200+ Startups

Wasabi Ventures has cofounded, incubated, advised, and invested in over 200+ early-stage technology companies.

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Polina Raygorodskaya

CEO of Wanderu

Bio: I was the founder and president of Polina Fashion LLC, a boutique fashion, travel and luxury PR firm. My entrepreneurial endeavors have been recognized by Business Week, the Fox Business Channel and Legal Zoom. In 2007 Business Week named Polina as one of the "Best 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25." I love to travel, and I bring that passion to being the founder of Wanderu.

Question: What has been like to have Wasabi Ventures as an Investor?

We loved the fast, painless process that Wasabi Ventures used for being one of our earliest investors. They have believed in our vision from the earliest stages and have always tried to value-add to our start-up journey.

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Chris Herbert

CEO and Co-Founder of Trackr

Bio: I went surfing and my key fell out of my wetsuit on the beach. My car was parked below the high tide line and when I came in to move my car, I couldn’t find my keys! Luckily people with metal detectors came by and found my keys before the ocean swept away my car. That made me wish for a easy way to keep track of items.

Question: What has been like to have Wasabi Ventures as an Investor?

Wasabi Ventures has been a great early stage funder and cheerleader for us. They are constantly trying to add value to the operation above and beyond the cash investment that they made.

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Joel Robinson

CEO and Co-Founder at VidFall

Bio: Inspired to invent and create new products and services, I am now working to build a large user base around my company, VidFall.com. I enjoy travel, airplanes, hip hop music, and eco-friendly technologies. I hope to turn my passion for innovation into an exciting and fulfilling career.

Question: Why did you become an EiR with Wasabi Ventures?

After going through the Start-up Foundations of Wasabi Ventures Academy, I was amazed at the level of commitment Wasabi Ventures has for its co-founded companies. I knew I wanted to build my company with WV and they have not disappointed. They have provided every resource and funding aspect we have needed to be the startup we are today.

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Branko Cerny

CEO and Co-Founder Immediately

Bio: Dartmouth grad with the love of great wine and great startups.

Question: What was the best part about being a WV EiR?

We entered Wasabi Ventures EiR program, which allowed us to get experienced management help and engineering talent we went from concept to MVP. We were impressed with the dedicated time from TK, Chris Yeh, and the rest of the staff. They cared about us as founders and people and this allowed us to grow from an idea to a fundable startup.

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William Wolf

Griffiss Institute Director

Bio: I joined Griffiss Institute after 11 years as the Chief of the Cyber Operations Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York.

Question: What has it been like to have Wasabi Ventures as an tech transfer partner?

Bringing in Wasabi Ventures to our tech transfer efforts at GI has been transformative. Their approach with fostering relationships with startups, lab personnel, and community leaders has created a tech transfer program that is truly revolutionary.

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Annette Zinky

President & CEO of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

Bio: I joined NACET in 2011. I have worked with startups, small business and growing companies for 9 years, and in my own small consumer products company for 11 years before that.

Question: What has it been like to have Wasabi Ventures as an educational partner?

The Wasabi Ventures team has been a great partner in our educational offerings for startups and entrepreneurs. Chris and TK as investors specifically offer a level of individual attention and incredible access to participants, making it so that no question goes unanswered or is off-limits. This kind of access and transparency is not normally available in most startup educational programs.

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Mark Kaplan

CEO of Alpha Loft

Bio: CEO of Alpha Loft has three decades of executive, venture capital, financial, and investment industry experience. He led the creation of the current Alpha Loft organization in New Hampshire through the combination of three separate entities.

Question: What is special about partnering with Wasabi Ventures?

We have a close relationship with Wasabi Ventures both in our daily activities and our leadership, as TK Kuegler serves on Alpha Loft's Board of Directors. Wasabi works very hard to develop companies in our state and to add value to the state's ecosystem. They bring great expertise and are a highly valued partner to our organization and many others. TK has a strong reputation in New Hampshire as a venture capitalist who provides excellent feedback and guidance to entrepreneurs, even those that are not backed by Wasabi" They are a 'go to' firm in the startup ecosystem of the state.

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Jen Meyer

CEO Betamore

Bio: I went to school here in Maryland for both undergrad and graduate school. My undergrad was in business at Frostburg. I got my MBA at Loyola and then my first job was actually in the high-tech field, so I worked for a website hosting company and a domain name registrar. And then I actually worked at Athire [a recruiting service for tech companies], so that kind of started my love affair with technology and with early-stage start-ups.

Question: Why did you partner with Wasabi Ventures?

Through our partnership with Wasabi Ventures we have collaborated on a Venture Capital Bootcamp as well as continued educational opportunities for our entrepreneurs scheduled for 2016. We have found Wasabi Ventures to be a committed partner in developing our local ecosystem and supporting the growth of the technology-based startup community in Baltimore. Their programs and workshops are targeted to meet the needs of a given region and provide participants with tools and strategies for success. Additionally, their team provides continued support and mentorship to the entrepreneurs, which makes them an invaluable member of Betamore’s coworking community.

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Rudi Leismann

CEO MyTraining.pro

Bio:Fitness has been a lifelong passion of mine, leading me to Found an early stage internet startup in the fitness industry. MyTraining is a fitness platform that is redefining the way people workout. As I worked through the WV Academy I learned many insights that I could directly apply in my startup and generate results.

Question: What would you say to someone considering applying to the WV Academy?

The WV Academy is a big opportunity for people starting or working with startups. Entrepreneurs learn the fundamentals of the startup world, from some of the best instructors in the world!

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Justin Ballou

Educator and Innovator

Bio: I am a high school social studies educator who specializes in human behavior. After working in the public school system in New Hampshire, I felt their were ways to improve opportunities for students, educators and communities. This led to my immersion into entrepreneurship and the surrounding areas of VC.

Question: What was your favorite part of the WV Academy and why?

The best part for me was interacting with a group of like-minded individuals. people who had ideas and perspectives that can only help you in the long run.

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Annette Zinky

President & CEO of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

Bio: I joined NACET in 2011. I have worked with startups, small business and growing companies for 9 years, and in my own small consumer products company for 11 years before that.

Question: What has it been like to have Wasabi Ventures as an educational partner?

The Wasabi Ventures team has been a great partner in our educational offerings for startups and entrepreneurs. Chris and TK as investors specifically offer a level of individual attention and incredible access to participants, making it so that no question goes unanswered or is off-limits. This kind of access and transparency is not normally available in most startup educational programs.

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