Poly Canyon Ventures
Poly Canyon Ventures

Our Student-Run Investment Team

Shobhit Asthana

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PCV Executive Director 2019-2020

Vlad Killiakov

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PCV Managing Director 2019-2020

Lauren Chamberlain

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PCV Managing Director 2019-2020

Greg Pantazis

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 PCV Managing Director 2019-2020 

Andrew Gunter

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 PCV Managing Director 2019-2020 

Mason Sapp

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PCV Analyst 2019-2020

Jeremy Heister

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 PCV Analyst 2019-2020 

Yoav Nissan

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 PCV Analyst 2019-2020 

Max Orloff

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 PCV Analyst 2019-2020 

Student-Run Operations and Support Team

Madison Weatherford

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PCV Sustainability Director 2019-2020

Anya Poplavska

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 PCV Sustainability Director 2019-2020 

Cayden Phipps

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PCV Marketing Director 2019-2020

Emily Rivera

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PCV Marketing Associate 2019-2020

Alumni Board of Directors

Saba Asghary

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 Saba is pursuing her master's degree in City and Regional Planning at Cal Poly, where she completed her bachelor's degree in Environmental Management and Protection in 2017. She has over two years of experience working within the environmental planning sector and supporting various environmentally-oriented nonprofit organizations.  

Steven Larsen

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 Steven has spent his career supporting the growth of products through partnerships, new verticals and launching new products and services. He values strong, long-lasting professional relationships and beautifully built software. Steven formerly led BD at Xero and Zendesk, and spent his early career at Deloitte as a management consultant.

Francis Yuen

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While at Cal Poly, Francis founded and worked at multiple start-ups. After graduating in 2017, he went to work at GoDaddy as a Software Engineer - a role he has now been in for a little over two years. During his time at Cal Poly, Francis held positions in Cal Poly’s Investing and Entrepreneurship clubs. 

Marc Rippee

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Marc graduated from Cal Poly in 2019 with a degree in business. During his time at Cal Poly, he held board positions in Mustang Consulting and the Investing Club. Marc spent the majority of his college years in PCV, and hopes to use the skills he picks up in his career to bring better insight and advice back to Cal Poly startups.

Board of Advisors

Tod Nelson

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Tod is the executive director of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the SLO Hot House. As the 8th employee of Amazon, he was critical to their growth and success.

Mike Hammons

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Michael is a co-founder and managing partner of the private equity firm Sustainable Growth Management. Prior to private equity, he held senior leadership positions in the US and internationally.

Patrick Muldoon

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Patrick is a C-level executive and business builder with turn-around experience in large public, mid-size private equity, and VC-backed CPG companies. He has held CEO or senior leadership positions at Forward Foods/Detour Protein, Healthy Food Holdings, Zola Beverages, RR Donnelley, Huhtamaki Global Packaging and Quaker Oats.

Christie Kelly

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Christie currently managers special projects for an international nuclear consulting firm.  Prior experience includes; CEO of a cancer non-profit start-up, retail facilities project management for Patagonia, large-scale disaster management for FEMA and running her own construction management service company. She is a serial volunteer, fundraising conceptualizer and passionate about rescuing racehorses.

Scott Secrest

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Scott is a financial advisor at Natural Investments LLC. He focuses on investment and personal values alignment, clean technology and alternative energy investments, fossil fuel company divestment, sustainable retirement planning, and the overall building of durable financial prosperity for clients.

Lindsey McConaghy

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Lindsey is the founder of Monde PR, a San Luis Obispo-based communications firm specializing in technology. Prior experience includes managing public relations in-house for health-tech startup babylon and prior to that, global retail website TopCashback.

Joshua Geffon

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Joshua is a strategic partner to entrepreneurs, executives and in-house legal teams, collaborating with innovative companies throughout their life-cycles, from nascent stage startups to billion dollar public corporations. He regularly advises startups and emerging growth companies, conducts mergers and acquisitions for middle market and public corporations, and provides counsel and advice to boards of directors and senior management.

Scott Sorochak

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Over 25 years of Executive Sales, Marketing and Operational leadership experience in Consumer Internet, Mobile and Enterprise SaaS Global organizations. His key focus has been on helping Start Ups and early stage companies go from $0 to over $100M in revenue and helping to build A+ cross departmental teams at an operational level of excellence expected by management teams and Boards.

Dan Banfield

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Dan is the controller of Cal Poly Corporation. He is the lead accounting officer for the corporation, with management responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day financial operations.

Nathan Johnson

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Nathan graduated from Cal Poly in 2017 in Industrial Engineering and currently works for the San Luis Obispo-based start-up Precision Waste Conversion, of which he is a co-founder. Before that he worked at BoltAbout and WhiteFox, two student-founded Cal Poly startups. He's also an active volunteer with Cleantech Open. 

Sean Reilly

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Sean is a 5th year aerospace engineer and applied math undergraduate. He has previously worked for Franklin Templeton’s equity team and is currently interning at a boutique investment bank in Silicon Valley, and looking forward to applying his professional experiences and growing network to drive Poly Canyon Venture’s mission forward.