Our History

New York City Venture Capital was formed in early 2007 as a not-for-profit 501(c)6 business league for venture capitalists in New York. NYCVC has grown along with the venture capital industry in New York and, today, represents over 500 members representing over 100 venture capital firms throughout the city.

Over the past years, NYCVC has organized over 100 events for its members, ranging from social and networking events to educational workshops led by our sponsors (i.e., Cooley, SVB, and PWC) focused on venture law, venture debt, fund tax, and accounting among other topics.

Co-Chairs

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Lluis Pedragosa
Partner - Marker

Lluis Pedragosa is a growth investor at Innovation Endeavors, where he focuses on data-driven, B2B and B2B2C software companies in cyber security, enterprise IT, and marketing tech. Before that, Lluis was a Partner and a Founding Team Member of Marker, where he built the Investment Team and led early and growth stage investments in over 40 companies in Israel and the U.S. Prior to joining Marker, Lluis was a Vice President at Fredericks Michael & Co., a boutique investment bank. Previously, Lluis was a consultant at Roland Berger in their Barcelona and Madrid offices.

Lluis holds a BS from Esade Business School in Spain, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jason Black
Principal - RRE Ventures

Jason is a Principal at RRE Ventures, where he devotes his time analyzing B2B and technical companies. He covers spaces like machine learning, developer tools, infrastructure platforms, industrial internet of things, robotics, and anything in traditional enterprise software. Jason previously ran the New York Young Guns VC group which connects members of the junior venture community as they progress through the first few years of their investment career.

Jason holds a BA from Harvard University where he studied Psychology and Computer Science. While there, Jason founded the Harvard College Tech Review, where he served as Editor-in-Chief, worked as a freelance designer and photographer, and co-founded two student startups.

Founding Members

NYCVC was started in 2007 by a group of venture capitalists in New York with the objectives of creating a community of investment professionals and sharing deals.

Founding Members included: Charlie Kemper (B2 Capital), Matt Krna (Softbank, Princeville Global), Dan Borok (Millennium Technology Value Partners, Newark Venture Partners), Somak Chattopadhyay (Tribeca Venture Partners, Armory Square Ventures), Dan Gellert (Time Warner Investments, TripAdvisor), Howard Yeh (VantagePoint Venture Partners, Healthcare.com), Jack McCambridge (Bessemer Venture Partners, Eave), Nick Bellomo (Trident Capital, Tastemade) and Sam Hodges (FirstMark Capital, Funding Circle US).

Emeritus Members

Since inception, NYCVC has been led by its own members who have contributed their time and resources for the benefit of the venture capital community in New York.

The following is a select list of past and current members who have made significant contributions to the NYCVC platform: Ellie Wheeler (Lowercase Capital, Greycroft Partners), Adam Carver (Mesa Ventures, AngelList), Adam Millsom (SVB), Andrea Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau Ventures), Jesse Burros (Time Warner Investments, BMO Capital Markets), Kerry McIlroy (Cooley), Nic Poulos (Bowery Capital), Ryan Armbrust (ff Ventures), Andrew Parker (Spark Capital), Bryan Birsic (Village Ventures, Wunder), Chris Brady (Flyby Media, Chart Venture Partners), Caitlin Strandberg (Flybridge Capital Partners, FirstMark Capital), Josh Bruno (Bain Capital Ventures, Hometeam), Heekyung Kim (FirstMark Capital), Natalie Mayslich (Time Warner Investments, Electus), Nicola Korzenko (Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Amazon), Sylvia Kuyel (StarVest Partners, Cloudfare) and Ryan Darnell (Max Ventures).