our team

Leveraging decades of experience to collaborate with founders.

Winning Together

While the ethos of partnership extends across the entire Tola ecosystem, our culture of partnership begins at home and the concept of “my deal” does not exist. We always consider how to connect with others for a greater shared outcome.

We build strong relationships with founders – we are always there for tasks as simple as answering a phone call or text, to complex engagements like pulling in an advisor to build a data strategy. Our role is not that of back-seat driver but showing up with the map, providing perspective, and helping to answer big questions that may come up along the way.

Many of our founders have gone on to become our investors and we pride ourselves in our core value – we are all in on partnership and this extends to ourselves, founders, advisors, investors, and everyone with whom we do business.

Team

At Tola Capital, we offer more than just funding to founders in our portfolio. Our team consists of seasoned professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences, making us a Swiss Army Knife of sorts for startups looking to succeed.

Sheila Gulati

Sheila Gulati

Managing Director

Stacey Giard

Stacey Giard

Partner

Aaron Fleishman

Aaron Fleishman

Partner

Akshay Bhushan

Akshay Bhushan

Partner

Sophia Lu

Sophia Lu

Vice President

Jake Nibley

Jake Nibley

Vice President

Phil Sorgen

Phil Sorgen

Venture Partner

Karolin Beck

Venture Partner

Tashi Schmidt

CFO and Partner

Amy Chen

Director of Community

Daniel Jowers

Controller

Adding Value

As highly experienced operators of software businesses, we add value to our portfolio companies by bringing context and learnings to help businesses grow. We are a venture capital partner, working hands-on with companies across the following areas, depending on the need:

Product roadmap
Positioning and messaging
Platform strategy
Competitive strategy
Application of data and machine learning
Partner ecosystem development
Enterprise sales and marketing

We also provide founders with coaching on strategy, talent, landscape analysis, industry trends, implemented strategies, and observed best practices.