Core Team

Logan Allin, Fin Vc General Partner And Co-Founder
Managing General Partner & Founder

Logan Allin

Peter N. Ackerson
General Partner

Peter N. Ackerson

Ren Riley Edited
Investment Partner

Ren Riley

Christian Ostberg
Investment Partner

Christian Ostberg

Henry Cashin
Principal

Henry Cashin

Alka Gupta
Venture Partner

Alka Gupta

Emy R. Donavan 1
Venture Partner

Emy Donavan

Mike Hurst
Venture Partner

Mike Hurst

May Wang
Associate

May Wang

Luke Kornack
Associate

Luke Kornack

Becky Liang Blue2
VP of Finance and Operations

Becky Liang

Kristin Putnam Blue2
Chief of Staff

Kristin Putnam

Managing General Partner & Founder

Logan Allin

Logan is the Managing General Partner & Founder of Fin VC where he is responsible for management of the firm, sourcing/consummating investments, maintaining board responsibilities, and adding operating value with portfolio companies. Logan was most recently Vice President of SoFi Ventures, where he was tasked with investing in and working hands-on with FinTech companies, as well as running SoFi’s accelerator and corporate development efforts.

Logan was formerly a Venture Partner at Light Street Capital where he was responsible for IR as well as sourcing, diligence, and finalizing late stage private TMT investments. Additionally, Logan was a Partner at Formation Group, focused on early-expansion stage cross-border TMT investments in the US and Asia. Prior to moving into venture capital, Logan was an entrepreneur and served as CFO and VP of Business Development for ONEHOPE, an eCommerce platform. Logan has spent the vast majority of his career in FinTech, most recently as Head of Management Strategy, overseeing the enterprise FinTech strategy and execution, while serving as a member of the Operating Committee at Atlantic Trust, the Private Wealth Management arm of Invesco (and now CIBC).

Previously, Logan was a Senior Vice President in City National Bank’s wealth management division (now part of RBC) where he led the technology strategy, open product architecture platform, and other strategic initiatives. He spent much of his career in management consulting, in leadership positions at Capgemini, EMC, and PwC, focused exclusively on the intersection of Financial Services and technology.

Logan earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in public policy and political science from Duke University and a M.S. in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow. Key firm/prior investments: Figure, SoFi, Avinew, Coinsuper, Aiera, Nestio, CRE Simple, Onfido, Tradeshift, Zanbato, Abode, Jointly, BlockFi, Point Finance, Zenreach, Price.com, Go-Jek and Dayli Financial.

 

General Partner

Peter N. Ackerson

Peter is a General Partner at FinVC, where he is responsible for sourcing investments and adding operating value at the portfolio company level. Prior to FinVC he was CFO and Partner at SymphonyAI, a $1 billion early stage investment and incubation platform, where he held investing, operating, and board member roles in several AI technology companies across the Finance, Healthcare, Infrastructure, and Media verticals. Peter has also worked with McKinsey & Co’s early and mid-stage SaaS practice; at Wells Fargo’s Technology Equity Research group (including working on the Facebook, Workday, ServiceNow, and Marin Software IPOs) and at Merrill Lynch in their investment banking division.

He is passionate about the commercialization of frontier technologies and the disruption of legacy markets and business models. His professional experience has included co-founding several technology companies as well as roles in investment banking, corporate M&A, consulting, and early and mid-stage growth companies.

Peter holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Raven Society, and a BBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary.

Investment Partner

Ren Riley

Ren Riley is an Investment Partner at Fin where he is focused on sourcing and consummating primary and co-investment opportunities and adding value to our portfolio companies. Ren brings 25 years of experience in the financial services sector and has been an active participant and investor in the venture capital industry for over 20 years.

He is currently the co-founder and managing director of Enclave Liquidity Partners, a venture firm he co-founded in 2019, delivering liquidity solutions to founders, executives, and key shareholders of late-stage private growth companies.

Prior to Enclave, Ren was a Partner at Robertson Stephens, an RIA providing wealth management services for high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Positions during his tenure at the firm also included CEO and Head of Alternatives.

Prior to Robertson Stephens, Ren spent 16 years with Oak Investment Partners, where he became a General Partner in 2006. His primary focus was on emerging growth, multi-stage investments in the Internet, mobile, FinTech and enterprise software and services sectors, around the globe. He remains a Venture Partner at Oak today, serving on the Boards of several private companies. Ren began his career working in the corporate finance division of the original Robertson Stephens, a technology-focused investment bank based in San Francisco, where he was a Senior Associate. Ren holds an AB in Government from Dartmouth College.

Investment Partner

Christian Ostberg

Christian is an Investment Partner at Fin where he is responsible for sourcing investments, maintaining board responsibilities, and adding operating value at portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fin, Christian was most recently an Investor at Thomvest Ventures, a $500 million multi-stage venture capital fund, where he held investing and operating roles in multiple technology companies spanning the FinTech and PropTech verticals. Christian has also worked as an operator at an early-stage venture-backed technology company, Eden; at KKR on their Credit Strategy team and at Houlihan Lokey in their financial restructuring investment banking division.

Additionally, he co-founded the Virginia Venture Fund, a student-run venture capital fund supporting young entrepreneurs and training the future generation of venture capital investors.

Christian holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce with major concentrations in Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Principal

Henry Cashin

Henry is a Principal at Fin, responsible for sourcing investments, maintaining board responsibilities, and adding operating value at portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fin, Henry was the US Corporate Strategy Lead at Klarna, Europe’s most valuable privately held FinTech. During his time at Klarna, US annual transaction volume grew ~20x, as Klarna signed 19 of the largest 100 US e-commerce merchants and grew the New York office from 9 to +100 employees.

Henry was previously at Mastercard both on the M&A team, and as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Innovation Officer. During his time at Mastercard, Henry sourced and ran the APT acquisition for $600M, Mastercard’s largest acquisition at the time. Henry started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group.

Outside of work, Henry founded and serves on the Associates Board for Row New York, New York’s largest rowing charity. Henry holds a BA in Government, US Foreign Policy from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Venture Partner

Alka Gupta

Alka Gupta is a tech entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive with deep experience in digital transformation, fintech, marketplaces, and identity. She has been at the beginning of some of the most significant disruptions and platforms including search, ecommerce, mobile, digital payments, and blockchain at both early stage and public companies. She has operated and built revenue in B2B and B2B2C market across more than ten countries in Asia, Europe, and Latin America building an understanding of internationalization and localization strategies and tactics.

Alka is Co-Founder and Board Director at GlobaliD, a venture backed, portable, and interoperable identity platform leveraging the blockchain. As President, she built the team, product, and signed the first digital wallet customers. Prior, she was at eBay/PayPal as head of strategy for eBay Marketplaces where she led strategy development for fulfillment, expanded payment systems, cross border transactions, omni-channel retail, and key Asian (Japan, India) and select Latin American (Brazil) markets. Previously, Alka was with Retrevo (Acq. BN), a vertical specific e-commerce business, as VP of Business Development, bringing in the first revenue. At Lycos (Nasdaq: LCOS; Acq.: TEF), Alka first led as GM of a global suite of products and then as VP Corp Development and Strategy.

She earned an MBA from The Wharton School and B.S. (cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University. Alka serves as a Board Director at MoneyGram (Nasdaq: MGI), GlobaliD, Digital Frontiers, and Flaist, Finance and Audit Committee for Menlo Park City School, and is a Limited Partner at Chestnut Ventures. She is an Advisor to Berkeley’s SkyDeck Accelerator and Venture Lab at the Wharton School and a frequent speaker on topics such as digital transformation, fintech, and blockchain including at University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania. Alka was also an early Charter Member and the Chair of Mentoring Program at TiE and early Advisory Board Member Women 2.0.

Venture Partner

Emy Donavan

Emy Donavan is a Venture Partner at Fin where she works on investment thesis development, sourcing and portfolio company operating value add. Based in San Francisco, her experience has deep roots in Silicon Valley – underwriting startups, VC portfolios, and large technology risks on a local and global basis.

Emy most recently served as the Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Resilience (formerly Arceo), where she advised the Executive Team and Board on impact of specific strategies associated with product choice, positioning, and competitive considerations, owned portfolio management and regulatory reporting strategy for all products. Prior to Resilience, Donavan served in a dual role as Global Head and CUO of Cyber, Tech & Media PI for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS) and Head of Allianz SE’s Cyber Center of Competence, which provides support and expertise on Cyber initiatives for all Operating Entities of Allianz. Emy’s prior experience spans more than 15 years of Cyber, Technology, and Specialty E&O-dedicated experience at several of the largest PI and Cyber carriers in the U.S. and international markets.

Emy graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Rhetoric, focusing on legal writing and argument construction. Emy is also a frequent speaker for PLUS, Advisen, the APCIA, and other affiliation groups on Cyber & Professional Liability insurance topics, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other major publications covering the cyber market.

Venture Partner

Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst is a Venture Partner at Fin where he is responsible for sourcing/consummating investments and adding operating value at portfolio companies. Mike is a software industry veteran and CEO/Co-founder of Exactuals, a provider of innovative solutions for complex payments and metadata issues in the entertainment industry. He is also a mentor at the Stanford StartX incubator where he has coached 40+ teams on fundraising and enterprise sales planning since 2012.

Exactuals first established itself as a SaaS leader in the film/TV payments space, securing long-term commercial agreements with Screen Actors Guild, Entertainment Partners, and other top unions, studios, and payroll companies. Exactuals raised more than $23 million in funding prior to being acquired by City National Bank in 2018 where it will continue its work as a wholly owned subsidiary of the leading bank in entertainment.

Mike incubated the Exactuals business model over the course of his time at Stanford Graduate School of Business, with guidance from some of Silicon Valley’s most trusted advisors. As a Stanford StartX mentor since 2012, Mike also finds tremendous fulfillment working with early-stage StartX portfolio companies as they plan and implement their fundraising and enterprise sales strategies.

Mike adds value to portfolio companies in the SaaS and FinTech arenas by developing enterprise sales plans for all stages of growth. Having himself been a President’s Club performer at Oracle early in his career, he understands what it takes to close strategic transactions while scaling a business.

Mike holds degrees from Santa Clara University and Stanford Business School. Mike’s investments include Branch Metrics, Mattermost, ClearMetal, Luma Health, Embroker, Clarify Health Solutions, Boom Fantasy, Threadloom, ClearGraph, and ToneDen amongst others.

Associate

May Wang

May is an Associate at Fin where she is responsible for sourcing investments, developing co-investment opportunities, maintaining board responsibilities, and adding operating value at portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fin, May was most recently an MBA associate at multiple VCs focused on Fintech and B2B investments. She also went to Poland to help a startup expand to Europe and launch the new office. May has worked in Goldman Sachs in Tokyo where she managed multi-billion-dollar liquidity assets for the company; and Capco, where she worked on global projects with major financial institutions clients as a consultant.​ May holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and speaks fluent Mandarin, Japanese and basic Spanish.

Associate

Luke Kornack

Luke is an Associate at Fin, where he is responsible for sourcing investments, maintaining board responsibilities, and adding operating value at portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fin, he was an investor with B Capital Group, an international multi-stage investment fund partnered with Boston Consulting Group. While at B Capital Group he primarily invested across FinTech and Healthcare-IT, focusing on growth-stage companies. He was previously at Financial Technology Partners (“FT Partners”), a global FinTech focused investment bank, where he advised on sell-side, buy-side and capital formation engagements.

Outside of work, Luke is an active volunteer with the Tanzanian Children’s Fund, a not-for-profit that works with children and families in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania providing them with tools, systems and opportunities to break generational poverty. Luke holds a BA in Globalization Studies from Gettysburg College.

VP of Finance and Operations

Becky Liang

Becky Liang is the VP of Finance and Operations at FinVC and is responsible for all accounting and operational matters. Prior to joining FinVC, Becky was an Accounting Manager at Blumberg Capital, and was a Senior Accountant at TSG Consumer Partners and Francisco Partners.

Becky holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine and is a licensed CPA in the state of California. When not at work, Becky enjoys rock climbing and going on adventures around the Bay Area with her dog.

Chief of Staff

Kristin Putnam

Kristin is the Chief of Staff at Fin, where she is responsible for supporting the firm’s Partners, managing projects, schedules, and helping coordinate across the firm. Prior to joining Fin, Kristin was most recently a Manager Assistant at Bain & Company, a top management consultant firm. While at Bain & Company she supported six high level executives, organized and planned events and managed many additional ad hoc projects. Her prior positions include, Finance Operations Associate at Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm. She managed day-to-day operations including monitoring liquidity provisions for multiple high-level clients. Previously, Kristin was at ATEL Capital Group, an international financial services company where she managed client and investor relations.

While attending college, Kristin earned a highly sought-after internship at Morgan Stanley, a multinational investment bank and financial services company, where she was a Wealth Management Intern. Kristin holds a BS in Corporate Financial Management from San Jose State University.

Fin VC Fellows

Divya Elango

Divya Elango

Abdulaziz Kanoo 1

Aziz Kanoo

Harrison Smith Web

Harrison Smith

Divya Elango

Divya comes to Fin VC with extensive engineering and product management experience. She worked at an e-commerce company named Shopstyle that got acquired by Rakuten, led mobile strategy at a Social VR company, and product management at Waymo (Google’s Self Driving Car Company). She most recently worked at Valo Ventures as an MBA investment associate.

She is currently an MBA student at Stanford. You can email her at divya@finvc.co to chat further.

Aziz Kanoo

Aziz is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Aziz worked at Palm Drive Capital, a $300 million early-stage venture capital fund, as an Investment Analyst, focusing on high-growth technology companies all over the world, where he mainly focused on E-commerce, Fintech, Sass, and more recently Healthcare IT. He has also previously worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an Equity Analyst on their 1818 Partners Strategy – long-only public equity strategy, and Bank ABC as part of the Trade Finance Team.

As a Bahraini/Saudi national growing up in the Middle East, Aziz is passionate about contributing to a growing fintech ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, bridging the gap between emerging and developed markets.

Aziz enjoys collaborating with entrepreneurs from across the world to develop solutions to unique problems and leveraging technology to create positive impacts on people’s lives. Aziz has made early bets in companies like Yassir (YCW20), and Eyewa. Apart from his time in Venture Capital, Aziz enjoy sports, travel, and the culinary arts.

Aziz completed his undergraduate degree at Bentley University majoring in Economics, and Finance, and pursued a M.S from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation in Real estate Development.

Harrison Smith

Harrison is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Harrison worked at a London-based FinTech start-up, Railsbank, the leading BaaS provider in Europe, where he focused on QA testing, Customer Support, and more recently as Head of Product Roadmap.

Harrison is passionate about working with innovative people from across the world to build powerful products that solve big problems. In his spare time, he works as Chief Product Officer for a student-run non profit called Project Access, which works to increase access to elite education by pairing underprivileged high-school students with a mentor at their dream university to guide them through the application process. As a sports lover, Harrison competed in triathlon and duathlon internationally for Great Britain, winning the World Duathlon Championships in 2016.

Harrison is currently a Junior at Yale University studying History and Computer Science, in addition to competing for the Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field teams. He is from a town called Southend-on-Sea, in the United Kingdom.

Fellow Alumni

Doug A. Bowen Web

Doug A. Bowen

Gonzalo Gallardo Web

Gonzalo Gallardo

Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Aditi Rajagopal Web

Aditi Rajagopal

Doug A. Bowen

Doug is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Doug worked at BDT Capital Partners as an Associate, focused on several middle-market transactions and advisory engagements. Doug is also a Toigo MBA Affiliate, a MLT Professional Development Fellow and an Associate Board member on After School Matters and Urban Initiatives, which are Chicago non-profit organizations that aim to engage underserved youth.

As a Jamaican native, Doug’s passionate to affect a fintech renaissance in the Caribbean, through the development of an investment fund designed to provide Caribbean tech entrepreneurs with strategic capital.

Doug graduated as the Valedictorian of Morehouse College with a B.A. in Economics. He is currently an MBA Candidate at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Gonzalo Gallardo

Gonzalo is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Gonzalo worked in strategy and analytics at Affirm, Inc, a Bay Area Fintech focused on reinventing lending and consumer finance. Gonzalo also worked as a management consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, where he conducted buy side due diligences for financial and strategic investors. He is passionate about Fintech in emerging markets.

Gonzalo is currently an MBA Candidate at Stanford GSB

Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Ryan worked at Google as security and privacy program manager, focusing on Google Pay and Alphabet’s “Other Bets”. Ryan also worked as a cybersecurity consultant at Deloitte and Accenture, where he conducted security assessments and implementations for financial services clients. He is passionate about furthering fintech through cybersecurity and enabling tech.

Ryan is currently an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is an alumni of Duke University. He remains an ardent fan of the Duke basketball team.

Aditi Rajagopal

Aditi Rajagopal is a Fellow at Fin VC. Prior to Fin, Aditi worked at Transform Capital as a Summer Venture Associate. Aditi also worked as a Software Engineer at IBM where she focused on IBM’s cloud platform from incubation to where it is today. Her roles ranged from Open Source Development to DevOps to Fullstack development. She also had a couple of patents granted along the way. Aditi is passionate about all things college football, data security, and design.

Aditi is currently a student at University of Virginia pursuing her MBA and Masters in Data Science (at the Darden School of Business & School of Data Science respectively), and is an alumni of University of Michigan.

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