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What if you were able to unleash huge innovations, grow great businesses, and truly impact the way we live? And what if you could do it while potentially achieving investment returns? Propel(x) is making that vision a reality.
Investing in startups that could be the next Genentech or Tesla has the potential to make a profound impact while yielding returns. Yet, less than 0.1% of the $58 Trillion under management today, is invested into early stage science and technology companies.
This is what inspired us to start Propel(x) - a place where investors looking to find the next SpaceX, or Illumina, or Google can discover, evaluate, and invest in science and technology startups.
Propel(x) is an investment marketplace that gives investors the power to change the world. By funding breakthrough technology startups, you can empower companies that are finding cures for debilitating diseases, creating abundant energy for all, and even taking us into space.
We are on the cusp of momentous scientific and technological breakthroughs that will define the next century. Propel(x) is the investment marketplace that aims to help discover and fund these great innovations that move humanity forward.
Swati has been a management consultant, an investment professional and is now an entrepreneur. Prior to starting Propel(x), Swati was an investment professional at Exigen Capital, where she worked on IT Telecom, Travel, and BPO deals. Before that, she was a management consultant working across a variety of industries. Swati is the co-founder of the MIT Alumni Angel Investors group. She founded and led the group 2013 – 2015, and continues to be on the screening committee. She has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, an M.S. from MIT, an M.S. from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. Outside of work, Swati loves to spend time with family, watch movies and read (when time permits, increasingly less these days).
Lisheng has a background of 15 years in financial services, management consulting, and IT. His resume includes risk management at Wells Fargo, corporate strategy at KeyBank, consulting at The World Bank and Public Strategies, and software engineering at Microsoft. Lisheng co-founded the MIT Alumni Angels Group with Swati, where he currently serves on the steering committee. Lisheng has an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Chemistry from Fudan University in China. He is a huge fan of soccer and basketball, enjoys reading, and loves traveling with his wife and two young kids. He is devoted to community service and is on the Board of Trustees at Montessori de Terra Linda.
Jason has over 20 years of experience implementing software solutions across a wide range of industries. In 1998, Jason co-founded Billpoint, an online payments startup that was funded by Sequoia Capital and acquired in 1999 by eBay for $125 million. Jason conceived, designed and led the implementation of Billpoint's software platform. Jason was a founding employee of Cambridge Technology Partners, where he spent nine years leading multi-million-dollar technology custom software implementations for major CTP clients including HP, Charles Schwab and Lockheed. Jason holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University, and holds 3 U.S. patents.
Director, Business Development
Mark Zhu recently joined Propel(x) as Director of Business Development to grow the participation level of institutional and international investors in the Propel(x) community. Mark will also be developing relationships with early stage companies in the Eastern US. Prior to joining Propel(x), Mark has been an investor with Gibraltar Ventures (Prudential Financial), Connecticut Innovations, and DTE Energy Ventures. Over the eight years, Mark had invested over $30 M in approximately 15 early stage companies in energy, materials, FinTech, and software areas. Some of the notable deals include A123, Blooom, Device42, Digital Currency Group, QD Vision, SDC Material, and SeeClickFix. Before starting his investment career, Mark had been a control and systems engineer with United Technologies and Praxair developing alternative energy solutions and advanced control systems. Mark was a co-inventor on four US patents. Mark received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
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