Hi there!

I’m currently building side projects and taking some time to explore new startup ventures while participating in Recess Labs in New York City.

I was most recently at Lightbank, a Seed & Series A stage VC firm based in Chicago. I was an analyst on the investment team before becoming an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at the firm to pursue my own entrepreneurial ambitions.

Prior to Lightbank, I worked as a freelance Product Manager at Gigster, interned at General Catalyst Partners, and worked with several tech startups. I also worked on a few different academic research teams.

I studied CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) but stopped out a few classes shy of graduating. While at the university I was actively involved with the campus startup scene and started a student accelerator, a startup grant program, organized various VC & startup workshops, and served as a student fellow for a couple of VC firms.

Feel free to reach me anytime at: ali [at] afridi.io.

Blog Posts

Getting Venture Capital Experience While Still in School (Sept 2016)

An overview of Chicago's tech ecosystem (July 2016)

Student Entrepreneur looking for Money? (Feb 2016)

Announcing Founders Microgrants (Jan 2016)

Which states do Product Hunt makers live in? (Dec 2015)

The University of Illinois' Startup Ecosystem (Sept 2015)

Tech companies started by University of Illinois alum (July 2015)

How much does it really cost to build a web startup? (Sept 2014)

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