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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Jason Black
Principal - RRE Ventures

Jason joined RRE Ventures in 2014 is a Principal leading B2B tech deals. He serves on the board of Latch, Redox, OTTO Motors / Clearpath Robotics, PebblePost, Knock, PartnerStack, Ready Robotics, Beeswax, RxDefine, and Lucy. In his earlier years in venture, 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. Prior to RRE, Jason built a startup analysis pipeline for Microsoft Office that influenced the product management, corporate strategy, and business development disciplines across the organization.

Jason holds a BA from Harvard University where he studied Psychology and Computer Science and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 alum.

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Laura Chau
Principal - Canaan

Laura Chau joined Canaan in 2014 and is a Principal leading consumer technology investments. She sits on the board of Coterie and has been closely involved in the firm’s investments in Cuyana, Kustomer, Cargomatic, Unifi, World View, and Snyk. Before becoming a VC, Laura was a management consultant in Deloitte’s strategy and operations practice, where she advised tech, healthcare, financial services and energy clients on growth strategy and post-merger integrations. Laura was one of the first employees at Kabam, one of Canaan’s portfolio companies that was acquired by Netmarble in 2017 for $800M. She has also worked at Branch Metrics and Greenhouse in sales and marketing functions, in addition to working closely with Marie Kondo, the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to help launch her venture-backed business.

Laura holds a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Forbes 30 under 30 alum.

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Crystal Huang
Principal - NEA

Crystal joined NEA in 2018 as a Principal focusing on enterprise software, infrastructure, security and tech-enabled services/marketplaces, as well as consumer internet. Prior to joining NEA, Crystal started her venture capital career at GGV Capital, where she focused on US and China-based investments in enterprise software and consumer internet. She was closely involved with the firm’s investments in Aptible, BigCommerce, Bitsight, BrightWheel, HashiCorp, Headspin, NS1, OpenDoor, Slack, Tile, Unravel Data, and Wish among others. Previously, Crystal was a member of the technology M&A team at Blackstone in Silicon Valley as well as a sales & trading summer analyst at Goldman Sachs. She was one of the Forbes 30 under 30 for VC in 2016.

Crystal earned an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and grew up in Vancouver, Canada.

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: Lluis Pedragosa (Team8 VC, Innovation Endeavors), Ellie Wheeler (Lowercase Capital, Greycroft Partners), Adam Carver (Mesa Ventures, AngelList), Adam Millsom (SVB), Andrea Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau), 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 (FirstMark Capital, Lerer Hippeau), Josh Bruno (Bain Capital Ventures, Hometeam), Heekyung Kim (FirstMark Capital), Natalie Mayslich (Time Warner Investments, Electus), Nicola Korzenko (Lerer Hippeau, Amazon), Sylvia Kuyel (StarVest Partners, Cloudfare) and Ryan Darnell (Max Ventures).