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I am the Co-founder and Managing Partner of One Way Ventures, the venture fund backing exceptional immigrant founders.

More importantly, I am a refugee from the Soviet Union and an advocate for open borders. I believe people should be free to work and create value anywhere, regardless of where they are born.

Through my experience working with the startup community, I have observed that immigrant founders are much more likely to build big companies–having gone through the immigration process gives them a competitive advantage as entrepreneurs. My hope is that One Way Ventures will increase social acceptance of immigration around the world, and that one day more people will think globally – that we are not so much patriots of a country, but rather patriots of the world.

Previously:

Managing Director of Techstars (Boston).

Angel Investor, 100+ angel investments, including Quanergy, SMTP.com, and Wanderu

Founder of Fast Engines, Vert, & the Troublemaker Award

MIT Blackjack Team leader

Columbia University & MIT