Our Team

KARTHIK KRISHNAN

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Karthik is an Associate Professor of finance at Northeastern University and an angel investor with Launchpad Venture Group. He has seven years of experience in teaching and research in the areas of entrepreneurship and education finance. Karthik is also a thought leader on education financing having published various articles on the subject. He has mentored and helped various students land meaningful internships.

MARK BERNFELD

CO-FOUNDER

Mark Bernfeld is the Chairman of Tamarack Technologies and an angel investor with Launchpad Venture Group and Clean Energy Venture Group. An experienced entrepreneur, he has significant experience in sales, marketing, and business development. Mark has been involved in academia for a number of years and has mentored many students.

NEAL COLMAN

CHIEF MENTOR

Neal Colman was Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Major Accounts at Liberty Mutual when he retired in 2015. During his 38 year career at Liberty, Neal held various underwriting management positions in the large account casualty insurance marketplace. He holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA degree from Babson College.

ANITA SCHOENFELD

CHIEF COMPLIANCE AND RISK OFFICER

Anita is the Managing Principal of ANA Consulting Associates, LLC and the past Global Director of Risk Management for an International consulting firm. As an experienced risk management consultant, she has extensive experience in compliance, as well as private equity, M&A, Cyber Risk, D&O and public entity risk. She is a past Director on the Board of The Bridge Breast Network, a North Texas non-profit.

ZHEN JIANG

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Zhen is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. His specialty is in system and architecture-level security. He has published multiple papers at top-tier conferences. Zhen loves writing and playing with code. He has five years of experience in developing software.

JOEL SOO

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATE

Joel graduated from Northeastern University with bachelors in Finance and Psychology. He has a passion for higher education reform – specifically for how students are financed. He also has experience in the financial services industry as well as working in non-profit micro-financiers such as WorldVision Cambodia.

HAYLEY LONG

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Diane Beauvais

Director of Student Success

Diane supports our student networking program.

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