contractor. Her original work has also been published in various journals and one short story collection. At KingsCrowd, she strives to provide insightful and actionable content for all readers. Aryelle graduated with a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University.

Allison Brickell

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Allison Brickell

Senior Editor

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Allison is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for telling stories. Before joining KingsCrowd, she worked as an editor in financial publishing and as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, The Montgomery County Sentinel and other news publications. She graduated from Towson University with a degree in Mass Communication. As an advocate for environmental protection, she feels strongly that startups have the power to make the world a better place. At KingsCrowd, she works hard to provide readers with clear and thorough startup coverage so that they can make informed investment decisions.

Staff

Katy Dolan
Investment Staff

John Engle
Principal

Meridith Taylor
Principal

Jason Koob
Principal

Advisors

John Fanning
Chairman of the Board of Advisors

Mike Even

Mike Even

Former CIO, Citi

Andrea Walne
Partner at Manhattan Venture Partners

Barry Kurland
VC / Fintech C-Suite

Patrik Hellstrand
VC-backed CEO