Zak Schwarzman

Zak Schwarzman

Investment Associate at Gotham Ventures

Location
Greater New York City Area
Industry
Venture Capital & Private Equity

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Zak Schwarzman's Overview

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Zak Schwarzman's Experience

Investment Associate

Gotham Ventures

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

January 2014Present (9 months) Greater New York City Area

Early stage technology venture capital firm

Kauffman Fellowship Finalist

Society of Kauffman Fellows

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

December 2013Present (10 months) New York

The Kauffman Fellows Program identifies, develops, and networks global leaders in the venture capital industry. It is a two-year apprenticeship program that features a structured curriculum with an individual development plan, executive coaching, facilitated mentoring, and peer learning and networking — all with a focus on giving back and one's responsibility as a leader in venture capital. Finalists who match with a fund become Fellows and, while employed full-time by their sponsoring fund, receive training and mentoring from top VCs as part of the 2-year Fellowship.

- Invited by The Center for Venture Education to join the Kauffman Fellows Program.

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Manna Project International

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2008Present (6 years 4 months) Greater New York City Area

International development nonprofit focused on education, healthcare and microfinance

Board Member

InSITE

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

May 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Greater New York City Area

A competitive fellowship program focused on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York City by bringing together a select group of graduate students, highly promising New York area based start-ups, and leading NYC-based venture capitalists and enabling them to contribute to this ecosystem through a unique mentorship program. Since Fall of 2000, InSITE’s companies have raised a total of more than $215 million of disclosed funding and have enjoyed at least 6 successful exits.

MBA Associate

Canaan Partners

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

September 2012October 2013 (1 year 2 months) Greater New York City Area

Digital technology venture capital firm

- Sourced $5.8MM Series B e-commerce marketplace investment.
- Conducted due diligence and authored investment memos for $7MM Series B mobile payments investment and $11MM Series B B2B marketplace investment.
- Discover, evaluate and conduct financial modeling for investment opportunities.

Fellow

InSITE

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

September 2011May 2013 (1 year 9 months) Greater New York City Area

A competitive fellowship program focused on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New York City by bringing together a select group of graduate students, highly promising New York area based start-ups, and leading NYC-based venture capitalists and enabling them to contribute to this ecosystem through a unique mentorship program. Since Fall of 2000, InSITE’s companies have raised a total of more than $215 million of disclosed funding and have enjoyed at least 6 successful exits.

- Consulted to several early- and growth-stage technology startups, from pre-revenue firms like BestVendor raising their first round, to young companies like Frame negotiating their exit, to more mature companies like 2U expanding to new verticals.
- Served as Vice President for Special Programming, which involved sourcing and coordinating projects at later-stage startups, venture capital firms, angel groups and accelerators for upwards of 70 Fellows per semester.

MBA Candidate

Columbia Business School

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2011May 2013 (1 year 10 months) Greater New York City Area

MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School concentrating on entrepreneurship, technology, and social enterprise

- InSITE Senior Fellow/V.P. Special Projects: Competitive fellowship program to advise venture backed tech startups. Arranged tech and VC consulting projects for 60 Fellows.
- Founder: Columbia’s inaugural New Orleans Entrepreneur Week IDEACorps team.
- V.P.: Columbia Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

May 2012September 2012 (5 months) Greater New York City Area

Early stage technology venture capital firm

- Sourced, screened, and performed due diligence on potential investments, including a $300K mobile ecommerce Seed deal.
- Crafted firm fundraising message and created fund marketing collateral.
- Researched and wrote quarterly portfolio update reports for limited partners.

Fellow

Learn Capital

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

January 2012September 2012 (9 months) Greater New York City Area

Early stage education technology investment firm

- Source, evaluate, and perform due diligence on potential investments in the education technology sector.
- Maintain LearnCapital's social media presence, leading discussions on trends and developments in the global education sector.

MBA Associate

AOL Ventures

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

January 2012June 2012 (6 months) Greater New York City Area

Venture capital arm of AOL

- Source, evaluate, and perform due diligence on potential investments across consumer internet verticals.
- Focus on ecommerce, local discovery, and online gaming sectors.

Senior Associate - Program Development

Seedco

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 2009May 2011 (2 years) Greater New York City Area

Economic development nonprofit intermediary

- Managed a three-person team to design and fund small business support and job training initiatives.
- Led a 12-person group to redesign and secure $21 million to operate Seedco's flagship program, which will place over 8,000 low-income New Yorkers into jobs annually.
- Oversaw the design of a $30 million pilot program to prepare welfare recipients for healthcare careers.
- Developed a multi-million national green jobs program for low-income workers and local businesses.

Regional Field Director

Americans Abroad for Obama

August 2008June 2009 (11 months) Multiple countries, Central and South America

Expat voter outreach arm of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign

- Built and oversaw the first South and Central American voter outreach operation in U.S. political history.
- Tripled regional voter turnout to over 300,000 U.S. absentee ballots cast.
- Recruited and managed over 1,000 volunteers.

Program Director

Manna Project International

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2007September 2008 (1 year 1 month) Quito, Ecuador

International development nonprofit focused on education, healthcare and microfinance

- Founded MPI's second international community development site.
- Launched microfinance initiatives, small business training, academic support, English language instruction and health programming.

Grant Writer

The Educational Alliance, Inc.

October 2005August 2007 (1 year 11 months) Greater New York City Area

- Designed programs and procured funds for a 130 year old holistic community service nonprofit on New York's Lower East Side.
- Procured over 5.5 million in funds.

Intern on the Health Education and Labor (HELP) Committee

Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Office

20052005 (less than a year) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Zak Schwarzman's Projects

  • New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

    • March 2012 to Present

    Selected as an IDEACorps member, a nationally recognized program that matches MBA teams with New Orleans based entrepreneurs as a way to support the NOLA economy. During New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, my team and I completed an intensive one-week strategy consulting project, creating an end-to-end go-to-market strategy for a small business to compete in the luxury goods industry.

Zak Schwarzman's Languages

  • Spanish

Zak Schwarzman's Skills & Expertise

  1. Venture Capital
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Social Entrepreneurship
  4. Financial Modeling
  5. Non-profits
  6. Start-ups
  7. Due Diligence
  8. Social Media
  9. Business Strategy
  10. Fundraising
  11. Strategy
  12. Valuation
  13. Research
  14. Program Management
  15. International Development
  16. Strategic Planning
  17. Public Speaking
  18. Community Outreach
  19. Nonprofits
  20. Community Development
  21. Business Planning
  22. Corporate Finance
  23. Leadership
  24. E-commerce

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Zak Schwarzman's Education

Columbia Business School

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Venture Capital/Entrepreneurship

20112013

Activities and Societies: InSITE Fellow & V.P for Special Projects, Founded Columbia's inaugural New Orleans Entrepreneur Week IDEAcorps team, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club V.P. for the annual PE/VC Conference, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization Assistant V.P. for External Relations, Technology Business Club member, Green Business Club member, Social Enterprise Club member, Microbrew Society member.

Tulane University

BA, Political Economy, Business

20012005

London School of Economics and Political Science

Political Economy, Law and Policy concentration

2005

Study Abroad - First in class

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