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


Tina Jiang

Managing director


Tina is a rising junior at Stanford, studying Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction. This summer, Tina is an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Tina is also Managing Partner at Contrary Capital, where she invests in university entrepreneurs. In the past, Tina has been a marketing intern at Casper, a fellow at Highland Capital Partners, and a marketing intern at Ringly. Tina considers herself to be a podcast, music, and chocolate enthusiast. 

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Jeremy Intal

Vice president


Jeremy is a rising second year-MBA student at the GSB focusing on commercializing artificial intelligence. This summer, Jeremy is a Product Management intern at Instrumental. Before coming to Stanford, Jeremy worked at Pearson launching products in the higher education space and mentored first-generation college students at America Needs You. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2011. When he’s not working on Cardinal Ventures, you’ll probably find him hiking or en route to a concert.


Nicole Birkner

Vice president


Nicole was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica and is a rising sophomore majoring in 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.


Eddie Mattout

Vice president


Eddie is a rising sophomore at Stanford studying Symbolic Systems. This summer Eddie is a Product Management intern at FreeWill. Eddie lived in Caracas and Mexico City when he was young, but spent most of his life in New York City. Before coming to Stanford, Eddie served in the Israel Defense Forces and co-founded a non-profit that runs summer camps for orphans and youth-at-risk. During his free time, Eddie loves to hike, surf, and listen to live music. 

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Ashley Baxter

Vice president


Ashley is a rising junior at Stanford majoring in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Decision Making and Reasoning. At Stanford, Ashley teaches Public Speaking in the School of Engineering and is a member on the Business Education team of Stanford Women in Business. Last year, Ashley spearheaded the Scout Program at TSG Consumer Partners to aid the private equity firm in their search for the latest trends and brands. Ashley loves to surf and considers herself an ice cream connoisseur.


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