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’ early and mid-stage venture investing efforts, having spent his career on the business side of technology companies and initiatives. He joined Two Sigma in 2005 to focus on corporate strategy and business development, and helped orchestrate the growth of the company’s primary business lines and manage key corporate partnerships. In 2007, he began leading orthogonal investments for the company, in areas including renewable energy, real estate, and real assets. In 2012, Colin, along with the rest of the Two Sigma Ventures leadership and Two Sigma founders, began conceptualizing and building the initiative that became Two Sigma Ventures. A Bay Area native, Colin fondly recalls summer internships in the late 90s dot-com boom, and first was drawn to New York City to work at Doubleclick. He also did a short stint as a technology-focused investment banker. 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.
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 has subsequently established and led a number of successful and innovative global research efforts for the company. Edward began his career in 1994 as a co-founder of Hungary’s first commercial Internet 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 international trading strategies before moving to the firm’s New York office in 1998. As vice president of proprietary trading, Edward pioneered D. E. Shaw’s entry into the trading of M&A activity, forming and managing a highly regarded quantitative risk arbitrage business. 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 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.
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.
58 different countries
Top-16 finishers in
MIT Battlecode competition
8 International Math Olympiad gold and silver medals
Over 400 employees
in research & development
Over 140 employees previously worked at tech companies (incl. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook)
Over 100 PhDs and over 100 degrees earned from Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, and CMU
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