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Renee DiResta

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Principal @ OATV, data nerd, maker, former arbitrage trader. I spend time thinking about inefficient markets & apps that solve problems.

Principal @ OATV, data nerd, maker, former arbitrage trader. I spend time thinking about inefficient markets & apps that solve problems.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


The Resolution Project
The Thiel Foundation


Vice President of Business Development Haven December 2014 - present
20 under 20 Mentor The Thiel Foundation March 2012 - present
Leadership Council / Advisory Board member The Resolution Project December 2010 - present
Principal O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures June 2013 - December 2014
Associate O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures June 2011 - May 2013
Trader Jane Street Capital October 2004 - May 2011


Stony Brook University Computer Science, Political Science 1999 - 2004
Holy Child

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Robotics
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Hardware
  • • Smart Home
  • • P2P Marketplaces

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Venture capital • Business planning • Entrepreneurship • Financial Modeling • Startups

Key Accomplishments

I have a technical background (CS degree), have successfully started an open-source data project serving the hardware community, organize conferences, data researcher, currently an investor in early-stage tech.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

1. Data-driven BD: quant background (7+ years on Wall St), experience in most areas - analysis, segmentation, strategy, marketing, sales, partnerships, analytics, etc. Also finance + ops.

2. Product: technical background (CS degree), comfortable writing code, working with data sets, running user studies.

3. Fundraising: I've had 2+ years of experience in seed-stage venture and have a strong network in both SF and NYC. I'm also an angel investor.

4. Deep knowledge of hardware, payments, edtech ecosystems

5. I get sh*t done.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Travis Batty
We worked together
She is unwilling to accept defeat and is smart as a whip.
Akshay Patil
They're my friends
Renee is both extremely intelligent and incredibly driven. She would do an excellent job of focusing a vision into an actionable product pla ... n and eventually profitable business.
Faruk Ates
They're my friends
Renee is very savvy and level-headed, has great awareness about companies and products and what sets the good ones apart. She's very passion ... ate and driven about anything she sets her mind to, and knows how to get things done.
Dolapo Falola
We worked together
Renee has a sharp analytical mind and a lot of drive. Having worked at a VC frim for two years she has a better understanding of technology ... from a market and VC perspective than most. In addition to her day job, she stays very well informed, and has a respected reputation from her blog and twitter account. Renee comes from a CS background, and programs on the side even though she is not currently in a technology position. Her deep understanding of the market, her drive, her analytical sense and intelligence, as well as her CS background all add up to make her a great entrepreneur.

Brady Forrest
We worked together
Brady is passionate about early-stage technology and has been in the industry for years. He's got a great sense of products and markets, and ... a very strong network. He's ready to branch out on his own, and I'm excited to see what he builds.

Ella Mihov
We worked together  •  Interested in nutrition products startups. ex- Management Consultant and Goldman Sachs banker. Duke grad (pre-med).
Ella is passionate about the spaces she cares about, particularly health and nutrition. She has experience on both the investor and entrepre ... neurial sides of the table and understands what it takes to grow a company.