OUR TEAM

We’re an experienced team of founders, operators and investors.

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Andrea Funsten

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MANAGING PARTNER

Andrea is a Managing Partner at Basecamp Fund who has worked with early and growth-stage companies both as an investor and an operator. She focuses on investments in b2b and enterprise companies as well as fintech, though looks at any company with a disruptive business model.

Prior to Basecamp, she was an investor at Fika Ventures and Expa, the venture studio started by the founder of Uber. At Expa she helped manage the firm’s early stage practice investing in both consumer and b2b companies such as Statespace, Sleeper and Radar.

Prior to venture, Andrea was on the other side of the table operating at technology companies both large and small. She was an early employee of proptech company VTS before founding Loop, a two-sided marketplace allowing tenants of multifamily residential buildings to leverage their collective buying power when purchasing services and products for the home. She started her career in commercial real estate at CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company and the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

 
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Catherine Lu

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MANAGING PARTNER

Catherine is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where she looks to back high-performance, high-integrity founders.

 

Prior to Basecamp, she was the Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. She has also been both an operator and founder. Previously, she was Director of Product at DataVisor (backed by NEA and Sequoia), an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution; during her tenure, she helped the company grow from less than $1M to over $8M in ARR. She also co-founded Fancy That, a retail AI company  which was acquired by Palantir in 2015.

 

Catherine received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, graduating with distinction and focusing on artificial intelligence.

 
 
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Matt Scott

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MANAGING PARTNER

Matt is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where he looks for companies led by passionate, mission-driven entrepreneurs with an acute understanding of the markets they are looking to disrupt. Matt has a particular interest in commerce infrastructure, SaaS, digital health and scalable consumer technologies but keeps an open mind to opportunities in even the most esoteric categories.

 

Prior to joining Basecamp, Matt was an 3x founder and operator of multiple venture backed businesses: Integral (acq. by Vista Equity Partners), enterprise SaaS platform Suzy (backed by The Foundry Group, Tribeca Venture Partners) and a direct to consumer brand (backed by Lerer Hippeau). Earlier in his career Matt was a member of the corporate venture practice at Nike and an investor at Coriolis Ventures. He began his career as an innovation strategy consultant for Procter & Gamble.

 

Matt holds an MBA from NYU Stern and BA from Tulane University where he majored in American Literature.

 
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Wayne Moore

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MANAGING PARTNER

Wayne has held positions at successful startups and thriving tech firms and brings a wealth of operational experience building teams, executing deals, and supporting entrepreneurs. He has led investments in IoT, Enterprise SaaS, Fintech, and Health-Tech but is most passionate about the intersection of media and consumer technology.

 

Wayne most recently served as a founding partner at Purple Arch Ventures, AVG’s fund for Northwestern alumni. Before joining AVG, Wayne was a digital media operator serving as an executive on the global content acquisition team at Netflix after building the digital sports media platform Stadium (acquired by Sinclair Media).

 

Wayne began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford, an MBA from Kellogg, and is a Kauffman Fellow. Wayne is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in the Midwest and investing in underrepresented founders. He serves as an advisor to several startups and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School.

 
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Michael Egziabher

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PRINCIPAL

Michael is a Principal at Basecamp and is focused on investing in visionary entrepreneurs. He is interested in B2B, consumer and healthcare services companies in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Prior to Basecamp, Michael was the GM for Uber/JUMP in Southern California where he developed and implemented the operations, marketing and policy strategy for the region, overseeing launch and growth initiatives, budgeting, P&L performance and operational optimization. He also has experience working in early and growth stage fintech and healthcare services companies, as well as financial advisory and investing roles.

 

Michael received a BS from Georgetown University in Finance and Operations and Information Management and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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Neetu Puranikmath

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ANALYST

Neetu is an Analyst at Basecamp where she invests in innovative, disruptive entrepreneurs. She is a former founder, operator and fintech strategist with a passion for emerging technologies such as Blockchain and AI. She has a particular interest in fintech, Enterprise SaaS, PropTech, and EdTech.

 

Prior to Joining Basecamp, Neetu served as Chief of Staff at Arachnys, a fintech startup based in London where she worked with the CEO and C-Suite on redesigning corporate strategy. She has also worked in operations at Google, YouTube, and Facebook. As a former NGO founder in the microfinance space, she has additional experience in impact investing and corporate social responsibility and was a mentor for Clinton Global Initiative-University, a social impact pre-accelerator.

 

Neetu earned her Bachelor’s from UC Berkeley and her MBA from the University of Oxford. At Oxford, she conducted research analyzing how AI impacted algorithmic trading and the fintech industry and also researched the impact of Blockchain on the proptech and retail space.

 
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Keiran Simunovic

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ANALYST

Keiran is an Analyst at Basecamp focusing on consumer, crypto, and new media ventures in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Prior to Basecamp, Keiran was the Program Director of 10,000 Entrepreneurs a non profit backing underrepresented undergraduate founders across the US and Canada.

 

Keiran received a BS with High Distinction from the University of Toronto with a dual degree in Political Science and Art History.