Two Sigma Ventures, a division of Two Sigma Investments, seeks to invest in companies that push the boundaries of an industry and bring real progress to the world, by harnessing the power of data science, machine learning, distributed computing, artificial intelligence, advanced hardware, and related fields.
Facilitated and curated access to top TS scientists and technologists, with broad and deep expertise across multiple disciplines. Plus, tech events and speaker series
Connections to value-adding individuals and companies in the broader Two Sigma network
Fully furnished “plug and play” space, offering complete WiFi connectivity and a variety of complimentary office services - daily stocked pantries, reception, mail, conference support, together with access to full service real estate brokerage expertise as required
Recruiting support from our internal team, an employee referral network, plus immigration, legal, and accounting support
Two Sigma Ventures reflects the culture of Two Sigma, which was founded by a statistician and a computer scientist with the goal of applying leading-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance.
Colin directs Two Sigma Ventures’ investing efforts, having spent his career on the business side of technology companies and initiatives. He joined Two Sigma in 2005 to focus on strategy and business development, and helped plan and execute the growth of the company’s primary business lines and manage key partnerships. In 2007, he began making orthogonal investments for Two Sigma, and in 2011 began building Two Sigma Ventures. Colin started his career in New York as a technology investment banker just after the bursting of the dot-com bubble. A Bay Area native, he fondly recalls summer internships at San Francisco startups in the late 90s, and was first drawn to New York City for a summer at Doubleclick. Colin graduated with a dual B.A. in Economics and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought from Amherst College. He is on the Board of Directors of Harlem Prep Charter School.
Julie Blanc joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2014 as an Associate and focuses on early and mid-stage venture investing. Prior to joining Two Sigma, Julie worked at Insight Venture Partners where she sourced, evaluated, and helped manage investments in growth stage software, SaaS, and Internet companies. Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School, where she majored in Economics, with a concentration in Operations and Information Management. Julie worked as a consultant with the Wharton Small Business Development Center, where she helped numerous startups improve their business plans and develop customized marketing campaigns. A Southern California native fluent in both German and French, Julie enjoys yoga, running along the water, and organizing groups of friends to try out the latest fitness trends.
Carolyn leads the platform support initiative at Two Sigma Ventures. She focuses on delivering the value of Two Sigma’s large employee base and expertise in areas of advanced technology, as well as mobilizing Two Sigma to provide operational support to our companies. Prior to joining the Two Sigma Ventures team, Carolyn worked for Two Sigma Investments’ Alpha Capture team as a finance and operations analyst. Carolyn loves live music, cold weather, and has an irrational fear of frogs. While in school, she dabbled in everything from creative writing to boxing, graduating with a degree in economics and pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.
Doug joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2014 to focus on early and mid-stage investments in companies pioneering new technology to bring real progress to the world. Previously, Doug was an investor in the Menlo Park office of Bessemer Venture Partners, where he partnered with entrepreneurs in sectors including data infrastructure and cybersecurity. Prior to Bessemer, he advised leading technology clients on issues of strategy and mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting. Doug’s love of working with startups is the product of three generations of entrepreneurs in his family. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Brown University, where he received awards for his research on new material platforms with applications in data storage and beyond.
Wray Thorn joined Two Sigma in May 2012 and leads the company’s Private Investments and Ventures businesses. Wray has spent his career identifying, financing, structuring, and investing in private investment transactions and management buyout transactions, including being involved in 17 stand-alone management buyouts, 37 add-on acquisitions, realizations, corporate financings, fundraisings and other principal transactions, and 10 leverage financings totaling approximately $25 billion in aggregate consideration. Prior to joining the company, Wray was a senior managing director with Marathon Asset Management, L.P., where he developed and led the company’s private equity business and a number of other new business opportunities, investor-related activities and capital formation initiatives. Prior to Marathon, Wray worked as a director with Fox Paine & Company, LLC and as a principal with Dubilier & Company, LLC. He began his career in the Acquisition Finance Group at Chemical Bank (today, JPMorgan Chase) financing corporate and private equity-sponsored acquisitions. Wray has served as a member of the Board of Directors and various Board committees of 12 public and private companies. In 1993, Wray graduated with an A.B. in government (cum laude) from Harvard University.
Matt Greenwood joined Two Sigma in November of 2003 and since then has led a number of company-wide efforts in both engineering and modeling. Matt began his career at Bell Labs, working in the Operating Systems group under Dennis Ritchie. Subsequently, he moved onto IBM Research, where he was responsible for a number of early efforts in tablet computing and distributed computing. In 2000, Matt joined colleagues from Bell Labs at Entrisphere, Inc. in California. Entrisphere created a product providing access equipment for broadband service providers. During his tenure there, he was lead developer and manager for a number of systems on the network element. He then created the Customer Engineering department in preparation for initial customer trials. Matt earned a B.A. and M.A. in Math from Oxford University, and a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Columbia University where he taught for a number of years.
Edward Schmidt joined Two Sigma in October 2001, and subsequently established and continues to lead a number of successful and innovative global research efforts as a Managing Director of R&D at the company. Edward began his career in 1994 as a co-founder of Hungary’s first commercial Internet service provider and served as managing director until the business was acquired by Matáv in 1996. Later that year, Edward joined D. E. Shaw & Co. in London, where he directed research into new quantitative investment strategies before moving to the firm’s New York office in 1998. Edward returned to the technology field in 2000 as an angel investor and director of business development for Vindigo, an early and successful provider of location services for mobile devices. Edward currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a dual degree in Honors Mathematics and English Literature.
Since joining Two Sigma in 2001, David led a series of software engineering and research efforts, with a focus on automated trading, market microstructure and optimal execution strategy. David started his career in 1994 programming for the NeXT platform, the direct predecessor to today’s OS X and iPhone technologies. After several years at D. E. Shaw & Co, he co-founded Vindigo, an early and successful provider of location services for mobile devices. David’s personal projects focus on the application of data analysis to domains such as real-time strategy games, policy journalism and automated coaching. David graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science.
Dan joined Two Sigma in 2015 as an Entrepreneur in Residence. Dan is a serial entrepreneur and investor, who has founded and invested in numerous technology startups in areas as diverse as consumer internet, SaaS, and hardware; as well as several venture funds. Previously, Dan co-founded SpeedDate, a live-video online dating service with over 23 million members that was acquired by IAC. Prior to launching SpeedDate, Dan worked at IBM and Lazard’s Technology M&A Group. He also briefly lived in the Philippines where he sourced investments in agriculture and IT for the World Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, playing keytar, and mentoring entrepreneurs in the developing world. Dan holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia. Dan is also a Kauffman Fellow studying the incubation of new venture funds, and a member of YPO.
Heather joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2015 to be surrounded by innovators, and hopes to find teams that are bringing progress in original and fundamental ways through technology, science, and data. Prior to TSV, Heather was a quantitative researcher at Two Sigma Investments, where she modeled equity returns and portfolio performance attribution. Heather credits her fascination with science and technology to black holes, Age of Empires, and Pi Day. In her spare time, she enjoys getting fresh air, reading biographies, and learning to play Spanish guitar. Heather studied Economics and Statistics at Harvard, and is a former National American Miss titleholder.
Companies that partner with us are frequently supported by our engineers, modelers, and business professionals. Two Sigma Ventures encourages entrepreneurs to converse with our colleagues, as we believe that our greatest strength is the Two Sigma community.
65+ different countries
Top-16 finishers in
MIT Battlecode competition
8 International Math Olympiad gold and silver medals
Over 580 employees
in research & development
Over 140 employees previously worked at tech companies (incl. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook)
Over 150 PhDs and over 100 degrees earned from Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, and CMU