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Ryan is an experienced entrepreneur and investor with a passion for building companies and communities. He launched K50 Ventures as a continuation of the K50 community which recognized mission-driven founders from around the globe who were pushing the world forward. Entrepreneurs who were part of the K50 community went on to build companies like Brex, Freenome, Fiscalnote, Casper, and OYO Rooms, raising over $5B in venture capital and inspiring thousands of founders to start their own companies.
Since launching K50 Ventures, Ryan has been an early investor in many notable companies including Mammoth Biosciences, Self, Frubana, Groww, Tul, and a founding partner of the leading venture studio, Kairos HQ which co-founded Cera, Rhino, Bilt, and Little Spoon.
Before founding K50 Ventures, Ryan founded two companies and held roles at Blumberg Capital, 1-Page (IPO: 1PG), and Jumptap (Acqd. by Millenial Media) in San Francisco.
Ryan lives in New York City where K50 Ventures is HQ’d.
Daniel focuses on investments in Latin America. He started his venture career leading a local family office and as an active angel investor in Colombia. He has been instrumental in powering the LATAM startup ecosystem as an early investor and supporter of many notable companies such as Bitso, Kueski, Bold, GAIA, Betterfly, Leal, Okol (acquired by Habi), Cobli, Melonn, and Ubits.
Prior to joining K50, Daniel started his career in New York, on JPMorgan’s M&A team for LATAM, before coming back to Colombia to lead Auteco’s Business Development (the second largest private motorcycle assembler in LATAM).
A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School, Daniel lives in Medellin, Colombia.
Adriel invests in both the US and LATAM and leads our focus on Work & Learning. He’s led investments such as Worc, Shift One, Pallet, and Nirvana Health. Prior to K50, Adriel was on the investment team at Flybridge Capital Partners, a leading Boston and NYC Seed fund, sourcing and supporting partners on investments such as Imperfect Foods, Wethos and Narrator. Before Flybridge, he co-founded a consumer messaging app and held operational roles at Dreamit Ventures and venture-backed Offerpop.
When he’s not working, Adriel is fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs in NYC, volunteering for organizations like Defy Ventures and New York on Tech. He received a B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Cornell University and splits his time between New York City, Mexico City and Istanbul.
Ariel Russo is an investor who supports our partners and founders. He started his career as a financial analyst in wealth management, analyzing macroeconomic trends in LATAM and leading the business expansion in Central America. He then led his family business, Grupo Raphael, the biggest hypermarket chain in the country, where he helped transform the company’s digital channels by developing and managing the online marketplaces. He also sits on the board of the company.
Ariel speaks four languages (Spanish, English, Italian, and Hebrew) and currently lives in Miami. He received his BS from Babson College and earned an MBA from the University of Miami.
As Head of Platform, Jessica wears many hats. She’s the glue that holds together our portfolio of over 170 companies, is at the forefront of all K50 marketing initiatives, and is on a mission to make the founder journey less lonely and more community-driven.
Jessica has dedicated her career to building communities. Prior to joining K50, she managed the Grand Central Tech Residency program and community at Company Ventures, working directly with pre-seed and seed founders. Before that, she served as the User Experience & Community Manager at OneTable, a nonprofit dedicated to building community around the dinner table, supporting thousands of people weekly. And prior to that, she was a teacher at Success Academy Charter Schools, where she taught first and fifth grade.
Jessica graduated from the University of Michigan with BA in English and Community Action Social Change, then went on to earn a Masters in General and Special Education from Touro College. She lives in New York City.
Kirby Kaplan manages all of our fundraising initiatives and LP relationships. She oversees all investor communications, and is the driving force behind K50’s fundraising efforts.
Before joining K50, Kirby worked on the Investor Relations team at Centerbridge Partners, L.P., where she was able to contribute through multiple fundraises. Kirby also co-founded a non-profit, Cycle for Suz, raising money for Breast & Ovarian Cancer awareness, prevention and early detection.
Kirby graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with her BBA and lives in Chicago.
Stefanie owns all day-to-day operations. She joined the team after spending her career at various hedge funds, supporting investor relations, marketing, and client services. As the Deputy Head of Client Services at FRM of the Man Group – which managed $12B in assets at the time – Stefanie led a team of six, and was responsible for the delivery of reporting and firm updates across 12 products. Previously, she also worked at Millburn Ridgefield Corporation, Citco Fund Services, and Sansar Capital.
Stefanie is a graduate of the Questrom School of Management at Boston University and lives in New York City.