Who We Are

Our Team

We are passionate about helping student entrepreneurs. Beyond being the first check-in, we work tirelessly to provide the support, mentorship, and network founders need to grow their startups. We've built the best community of student investors, operators, and experts anywhere. Come join us.

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Dorm Room Fund's full-time team that runs the fund and student programs.

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Molly Fowler

Yale University

General Partner, Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital, Intersection, City of Los Angeles.

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Conor Harbeck

Franklin and Marshall College

Chief of Staff @ Dorm Room Fund

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Caroline Toch

University of Toronto

Head of Ops & Community at DRF. Formerly product at Chief, Accelerator lead at Techstars Crypto, Talent at Venture for America.


Our operators-in-residence support our investment partners and founders alike with strategic, technical, and operational expertise.

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Britney Zhang

UC Berkeley Haas

Head of Marketing and Communications. Slack Technologies. Formerly Muse Capital and Quirk Money.

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Melissa Li


Head of Community and Partnerships. Undergrad at Harvard fascinated by community design, consumer psychology, and modern retail.

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Andrew Xu


Editor In Chief. Formerly Lazard Tech (M&A), Kajabi, On Deck (Catalyst), Acorn Genetics

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Raymond Banke

Columbia University

Head of Design. Artist and product designer at Columbia University who crafts interactive experiences for audiences to engage with and enjoy.

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Daniel Tao

University of Pennsylvania

Co-Head of Engineering. Previously at Pahdo Labs, Microsoft and Volley

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Pooja Panchamia


Founder Ops. Former accountant turned VC turned tech nerd, MBA at UCLA Anderson.

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Tom Zhang

Columbia University

Co-Head of Engineering. Amazon, MLH. Formerly Intonation Ventures, Stanford Medicine.

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Will Hoppin

Columbia University, Middlebury College

PM. Artist and engineer with delusions of international stardom.

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Kia Uusitalo


Head of Social. Formerly Icebreaker.vc, Plug and Play, Van Wickle Ventures.


Our investment partners seek out, vet, and back the best student-run companies across the country -- don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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Sam Broner

MIT Sloan

Generally Happy.

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Jianna Liu


Formerly Facebook, Nvidia, Skale Education.

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Nika Duan

Harvard (HBS)

Nika is passionate about democratizing access to capital and championing innovation that aspires to create a better, more equitable world.

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Alex Marley

Northeastern University

An engineer with a passionate to innovate, collaborate and speculate.

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Daniel Applewhite

Harvard (HBS)

Scaling impact through entrepreneurship and technology.

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Albert Shin


Charlesbank, JOKR. Formerly Oaktree, Ringle.


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Chloe Lopez-Lee


Weill Cornell Medicine, Bioventure ELabs. Formerly Blueprint.

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David Dellal

Yale University, MIT

Floe. Formerly MIT Langer Lab, Air Liquide.

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Avi Muller


Avi has spent the past two years on both the operations and venture side of the startup ecosystem and loves talking to founders who are working on solving problems that will change the world.

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Mia Krishnamurthy


I am an impact-driven student-athlete and founder at Cornell passionate about making change through venture capital and entrepreneurship, and I am so excited to be a part of the DRF Team!

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Royce Tiger

Yale University

Yale Entrepreneurial Society. Formerly Alumni Ventures, Blue Ivy Ventures, SOSV, Chinaccelerator, MOX Accelerator

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Declan Kunkel

Yale Law School

J.D. candidate and Texan interested in investing, corporate structure, and asymmetric opportunities.

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Chirag Mahapatra

Chicago Booth

Building the go-to platform for building company culture, starting with helping teams book, co-ordinate and evaluate in person events and investing in B2B Saas, marketplaces and dev tools.

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James Wellemeyer


James is a product designer and student at Columbia studying Computer Science and Political Science.

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Mea-Lynn Wong

Yale School of Management

Yale MBA, Blueprint Track grad, formerly Charles Schwab & fighter for representation in tech and VC

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Nicole Ripka

NYU Stern

I'm an artist and art appreciator passionate about breaking stigmas and building culture for those who have been historically left out.

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Darya Zakharova

Columbia Business School

Darya is a native San Franciscan with a passion for entrepreneurship and has worked as both an investor and operator prior to pursing her MBA at Columbia.


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Cole Fairchild

University of Pennsylvania

Morgan Stanley. Formerly COS.

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Daniel Bessonov

University of Pennsylvania

Formerly Genecloud and CMU.

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Richard Clay

Bowie State

DoD. Intel Capital. HBCUvc.

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Nathan Ho


Passionate about building and investing in the innovation economy.

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Iris Liu


Lifelong learner. Menlo Ventures, Draper Associates. Formerly AWS.

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Tori Orr


Spelman Alumna. Formerly Tesla, Intel, & BCG Digital Ventures.

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Ana Diaz-Hernandez

UVA Darden

Startup veteran with a love for investing in solutions to historically low-tech industries.


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Darius Johnson

Santa Clara

Drem, Formerly Harlem Capital & Goldman Sachs.

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John Forbes

UC Berkeley

Formerly SnapMD.

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Shub Gaur

University of Southern California

Spree, TroyLabs. Formerly Falkonry.

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Zsika Phillip


An impact-driven builder at heart who is fortunate to have witnessed the power of weaving empathy into product development and design.

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Santiago Hernandez


Santiago is a former telenovela actor from Mexico, previous startup founder and now a Computer Science student at Stanford.

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Alexa Davis

Stanford GSB

Stanford GSB. Formerly Google Payments and Forbes.

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Philippe Griffiths

Stanford GSB, Harvard Kennedy School

Stanford GSB & Harvard Kennedy School. Formerly Quona Capital, African Leadership Group and Deloitte.

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Albert Lam

University of Washington

UiPath. Formerly Sezzle and Dotdash.

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Alpin Yukseloglu

UC Berkeley

MD @ Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, EE, CS, and Business at UC Berkeley. Formerly PayPal, Samsung, Estée Lauder, Bloccelerate, and Ahura AI.

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Jack Yuan


Tianchimed founder. Moonshot Beijing. Currently learning about the intersection of BCI, AR/VR, and crypto.