Kenneth Lerer is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau. He cofounded The Huffington Post and was the longtime Chairman of BuzzFeed. Ken serves as the Chairman of Blade and sits on the Board of Directors of Group Nine Media. He is also on the Board of nonprofits Bank Street College of Education and the Association to Benefit Children. He is a fan of CBD, drinks Sweet Reason, and uses Prima daily.
Ben Lerer is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau and the CEO of Group Nine Media, a digital media holding company consisting of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker, and PopSugar. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Thrillist. He chairs the Board of Directors for Urban Upbound and is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS). Ben sits on the Board of Directors for Casper and the Board of RaisedByUs. Ben leads the Lerer Hippeau team in total pairs of Allbirds, with no fewer than eight.
Eric Hippeau is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau. Previously, Eric was the CEO of The Huffington Post, in which he had invested as a Managing Partner at Softbank Capital. Eric has also served as Chairman and CEO of Ziff-Davis, former top publisher of computer magazines. Eric sits on the board of BuzzFeed, a portfolio company, and Marriott International. He was educated at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Eric reads Axios first thing in the morning to stay on top of the day’s breaking news.
Graham Brown is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau. He came from SoftBank Capital, where he focused on early-stage investments in mobile and web companies, with a particular interest in marketplaces. He previously worked as an associate at Polaris Partners and helped lead digital strategy at preventive health company Life Line Screening. He studied economics and philosophy at Colby College and later earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. Lerer Hippeau's best-dressed? Graham stocks his closet with Everlane.
Partner, SB Capital and BN Capital
Joe Medved is Partner of SB Capital and BN Capital at Lerer Hippeau. Previously, he worked as a partner at SoftBank, where he spent a decade making early-stage digital media investments. Before joining SoftBank, Joe was an investor at Constellation Ventures and worked as an investment banker with JP Morgan’s Tech, Media, and Telecom group. He studied finance at Boston College and the London School of Economics. Joe enjoys taking his kids to Camp.
Andrea Hippeau is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau. Prior to joining Lerer Hippeau, she held management and business development roles at portfolio companies The Dodo and Bark & Co. Andrea worked in corporate development while at Advance Publications and managed client relationships for Thomson Reuters. After studying French and business management at Skidmore College, she went on to get her MBA from Columbia Business School. Andrea always starts her day with a home workout using her MIRROR.
Caitlin Strandberg is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau. She joined from FirstMark, an early-stage venture firm based in NYC, where she was a Vice President. She previously worked on the investment team at Flybridge Capital partners and at two startups, LearnVest (acquired by Northwestern Mutual) and Behance (acquired by Adobe). Caitlin is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in History. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Caitlin sends all her best gifs via GIPHY.
Isabelle Phelps is a Partner at Lerer Hippeau. Prior to joining LH, she served as a Partner at Dorm Room Fund. Isabelle previously held positions in operations, business strategy, and marketing strategy at Yahoo and eBay Enterprise. She studied political science at Williams College and earned her MBA from MIT Sloan. Isabelle has an English Setter named Homer, who stays healthy thanks to Small Door.
Stephanie Manning Cohen
Stephanie Manning Cohen is an Operating Partner at Lerer Hippeau. In her role, she oversees the Platform and works closely with our team and founders to forge community and connections across our portfolio and within the broader New York tech ecosystem. Before joining, Stephanie led talent, events, and community for enterprise tech venture capital firm Work-Bench. She started her career at AppNexus, where she worked on the talent acquisition team and helped grow the company from 300 to 1,100 employees. She graduated from Colgate University, where she studied political science. Stephanie can't wait for her monthly appointments with her favorite facialist at Heyday.
Max Wechter is a Strategy Associate at Lerer Hippeau. Previously, he worked as a consultant at MediaLink and in revenue management and finance at iHeartMedia. He studied Entrepreneurship, Graphic Design, and International Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and earned his MBA from NYU Stern.
Meagan Loyst is an Associate on our investment team. She joined from General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm based in New York, where she was an Analyst. She previously worked on the investment team at Boston-based BayBoston, J.P. Morgan Asset Management in the Financial Sponsors Group, and consumer-focused hedge fund Perry Capital. Meagan is a graduate of Boston College, where she majored in Finance and Information Systems with a minor in International Studies for Management. Meagan is a frequent visitor to Into the Gloss and loves all-things Glossier.
Mendy Yang is an Associate at Lerer Hippeau. She joined from Soma Capital, an early-stage venture firm based in San Francisco. Previously, she was an investor at Vista Equity Partners, an enterprise software-focused private equity firm based in Austin and an analyst on the Strategy and M&A team at AIG, a global insurance provider based in NYC. Mendy graduated from Yale University, where she double majored in Economics and Psychology. Mendy is a huge foodie and relies on Resy to book her culinary adventures.
Robert Li is an Associate at Lerer Hippeau. He joined from Draper Dragon Fund, an early stage VC firm based in San Mateo, where he focused on fintech and crypto related investments. Prior to that, he had worked at Sequoia China and DiDi. Robert graduated from the Wharton School at UPenn, where he majored in Finance and Management. Robert likes to collect limited-edition Allbirds shoes.
Director of Talent
Amanda Mulay is Lerer Hippeau's Director of Talent. She joined from Andreessen Horowitz, where she focused on recruiting talent for technical roles for startups in stealth through later stage companies. She previously worked in talent operations at First Round Capital and Twilio. Amanda is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, where she majored in communications. Amanda likes to unwind at night by lighting her Otherland candles.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Emily Libresco is Lerer Hippeau’s Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications. In her role, she oversees marketing and communications for the firm and its companies, expanding upon the suite of post-investment supports and services for the portfolio. Before joining Lerer Hippeau, Emily worked for Melinda Gates’ company, Pivotal Ventures, where she managed executive communications and media. She started her career at Brunswick Group, and graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English. Emily reads Axios’ newsletters every morning.
Operations and Events Associate
Lilly Mitov is our Operations and Events Associate at Lerer Hippeau. Prior, she worked as an executive assistant at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and served as a contributing editor for the USNC for UN Women. She graduated from SUNY at Oswego, with a degree in political science and gender studies. Lilly doesn't leave home without her much-loved Everlane tote.
Dan Rochkind is the CFO at Lerer Hippeau, overseeing the firm's finances, operations and infrastructure. Prior to joining, Dan was the COO/CFO of Marker LLC, a New York-based venture capital firm. Before that, Dan was a Principal at the private equity firm Siguler Guff and a Vice President in the private equity groups at Fortress Investment Group and Goldman Sachs. Dan graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Accounting and Journalism. Dan loves walking around the city comfortably in his Allbird shoes.
Andrew Ha is the Controller at Lerer Hippeau, working closely with Dan Rochkind. He previously served as a fund accountant for New York-based Rho Ventures and a senior staff accountant at Samsung in New Jersey. Andrew graduated from Purdue University in Indiana with a degree in accounting and management. He loves to watch videos from Group Nine Media’s companies (NowThis, Thrillist, The Dodo and Seeker) on his social media feeds.
Ashley Nawalinski is the Executive Assistant to Eric Hippeau. Before joining, she worked as an Executive Assistant to the Founder and President at Muzinich & Co. and a partner at Ares Management. She has also served as an Event Coordinator on the Portfolio Operations team for Centerbridge Partners. She graduated from Fairfield University, where she studied French and English. Ashley is currently pursuing her Masters in Real Estate Development at NYU. She is always up to speed on the latest style trends thanks to Refinery29.
Laura D'Amico is the Executive Assistant to Kenneth Lerer. Prior to joining, she worked as an Executive Assistant at RRE Ventures as well as startups PebblePost and Tinybeans. Laura attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and majored in Musical Theatre. You can find her singing her favorite jazz standards while enjoying a glass of Bordeaux and shopping for a new pair of BaubleBar earrings.
Jordan Cooper is an advisor at Lerer Hippeau. He is currently a General Partner at Pace Capital. Previously, he was a General Partner at Lerer Hippeau while also serving as the co-founder and CEO of Wildcard and Hyperpublic (acquired by GRPN). Jordan began his career in venture capital as an investor at General Catalyst, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Greg Coleman is our Executive-in-Residence at Lerer Hippeau. He brings with him more than 40 years of experience in advertising and media, spanning executive roles at Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Criteo, and BuzzFeed, where he most recently served as President.