Kenneth Lerer is a Managing Partner at Lerer Hippeau. He co-founded The Huffington Post and was the long-time 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 new digital media holding company consisting of Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. He is the co-founder & 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 Principal on our investment team. 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 Principal on our investment team. 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.
Julian Moncada is a Senior Associate on our investment team. He joined from Prudential Capital Group, where he specialized in investments surrounding senior debt, mezzanine, and private equity markets. Starting several businesses throughout high school and college, Julian is a serial entrepreneur and a burgeoning mobile app developer. A proud Midwesterner, he studied finance and investment banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A part-time mix master, Julian uses Splice for all his jam sessions.
Isabelle Phelps is an Associate on our investment team. Prior to joining the team, 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
Director of Platform
Stephanie Manning Cohen is Lerer Hippeau's Director of Platform, working 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 1100 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.
Senior Talent Manager
Amanda Mulay is Lerer Hippeau's Senior Talent Manager. 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.
Content and Brand Manager
Natalie Sportelli is Lerer Hippeau’s Content and Brand Manager. She comes from Forbes, where she served as producer, writer, and editor for the 30 Under 30 franchise. She has diverse communications experience in print, digital, and radio from her time with Forbes, CNBC, and the local newspaper and radio station in her native Syracuse, NY. She’s a graduate of Colgate University, where she studied English and History. Natalie always has a pint of Ample Hills in her freezer.
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.
Lauren Baldino is the Executive Assistant to Ken Lerer. Before joining Lerer Hippeau four years ago, she worked in design and events at MacAndrews & Forbes, a holding company, for seven years. Lauren graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. Lauren never forgets her Warby Parker sunglasses when running errands around the city.
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.
Jordan Cooper is a Special Partner 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.
Ashish Patel is the Chief Insights Officer at Group Nine Media and an advisor at Lerer Hippeau. He previously held titles at two portfolio companies, VP of Social Media at NowThis Media and Advisor at The Dodo and worked as the Head of Social Media at VICE. Ashish is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrea Breanna is Founder and CEO of RebelMouse. She is an advisor to Lerer Hippeau, and serves on the digital advisory board of American Express. Previously, she was CTO of The Huffington Post and served as Vice President at Related Capital. Andrea graduated from New York University.
Devon Giddon is the Vice President of Communications at Group Nine Media and the communications consultant for Lerer Hippeau. She previously served as Director of Communications at Thrillist and worked for entertainment PR firms ID-PR and PMK. She graduated from Lehigh University.
Tina Exarhos is Chief Content Officer at NowThis and Marketing Advisor for Lerer Hippeau. Previously, she served as CMO at MTV for more than two decades. Tina graduated from New York University.
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.