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Zak Schwarzman

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Senior Associate, Gotham Ventures and Kauffman Fellowship Finalist, Society of Kauffman Fellows.

Senior Associate, Gotham Ventures and Kauffman Fellowship Finalist, Society of Kauffman Fellows.

2 vouches

Involved In


Canaan Partners
AOL Ventures
Gotham Ventures


Senior Associate Gotham Ventures January 2014 - present
Kauffman Fellowship Finalist Society of Kauffman Fellows December 2013 - present
Board Member InSITE May 2013 - present
Chairman of the Board of Directors Manna Project International June 2008 - present
MBA Associate Canaan Partners September 2012 - October 2013
Fellow InSITE September 2011 - May 2013
MBA Candidate Columbia Business School August 2011 - May 2013
Summer Associate Gotham Ventures May 2012 - September 2012
Fellow Learn Capital January 2012 - September 2012
MBA Associate AOL Ventures January 2012 - June 2012
Senior Associate - Program Development Seedco June 2009 - May 2011
Regional Field Director Americans Abroad for Obama August 2008 - June 2009
Program Director Manna Project International September 2007 - September 2008
Grant Writer The Educational Alliance, Inc. October 2005 - August 2007
Intern on the Health Education and Labor (HELP) Committee Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Office 2005 - 2005


Columbia Business School Venture Capital/Entrepreneurship 2011 - 2013
Tulane University Political Economy, Business 2001 - 2005
London School of Economics and Political Science Political Economy, Law and Policy concentration 2005

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Higher Education
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)

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David Lerman
Consultant, Shake, Inc. and Fellow, InSITE. Wharton grad.
Zak is a smart, thoughtful, and methodical business person. He distills problems down to their core elements, and has a strong ability to n ... etwork, gather thoughts from others, and build consensus. A strong individual and team player, and I'd want him on my side any day of the week.
Ted Epstein
Founder & CEO, ModelSolv, Inc.. Previously Vice President, Information Technology, Morgan Stanley.
As a venture capital associate, Zak makes it his business to engage with the community and do the background research to fully understand in ... vestment opportunities and market dynamics. Zak is thoughtful, intellectually honest and well-connected.

Jeff Krahel
They're my friends  •  Director of Business Development, Macoma Capital Group. Previously Investor, Perch Interactive, Inc.
Jeff is bright, personable, pragmatic and savvy. He has an eye for a good deal and is comfortable on either side of the entrepreneurial tab ... le. Jeff has repeatedly proven his ability to spot opportunities and marshall the right people and resources to capitalize on them.