The Venture Collective.

Empowering Founders Who Are Leaving a Legacy

Who We Are.

TVC is a transformational, early-stage venture firm backed by world class entrepreneurs and business leaders. We invest our capital, time, and network into highly defensible, fast-growing companies with the potential to solve the world's biggest problems.

The Obvious Opportunity.

“The Great Wealth Transfer” is starting to occur with the oldest baby boomers currently in their 70s, which will generate a new approach to investing much of the $75T in capital for Millennials and Gen Z.¹ These generations are 2X as likely to focus on altruistic investing and are shifting charitable contributions towards impactful, for-profit businesses since they believe they will drive broader, stickier change.²

In tandem with this shift, positively impactful businesses are valued at over $11T³ today with a CAGR of 19.5%.⁴ Perhaps more importantly, they're also performing stronger than traditional investments, particularly in times of market volatility.

¹Boss Magazine, The Great Wealth Transfer
²Fidelity, Millenial investors drive growth in impact investing
³AssetDash, Top Assets by Market Cap
The Business Research Company, Investing Global Markets Report 2022

The Valley of Death.

Incorporation through Series A is where the greatest number of high potential companies fail to succeed. This isn't usually because founders don't have great ideas, but instead because the path to early signals of product market fit is riddled with the challenge of balancing limited time and resources with imperfect data points for decision-making along the way.

This critical time is when founders need the most help, but also currently where most VCs spend the least amount of dollars and energy. We are changing that.

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What Gets Us Excited.

Life Improvement.

How can humanity reach its highest potential? At TVC, we are committed to backing founders who believe that we can do more to improve day-to-day life. These businesses will forever change what it means to thrive in today’s world.

Human Empowerment.

Rising tides lift all boats: democratizing opportunity leads to greater GDP, improved economic stability, and an overall higher quality of life. At TVC, we find overlooked solutions focused on leveling the playing field, especially for the underrepresented.

World Preservation.

Sustainable consumption is certainly not a new trend. It is, however, the only way for our world to keep living. At TVC, we are passionate about solving this crisis so that future generations can flourish.

The TVC Approach.

  • We invest early with conviction.
  • We personalize our support.
  • We focus on measurable progress, not inflated valuations.
  • We are committed to the long run.

Our Team.

Nicholas Shekerdemian
Founding Partner
  • 2x Founder: Headstart, Teaching by the Top
  • Thiel Fellow & YC, Summer 2017
  • 25+ angel investments
Nicole Seligman
Executive in Residence
  • Board Member, WPP, Paramount, Mira GTx
  • President, Sony Corporation of America
  • Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
Nirmesh Patel
  • Co-founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cambridge Cancer Genomics
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 & YC, Summer 2017
  • PhD, Oncology & Cancer Biology, King's College London
Pete Ondishin
  • CFO, Kingstown Capital
  • Assistant Controller, Atlantic Investment Management
  • Assurance Senior Associate, PwC
Gina Shekerdemian
Founding Partner
  • Director, BlackRock
  • Forbes 30 Under 30
  • Yale University Advisory Board
Paula Sutter
  • CEO, TSG Fashion Group
  • President, Diane von Furstenberg
  • thredUP Board Member
Caitlin Herling
  • VP, Strategic Account Manager, Franklin Templeton
  • Director, National Account Manager, Legg Mason
  • Investment Associate, 37 Angels
Elliot Richmond
Senior Advisor
  • Partner, Moelis & Co
  • Director, Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch
  • 70+ angel investments
Cat Middleton
General Partner
  • Partner, Primary Ventures
  • Head of Due Diligence, PeopleTech Partners
  • VP People, Chartbeat
Stephanie Sarelakos
  • Founding Member, Walmart eCommerce Incubator
  • Senior Manager,
  • Financial Markets Advisory, BlackRock
Kevin Shannon
  • Chief of Staff, Inflection Point Acquisition Corp
  • Senior Analyst, Kingstown Capital
  • Equity Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Luke Lloyd-Davies
Senior Advisor
  • Managing Director, Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Global Private Office
  • COO, Rocket Entertainment Group
  • Advisor, MetroBank

Our Portfolio.

The TVC team has a track record of backing founders building purpose-driven businesses alongside world class investors. Some companies include:
Leveraging synthetic biology to develop mRNA therapeutics for the world's most deadly cancers and diseases.
HelixNano Website
An AI-powered platform allowing businesses to build software faster, cheaper, and without tech expertise. Website
Machine learning tools to make buildings smarter - quickly, affordably and securely.
Infogrid Website
Where top talent goes to accelerate their ideas and careers, surrounded by a world-class community.
OnDeck Website
Creating slaughter-free, real leather at scale using tissue engineering.
VitroLabs Website
Missions to the International Space Station today. The world’s first commercial space station tomorrow.
Axiom Space Website
The healthcare industry's first cultural competency credentialing system.
Violet Website
Fast, accurate, and accessible AI-powered MRI imaging solutions.
Orbem Website

Venture Partners.

A global network of founders, operators, and investors who expand our experienced core team's ability to source and support TVC's growing portfolio of companies.

Kristin Thayer

  • Head of Partnerhips & Marketplace, Watershed
  • Former: Head of Travel Partnerships, Uber; Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Lisa Wang

  • Founder & CEO, The Global League of Women
  • Former: Founder & CEO, SheWorx (Acquired by Republic)

Joe Braidwood

  • Co-Founder & COO, Scener
  • Former: First Employee & CMO, SwiftKey (Acquired by Microsoft)

Deepak Kasthwal

  • CFO, YYX Capital
  • Former: CFO, Ola; CFO, Cleartrip

Madelaine Czufin

  • Director, First Republic Bank
  • Board Advisor, Vinetta Project

Dr. James Gillespie

  • Chief Health Officer, Emoja Supply Chain Solutions
  • Co-Founder & President, Center for Healthcare Innovation)
  • Senior Advisor, Stanford School of Medicine

Erica Dorfman

  • Head of Global Financial Products, Brex
  • Former: Head of Finance & Operations, Tally Technologies; Co-Head of Capital Markets, SoFi

Kim Patel

  • COO, Break Sports
  • Former: Investor, Lerer Hippeau and AlleyCorp; Director, Global Corporate Strategy, VICE Media

Samer Yousif

  • Investor, Insight Partners
  • Co-Founder, Investors of Color Network

Ruby Anaya

  • Product, Grindr
  • Head of Product, Swing Left
  • Director of Culture, WeWork; Senior Product Manager, AOL

Joe Brown

  • VP - Corporate Development, OneTeam Partners
  • Director, Media Strategy & Business Development, NFL

In Case You Missed It.

The latest and greatest from the TVC team and our portfolio.
March 29, 2023
VC Aligns LPs Values With Underrepresented Founders Solving The World’s Greatest Challenges
Solving wicked problems—complex interconnected societal challenges—used to be the province of government and philanthropists. Now startups are tackling challenges like climate change, access to healthcare, and equality.
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Axiom Space
April 1, 2022
Axiom Space named on TIME100 Most Influential Companies of 2022
Axiom is proud to share our vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere as we continue to expand the low Earth orbit economy with missions to the International Space Station and the progressing construction of Axiom Station, the next-gen platform for innovation and breakthroughs.
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Contact Us.

Our team is easy to find online, but if you'd like to get in touch with us for press inquiries, membership applications, co-investment opportunities or something else entirely, please contact us below.

We look forward to hearing from you!