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Note from Pioneer Fund

Pioneer Fund is a seed-stage venture fund that combines the experience and networks of over 180 Y Combinator alumni. As YC alumni, we are exposed to a large number of startups (pre-YC, YC, non-YC) and have a diverse set of founder expertise to draw upon in making investment decisions.

Deal Flow Advantage:

  • Gain curated access to top YC (and non-YC) companies.
  • Via the collective network of over 180 YC alumni, we diligence and gain access to top companies in the current YC batch, and syndicate deals for companies that are interested.
  • Advantage to the founder: Access to our expansive network and collective experience.

Notable co-investors have included: Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla and more.

Representative investments:

  • Lambda School (Education – higher education for the masses):
  • Snackpass (Food – order takeout and skip the line):
  • Shogun (SaaS – drag and drop builder for eCommerce): 

Risk: As always with any startup investment, you should be prepared for a worst case scenario of a complete loss of investment.


We invest in about 15 YC companies each batch. For select portfolio companies that choose to participate (anticipated 2-4 per batch to start), we will syndicate here.

Jason Gray
Managing General Partner @pioneerfund; Angel investor; @y-combinator Alumni
Tim Suzman
General Partner
General Partner at @pioneerfund
Austin Walker
Co-founder @innovein-yc-w16 • SVP @pioneerfund • Forbes 30 Under 30 • Medical training @ UCSF • Engineering training @ Northwestern
Alexander (Alex) Girau
CEO & Founder @advano . Nano/ChemTech Entrepreneur. Alum @y-combinator . I make small things in a big way.
Bryant Chou
Co-Founder CTO/CMO @webflow, former CTO at @vungle. ex @intuit, @qualcomm, @websense-1, and @symantec. @ucsd CS
David Zhao
Individual Investor
Founder @evie, @zumodrive • Partner @pioneerfund • Investor @dianrong-com @crave, @leapfin, @zenflow-1
Jarret Glasscock
Founder Cofactor Genomics • Worked at @washington-university-genome-sequencing-center • Studied at @washington-university-in-saint-louis, @university-of-arizona
Jonathan Tang
Founder, @vastrm (YC S2012) Founder/CEO of @salesnet - acq. by (NASDAQ: RNOW/ORCL), BBJ 40 under 40 award, @tufts-university University, Deerfield Academy
Luke Iseman
Product Manager
Founder @boxouse • Director of Hardware @y-combinator • Co-Founder @edyn • Worked at @bazaarvoice • Studied at @wharton-school, @university-of-pennsylvania
Matt Schiller
Founder, CEO at @snappr-photography. SVP at @pioneer Fund. Alumni of @mckinsey. Frontend hacker. BA, MD from @unsw.
Max Kolysh
Founder @zinc-technologies • Worked at @palantir-technologies, @groupon • Investor @paragon-one-polymath-labs, @openlattice
Neel Murthy
Lead Growth @goldbelly. Food Explorer! Previously CEO @swapbox. BS in CS from @stanford-university. Dropped out of MSCS/MBA for W13 batch of @y-combinator.
Steli Efti
Hustler. Co-Founder/CEO of @close-io, @swipegood, @vibatv, @supercool-school and a few more companies back in Europe.
Beth Kolko
Founder, CEO of Shift Labs. 15+ yrs building technology for low resource settings. Full Professor at UW • Worked @microsoft, @ibm • studied @oberlin, @UTAustin
Dave Messina
Chief Operating Officer
COO @ Cofactor Genomics, Y Combinator, Human Genome Project, RNA-based Diagnostics and Drug Development
Don Ho
Investor and Advisor at IDG Ventures Vietnam. From Silicon Valley, to Vietnam, to Los Angeles. Worked at Ayasdi.
Ian Burgess
Product Manager
Interdisciplinary engineer: microfluidics, optics, diagnostics; Harvard PhD in Applied Physics, Co-Founder of Validere Technologies, 12 patents, 30 publications
Ti Zhao
Software Engineer
Co-founder, Kip Health. Cornell '08. Formerly of Gladly, Genentech.
Zane Salim
Product Manager
Founder / CEO, Fibo. Previously: Thumbtack, Twitter, Windows, UMich.
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Gautam Gupta
Partner at M13 Ventures. Ex-founder and CEO of NatureBox. Ex-early stage VC at General Catalyst.
Sundeep Ahuja
I've led 100+ Syndicates incl @mosaic @good-eggs @sandboxvr @notable-labs @livelyhsa @lus-brands; 3x Founder; Author; BS CS Stanford.
Brad Holden
Angel/Seed for AWS & Venture Partner @tomorrowventures
Ed Roman
Managing Director, Hack VC. Entrepreneur, developer, angel. Built several startups with strong exits. I pay-it-forward by helping as much as possible.
Stefano Bernardi
Planet+ investor
Taro Fukuyama
CEO and Founder of Fond (YC W12).
Justin Ip
Founder of Kick Health - we're combining psychology, pharmacology, and mobile technology to help people become their best versions of themselves.
Meb Faber
Individual Investor
Founder and CIO Cambria Funds & The Idea Farm. Author of some books and papers Some research
Pioneer Fund is a great investor to have on your side. Jason asked all the right questions during the initial pitch and came to a decision quickly thereafter. The large network of Y Combinator alumni they bring provides massive value to us as founders and a company. It's been wonderful...more
Alex has a passion for technology that you hope for in a founder. He eager to put the tips he receives from advisors into practice and he demonstrates the determination a successful entrepreneur needs.
Alex is a uniquely talented engineer who has a strong passion for manufacturing advanced electronic materials. He is a highly motivated and hard-working individual with strong technical and business expertise. 
Alex is a go-getter, who is passionate about ideas, is energetic and is easy to work with.
Jarret is one of the rare founders that not only has the deep insights and background for his particular startup but he also has the grit, tenacity and focus that matters for any startup.
It was a pleasure to work with Max and back him. I would do it always again.
Max took a fledgling startup and with very little investment grew it from $5K/mo to $500K/mo (with great cash flow) in two years! My monthly updates from Zinc were always my favorite of my entire portfolio ... on time and to the point (and always with good news).

I whole-heartedly recommend...more
Zane is quick in his decision-making, spends time with the business and is looking to add strategic value.
Sree Vijaykumar
Founder of a company Zane Salim invested in
Zane is a fellow YC W17 batch mate who also has amazingly relevant experience working as Head of Growth at Thumbtack in the past. He has been extremely valuable in our quest to replicate Thumbtack's success in Korea.
Jiho Kang
For Zane Salim's work with Soomgo
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