Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Dartmouth Alumni in Technology of 2021. Founded in 1769 and located in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College has produced many prominent alumni, including 170 members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, 24 U.S. governors, 10 billionaires, 8 U.S. Cabinet secretaries, 3 Nobel Prize laureates, 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices, and a U.S. vice president. The college, whose mission is to educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, has been doing just that as exemplified by this year’s awardees.
Dartmouth alumni are having a profound impact on various areas of technology. They lead companies like New Relic, KAYAK, Determined AI, SeatGeek, and Wickr and are changing the way businesses operate and consumers live. Some awardees have had decades of experience thriving in the tech field while others are a bit earlier in their careers and have gained success rather quickly through their start-ups. These accomplished individuals have been working diligently to create new technologies or further develop existing ones in turn paving the way for a brighter future. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the Top 100 Dartmouth Alumni in Technology of 2021.
1. Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant is the co-founder, chairman and former CEO of AngelList. AngelList is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups. Founded in 2010, it started as an online introduction board for tech startups that needed seed funding. He is also the Managing Partner of Hit Forge, a fund for investing in early-stage social media companies.
Earlier in his career Ravikant was a Venture Partner at August Capital and before that a Founder and CEO at Epinions. He earned an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
2. Tom Ryan
Tom Ryan is the CEO & Co-Founder of Pluto TV, a ViacomCBS company that is the leading free streaming television service in America. Ryan has over 25 years in the entertainment industry. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining Pluto TV, Ryan was a CEO at Threadless and before that, a Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Development at EMI Music. Earlier in his career he worked with Cductive as a Co-Founder and Chief Music Officer. Ryan graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Government. Later he earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from INSEAD.
4. Jeremiah Daly
Jeremiah Daly is the Founder and General Partner of Elephant which he joined in 2015. Elephant is a venture capital firm focused on the enterprise software, consumer internet and mobile markets.
Previously, Daly was a Partner at Highland Capital Partners and before that a Principal at Accel Partners. Earlier in his career he worked with Silicon Valley Bank as an Analyst. Daly earned an undergraduate degree in Government from Dartmouth College.
6. Matt Oppenheimer
Matt Oppenheimer began his professional career over 16 years ago. Today, he is the Co-Founder and CEO of Remitly. Remitly is on a mission to transform the lives of immigrants and their families through digital channels
Oppenheimer first got his start in 2005 as a Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates. From there, he went on to Barclays Corporate, before eventually rising to Head of Mobile and Internet Banking Initiatives at Barclays Kenya, his most recent position prior to joining Remitly. Oppenheimer graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and later from Harvard Business School with an MBA.
9. Jeffrey Kolovson
Jeffrey Kolovson began his professional career over 13 years ago. Today, he is the COO of Faire. Faire is an online wholesale marketplace built on the belief that the future is local where they use the power of tech, data and machine learning to connect a thriving community of over 150,000 brands and retailers around the world.
Kolovson first got his start in 2008 as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs. From there, he went on to Evolving Vox, before eventually rising to Operations Lead at Square, his most recent position prior to joining Faire. Kolovson graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science.
13. Steve Hafner
Steve Hafner is the CEO & Co-Founder of KAYAK, first joining the company in 2004. At KAYAK, they help millions of travelers around the globe make confident travel decisions.
Previously, Hafner was an EVP of Consumer Travel and founding team member at Orbitz, and before that a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group. Hafner earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in Economics and History from Dartmouth College.
18. Zach Supalla
Zach Supalla began his professional career over 14 years ago. Today, he is the Founder and CEO of Particle. Particle makes tools for engineers and designers to create amazing new experiences through internet-connected hardware.
Supalla first got his start in 2007 as a Business Analyst. From there, he went on to Sales Operations at Groupon, his most recent position prior to joining Particle. Supalla graduated from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management with an MBA and MEM and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science.
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21. Sean Byrnes
Sean Byrnes began his professional career over 20 years ago. Today, he is the CEO of Outlier AI. Outlier improves the relationship between people and their data by informing business leaders of the actions they need to take to keep their business ahead of the competition.
Byrnes first got his start in 2001 as a Software Architect at Verizon Communications. From there, he went on to Flurry, Inc. as a Founder, CTO and VP of Product, his most recent position prior to joining Outlier AI. Byrnes graduated from Cornell University with a MS in Computer Science and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Engineering.
27. Kristin Savilia
Kristin Savilia began her professional career over 30 years ago. Today, she is the CEO of JOOR. JOOR is a smooth, smart wholesale technology that delivers efficiencies, intelligence and revenue growth for brands and retailers.
Savilia first got her start in 1991 as a Department Manager of handbags and hosiery at Macy's. From there, she went on to Linens N Things, before eventually rising to President of Local Marketplace at XO Group Inc., her most recent position prior to joining JOOR. Savilia graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in History.
28. Frida Polli
Frida Polli is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pymetrics, joining in 2013. Pymetrics is democratizing career search and hiring. Using neuroscience + AI, Pymetrics matches people to their best jobs while removing gender and ethnic bias from the hiring process.
Polli earned a Ph.D. from Suffolk University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in English from Dartmouth College.
30. Evan Sparks
Evan Sparks began his professional career over 14 years ago. Today, he is the Co-founder and CEO of Determined AI. Determined AI, makes software that helps companies get better AI-powered solutions to market faster.
Sparks first got his start in 2007 as a Senior Analyst of Quantitative Equity Strategies at MDT Advisers. From there, he went on to Recorded Future as a Product Engineer, his most recent position prior to joining Determined AI. Sparks graduated from University of California, Berkeley with PhD in Computer Science and an MS in Engineering and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
35. Lew Cirne
Lew Cirne is the Founder and Executive Chairman of New Relic. The world’s best engineering teams rely on New Relic to create more perfect software, helping visualize, analyze, troubleshoot and optimize an entire software stack. Cirne has over 29 years in the software industry. He began his career in 1992.
Before joining New Relic, Cirne was a CTO at CA Technologies and before that a CTO at Wily Technology, Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with Apple Computer as a Senior Software Engineer. Cirne graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
40. Sarah Hoit
Sarah Hoit is CEO of Connected Living and Co-Founded the company in 2007 to provide families and communities with a private social network to bridge the “digital divide” for the millions of seniors who have been left out of the conversation. Connected Living provides a “high tech and high touch” way for families to connect, access goods and services and enhance quality of life all across the nation and soon globally. Connected Living has become an “essential service” during COVID for bringing a critical virtual connection that the world has recognized is so critical and currently serves over 400+ Senior Living Communities across the country.
Sarah was previously Founder and CEO of Explore, Inc. Prior to founding Explore, Sarah served as the Director of Business Planning in the White House Office of National Service, and then Deputy Director of AmeriCorps where she was a Senior Official in a national service program. Sarah holds a BA with Honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
40. Elise Smith
Elise Smith is the Co-Founder and CEO of Praxis Labs, first joining the company in 2018. Praxis Labs is making society more equitable by advancing workplace inclusion and belonging.
Previously, Smith was a Senior Analyst at NewSchools Venture Fund. Smith earned an MBA and master's in education from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
42. Jake Winebaum
Jake Winebaum is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Applied Cognition. Applied Cognition's mission is to prevent and treat age-related declines in cognitive function through a digital health management platform that enables the remote monitoring of brain health and the personalized delivery of therapeutic treatments.
Winebaum started his professional career in 1982 at Fortune Magazine. From there, he went on to Time, USNews and World report and FamilyFun magazine which he founded and later sold to The Walt Disney Company. After his publishing career, he went on to start and lead several technology and digital health companies prior to Applied Cognition. Winebaum graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Biology.
44. Yuxiang Zhou
Black Lake Technologies
Yuxiang Zhou is the Co-Founder and CEO of Black Lake Technologies. Black Lake Technologies is a fast-growing industrial tech company, revolutionizing manufacturing enterprises with a cloud-based collaboration SaaS that digitally transforms shop floor activities and analyzes real-time data. Zhou has over 10 years in the software industry. He began his career in 2011.
Before joining Black Lake Technologies, Zhou was working in direct investment at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and before that an Industrial M&A at Barclays Investment Bank. Zhou graduated with a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
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47. Tracy Sun
Tracy Sun is the Co-Founder and SVP of New Markets of Poshmark. Poshmark is more than just a shopping destination, it's a vibrant community powered by millions of sellers who not only sell their personal style but also curate looks for their shoppers, creating one of the most connected shopping experiences in the world. Sun has over 20 years in the industry. She began her career in 2001.
Before joining Poshmark, Sun was a Co-Founder at Est. Today and before that a VP of Merchandising at Brooklyn Industries. Earlier in her career she worked with Canon USA as a Business Strategy Manager. Sun graduated from Dartmouth College with an MBA and from Barnard College, Columbia University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
51. Jonathan Cedar
Jonathan Cedar began his professional career over 16 years ago. Today, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of BioLite. BioLite is empowering people and protecting the planet through access to renewable energy.
Cedar first got his start in 2005 as a Senior Design Engineer at Smart Design. Cedar graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
57. Nathaniel Fick
Nathaniel Fick began his professional career over 14 years ago. Today, he is the General Manager of Security with Elastic. Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale for enterprise search, observability, and security.
Fick first got his start in 2007 as a CEO at Center for a New American Security. From there, he went on to Bessemer Venture Partners, before eventually rising to CEO at Endgame, his most recent position prior to joining Elastic. Fick graduated from Harvard with an MBA and an MPA in International Security Policy and from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Classics and Government.
58. Lucy Stonehill
In 2014, Lucy founded BridgeU, the trusted college and careers guidance partner to international schools in 120 countries. BridgeU's mission is to help globally-minded secondary schools and universities to harness the unique advantages of digitally enabled solutions to drive international student mobility.
Prior to BridgeU’s acquisition by Kaplan in March of 2020, Lucy had raised $12m in venture capital to drive BridgeU’s global expansion to support regional offices in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bogota and D.C. Lucy has been labelled an ‘Entrepreneur Role Model’ by the European Commission, and won Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 at a ceremony hosted at the House of Commons celebrating leading UK female entrepreneurs. In 2016, Lucy was named to the Forbes ‘30 under 30” list.
60. Sourav Sinha
Longevity Vision Fund
Sourav Sinha began his professional career over 4 years ago. Today, he is the Venture Partner and Head of Innovation at Longevity Vision Fund. Longevity Vision Fund invests in technologies with the potential to disrupt life sciences and healthcare to help people live longer and healthier lives.
Sinha first got his start in 2017 with strategy and special projects at Celularity, Inc. Sinha graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
69. Bindu Reddy
Bindu Reddy began her professional career over 14 years ago. Today, she is the CEO and Co-Founder of Abacus.AI. Abacus.AI makes it effortless to create large-scale customizable deep and machine learning systems.
Reddy first got her start in 1997 as a Computational Scientist in Bioinformatics at Exelixis. From there, she went on to Upwork, before eventually rising to a General Manager at Amazon Web Services, her most recent position prior to joining Abacus.AI. Reddy graduated from Dartmouth College with a MS in Engineering and from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay with an undergraduate degree.
70. Erin Osborn
Erin Osborn is the Co-Founder and COO of BetterLesson, first joining the company in 2008. BetterLesson is a professional learning reimagined, empowering educators to prepare students for success in a rapidly changing world.
Previously, Osborn was a lead organizer and founding team member at Education Action! and before that a teacher, organizer, and engineer at Engineers Without Borders. Osborn earned an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy and Government from Dartmouth College.
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74. Rick Allen
Rick Allen is the CEO and co-founder (with Ted Leonsis) of ViewLift, an end-to-end global OTT streaming and monetization platform for media companies, sports teams and leagues, and other content owners. ViewLift was named a Top 100 Tech Company by Red Herring and has been awarded a Webby.
Allen has led technology efforts over more than 25 years, including as CEO of Sporting News; CEO of National Geographic Ventures (10 for-profit units including TV and Film), SVP of Discovery. He served in the Clinton White House, launching AmeriCorps, and is a best-selling author as well as a producer of award-winning documentaries. Allen earned his BA in English (Magna Cum Laude) from Dartmouth College and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
76. Michael Chu
The IGNIA Fund
Michael Chu is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The IGNIA Fund, first joining the company in 2007. IGNIA invests in world-class tech entrepreneurs who are solving problems faced by the emerging middle class in Latin America.
Previously, Chu was the President and CEO at Accion and before that a Executive and LP at KKR. Chu earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Dartmouth College.
77. Monica Holboke
Monica Holboke is the CEO and Co-Founder of CryptoNumerics. CryptoNumerics enables the creation of privacy protected datasets with quantifiable privacy risk allowing the ability to conduct data science. Holboke has over 23 years in the software industry. She began her career in 1998.
Before joining CryptoNumerics, Holboke was an independent contractor at Oceanic Consulting Corporation and before that a Coastal Engineer at Ben C. Gerwick. Earlier in her career she worked with Daat Research Corp. as an independent contractor. Holboke graduated from Dartmouth College with a PhD in Engineering and from California Institute of Technology with a MS in Civil Engineering and an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Applied Science.
83. Byron Fuller
Byron Fuller is the Managing Director of WeMaintain. WeMaintain is the only proptech offering an end-to-end solution for building operations in Paris, London & Singapore. Fuller has over 18 years in the engineering industry. He began his career in 2003.
Before joining WeMaintain, Fuller was a Co-Founder and COO at Kaamwork and before that a COO at Exaprint, a Cimpress company. Earlier in his career he worked with Total Wine & More as an Associate. Fuller graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies.
85. Alan Trefler
Alan Trefler is the Founder and CEO of Pegasystems, first joining the company in 1983. Pegasystems helps large and small enterprises make better decisions thanks to their scalable architecture and low-code platform that allows businesses to stay streamlined, agile and ready for what’s next.
Previously, Trefler was a Funds Transfer Product Manager at TMI Systems and before that a Senior Project Manager at Casher Associates. Trefler earned an undergraduate degree in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
86. Masashi Kiyomine
Masashi Kiyomine is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kicker Ventures. Kicker Ventures is investing in the future of healthcare by connecting startups to the right systems, partners and people to thrive. Kiyomine has over years in the venture capital industry. He began his career in 2004.
Before joining Kicker Ventures, Kiyomine was an Investment Director at Mitsui & Co. Global Investment. Kiyomine graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree.
90. Susan Stevens
Susan Stevens began her professional career over 26 years ago. Today, she is the Founder and CEO of WeSpire. WeSpire is the employee engagement platform that helps forward-thinking global companies design, deliver and measure the benefits of positive impact programs like sustainability, CSR, wellbeing and more.
Stevens first got her start in 1995 as Operations Team Leader at Aon. From there, she went on to The New York Times, before eventually rising to SVP of Digital at Boston Globe Media, her most recent position prior to joining WeSpire. Stevens graduated from Dartmouth College with an MBA and from Wesleyan University with an undergraduate degree in Public Policy/Political Economy.
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92. Oron Strauss
Oron Strauss is the Chairman of Babel Health. Babel Health’s vision is to sell cost-effective software to payers that can be leveraged and managed across all programs providing utility and integration of data and processes. Strauss has over 25 years in the healthcare industry. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining Babel Health, Strauss was a President & CEO at Net.Capitol, Inc. Strauss graduated Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in History and Government.
94. Noah Zandan
Noah Zandan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Quantified, first joining the company in 2012. Quantified transforms potential into performance by using their behavioral science platform to help professionals improve how they connect.
Previously, Zandan was a Private Equity Investment Associate at Brentwood Associates and before that an Investment Banking Analyst for the financial sponsors group at Deutsche Bank. Zandan earned an MBA from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College.
96. Clint Stinchcomb
Clint Stinchcomb began his professional career over 29 years ago. Today, he is the President and CEO of CuriosityStream. CuriosityStream is the award-winning destination for documentary series and features covering every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets.
Stinchcomb first got his start in 1992 as an EVP of emerging TV networks at Discovery Communications. From there, he went on to Poker Central as a CEO and Co-Founder, prior to joining CuriosityStream. Stinchcomb graduated from Dartmouth College with an undergraduate degree in History.
100. Mark Briggs
Mark Briggs is the Chairman and CEO of Validity Inc., first joining the company in 2018. Validity has solutions and products to deliver smarter campaigns, qualify more leads, give more productive sales and ultimately help businesses grow faster.
Previously, Briggs was a CEO at ABILITY Network. Briggs earned a MA from Dartmouth Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies and an undergraduate degree in Physics from Dartmouth College.
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