Drew Volpe, a successful entrepreneur, and investor, is the Founder and Managing Partner at First Star Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on data-driven startups. He is a hard computing VC, with interests that range from data and machine learning to Bitcoin and web3. He is particularly passionate about climate change, computational biology, coffee, and pie. Drew studied Computer Science at Harvard University, and started his career as a Software Engineer at Elytics before co-founding Locately. He has also served as VP Product Development at Semantic Machines, EIR at Highland Capital Partners, and Director of Product Development at Endeca Technologies.
Drew has made a name for himself as a Founding Investor at Salient Predictions and an investor at Oort, Tranquil Data, Everbloom, Genialis, Plex Research, and Sia (Nebulous Inc.). He has also been a board observer at Feature Labs, Inc. and a mentor and judge for MassChallenge. Drew is a citizen (#094) committed to making the world a better place through technology and innovation.