Ryan is known as a founding investor who takes on the riskiest sectors and business models. Undaunted by regulatory risk around antiquated gambling laws and convinced of a new generation of sports fans indoctrinated into the world of reality TV and experiential media, he was the first institutional investor in the United States to bet on and validate Daily Fantasy Sports and online gambling. In 2011 a small team of performance marketers at Vistaprint founded DraftKings; Ryan seeded the company with $500k and for the first two years of the company’s existence was its sole institutional investor. In 2013 Ryan brokered DraftKings’ landmark partnership with Major League Baseball, paving the way for the company to establish partnerships with every major professional league and a majority of professional teams in the US. He has structured every round of capital on DraftKings’ cap table since its founding, facilitating over $900M in fundraising despite significant regulatory headwinds. Today, DraftKings is operating the first legal online sportsbook in the US and has 11M active users on its platform that generate over $3B in entry fees and handle. In 2012 Ryan was the founding investor in Plastiq, an online payments platform founded by Harvard undergrads. Payments is a legacy industry reluctant to change and fraught with regulatory barriers, but Ryan was undaunted by the risk of both the sector and first-time founders. Since founding, Ryan sourced and facilitated each of the company’s fundraising rounds, most recently bringing in Kleiner Perkins and DST for a $27M financing. Plastiq process over $1B in transactions annually. In 2013 Ryan was the founding investor in Crew, a design and development services marketplace. In 2017 he and the founders crafted and spun out Unsplash, the world’s largest photo sharing community built on the theme of decentralization of photos and visual content. Unsplash has outpaced both Shutterstock and Getty combined. In 2018, Ryan facilitated Unsplash’s $12M Series A with Bedrock Capital. Ryan is a well-networked fundraiser. Most recently he sourced and structured financings at Currencycloud (Sapphire Ventures, Series C/D, $43M; Google Ventures, Series E) and Skillz (Telstra and Liberty Media, Series C, $17M; NFL and Wildcat, Series D, $35M). Before joining Atlas, he sourced and facilitated the sale of Enpocket to Nokia, WHERE to Paypal, and Vela Systems to Autodesk. Ryan also sits on the board of MOO, Globoforce, and Secret Escapes, all of which generate over $100M in revenue annually. He graduated with an AB in economics from Princeton, where he captained the football team and served in the ROTC. He has three daughters under the age of 6.
Windward Ventures specializes in early stage companies but it does not invest in seed stage companies. The main focus of investment lies on industries such as information technology, communication and telecommunication, electronics, broadband technologies, optoelectronics, semiconductors, systems engineering, software, Internet infrastructure, data storage, and medical devices sectors. The firm invests in private companies based in Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The firm typically takes minority stake with board representation in its portfolio companies.
Hemant Taneja serves as Managing Director at General Catalyst. Prior to this, he served as a Board Member at Gusto. He is a Board Member at Angle Technologies. He is a Chairman and a member of Board of Directors at MySun. Previously, he served as Board Member at SynapDx. He is also an Investor at Snapchat. He invests in technology-intensive software, hardware and services in clean energy and internet communications. He is a Board member of Health Insight Technologies, Virtual Instruments, Highfive, Hunch, Lumenz, Modular Wind, Sand9, C12 Energy, Stripe, TuneIn and Stion. Before joining General Catalyst in 2002, he was a co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that was acquired by JP Mobile (MOT) in 2001. Taneja holds an M.S. in Operations Research, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves as a Board Member at Stripe. he also serves on Board of Fundbox.
Windham Venture Partners is a venture capital firm focused on the healthcare, with particular emphasis on medical technology and digital health. The firm specializes in seed, startup and early stage investments. It was founded in 2006 and is based in New York, New York.
Bill is founder and CEO of CollectorDASH. He is great at leading teams of talented high tech people to attack good business opportunities and execute with creativity and customer focus. He has a long history of innovation, from the early days of Windows (Ami word processor) to mobility (Nokia) to his latest endeavor, CollectorDASH. DASH is a disruptive ecommerce, social and mobile platform for communities of passionate collectors.
As Chief Product Officer, Transpera founder Frank Barbieri oversees the company's product marketing strategy. Barbieri founded Transpera with the vision of fostering pure, undivided attention between consumers and brands, via the most vital screen in consumers' lives â their mobile devices. Barbieri formerly ran media products at InfoSpace and prior to that, ran the Windows Mobile Media Device and Services group at Microsoft. He also held a senior position at Onvia, a company he helped take public, and MSNBC where he drove the online video distribution business and interactive content division. Barbieri has most recently worked in the private equity industry doing mobile and entertainment strategy and portfolio company support. He started his career as a photojournalist documenting the plight of refugees globally.