LavaX

Mentors

The people who make it happen…

ERIC PAKRAVAN  USC 2014, LavaLab Founder  Eric is currently the Vice President of Amplify.LA, a pre-seed venture capital firm in Venice, California. Eric specializes in finance, business strategy, and deck/pitch preparation.

ERIC PAKRAVAN USC 2014, LavaLab Founder

Eric is currently the Vice President of Amplify.LA, a pre-seed venture capital firm in Venice, California. Eric specializes in finance, business strategy, and deck/pitch preparation.

ABHA NATH  USC 2017  Abha is an analyst at Wonder Ventures, based in Santa Monica. Before that she worked on the digital marketing team at Ring, and as an investment analyst at the Walt Disney Company Accelerator. Abha specializes in marketing, and deck/pitch preparation.

ABHA NATH USC 2017

Abha is an analyst at Wonder Ventures, based in Santa Monica. Before that she worked on the digital marketing team at Ring, and as an investment analyst at the Walt Disney Company Accelerator. Abha specializes in marketing, and deck/pitch preparation.

VINCENT TSAO  USC 2014, LavaLab Founder  Vincent is a product manager at Persona. Before that he co-founded an educational platform called Floop, and was a program manager at Amazon. Vincent specializes in business strategy, and engineering management.

VINCENT TSAO USC 2014, LavaLab Founder

Vincent is a product manager at Persona. Before that he co-founded an educational platform called Floop, and was a program manager at Amazon. Vincent specializes in business strategy, and engineering management.

Ali Malamud  USC 2019  Ali is a multi-disciplinary product designer who’s passionate about storytelling and startups. She previously designed at Visa and FabFitFun.

Ali Malamud USC 2019

Ali is a multi-disciplinary product designer who’s passionate about storytelling and startups. She previously designed at Visa and FabFitFun.

Jordan Furlong  USC 2017  Jordan is a product manager at Jumpstart in San Francisco and I'm particularly passionate about scalable products within education, music, health, and professional development.

Jordan Furlong USC 2017

Jordan is a product manager at Jumpstart in San Francisco and I'm particularly passionate about scalable products within education, music, health, and professional development.

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Jordan Seeley USC 2017

Jordan has spent the last few years has been centralized around understanding and implementing customer relationship management (CRM) processes and systems for companies (with a main focus in the healthcare space). Within that realm, my main interests align more towards understanding a company's customers, their respective journeys, and aligning with a marketing strategy and set of tools that will enable for automation and allow for growth.

 
Paul Bricault  USC 1999 (MA)  Paul complements his time as a Venture Partner with his work as founder of the leading digital media accelerator in Los Angeles ­ Amplify.LA. Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) ­ a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 16 year tenure at the William Morris Agency  (WMA) where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group.  Prior to WMA, Paul worked at Paul Kagan Associates where he ran the Los Angeles office for the Carmel-based media valuation and consulting firm and was responsible for covering the worldwide film, television, and new media industries

Paul Bricault USC 1999 (MA)

Paul complements his time as a Venture Partner with his work as founder of the leading digital media accelerator in Los Angeles ­ Amplify.LA. Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF) ­ a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 16 year tenure at the William Morris Agency  (WMA) where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group.  Prior to WMA, Paul worked at Paul Kagan Associates where he ran the Los Angeles office for the Carmel-based media valuation and consulting firm and was responsible for covering the worldwide film, television, and new media industries

 
JonLuca DeCaro  USC 2018   JonLuca studied Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering, at USC. He is currently working as a Software Engineer at Elevate Security in Berkeley, California. In the past, he worked as Software Engineering Intern at Google, working on the Google Cloud Healthcare Machine Learning team, and at Apple as a Security Engineer. Before that, he worked for Deloitte as a Cyber Security Intern

JonLuca DeCaro USC 2018

JonLuca studied Computer Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering, at USC. He is currently working as a Software Engineer at Elevate Security in Berkeley, California. In the past, he worked as Software Engineering Intern at Google, working on the Google Cloud Healthcare Machine Learning team, and at Apple as a Security Engineer. Before that, he worked for Deloitte as a Cyber Security Intern

 
JonLuca DeCaro  USC 2019  Arielle is currently working at Walt Disney Imagineering. She previously spent time in content at Snap. Arielle studied Journalism, and is always aspiring to find new innovative ways for companies to incorporate social media and news into the day to day progress of business.

JonLuca DeCaro USC 2019

Arielle is currently working at Walt Disney Imagineering. She previously spent time in content at Snap. Arielle studied Journalism, and is always aspiring to find new innovative ways for companies to incorporate social media and news into the day to day progress of business.