Founded by Laurel Touby, a successful entrepreneur, Supernode Ventures is a pre-series A venture fund with a network of over 50 founders, CEOs, and executive level professionals who come together to support entrepreneurs and invest in companies. The network members are seasoned founders and investors from a wide array of backgrounds, including fintech, software, digital media, family offices, SaaS companies, hedge funds, and other domains. 


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Laurel Touby

Managing Partner

Laurel Touby is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor.

Laurel Touby founded mediabistro.com, a website that revolutionized the way people in the media industry do business, connect and communicate. During her time as CEO, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term existed). Users subscribe to mediabistro’s many services, which include online education, employment classifieds, conferences (offline), events (offline), forums, and industry-specific blogs, such as the popular TVNewser. Following the sale of the company for $23 mm to Jupitermedia, Laurel remained with the company through June, 2011.

Laurel began investing in seed-stage startups, including: AdYapper, Appboy, Apploi, Buddie, Clef, CreativeWorx, Fashion GPS, Learn Immersive and Pivit. Laurel is active as a public speaker and hosted “Secrets of Successful Startups“ on CBS Interactive. Past episodes of the show can be found here: http://bit.ly/CBSLTouby.

An inveterate connector, Laurel touches the entrepreneurial community in various ways, including via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, Supernode Ventures meetings and Startup Digital Dinners. She lives in a loft in Silicon Alley and is married to Jon Fine, Author of “Your Band Sucks” and Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine.


Nilay Jhaveri Venture Partner

Nilay Jhaveri has years of experience architecting enterprise level software across financial, educational and consulting domains. At Credit Suisse, he was part of a small team which developed an award winning e-trading platform. At Columbia University, he developed proprietary streaming media technology for distance learning, which transformed Columbia University School of Engineering’s ability to deliver content to their distance learning students. Nilay has also consulted at Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.

He is a trained and certified Agile coach, Team Facilitator, Scrum Master and Enterprise Agile Coach. He graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics.

Nilay’s investment interests include all forms of disruptive technologies across different verticals. He was an early investor in Lending Club, Peeriq, Bodhala, Credijusto, Lingoland, Fresco and Alpha UX.


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Luke SandlerVenture Partner

Luke is an investor and advisor to consumer tech and media companies. He was most recently the market lead for McKinsey’s Fast Growth Tech practice serving consumer clients on a variety of growth and operational strategies. As an engagement manager he has experience leading digital strategy and transformation projects for consumer finance, media and telecom clients. Prior to McKinsey, Luke ran the digital media division of a Hollywood literary agency, consulting on digital video content, organization and advertising strategy for publishers and television networks in addition to representing IP for film/TV. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School. [LinkedIn]


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Ethan IllfelderVenture Partner

Ethan is responsible for the sourcing and evaluation of prospective investment opportunities. Prior to Supernode Ventures, he worked as an analyst intern at Jerusalem Venture Partners where he covered round A businesses delivering solutions in enterprise software, predictive analytics, computer vision, and semiconductors among others. He is an avid follower of anything new in technology and active in the NY startup ecosystem.  Ethan graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics. [LinkedIn]


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Lauren Stephanian Venture Partner

Lauren is a Venture Partner at Supernode Ventures, where she focuses on emerging technologies within FinTech, SaaS, and Enterprise Software. Lauren is responsible for sourcing deals and she enjoys leveraging her background in technology when evaluating investment opportunities.

Prior to joining Supernode Ventures, Lauren received a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. She has experience working both in software development at a Health Tech startup and in trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is also a Blockchain consultant for several different companies and her writing on Blockchain has been featured in a number of technical publications. [LinkedIn]


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Nick Adams Venture Partner

As a Venture Partner for Supernode Ventures, Nick meets with founders of SaaS companies to explore mutually beneficial investment opportunities.  Drawing on over 12 years of tech experience he also collaborates with entrepreneurs on various business issues including sales and marketing, product and fundraising strategy.  Prior to joining Supernode Ventures, Nick launched the US operations for a European software company, led the launch of market intelligence AI solution, worked in sales for Opower en route to its IPO and built a small startup advisory practice.  He is also actively involved in the Northeastern and NYU venture communities.  

Nick holds a MBA in Corporate Finance from Northeastern University, a BA in History from Brandeis University and is actively working on a MSc in Global Finance by way of an executive program jointly sponsored by NYU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He is originally from Boston and played baseball at Brandeis. [LinkedIn]


Investors & Advisors

 

Drew Aldrich
Senior Associate, AXA Strategic Ventures
Insurance, FinTech, Data Science

Ram Ahluwalia
CEO, PeerIQ
Fintech

Gary Bleiberg
Former CFO, Carlyle Group
Fintech

Kristina Hahn
Head of Consumer Packaged Goods, Google
Lifestyle Applications, Ad Tech, FinTech

Richard Jahnke
Hedge Fund Analyst
Fintech

Robert Okin
Formerly Oppenheimer
Fintech

Chris Quintero
Associate, Bolt
Hardware

Matthew Kibble
Co-Founder/CEO, Australy International
Tech, Healthcare, Energy

Scott Kurnit
CEO, Keep.com
Consumer

Mike Mentesana
Partner, PWC
FoodTech, Pharma, Consumer

David Neubert
Founder, Kapitall
Fintech, Gaming

Kate Shillo
Director, Galvanize
SAAS, Consumer, Data Science

Pradhdeep Singh
Head of GLG Labs, Gerson Lehrman Group
FinTech, Education, Food

Steve Silbiger
Co-Founder/CMO, Top Dog Direct
Consumer Products

Jeff Stewart
CEO, Lenddo
FinTech, Vertical SAS, Ad Tech

Victoria Vysotina
CEO, VV Strategic Group
Fintech