by Charles Shannon
After over two years of being the only associate here at Founders Circle, I can’t tell you how happy I am that Rebecca has joined our team. Right off the bat, she wowed us with her intelligence and attention to detail – catching a typo on our website that had otherwise gone unnoticed. Whew! Good catch, Rebecca!
Opposite of my Southern roots, Rebecca hails from the north, from a small town called Morristown, New Jersey – also known as “the military capital of the American Revolution,” because of its role in our independence from Great Britain. She lived there for most of her youth until her family picked up and moved west to Southern California.
Finding herself attracted to the California lifestyle, Rebecca decided to stay west and attend UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Economy. There, she met her husband, Chris, who she married in 2016.
Rebecca has such a colorful background filled with avid travels, alpine backpacking trips, sailing, and becoming an oenophile. She’s not afraid to take command and has an innate ability to maintain calm in tough situations, like when she was skippering a sailboat in Corsica that hit a submerged boulder which then caused a grease fire. You can imagine how intimidated we all were when we first met her. So young, yet so accomplished.
As worldly as she is, Rebecca still manages to make time for a day job. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, she began working at De La Rosa & Co., (since acquired by Stifel Nicolaus) as an investment banking analyst. After a few years there she realized her full potential and branched out to the much bigger Goldman Sachs, first in New York City, close to her hometown, and then, back in San Francisco.
Living in San Francisco, it was difficult for Rebecca to not get pulled into the excitement of tech, and so she decided to make the jump from banking to startup. She landed positions at SaaS startup Kite Solutions as a Startup Analyst and then at Rakuten in the Incubation Office. There, Rebecca tried her hand at angel investing and ultimately decided that investing in fast-growing technology companies was something she wanted to focus on full-time.
However, realizing that there might be more out there for her, Rebecca found her way onto our radar, and it was the perfect fit at first site. We’re so honored she’s chosen to work with us, and we look forward to watching her help Founders Circle reach its full potential in the years to come. She might even teach us a thing or two along the way.