When we invest, companies don't just receive capital and typical resources from a fund—they also become part of the South Park Commons community.
SPC has the highest density of talented technologists in the -1 to 0 phase, with 600+ members from 150 different academic and professional networks. The community's depth of talent offers a unique source of domain expertise and feedback. Members regularly join companies in the SPC network.
"Over 50% of our founders have met a cofounder or early hire through the SPC community"
You will find your earliest believers in the SPC community. There are 100+ companies in the community that can become design partners during the validation phase and first customers when it's time.
CEO of Lunchclub, Series A - A16Z, Coatue, Lightspeed
"We received our first alpha testers and early adopters from the SPC Community and without it we would have moved a lot more slowly”
We go to bat when it comes to fundraising. Our team will help craft the story required to raise a successful round. We'll be the first money in and kick off warm introductions to the best funds. Our early-stage portfolio has gone on to raise over $1B from other top venture funds.
CEO of Transcend
Series A - Accel, Index
"When we raised our seed, the SPC Fund introduced us to all the top investors and helped us close a $4M seed led by Accel"
We've helped 600+ members navigate the -1 to 0 phase and know the common pitfalls. Our Founder Fellowship program supports a small group of pre-idea founders with up to a $1M investment and ideation curriculum to help them validate venture-scale ideas.
We've invested in 90+ companies to date, including more than five unicorns. We think of ourselves as another co-founder, bringing our company-building expertise plus the resources of the community to help in any way we can.
We partner with 1-2 breakout companies each year at the growth stage (typically Series C/D) to lend our operational experience and help them scale their engineering organizations.
Ruchi Sanghvi is the founding member of the SPC Community. She was the first female executive at Dropbox and served as their Vice President of Operations. She was responsible for product, marketing, communications, recruiting and other functions. She came to Dropbox through its acquisition of Cove, a company she founded in 2011. Prior to that Ruchi was the first female engineer at Facebook, and was instrumental in implementing the first versions of key features like News Feed, Facebook Platform, Facebook Connect and Privacy. Ruchi has also served as a director on the board of Paytm, India’s largest mobile payments platform, and is currently on the board of UCSF.
Prior to SPC Ruchi was an active angel investor in 50+ companies including Gusto, Pinterest, Paytm, Brex, Figma and Stemcentrx. Ruchi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Aditya Agarwal is a Partner with the SPC Fund. He was the CTO and VP of Engineering at Dropbox where he scaled the engineering team from 25 to 1000. Before Dropbox, Aditya co-founded Cove—a company that was building modern collaboration software. Prior to Cove, Aditya was one of Facebook’s first engineers. He helped build the first versions of key products like Search, NewsFeed and Messenger. He then became Facebook’s first director of Product Engineering, overseeing engineering for products like NewsFeed, Profile, Groups and Events.
Aditya served on the boards of FlipKart—India’s leading e-commerce company, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, and the Anita Borg Institute. He is also an active investor and advisor to Silicon Valley startups. In his spare time, Aditya likes to listen to techno music, read, travel and most of all, hang out with his two children. Aditya holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mitra is a Partner with the SPC Fund. She joined SPC from Nava Public Benefit Corporation, the software company responsible for the improved healthcare.gov insurance marketplace. At Nava, Mitra spearheaded business development efforts and won contracts also to build new VA benefit appeals and Medicare incentive payments systems. Prior to Nava, she led revenue analytics and international expansion efforts at Dropbox. Mitra began her career at Bain as a management consultant and is on the board of LeanMarket. She graduated from MIT.
Finn is a Partner with the SPC Fund and a co-head of the SPC Community. He previously spent two years as Chief of Staff for SPC Fund Partner Ruchi Sanghvi. Before coming to SPC, he was a rower with the US National Team. Prior to that, he earned his master's degree at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and his bachelor's degree in Economics from Brown University. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors (biking, skiing or anything else), reading economics papers, and playing with new consumer apps.
Evan is a Partner with the SPC Fund. He joined SPC from his previous role as the Founding General Partner at Script Capital. Evan started his career at Digital Chocolate and Loopt, pioneering the mobile gaming and social mapping space. He was on the founding team at Shopkick, leading as VP of Product Management to over $15M in revenue before a $250M acquisition by SK Telecom. Post-acquisition, Evan founded Sparks Mobile, later acquired by Dropbox, where he spearheaded several product initiatives. Evan has invested in and advised over 120 companies, including Patreon, Shift, Zenly, OpenPhone, Karat, Audius, and more. He holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford.
Jonathan is SPC's Storytelling Partner, helping members, companies, and the community craft and tell compelling narratives. He previously worked in campaign politics, advertising, and as an independent writer and filmmaker. When he's not typing away at his computer you can find him on a hiking trail or trying to find a new bakery. Jonathan graduated from the University of Southern California with bachelor’s degrees in Film Production and Political Science.
Arian is SPC's New York City Director. A return member, Arian started her previous company Riya Collective as a member of SPC and raised a seed round prior to the pandemic. She previously worked in product management at Fin and business operations at Homejoy and holds a bachelor of science from MIT.
Michael is SPC's Recruiting Associate, overseeing the membership application and onboarding process. Michael previously worked at Asana on the technical recruiting team. He graduated from UC Irvine.
Susannah is SPC's Operations Associate in New York City, where she runs the NYC space, events, and community outreach. Previously she worked as a technical recruiter on the data side, working with machine learning engineers, data scientists, and data engineers in San Francisco. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Dartmouth.