Akshay Goradia

#Startups #VC #Tech #Travel @Carnegie Mellon University

About Me

I'm a senior at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a B.S. in Information Systems and an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction. My interests lie in venture capital and startups. I'm fortunate to be on the team at General Catalyst's Rough Draft Ventures where I get the opportunity to chat with awesome entrepreneurs and make investment decisions. I spent this past summer in growth equity at Stripes Group.
On campus, I'm the co-founder and president of Scottie Ventures – CMU's venture capital club. I'm also a Carnegie Mellon Innovation Scholar, Foundation Capital Fellow, and am involved with CMU's startup incubator, Project Olympus.


Venture Fellow

Rough Draft Ventures
November 2016 - Present

Rough Draft Ventures is General Catalyst's student-focused program that backs founders at the university level. RDV is supporting and connecting the largest network of student entrepreneurs. I founded RDV's presence at Carnegie Mellon and currently help make investment decisions out of our NYC office.
Co-Founder & President

Scottie Ventures
August 2016 - Present

Scottie Ventures is a Carnegie Mellon group that teaches the fundamental skills of venture capital through its unique curriculum and internship-based approach. We work with funds such as Draper Triangle & Scout Ventures to provide sourcing, diligence & market analysis experience to CMU students interested in venture capital.
Summer Analyst

Stripes Group
May 2017 - August 2017

Stripes Group is a leading growth equity firm with $2B under management that invests in Internet, Software and Branded Consumer Products businesses around the world. I focused on sourcing, evaluating and executing investment opportunities as well as supporting portfolio companies.
Foundation Capital Fellow

Foundation Capital
August 2016 - August 2017

Selected as 1 of 10 fellows in the country to help invest a micro-fund, set aside by Foundation Capital, into early-stage companies. I also sourced Seed through Series C investments for Foundation's main fund.
Venture Partner

Flatiron Investors
May 2016 - August 2016

Flatiron Investors is a venture capital firm focused on early stage investments in a wide variety of sectors, from B2B SaaS to Fintech to Virtual Reality. I helped with sourcing & due dilligence on potential deals.

Requests for Startups
February 2016 - August 2016

Requests for Startups is a weekly newsletter of entrepreneurial ideas & perspectives by investors, operators, and influencers. I curated tech startup news as well as interviewed entrepreneurs and VC's.
Business & Product Development Intern

June 2015 - August 2015

VC-backed ERA portfolio startup that matches brands of all sizes with their ideal social media influencers using a proprietary smart algorithm, to empower brands to reach their audience more effectively. I worked on various product development projects.
Investment Intern

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
May 2015 - August 2015

Early-stage investment fund and technology accelerator that funds 10 technology startups twice a year and provides space, services and mentoring with its 300 mentors, 10 operating partners, sponsors and staff.
Lead Data Analyst

Ward Home
October 2014 - March 2015

Created a visual analytics dashboard with 30+ KPIs for the non-profit social service agency in order to measure success of the company’s child development programs.
Development Intern

Axis Group
June 2015 - July 2015

Designed UI for analytics dashboard in data discovery and visualization tool, QlikView, for use with firm’s clients.
Founder, Developer, & Designer

March 2014 - Present

Single-handedly developed and deployed featured iOS game, CraftWords, accumulating 3,000+ downloads in 60+ countries.

Project Portfolio

Personal Projects I've Spearheaded


Music Discovery Service


iOS Word Game


Crowdsourced Restaurant Wait Times


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