Joseph Tyler Buenaventura studied computer science at San Francisco State University and recently graduated in May 2022. He previously was working full time in the IT industry during his junior year while pursuing his degree; however, his passion for software engineering was reignited and his goal is to create impactful projects in order to support the people around him. He is most excited about his internship with Poshmark this summer as well as being able to network with other members of the company and fellowship and build professional and personal connections.
Winnie Chen is studying computer science at Stanford. This summer, she'll be a software engineering intern at K Health where she is excited to take on impactful projects with the talented team. At Stanford, Winnie is involved in open-source contributions through Code the Change as well as projects in web development. In her free time, Winnie enjoys learning foreign languages, cooking, and dancing.
Mark Gacoka studies mathematics and computer science at Minerva University. His passions lie at the intersection between artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, specifically Code Property Graphs, a scalable data store for querying and recognizing programming patterns in large codebases. Through this technology, he seeks to design an accurate model for discovering vulnerabilities in source code. He has also received an artificial intelligence scholarship from Deepcore Inc., an incubator under SoftBank. For the summer, he will be joining HashiCorp as a software engineering intern. What excites him the most about the summer program is the ability to learn in a high-paced environment and connect with peers with interests in entrepreneurship and technology.
Tatev Gomtsyan is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, where she is majoring in global public health and minoring in data science. This summer, she has secured a position as a data analyst intern at Chief. Tatev is most excited about working for a company with a mission that aligns with her values and learning how to utilize data to inform best social media practices for the marketing team. In her free time, Tatev enjoys cooking/baking, playing basketball, and hanging out with her family and dog.
Jeanette Gu is a rising junior at the University of Chicago studying anthropology and economics. She was previously a marketing intern at a consumer-packaged goods startup, a consultant on projects for a wellness product company and a biotech firm, and a creator in visual design. Jeanette aims to one day build her own brand in the health and beauty industry space. This summer, Jeanette will be joining Yami as a marketing strategy intern. She is most looking forward to forging lasting friendships with other aspiring entrepreneurs in the NextGen program.
Bryce Johnson is an English and media studies major at the University of Virginia. He is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion through programming at U.Va. and interning this summer with Chief, a company supporting women in leadership positions. He’s excited to also continue working for U.Va’s English department, managing its social media accounts. Bryce is an avid reader, with books being part of every facet of his life. This fall, he'll begin researching and writing for a thesis on Jane Austen’s fiction and its relationship to the literary, print, and education cultures contemporary to Austen.
Ethan Lam is a computer science student and head teaching assistant at the University of Toronto. He is passionate about contributing to large-scale software projects and playing music with others. Ethan has won two hackathons, developed automarking software for UofT’s CS department, released two EPs with his band, toured Europe as a choral music singer, and has helped run one of UofT’s largest hackathons. This summer, he’s joining Wish as a software engineering intern. When he’s not coding or playing an instrument, you can find him longboarding the streets of Toronto, kayaking under waterfalls, or eating lots of dumplings.
Max Lau is currently pursuing his master’s in international business at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. By joining StarTree as a marketing intern over the summer, he is excited to complement his knowledge acquired in the classroom with practical experience. Before moving to the U.S., Max obtained his bachelor’s degree in economic sciences in Germany. Alongside his studies, he worked as a freelance media creator and founder of a crowdsourcing-oriented marketing startup. Max is looking forward to the challenges that this summer will provide and the people he is going to meet along the way.
Faith Lum studies systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo and joins HashiCorp as a software engineering intern. Experiences in Toronto’s vibrant startup and research communities have inspired her with the potential that lies at their intersection. She is particularly interested in the development of computational methods that analyze genotype-phenotype correlations with the goal of eventually contributing to accurate clinical inferences. As a founding team member of UW’s first Women in Tech Hackathon, she learned about the synergy generated when surrounded by supportive and passionate peers—which is what she is most looking forward to with this fellowship.
Sonya Pieklik is a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin who is majoring in computer science and minoring in computation science and engineering. This summer, she is a returning intern at HashiCorp as a solutions engineer. Sonya is involved with Women in Computer Science at UT Austin and has worked on machine learning projects involving subsurface characterization. She enjoys hiking, watching late-night television, and trying new restaurants. Sonya is most excited about meeting new people and learning more about entrepreneurship this summer.
Mark Shchur is a first-generation student studying computer science at the University of California, Davis. Mark has a passion for developing consumer-facing applications for the Apple ecosystem. During his free time, he works on personal side-projects in the iOS space, such as applications that reimagine how easy it should be to use a barcode scanner or how intuitive a workout timer can be. He joins Poshmark as a software engineering intern, working on their iOS app. He is excited to gain insight into the industry, meet new people, and grow as an engineer.
Alessio Simoya studies computer science at the University of Rochester and joins Slice on the strategy and ops team. He previously interned at Koniku and Credit Suisse as a software engineering intern. Alessio is interested in the intersection between fintech and venture capital—especially its application in emerging markets. He is excited to work with and learn from his peers who come from different backgrounds.
Jacob Solano is currently studying finance and marketing with a concentration in entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School. Since the age of 10, Jacob was involved in entrepreneurship helping his father in the family business however he could. This ultimately was the foundation to ideas that led to his first startup. Jacob now directs LaunchPad, a startup incubator that helps students create and grow innovation. This summer he is thrilled to be at GGV-backed startup BitSight working in sales development. Additionally, Jacob is eager to grow his newest project, N3WDAY, a startup focused on revolutionizing the future of work. For leisure, Jacob enjoys traveling, mixing music beats, or simply driving with all the windows down.
Mark Sturman is studying computer science with minor in psychology at Rutgers University. He will be a software engineering intern at Chief, where he looks forward to cultivating this interest in diversity and inclusion along with creating a path for underrepresented individuals in the executive field. Mark's previous experience includes a mentorship that created a robotic course for Ithaca Generator with Paul Davis. He looks forward to forming insightful connections through the fellowship and internship.
Isaac Ayeyi Turkson is a rising senior at the University of Rochester, where he studies electrical and computer engineering and is a teaching assistant for a digital logic design class. As an African from Ghana, Isaac loves working on software projects that cater to specific problems on his continent and is currently working on an app that customers can use to book and pay for services online. Over the summer, he'll be interning with HashiCorp as a software engineering intern and is excited about working in an actual company setting. During the fellowship program, he looks forward to meeting people of different backgrounds with different perspectives to share on tech innovation and is hoping to learn what it entails to get a software startup to a stage where it can attract funding.
Elisabeth Wing studies cognitive science and design at the University of California, Berkeley. She has previously worked as a UI/UX designer, business operations intern, and strategy consulting project manager. This summer, Elisabeth will be working as a product management intern at Yami, where she's looking forward to learning from and getting to know her colleagues and other fellows. Elisabeth aspires to work in the product and strategy space within tech. Apart from these interests, she enjoys baking, playing softball, and listening to podcasts.
Sarah Zheng studies finance with a concentration in business analytics and information technology at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Sarah is a first-generation student who is interested to learn about the intersection between finance and technology and how it applies to current markets. She will be joining BitSight this summer as a sales and marketing operations intern. Sarah is excited to join an impactful team and learn from new experiences—all while taking on meaningful projects and collaborating with talented individuals.