Aaron HolidayNew York, New York, United States
Aaron Holiday combines several years of deep technology expertise, having developed advanced equity trading software and derivative systems at Goldman Sachs and GFI Group, with operational experience working with early stage founders and CEOs to build high growth companies. As the first Managing Entrepreneurial Officer at Cornell Tech, he has beeninstrumental in pioneering the campus’ startup and Studio Culture and shepherding deep technology startups toward commercial success. Aaron built his venture investment experience working directly with the Managing Directors at Gotham Ventures and has been mentored by some of the world’s leading venture capital investors. As a founding partner of 645 Ventures, Aaron teamed up with Nnamdi Okike to build a premier venture capital firm that is instrumental in moving seed stage founders to competitive Series A rounds and beyond. He notably led 645 Ventures investments in FLY Labs (acquired by Google), Source3 (acquired by Facebook), Nanit, Goldbely, FiscalNote, and several others. Aaron received a BS in Computer Science (Cum Laude Honors) from Morehouse College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Feb 2014 - Current
645 Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that partners with exceptional founders who are building iconic companies. We invest at the Seed and Series A stages and leverage our Voyager software platform to enable our Success team and Connected Network to help founders scale to the growth stage. Select portfolio companies that have reached the growth stage include Iterable, Goldbelly, Resident, Eden Health, FiscalNote, and Squire. We invest in four main areas: SaaS for the Second Wave, Citizen Professionals, The Engineering Value Chain Revolution, and Personalized Consumer Applications. 645 Ventures has $200m+ in AUM and is growing fast with backing from leading institutional investors, including university endowments, funds of funds, and pension funds. We have over 35 active companies in our portfolio in the areas of enterprise SaaS, infrastructure software, and consumer technology. Several of our portfolio companies have been acquired by Google, Facebook, Expedia, and private equity firms.
Board Member, Cornell Tech
Oct 2020 - Current
Cornell Tech Councilor on the governing board of Cornell Tech
Adjunct Faculty (Early Adopters & Startup Spinout Clinic)
Aug 2020 - Current
Teach Early Adopters to Masters of Engineering in Computer Science, MBA, and LLM students. Also, lead Startup Spinout Clinics, a series of sessions that help students transition their academic startup projects to startup businesses that are on the verge of launching products and raising external capital.
Managing Entrepreneurial Officer
Jun 2013 - Aug 2020
Work in tandem with Greg Pass to build and launch the Studio and Engaged Learning pedagogy, where masters students, PhDs, and postdocs build real technologies; and leading tech companies, venture capitalists, and successful startup founders collaborate with the Cornell Tech community to innovate, rapidly prototype, and access talented pioneering technologists.
DFJ Gotham Ventures
Jun 2012 - May 2013
Work with Managing Partners on a portfolio company acquisition strategy, drafting letters to LPs, fundraising, deal sourcing, due diligence, financial analysis, writing investment memos, and investment theme research.
Business Analyst - Product Development
Jul 2008 - Jul 2010
Worked with the head of FX Options Product Management to design and launch a disruptive API for the derivatives trading market, moving a once voice brokerage model to an electronic trading business.
Software Engineer - Equities Division
Jun 2004 - Jul 2008
Built, designed, and supported proprietary technology for the Program Trading desk. Collectively, the Program Trading and Algorithmic Trading desks executed over $4B in notional trades daily.
Cornell University - S.C. Johnson Graduate School of ManagementMBA, Venture Capital
Morehouse CollegeBachelors of Science, Computer Science, Cum Laude Honors