Who we are
Alex Iskold is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures. Prior to 2048, Alex spent 5 years at Techstars as the Managing Director of its NYC program, where he invested in and helped over 100 startups. Alex was previously the founder and CEO of Info Lab (acquired by IBM), founder and CEO of GetGlue (backed by USV, RRE, Time Warner), Chief Architect of distributed computing startup DataSynapse, and a software engineer at Goldman Sachs, D.E. Shaw and Thinkmap.
Alex also taught an award-winning undergraduate computer science class at NYU. He holds a B.S. in Math with Honors from Lehigh University and M.S. in Computer Science from NYU. Alex writes one of the top startup blogs called Startup Hacks. You can email Alex at email@example.com, see Alex's connections on Linkedin, and follow him on Twitter @alexiskold.
Paul Sethi is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures. For 7+ years prior to 2048 Ventures, Paul was CEO of Redbooks, leading sales data and intelligence platform for the marketing industry (acq. by List Partners - May 2018). He also co-founded Robuzz, an advanced ML/NLP practice, with a real-time alerts and data extraction engine built for enterprise.
Paul has been a first-check angel for over a decade, including in Flexport, SeatGeek, Transfix, Knotel and LearnVest. He serves as Advisor to Transfix and OpenFortune, and graduated with honors from Wharton (UPenn) and Columbia. Early in his career, he spent 5 years as a hedge fund investor focused on technology companies. You can email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org, see Paul's connections on Linkedin, and follow him on Twitter @paulsethi.
Adna Pekmezovic is a Senior Associate at 2048 Ventures. Prior to 2048 Ventures, Adna started her career as an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she spent 6 years in the Leveraged Finance group. Here she focused on leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, and evaluated and conducted due diligence on various companies across all sectors, primarily focused on technology.
Zann Ali is a Senior Associate at 2048 Ventures. Prior to 2048 Ventures, Zann was at Putnam Investments, where he collaborated closely with the Chief Investment and Operating Officers on strategic initiatives and special projects. Before Putnam, Zann spent four years at Fidelity Investments, first with the company’s internal strategy team and then with Fidelity Health, a Fidelity-funded InsurTech startup that he helped launch.
Zann holds a B.S. in Statistics & Finance with Honors from Babson College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT, Zann was a pre-seed investor with Dorm Room Fund, where he was fortunate to support and invest in 20+ student-founded startups. He also served on the teaching team for MIT’s Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital course. You can email Zann at email@example.com, see Zann's connections on LinkedIn, and follow him on Twitter @thisiszann.