Venture Capital

We maintain a portfolio of co-mingled venture capital fund investments, in addition to strategic investments in individual start-ups. While overweight in healthcare and technology, the portfolio includes positions in other sectors, globally. We seek to build a diversified portfolio of funds across sectors, globally, while earning a liquidity premium. We co-invest extensively in direct deals alongside our venture capital partners.

Diane Mulcahy, MPP, Senior Advisor

Diane Mulcahy joined the Cooper Family Office with 20 years of investment experience. She is a private equity investor with experience managing a $500m portfolio of buyout, growth equity, and venture capital. At American Century Investments she built the strategy and operations of their $100m corporate venture capital fund from scratch and led investments in early to late-stage FinTech and technology startups. Previously, she was part of the healthcare team at Bessemer Venture Partners, investing Phipps family capital in early-stage healthcare and MedTech companies.

 

Diane worked in McKinsey’s corporate finance practice and has been an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at Babson College for the past decade. She created and teaches the first MBA course on the Gig Economy, named by Forbes as one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Business School Classes in the country. She is also the author of The Gig Economy, a best-selling book which has been translated into five languages. Diane’s work has been featured in The Economist, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Diane holds Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) and Bachelor (A.B.) degrees from Harvard University. Diane is currently a Visiting Fellow at Bruegel, Europe's leading economics think tank.

Neetu Puranikmath, Investment Analyst - Venture

Neetu Puranikmath joined the Cooper Family Office focusing on both Venture Capital and Asian / Indian Private Markets. Neetu is an experienced venture capital investor, startup advisor, and financial operator. Previously she worked at Alumni Venture Group’s Basecamp Fund, where she was a generalist investing across a variety of sectors including healthcare, consumer, SaaS, fintech, and real estate, and led several international deals in emerging markets. Neetu  has experience working in startups, building SPVs, and advising early stage founders. Neetu has family based in India, and has a strong network based in South Asia and Singapore. She has tracked Asian macroeconomic trends and has experience diligencing companies and funds based in Asia. 


Neetu began her career working in Operations at YouTube and Google and was an Entrepreneur Mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative - University program. She earned a B.A. in politcal science from The University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Oxford University. Her hobbies include philanthropy, tennis, art, and traveling. 

Tara Jordan, Investment Analyst - Venture

Tara Jordan joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst reviewing venture, start-ups and individual emerging companies. Tara earned her BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum and the NYU Stern School of Business Family Office Council. Tara is also instrumental in the family’s philanthropic endeavor of supporting music and art education among underprivileged students in Florida.

Alex Williamson, Analyst - Agriculture/Private Equity 

Alex Williamson joined the Cooper Family Office as an analyst for private equity and venture capital funds. Alex studied agricultural businesses with an emphasis on financial analytics and accounting at the University of Minnesota. Previously a manufacturing associate at Gemini Athletic Wear, Alex specializes in start-ups in manufacturing, farming, and agriculture as well as investments in natural resources. He is an active member of the Stanford University Global Projects Center Investor’s Forum and the NYU Stern School of Business Family Office Council.