"I'm SVP in charge of digital transformation at a large multinational conglomerate. I want to leverage siloed datasets to build machine learning capabilities but we lack the software expertise."
"I'm the CEO of a car company. We're having trouble building high quality software or attracting premier partners to our connected car and self-driving car initiatives. "
"I was put in charge of 'innovation' at a bank. I need help building an innovation organization capable of shifting the company towards a customer focused mindset from a product focused one."
Health & Wellness
"I'm the Chief Information Officer at a pharmacy and healthcare company. We have rich data but not the expertise to build personalized solutions that produce better outcomes for our customers."
"I run the property and casualty unit at an insurance company. I need help figuring out how to build & execute the right strategy to take advantage of the opportunity in the freelance economy."
Media & Entertainment
"I run corporate development and strategy at a media company with premium legacy brands. We're having trouble launching on new platforms that attract a younger, more diverse audience."
Who We Are
WE'RE ENTREPRENEURS & OPERATORS WITH EXPERTISE IN
Hi, I'm Kristal Bergfield. I’ve worked with the earliest stage startups to huge brands like American Express and Microsoft. I use this experience to help companies innovate and operate at the intersection of big and small, delivering big company knowledge, processes, and networks at startup scrappiness and speed.
I earned my startup cred running customer success at x.ai, business operations at Ordrx, and business development StellaService. I was also a co-founder at payments platform Ultapay. Prior to the startup world, I spent eight years in mearketing and business development at American Express where I formed partnerships with Facebook, Microsoft, FedEx, and Marriott and helped execute the first Small Business Saturday.
I live in Jersey City, New Jersey with my family but pledge eternal allegiance to my hometown of Portland, Oregon. In my free time, I make my own granola and root for the Ducks.
Hi, I’m Jacob Brody. I advise corporate clients and invest in entrepreneurs where we have overlapping values and I provide a complimentary skill-set/network. I am currently an advisor to Vast Ventures, Descartes Labs and Abra while investing out of my own vehicle called Helpful Capital. Basically, founders, corporate executives and investors like me because I'm a helpful, honest and happy guy.
I previously Co-Founded Benny, a freelancer finance and insurance startup backed by GV, Expansion VC, WGI and others. Before that, as a Founding Partner at MESA Ventures, I backed 30+ companies across consumer, hardware, adtech, fintech, and enterprise software. Portfolio investments include Ringly, Triple Lift, Tala, Fitstar (acquired by Fitbit), Abra, Grand St (acquired by Etsy), Gem, Seedling and Nativo.
In a previous life I was a reporter at Venturebeat and founded a non-profit helping entrepreneurs. In my free time I like to write nerd/startup themed raps. I'm a born and bred New Yorker, just like my wife Lauren.
Hi, I’m Chaz Giles. I am a problem solver focused on innovation and growth who has been on all sides of the table: Fortune 500 brands, startup founder, and venture capital investor. I'm the Founder of Intrapraneur, where we combine the best of startups, venture capital, and corporate innovation to help our partners identify, validate, pilot, and commercialize new products, services, & business models. Currently, I'm working with Estee Lauder heading up their global external innovation efforts.
Previously, I was Co-Founder of MomTrusted, a marketplace for early childhood education. Before MomTrusted, I invested in and incubated early stage technology companies at Citi Ventures. Prior to Citi Ventures, I helped build one of Procter & Gamble’s billion dollar brands and was later responsible for emerging market innovation in their FutureWorks group.
I based in the Bay Area and love escaping to the ocean mountains with my family.