first movers in fellow student dreamers

started and built by students across southern california, crescent fund writes technical university founders a $40,000 check.

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our manifesto

"Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN— and here is the essence of all I’ve said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH."
- Hunter S. Thompson

The history of venture capital takes us to post world war II when Harvard and Stanford professors started to invest in their own students. VC started in the bay area and on the east coast.

It never left.

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Engineering Talent

Southern California creates more than 30,000 STEM graduates every year. Many of these students come from some of the best engineering programs in the world. Unfortunately, the culture and resources on their respective campuses often make it difficult for the brightest minds to build out their ideas.

We believe great engineers don't just settle for sitting behind a desk and working for someone else for the rest of their lives. By establishing the strongest network of student partners across every node in the Southern California startup ecosystem, we're breaking the cycle of top talent going straight into industry without pursuing their dreams.

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our fellow dreamers

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meet the team


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Keyan Kazemian
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Dani Michelson
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Alexandra Li
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Jeremy Sto Tomas
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Praneet Sah
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Prerit Seth
Managing Partner & Co-Founder

USC

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James Kaplan
University Partner
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Catherine Franano
University Partner
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Konrad Cheng
University Partner
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Trustin Yoon
Senior Partner

UCLA

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Justin Tom
Senior Partner

UCSD

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Angela Huang
Senior Partner
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Gaurav Mehta
University Partner

Claremont Consortium

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Zach Friedman
Senior Partner
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Shaun KewalRamani
University Partner

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we talk to founders before they write their first line of code

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