Ada Tam is the controller at 137 Ventures. She works closely with the audit, tax, legal, and compliance teams and manages the firm’s financial reporting. Most recently, she was the assistant controller at Hall Capital Partners LLC in the Pooled Vehicles Administration group. Ada was responsible for the financial reporting, compliance, operations and management of the investment funds which represented $4.0 billion of AUM. Prior to Hall Capital, she was the senior fund accountant at Thomas Weisel Partners, where she was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the primary and secondary fund of funds. Ada started her career in public accounting in the audit practice at Armanino LLP. Ada holds a BA in business management economics with an emphasis on accounting from University of California Santa Cruz. Ada is also a certified public accountant licensed in the State of California.
S. Alexander Jacobson is a founder and investment partner of 137 Ventures. He is also chairman of ImmuneBridge, a biotech startup focused on immune system replacement and replenishment. Previously, Alex was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Founders Fund, where he played a principal role in Microsoft’s acquisition of Powerset and led the diligence processes for investments in SpaceX and Prior Knowledge (acquired by Salesforce). Prior to that, Alex was founder and chief architect of Happstack, the leading open-source Haskell application server. Alex is a seasoned entrepreneur: he founded Shop.com, a shopping and comparison website, which he eventually sold to Altura Ventures; Virtual Office, one of the first companies to register commercially valuable domain names; and Interband, an advertising management and measurement company, which sold to Winstar Communications. Alex holds a BS in cognitive science from Brown University.
Alex is the director of legal & business affairs. His primary responsibilities are managing business development activities and legal matters. Before joining 137 Ventures, Alex was a corporate attorney at Hunton Andrews Kurth where he advised sponsors, investors and operating companies in private equity and venture capital transactions. Alex has a B.S. in mathematics from Stanford University and a J.D. magna cum laude from William & Mary Law School.
Andrew Hansen is a partner, CFO & COO and is responsible for the compliance program at 137 Ventures. Previously, he worked at Founders Fund, where he managed the operations of the firm, including building the finance staff, creating policies and procedures, and implementing systems to scale the organization’s operations from $50 million to over $1.5 billion in assets under management. Prior to Founders Fund, Andrew was a senior accountant in alternative fund services at HSBC, where he was responsible for providing administration and financial support for several hedge funds and hedge fund of funds with over $3 billion in assets under management. Earlier in his career, Andrew was at State Street, where he held roles in portfolio accounting and performance analysis for their largest U.S pension client, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Andrew holds a BS in business administration and economics and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Andrew Laszlo is an investment partner at 137 Ventures. Previously, Andy was a partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners and a director at Intel Capital. Andy also led several technology start-ups, including bamboo.com, which pioneered online virtual tour technology and developed eBay’s infrastructure for hosting and managing digital images. He ultimately helped take the company public before spearheading a billion-dollar merger with Internet Pictures Corporation (IPIX). Earlier in his career, Andy practiced as a corporate attorney for more than a decade. He currently serves as an advisory board member at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Andy holds a BA in English cum laude from Wesleyan University, an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and a JD magna cum laude from the George Washington University Law School.
Bonny Chen is an executive assistant at 137 Ventures. Previously, she was an executive assistant for Carmel Partners’ Asset Management team. She has a BA in business administration and sociology from University of California, Riverside.
Brian Jue is an analyst at 137 Ventures. He spends most of his time supporting the investment team with due diligence and deal structuring. He was previously a member of the Finance & Strategy Team at Checkr, supporting corporate finance activities such as financial reporting and investor relations. Prior to joining Checkr, Brian worked as an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan, where he covered companies across various consumer & retail sectors. Brian holds a BS in business administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Ching Wu is partner of investor relations & marketing at 137 Ventures. Her responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, and supporting 137 Ventures’ portfolio companies. Ching has 25 years of experience working in high-tech startups, large technology companies, and venture capital firms. She was most recently partner of marketing and investor relations at Canvas Ventures where she led the fundraising efforts for the firm’s first two funds. She also served as partner of marketing at Morgenthaler Ventures for more than 15 years. Prior to Canvas, Ching held director of marketing communications roles at startups such as Marimba (IPO in 1999) and Illustra Technologies (acquired by Informix). She also served in senior marketing positions at Sun Microsystems and account management at Ogilvy & Mather. Ching holds a BS in international politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also earned an honor’s certificate in international business and diplomacy from Georgetown.
Christian is a principal on the investment team at 137 Ventures. Prior to that, he was an investor at Caerus Investment Advisors. Christian was selected as a Rising Star by the Venture Capital Journal in the 2020 class. He holds the FINRA certification as a licensed investment advisor. He earned his BS in Education from The University of Kansas, where he played basketball for four years as a student-athlete, winning four Big 12 Championships and going to The Final Four in 2011.
James Pardee is a principal on the investment team at 137 Ventures. James joined the firm in 2017 as an analyst and has been promoted to associate and senior associate in the last several years. Before joining the firm, he covered internet companies as an equity research associate at Raymond James. He holds a BS in Economics and a certificate in markets and management studies from Duke University.
Johanne is a staff accountant at 137 Ventures. Her accounting career began as a construction accountant at Fore Property Company where she supported the western division projects and processed their draw requests. She holds a BS in accounting from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Justin Fishner-Wolfson is a founder and the managing partner of 137 Ventures. Previously, Justin worked on the investment team at Founders Fund. He was also selected as a Kauffman Fellow, a program responsible for the development of leaders in global innovation and the venture capital industry. Justin graduated from Stanford University with honors, received a BS in management science and engineering, a MS in computer science, and was a Mayfield Fellow.
Kelsey Knorr is an executive assistant at 137 Ventures. Previously, she was the office manager at Valtus Capital Group. Kelsey holds a BS in finance, management, and marketing from Concordia University Wisconsin.
Mason Windatt is an accounting manager at 137 Ventures. He began his career at Standish Management where he specialized in fund administration and consulting for venture capital and private equity clients. Mason holds a BA in international studies with a business minor from Rhodes College.
Michelle Tunley is an executive assistant at 137 Ventures. Previously, she was an executive assistant for a family office and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Iowa. Michelle is mom to 2 boys who love soccer.
Neva Lew is an executive assistant at 137 Ventures. Previously, she was an executive assistant at Comcast Ventures. Neva holds a BA in sociology from University of California, Riverside.
Nick Procaccini is an investment partner at 137 Ventures. Previously, Nick was a senior analyst at UNC Management Company, where he worked on all aspects of the investment process for the $6 billion UNC Investment Fund. Nick holds a BS cum laude in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a CFA charterholder.
Sarah is the deputy chief compliance officer & director of operations at 137 Ventures. She is responsible for regulatory compliance and operational matters. Previously, she was the director of compliance at TriLinc Global, LLC where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the compliance-related activities of the firm and its affiliates. Prior to TriLinc Global, Sarah was an assistant vice president at Cordium (Acquired by ACA Group), a compliance advisory firm. She was also a senior compliance consultant at David Landau & Associates, LLC, where she provided regulatory compliance advisement to investment advisers focused on private fund compliance. Sarah holds a B.S. in international business from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.