Hi there!

I’m currently working on a new business while participating in Recess Labs in New York City. I’ll be sharing more on this soon.

I was most recently at Lightbank, a Seed & Series A stage VC firm based in Chicago. Lightbank was founded by serial entrepreneurs Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. Between them Eric and Brad started 2 unicorns, founded 3 companies that they grew to IPOs, and another 2 which were acquired for several hundreds of million USD. I worked as an analyst on the investment team before switching over to an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) 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. The results of one of the projects I worked on at Mass General Hospital were published in GENETICS, a peer reviewed academic journal. I’m a coauthor of the paper, which can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.genetics.org/content/205/2/503.

I studied Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but ended up stopping 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. I got most of my jobs and internships after cold emails so I’m always open to receiving them!

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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