Principal

Casey Aylward

Early stage investing isn’t just about the technology - it’s also deeply about the teams and the people that you get to work with.

Why Venture Capital?

My entire career so far has been focused on developers: whether it was building tools for developers, building software myself or now investing in enabling technologies for the next generation of technical users. Venture is the most exciting way to see and influence all of these changes happen across an entire ecosystem. Early stage investing isn’t just about the technology - it’s also deeply about the teams and the people that you get to work with. I’m humbled to work alongside technical teams in the critical early years as they bring a product to market.

Experience

My career prior to early stage investing was focused on building new technology. My first job ever was at a seed stage company called URX that was building tools for mobile developers. I worked on both the engineering team and the business development teams where we were quickly learning and building products alongside early users. I really loved being at an early stage company, and it is a big driver for why I wanted to focus on this stage as an investor. The first few years of a company’s journey are the most exciting, creative and rewarding ones. URX was acquired by Pinterest after a few years, so I joined the engineering team Pinterest as a backend engineer. While it was growing quickly, Pinterest was already a mature company when I joined, so the challenges were more focused around building and deploying new features/products at scale. I worked on several teams building popular pin/board organization tools, commerce features and viral social experiences.

Education

- B.S. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in East Asia (China) from Dartmouth College

Outside of Work

I like food, wine and tinkering on new apps/side projects.

Favorite Book to Recommend

Algorithms to Live By

Brain Christian and Tom Griffiths

Favorite TV Show to Binge

Curb your Enthusiasm

Board Position

Toro

Costanoa Investments

Cyral

StackHawk

Toro

Vannevar Labs

Vic.ai

Stealth

Stealth