our team gets it

We're students too, we understand you best. That's why our student-run team can help you stay a student, while succeeding in your entrepreneurial journey as a founder


Yael Lederman

Managing director


Yael is a junior at Stanford majoring in Biomechanical Engineering. She is passionate about the intersection between biotechnology and entrepreneurship. This summer, Yael worked at 500 Startups in Tel Aviv as an Investment Intern. She enjoys the beach, writing, traveling and being outdoors. She has been on the Cardinal Ventures management team since fall 2015.


Tina Jiang

Director, external Relations


Tina is a sophomore at Stanford, studying Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction. This summer, Tina was a marketing intern at Casper, a startup aiming to disrupt the sleep industry. In the past, Tina has also been a fellow at Highland Capital Partners and a marketing intern at Ringly, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed wearable tech startup.


Sherrie Wang

principal, external relations


Sherrie is a third-year PhD student studying Computational and Mathematical Engineering, striving to do good with machine learning. Before coming to Stanford, she worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the Corporate Risk Management group. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2014, where she started a business to tutor and mentor high school students. She loves to hike, read, sail, and learn new things.


Nicole Birkner

Principal, internal relations


Nicole was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica and is a freshman looking to major in MS&E or Symbolic Systems. In 2016, Nicole launched Fresquiticos, a socially-conscious business that creates natural, healthy sodas with Costa Rican fruit flavors. Outside of Cardinal Ventures, she is an intern on the Stanford Women in Business’ Community Initiatives team, and also works with Professor Pamela Hinds on the Local Motors project.


The Advisory Board

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