Although Eniac Ventures began investing in 2010, the roots trace back to four like-minded engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania where the founding GPs met over two decades ago. After college, our partners set out on separate but parallel paths as startup operators and founders and maintained a strong bond and network of support.
Today, our combined 80 years of experience founding and operating over 10 venture-backed startups and our belief in a strong community are at the heart and soul of our investment approach.
Hadley has done a little bit of everything on the path to co-founding Eniac. Starting as a developer and engineering team lead at Pegasystems, he later took on roles as a product manager at Microsoft and strategist at Samsung, where it became clear that big companies were not for him.
In 2007 he was very fortunate to join a couple talented AI founders out of MIT at Vlingo where he ran a several aspects of the business across product, strategy, and marketing until it was sold to Nuance for $225M. He rolled his experience building a successful startup into Thumb, where as CBO he helped the real-time recommendation app reach user engagement levels second only to Facebook before being acquired.
Hadley grew up in downtown Boston, where he started his first company Beantown Odd Jobs at the age of 13. Ask him about their fake parking ticket marketing campaign 🤣 Outside the office Hadley enjoys yoga, meditation, mixing music, beating Nihal in tennis, and exploring NYC with his wife and sons.
Hadley is passionate about improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which stems from his close relationship with his brother Traves. He is a Board Director for Cardinal Cushing Centers, which serves adults and children with intellectual disabilities across 4 campuses in Massachusetts.
Hadley is still paying off student loans for his MBA from Wharton and bachelors in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
At Eniac, we call Nihal the human Rolodex, thanks to the thousands of connections he has made with some of the world’s top companies and brands. He developed many of these connections (and scar tissue!) over the past 20+ years while founding five startups: Philly2nite -> UrbanGroove -> Chapter 7 bankruptcy; ipsh! -> acquired by Omnicom (NYSE: OMC); buzzd -> LocalResponse -> acquired by BlueCava.
Early in his career, Nihal honed his ability to spot top entrepreneurial talent by investing in Admob (acquired by Google), Swiftkey (acquired by Microsoft), Tapad (acquired by Telenor), Tala, and Uber, to name a few. Nihal and his wife are now angel investors and LPs in almost 100 underrepresented founders and fund managers.
Nihal is a co-founder of the non-profit “Project Ahimsa,” providing scholarships to disadvantaged youth in India, where his parents immigrated from in the early 1970s. Nihal also recently co-founded initiatives like Help Main Street to help restaurants survive the pandemic, and The 100k Pledge, a social justice tracker of economic empowerment to Black communities. You might catch him running down the Hudson River weekday mornings with founders and his #pitchandrun crew.
Outside of the office Nihal loves to spend time with his wife Reshma and is a big supporter of her non-profit Girls Who Code and her new initiative the “Marshall Plan for Moms.” Around town, you will usually see him with his sons Shaan and Sai and beagle-bulldog Stanley. Nihal is the life of the party, which is why he always spearheads Eniac events.
Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.
Vic Singh is a co-founder and General Partner of Eniac Ventures. His current areas of interest include climate, crypto, deep tech, and developer tools.
Vic is a seasoned operator having founded three venture-backed startups across mesh networking, communications, and developer platforms. He previously served as founder and CEO of Kanvas, a mobile platform for creativity which he led to a successful exit by Aol. Vic also founded Tracks to build the experiential graph and NearVerse for proximity based p2p mesh networking.
Before he was a founder, Vic was a venture capitalist at RRE Ventures where he focused on cleantech, consumer, deep tech, and fintech. He also served as a VC at DFJ Gotham and Chart Venture Partners. Vic started his career as a full stack developer building large scale enterprise systems.
Vic’s worldview as an underdog was deeply shaped by his life journey as an immigrant from Guyana who grew up in Jamaica, Queens in the ’90s. He sits on the board of trustees for Inwood Academy, a charter school catering to underprivileged youth in uptown Manhattan. Outside of work, you can find Vic reciting hip hop and reggae, sporting gold chains, sanda boxing, cooking, and spending quality time with his wife of almost 20 years and their young daughters.
Vic holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from Columbia Business School, where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned the National Science Foundation Fellowship for his work in micro-electro mechanical systems.
Tim Young is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures with two exits as an entrepreneur and over 20 years of experience advising and investing in 100+ early stage startups. Tim has been fascinated by technology since his mother taught him to code in Fortran at the age of 10. He went on to study engineering and become a patent attorney and tech entrepreneur.
In addition to his work as a VC, Tim is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law, and he’s passionate about helping to grow the region’s tech sector. He’s also worked as a public defender in Anchorage, Alaska, where he often fought to protect the rights of the indigenous population.
Prior to co-founding Eniac in 2009, Tim founded Bridge, an enterprise software company focusing on corporate training in Beijing, China, which he led to an 8-figure exit. Prior to Bridge, Tim led product at Quoteship, a B2B marketplace for logistics, which exited to Logistics.com (NASD: ICGE). Tim also spent time coding at ExxonMobil, managing product at BAE Systems, and advising startups on Patent and other IP issues at MoFo.
During downtime, you can find Tim exploring the mountains and oceans — he’s an avid surfer and sailor. Tim is also passionate about combating climate change and sits on the board of the Institute for Energy & Climate Strategies (IECS).
Tim received his BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an award for cancer research from Bristol-Myers Squibb. He also received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Tim is a member of the State Bar of California and is a US Patent and Trademark Office registered attorney.
The partners call Tim the closer because of his ability to find the best partners and close rounds for our portfolio companies.
Rifki manages finance & operations for Eniac and the Eniac funds.
She brings two decades of finance experience to the role, including seven years as the VP Finance/CFO of RRE Ventures, followed by a stint as Director of Finance at Level Equity. Rifki holds an M.B.A. from NYU Stern, and a B.A./B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania (where she graduated the same year as Eniac’s four co-founders).
Outside of work, she’s the mother of two kids, and in her not-at-all-copious free time, she enjoys swimming and reading.
Kristin is an investor based out of our New York office. At Eniac, she combines her love of investing with a passion for supporting bold founders building transformative businesses. While she is a generalist, she is particularly excited about investing in sustainability and climate tech.
The daughter of two Air Force pilots, Kristin grew up moving between New York, Florida, Virginia, and France. She went on to study Environmental Studies and Chinese at Middlebury College, where she also completed internships focused on cleantech investing in Beijing.
After graduation, she joined Point72 as a long/short public equity analyst, spending three years investing in a wide range of consumer and tech companies.
Outside of the office, Kristin loves to travel and is an avid surfer and sailor.
Dan is an investor based out of the New York office. He is passionate about disruptive technology and partnering with transformative founders to build scalable businesses.
Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs in London, where he worked on the Emerging Market Equities desk covering clients across Europe. He then moved to New York joining the U.S. Equity Research division at Goldman Sachs, where he covered consumer internet and video game companies. He studied International Business and Finance at Northeastern University.
Dan loves to spend time outdoors, particularly on a tennis court or near a lake.
Having built and scaled consumer products in Commerce and FinTech, Monica is an operator turned VC who is acutely aware of the consumer journey. She is passionate about building companies in the zero-to-one phase, and would like to leverage her operating skillset to help founders reach new heights.
Monica’s experience spans across various operating and business strategy roles at a YC-backed FinTech startup (Arthena), at Jet.com / Walmart.com, and at Yahoo where she helped launch a commerce business within a digital advertising company, which generated over $1B in affiliate GMV annually. As a member of the founding team, she scaled the commerce business from two employees to 150 team members across Yahoo Mail, Search, and Editorial in two years. She later became a key member of the Corporate Strategy team at Yahoo, where she conducted due diligence on potential M&A targets and strategic partnerships.
Monica grew up in San Francisco, but spent half her life in Asia (Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong) where she learned Mandarin, and now calls New York City her home. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master’s in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to remote beaches, learning new languages, and contributing to women-led NFT projects and DAOs.
Sofia is an investor working with our co-founder Nihal Mehta. She works with Nihal on a variety of tasks, but is particularly focused on building out the Eniac network.
Sofia comes from a family of entrepreneurs. It’s even something she studied at the University of Richmond — along with her B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies, she minored in Entrepreneurship and Journalism. Her experience wasn’t limited to the classroom, either: While in school, Sofia also started a successful quesadilla-making business that quickly cornered the market on feeding hungry college students.
Alongside her passion for entrepreneurship, Sofia cares deeply about social impact — her long-term career goal is advancing equity across the funding landscape. She was able to bring both interests together through her work at IFundWomen, an organization connecting women entrepreneurs to funding. While there, Sofia has done everything from streamlining operations to producing the IFundWomen Show podcast, serving most recently as strategic business operations lead.
She lives in Manhattan’s Financial District. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, photography, and spending time with her dog Brady.
Owen is an investor working with our co-founder Tim Young.
He grew up near New York City in the town of Hastings-on-Hudson. At 14, Owen launched his own online business focused on collectibles and postage stamps, then moved on to another business wholesaling designer clothing.
His focus shifted to finance at Baruch College. He eventually became CEO of Baruch’s Investment Management Group (an undergraduate collective that currently manages a $1 million stock portfolio) while also obtaining his BBA in finance. After graduating, Owen worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banking analyst.
He says that working at Eniac represents the convergence of all those experiences — his early entrepreneurial efforts, his interest in investing, and the transformation he saw at J.P. Morgan as the banking industry has become increasingly disrupted and unbundled by VC-backed fintechs.
Outside of work, Owen’s big passions are classic movies (especially the films of Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick) and music (from Glenn Gould to Glenn Miller).
Dan is Eniac’s EA and head traffic cop. He keeps all of our General Partners, VPs, and analysts pointed in the right direction and where they need to be throughout working hours. His responsibilities include calendar management for the team, as well as correspondence with founders, LPs, and all of Eniac’s family of friends.
In his free time you will find Dan golfing, woodworking, and trying to be the best dad he can be to his two kids.
Dan went to the University of Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture as well as a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology from Ashford University. He has worked in civil and environmental engineering, land development as well as personal finance. Dan has been a military spouse for 12 years, married to a career officer in the US Navy. He has worked remotely for Eniac for several years while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and now at Quantico, Virginia.