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25madison Ventures Fund I
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HOW DO WE DO IT?

We’re
different.

Building companies in our studios and investing in early-stage businesses through Venture Fund I.

Founders, Operators, Investors.

A team of builders with a deep understanding of what makes a company successful and scalable.
Our Team

Exclusive studio leverage

Our relationship with the studio gives us ongoing operating experience, flexing a muscle that most investors let atrophy.

Supercharged partnerships

We've got key distribution partners to reduce execution risk.

Unique deal flow

We see over 1,000 companies a year.

We focus on software, fintech, health tech, and consumer tech.

Experienced through cycles

Seasoned group of investors who have been through multiple cycles and understand the white spaces that are poised for growth.

Research-based

In the competitive early-stage space, this means we reach fact-based decisions quickly so we don’t lose out on deals.

- Fund Advisors

John Hope Bryant
John Hope Bryant

Chairman & CEO, Operation HOPE
Founder, Chairman & CEO, The Promise Homes Company
Member, US President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Marcia Jung
Marcia Jung

Product Manager, Stripe
Group Product Manager, Google

Brad Katsuyama
Brad Katsuyama

Co-Founder & CEO, IEX
Founding Board Member, The Public Health Company
MD, Head of Global Sales and Trading, RBC Capital Markets

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

Co-Founder & CEO, Verishop
Founder & CEO, Proem Group
Chief Strategy Officer, Snap Inc.
Managing Director, Head of Global Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
Managing Director, Head of Global Internet, J.P Morgan

Shelly Lanning
Shelly Lanning

Founder, SWL Healthcare Ventures
CEO, Cleveland Home Health
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners

Jordan Levy
Jordan Levy

Managing Partner, SoftBank Capital NY
Founder and Managing Partner, Seed Capital Partners

Lee Moser
Lee Moser

Managing Partner & Founder, AnD Ventures
Partner, Head of Global Investor Relations, iAngels
Chief of Staff to Israel’s Ambassador to the USA, Embassy of Israel

David Shapiro
David Shapiro

Co-Founder, Arbo Works
Chief Business Officer, Next Billion Users, Google
Global Director of Chrome OS and Android Marketing, Google
VP, American Express

Minerva Tantoco
Minerva Tantoco

CEO, The Commons Project
Board Member, Vyv
Advisory Board, Socure
Strategist, Speaker, Consultant, City Strategies, LLC
Adjunct Professor, Columbia Co-Founder, CTO, Grasshopper Bancorp

Kevin Warren
Kevin Warren

Commissioner, The Big Ten Conference
COO, Minnesota Vikings
SVP of Business Ops and General Counsel, Detroit Lions
VP Player Programs and Legal Counsel, St. Louis Rams
Founder and Owner, Kevin F. Warren & Associates

Alicin Reidy Williamson
Alicin Reidy Williamson

Chief Inclusion Officer, Endeavor
Managing Principal, The Rabin Group
SVP, Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, MTV Networks & Viacom

- Ventures Team

Jaja Liao
Jaja Liao
Principal
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Jaja Liao
Principal
  • Early Stage VC, Headline
  • Growth Strategy and Operations, Clover Health
  • Online Partnerships Group, Google
  • Business Development, TikTok
  • Early Stage VC, Rainfall Ventures
  • Yale University (BA, Molecular Biology)

What I do

I joined 25madison in February 2022 to invest in early stage companies for the 25madison Ventures Fund. I’m looking for obsessive founders who are building products that customers are obsessed with.

About Me

I studied Molecular Biology at Yale, but I found my true passion in tech. Before 25madison, I was an early stage investor at Headline (fka e.ventures) in San Francisco, where I led investments in primarily healthcare, consumer, and SaaS. I started my career at Google and have also worked at Clover Health, Rainfall Ventures, and TikTok, where I was the 10th US employee.

I was born in Taiwan, but I grew up in the US. I'm very passionate about protecting democracy, freedom of speech, and human rights.

Merrill Anovick
Merrill Anovick
Director
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Merrill Anovick
Director
  • Product Strategy, Google Pay
  • Business Development, Android
  • Product Marketing, Google Fi
  • Harvard Business School (MBA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (BA, Political Science & Economics)

What I do: I love finding new ways to better serve customers by solving unmet needs. I enjoy helping our incubations figure out what to create first, acquire their first set of users, and build a monetization strategy. I'm especially passionate about Financial Technology and products that expand economic opportunity.


About me: I'm a proud New Jersey native who has spent time living in Baltimore, San Francisco, and Boston. I traveled and worked in India & Nigeria and draw energy from seeing the positive impact new technology can have on people's lives. I'm a die-hard ice hockey fan (go Devils!), American politics nerd, and enthusiastic debater of issues people care about.

Pranay Tamminayana
Pranay Tamminayana
Analyst
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Pranay Tamminayana
Analyst
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • The University of Texas at Austin (BBA, Business Honors & Finance; BS, Public Health)

What I Do

I am fascinated by how the next set of category-defining companies are emerging against rapidly changing consumer demographics, shifting generational mindsets, and a continually evolving digital environment. At 25madison, I spend my time identifying, testing, and iterating new ventures, conducting diligence on investment opportunities, and providing support to portfolio companies.

About Me

I was born in Nashville, TN and have lived in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing and watching tennis (go Federer and Serena!), yoga, cooking, traveling, and eating great food.

Steven Price
Steven Price
Managing Partner
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Steven Price
Managing Partner
  • Founder, Chairman and CEO, Townsquare Media  
  • Senior Managing Director, Centerbridge Partners  
  • Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
  • Co-Founder & CEO, PriCellular Corporation
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon
  • Columbia Law School (JD) 
  • Brown University (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) 

What I Do

At 25madison, I work with our team and our portfolio companies to build great businesses. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I've seen what works and what doesn’t work, over and over again. Now, I help entrepreneurs and our team avoid many of the pitfalls I’ve seen and experienced. I also work with our Board and Founders to set our overall strategy and make sure that the areas where we focus have positive impact and can generate great returns.

About Me

I’m a lifelong learner and entrepreneur. I've built businesses that have become public companies (twice), have been sold to large corporations and some that have been less successful. I've founded companies in media, telecommunications and business services, but now, I'm thinking most about business opportunities that tackle loneliness, aging, the future of work, preparedness and healthy living.

Matt Fremont-Smith
Matt Fremont-Smith
Partner
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Matt Fremont-Smith
Partner
  • Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Bank USA
  • COO, Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific
  • Head of the worldwide Strategy Group, Goldman Sachs
  • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MBA)
  • Hamilton College (BA)

What I Do

I’m focused on building 25madison into a unique operating platform that creates successful businesses.  I work on developing our team and capabilities.  I enjoy meeting with founders and growing our incubated startups.  My goal is to help our companies get organized, clarify priorities, and scale quickly.

About Me

I grew up outside of Boston and spent my professional career in NYC and Asia.  I love to sail, ski and fish, particularly with my family, and read history.

Justine Lee
Justine Lee
Partner
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Justine Lee
Partner
  • Head of Legal and Regulatory, Bikes & Scooters, Lyft
  • Vice President Corporate Development, Legal & Risk, Motivate
  • General Counsel, Citi Bike
  • Senior Advisor to the Management Committee, Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Law Clerk, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Columbia Law School (JD)
  • Yale University (BA)

What I Do

Justine is a partner in 25madison Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A opportunities. She is Chief Operating Officer of 25madison Studio, a venture studio that partners with founders at the earliest stage of their journey to build break out companies. Prior to 25madison, she helped build Citi Bike and its affiliate operations across the country into the largest bike-sharing company in North America. After leading the sale of the company to Lyft in 2018, she worked on Lyft’s expansion into electric bikes and scooters.

About Me

I’m a lifelong New Yorker, passionate about improving cities and urban mobility.  I love meeting entrepreneurs, going deep on new ideas and businesses, and my daily Citi Bike commute.

John Daly
John Daly
Partner
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John Daly
Partner

·     Co-Founder, 25madison

·     Chairman of Global Equity CapitalMarkets, Goldman Sachs

·     Co-Head of Industrial and NaturalResources Financing Group, Goldman Sachs

·     Manufacturing Engineer, General Electric

·     Wharton School, University ofPennsylvania (MBA)

·     Trinity College Dublin (B.Sc.Engineering; BA Mathematics)

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Building businesses is in our DNA. We’re a small but mighty team of tinkerers, designers, geeks (the cool kind), operators, business moguls and everything in between. Wildly strategic, yet so deep into it that we’ve got the scars to prove it.

Whether it's with the 25m Studio, 25madison Ventures, or 25m Health, we’re looking for great people who love their work, solving problems, and having fun. Jerks need not apply.
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