Genevieve comes with over 10 years experience building and growing start-ups and early stage businesses in various roles. She is one of the founders of the XXcelerate Fund, focused on women-led start-ups. Her functional expertise is in sales, growth strategy, demand generation and marketing strategy. She teaches, advises, speaks and consults with entrepreneurs across the country. She originally joined FoundersPad in 2016 as a deal flow associate, and began leading deals as part of Fund 1. She has since created strategic partnerships and resource networks to enable founder success and follow-on financing.
Genevieve resides in Portland, Oregon. She has an MBA from UW Foster School of Business and currently serves as Vice President of the board of XXCelerate Fund and is on the board for the Girl Scouts.
Star Varga Read
Star is a 3rd generation UC Berkeley alum, graduating in 2001 with a Pre-Med BA degree in Integrative Biology. She first worked as an investment analyst for Bay Angels, with thousands of accredited investors and VCs. Star identified investment targets, performed due diligence, and helped entrepreneurs develop compelling presentations for monthly pitch sessions. She helped structure $1.5M in PE financing across 10 companies and later worked with other Angel and Venture groups, including Keiretsu Forum, NanoSIG, and Alameda Capital, a fund in formation where she helped write the extensive private placement memorandum to secure $5M from lead investor, Eastman Chemical.
Star has focused the past 10 years on sales and business development, with L’Oreal, VH1, Cisco, and most recently OneLogin, where she has structured strategic partnerships representing 2M cloud service licenses including DELL, RSA and Proofpoint.
Luann Abrams has been the manager at FoundersPad for two years bringing some of the brightest upcoming entrepreneurs together with the most experienced business minds to drive innovation in the region. Luann served as co-manager of fund 1 and actively deployed a majority of the fund. Luann has a background in aerospace engineering and spent most of her 15 years in aviation working for a start-up aircraft company in Bend, OR. She led the certification engineering program at Columbia Aircraft where she oversaw the certification of several aircraft models and ensured that all designs met applicable regulations. Due to her diligence and integrity she was granted the authority to sign off on regulatory compliance on behalf of the FAA prior to aircraft delivery. She has successfully invested in real estate for the past 18 years and began investing in early stage ventures in 2014.
Chris is the founder of FoundersPad, an early stage entrepreneur and experienced private equity investor having co-founded and backed several successful technology companies including LogicalApps, which sold to Oracle. He is an active board member and mentor to early stage technology companies and has a passion for backing fearless entrepreneurs disrupting big markets. He is currently acting CEO of Amplion and sits on the Investment Committee for FoundersPad.