Hi there!

I'm currently an EiR at Lightbank, an early stage venture firm and studio in Chicago. I was previously on the investment team at the firm.

Before transitioning into VC, I worked in product management and software engineering roles at a few startups.

I studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois, studying abroad at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan in Sweden for a semester.

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


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