The Student Partnership

Our Team

We're builders and tinkerers, technical nerds, branding geeks, and sales. We eat, breathe, and sleep startups and venture. And we're the next generation of this industry - DRF's student partnership's acceptance rate is lower than Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. Come join the fam.

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Dorm Room Fund's full-time team that runs the fund and student programs.

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Molly Fowler

Yale University

General Partner, Dorm Room Fund, First Round Capital, Intersection, City of Los Angeles.

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Caroline Toch

Vanderbilt University

Operating Principal. Formerly product at Chief, Accelerator lead at Techstars Web3, Talent at Venture for America.


Our investment partners seek out, vet, and back the best student-run companies across the country -- don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Daniel Applewhite

Harvard (HBS)

Scaling impact through entrepreneurship and technology.

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Daniel Bessonov

University of Pennsylvania

Ramp. Formerly Anduril, Roblox, and Lumos.

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Sam Broner

MIT Sloan

Generally Happy.

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Richard Clay

Bowie State

DoD. Intel Capital. HBCUvc.

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Alexa Davis

Stanford GSB

Stanford GSB. Formerly Google Payments and Forbes.

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David Dellal

Yale University, MIT

Floe. Formerly MIT Langer Lab, Air Liquide.

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Nika Duan

Harvard (HBS)

Nika is passionate about democratizing access to capital and championing innovation that aspires to create a better, more equitable world.

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Cole Fairchild

University of Pennsylvania

Insight Partners. Formerly Morgan Stanley and COS.

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John Forbes

UC Berkeley

Formerly SnapMD.

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Shub Gaur

University of Southern California

Spree, TroyLabs. Formerly Falkonry.

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Philippe Griffiths

Stanford GSB, Harvard Kennedy School

Stanford GSB & Harvard Kennedy School. Formerly Quona Capital, African Leadership Group and Deloitte.

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Santiago Hernandez


Santiago is a former telenovela actor from Mexico, previous startup founder and now a Computer Science student at Stanford.

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Nathan Ho


Tribe Capital and Spectrum Equity. Formerly Bowery Capital and Standard Metrics.

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Darius Johnson

Santa Clara

Drem, Formerly Harlem Capital & Goldman Sachs.

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Mia Krishnamurthy


I am an impact-driven student-athlete and founder at Cornell passionate about making change through venture capital and entrepreneurship, and I am so excited to be a part of the DRF Team!

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Declan Kunkel

Yale Law School

J.D. candidate and Texan interested in investing, corporate structure, and asymmetric opportunities.

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Albert Lam

University of Washington

UiPath. Formerly Sezzle and Dotdash.

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Iris Liu


Lifelong learner. Hustle Fund, Draper Associates. Formerly Menlo Ventures and AWS.

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Jianna Liu


Formerly Facebook, Nvidia, Skale Education.

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Chloe Lopez-Lee


Weill Cornell Medicine, Bioventure ELabs. Formerly Blueprint.

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Chirag Mahapatra

Chicago Booth

Building the go-to platform for building company culture, starting with helping teams book, co-ordinate and evaluate in person events and investing in B2B Saas, marketplaces and dev tools.

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Alex Marley

Northeastern University

An engineer with a passionate to innovate, collaborate and speculate.

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Avi Muller


Avi has spent the past two years on both the operations and venture side of the startup ecosystem and loves talking to founders who are working on solving problems that will change the world.

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Tori Orr


Spelman Alumna. Formerly Goldman Sachs, Tesla, Intel, & BCG Digital Ventures.

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Zsika Phillip

Stanford GSB

An impact-driven builder at heart who is fortunate to have witnessed the power of weaving empathy into product development and design.

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Nicole Ripka

NYU Stern

I'm an artist and art appreciator passionate about breaking stigmas and building culture for those who have been historically left out.

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Albert Shin


Formerly Evercore, Permira, Charlesbank, and Oaktree.

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Royce Tiger

Yale University

Yale Entrepreneurial Society. Formerly Alumni Ventures, Blue Ivy Ventures, SOSV, Chinaccelerator, MOX Accelerator

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James Wellemeyer


James is a product designer and student at Columbia studying Computer Science and Political Science.

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Mea-Lynn Wong

Yale School of Management

Yale MBA, Blueprint Track grad, formerly Charles Schwab & fighter for representation in tech and VC

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Jack Yuan


Tianchimed founder. Moonshot Beijing. Currently learning about the intersection of BCI, AR/VR, and crypto.

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Alpin Yukseloglu

UC Berkeley

MD @ Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator, EE, CS, and Business at UC Berkeley. Formerly PayPal, Samsung, Estée Lauder, Bloccelerate, and Ahura AI.

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Darya Zakharova

Columbia Business School

Darya is a native San Franciscan with a passion for entrepreneurship and has worked as both an investor and operator prior to pursing her MBA at Columbia.


Our operators-in-residence support our investment partners and founders alike with strategic, technical, and operational expertise.

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Raymond Banke

Columbia University

Head of Design. Product Design at Meadow. Previously at Reddit, GBH, and the Columbia Daily Spectator.

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Will Hoppin

Columbia University, Middlebury College

PM. Artist and engineer with delusions of international stardom.

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Melissa Li


Head of Community and Partnerships. Undergrad at Harvard fascinated by community design, consumer psychology, and modern retail.

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Pooja Panchamia


Founder Ops. Former accountant turned VC turned tech nerd, MBA at UCLA Anderson.

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Daniel Tao

University of Pennsylvania

Co-Head of Engineering. Previously at Pahdo Labs, Microsoft and Volley

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Kia Uusitalo


Head of Social. Formerly, Plug and Play, Van Wickle Ventures.

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Andrew Xu


Editor In Chief. Formerly Lazard Tech (M&A), Kajabi, On Deck (Catalyst), Acorn Genetics

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Tom Zhang

Columbia University

Co-Head of Engineering. Amazon, MLH. Formerly Intonation Ventures, Stanford Medicine.

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Britney Zhang

UC Berkeley Haas

Head of Marketing and Communications. Slack Technologies. Formerly Muse Capital and Quirk Money.