Founded by Laurel Touby, a successful entrepreneur, Flatiron Investors is a syndicate of 50+ founders, CEOs, and executive level professionals who come together as a venture network 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.
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, Flatiron Investor 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.
Santosh SateeshVenture Partner
Santosh evaluates investment opportunities as well as sources deals for Flatiron Investors. Prior to joining Flatiron, Santosh was a trader at Hutchin Hill Capital, focusing on crafting and managing macro credit derivative strategies. Before that, he was a Vice President at Barclays Capital / Lehman Brothers, and worked on a variety of proprietary and client-facing trading strategies and businesses. Santosh's investment interests include virtual and augmented reality, fintech, and digital music. He graduated from NYU Stern in 2007 with a degree in Finance and Economics. [LinkedIn]
Ethan IllfelderVenture Partner
Ethan is responsible for the sourcing and evaluation of prospective investment opportunities. Prior to Flatiron Investors, 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]
Jason Harris Venture Partner
Jason is a Venture Partner at Flatiron Investors, where he focuses on technology-driven sectors, including fintech and other B2B and SaaS startups. Jason is responsible for sourcing deals and evaluating investment opportunities. Prior to joining Flatiron, Jason worked at two social media startups, Geist Media and Likeable Local where he helped growing companies with customer acquisition. Jason is always happy to help entrepreneurs with social media and developing online marketing campaigns.
Before entering the startup world, Jason worked in Finance, where he started his career as an investment banking analyst doing M&A for financial institutions at Jefferies, and ultimately went on to trading RMBS at Amherst Pierpont Securities. Jason graduated from NYU Stern in 2007 with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Jason is also a CFA charterholder. In his free time, Jason likes to travel and can be found doing geeky things like playing video games or creating iPhone apps. [LinkedIn]
Stefan Cohen Venture Partner
Stefan focuses on evaluating investment opportunities and sourcing new deals. Prior to joining Flatiron, Stefan worked at Manhattan Venture Partners, where he performed due diligence on late stage venture backed startups and assisted in direct secondary equity transactions. Additionally, Stefan has gained startup experience while working in the New York based accelerator Grand Central Tech as well as through designing and launching his own IOS applications. Stefan currently attends NYU Stern studying Finance and is a founding member of NYU’s venture capital club. [LinkedIn]
Investors & Advisors
Senior Associate, AXA Strategic Ventures
Insurance, FinTech, Data Science
Former CFO, Carlyle Group
Head of Consumer Packaged Goods, Google
Lifestyle Applications, Ad Tech, FinTech
Hedge Fund Analyst
Co-Founder/CEO, Australy International
Tech, Healthcare, Energy
FoodTech, Pharma, Consumer
SAAS, Consumer, Data Science
Head of GLG Labs, Gerson Lehrman Group
FinTech, Education, Food
Co-Founder/CMO, Top Dog Direct
FinTech, Vertical SAS, Ad Tech
CEO, VV Strategic Group