Mario MontoyaFounder + President
Mario oversees Windforce on a macro level, driving the business strategy and focuses on investment architecture.
Mario is an alumni of Renaissance Technologies, a premier quantitative hedge fund. At Renaissance, Mario managed multi-billion dollar option strategies as well as exposure management and merger arbitrage portfolios. Prior to Renaissance he worked for a full service money manager in NYC, BEA Associates which had niche businesses in derivatives management and international investing. Mario became a partner in the derivatives group with marketing, research and portfolio management responsibilities on assets of over $10 billion. BEA was acquired by Credit Suisse.
Mario graduated from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Actuarial Science.
Jason SteinFounder + General Partner
As a General Partner, Jason evaluates startups, mentors entrepreneurs, and develops investment strategies.
Jason is the founder of Laundry Service, a leading social media agency. He spends his days and nights immersed in the business of social, mobile and digital media. Jason has successfully navigated the social media terrain, building Laundry Service from scratch into a thriving business. Jason writes for CNBC and frequently shares his thoughts on the fast-moving digital landscape on Twitter at @jasonwstein.
Jason went to NYU and lives in Brooklyn with his wife. He watches a lot of basketball and spends too much time on his phone.
Michoel OginceFounder + General Partner
As a General Partner, Michoel leads the evaluation of the startup ecosystem and future industry trends. Michoel identifies promising startups, devises investment strategies and mentors portfolio companies on product development, marketing strategy and business operations.
Michoel is Director of Platform and Product Strategy at social media agency Big Fuel, where he leads Social Labs, the agency’s innovation nerve center. Tasked with evaluating emerging social technologies for global Fortune 500 companies, he provides innovative and effective solutions for brands in the social space. Clients include: Samsung, General Motors, T-Mobile, Starwood Preferred Guest, Colgate-Palmolive, Estēe Lauder Companies, Best Buy, Gatorade, Kraft and Citibank.
Michoel was born in South Africa, raised in Australia and has traversed the globe. He is an ordained rabbi, outdoor enthusiast and coffee connoisseur. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, daughter and two sons.
Waiman LeungAdvising Partner
At Windforce Waiman plays an active role in portfolio construction, acquisition valuation and investment decisions.
Waiman is a founding partner at LyonRoss Capital Management, a New York based hedge fund, where he manages and develops quantitative trading strategies. Prior to LyonRoss, Waiman was a portfolio manager at BEA Associates, which was a 60 billion dollar money manager when it was acquired by Credit Suisse. At BEA/Credit Suisse he managed portable alpha strategies for large institutional clients including Alcoa, Calpers, Ford, UPS and the Rockefeller Foundation. Waiman started his career at Lehman Brothers as an equity research analyst followed by trading in the options pit of the Coffee Coca and Sugar Exchange.
Waiman graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU with a BA in Economics where he was also an All American Fencer. He grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in TriBeCa and works very hard at maintaining a single digit handicap. Waiman is also an avid photographer and for unknown reasons owns three PS3s.
Brian SullivanAdvising Partner
At Windforce Brian evaluates potential investments and plays an active role in helping startups identify and establish strategic relationships for new business development.
Brian is the Founder and Executive Producer at Movie Loft Productions, a content agency that specializes in the production and distribution of TV shows. Brian’s work is found on the nation’s leading cable networks, on demand services, the social web and Internet. Prior to the television industry experience Brian held high-level investment banking positions with Equitable Securities in NY.
Brian graduated from St. Johns University with a degree in Marketing and Economics. He lives with his wife and three children in Long Island, NY.