053: NEVCA's Ari Fine Glantz
Guest Ari Fine Glantz is the Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives at the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA), the regional trade association for the venture capital industry, with mission to foster a collaborative, inclusive, and prosperous innovation ecosystem. At NEVCA, Glantz leads the organization’s revenue generating activities, manages legislative strategy, and supports president Jody Rose on new program development. He has served as a coach and judge for a variety of accelerators and pitch competitions around Boston, and is an infrequent contributor to TechCrunch, BostInno, and TEDx. Glantz recently launched a lighthearted fundraiser -- Fund.Razor -- to decide the stylistic fate of his year-plus-long beard. All funds raised will support Hack.Diversity, a division of the NEVCA tackling the underrepresentation of high-skilled minority talent in Boston's innovation ecosystem. Glantz leans on an atypical journey that led him to the NEVCA: entrepreneurship, to international athletics, to social work; San Francisco, to Paris, to Australia, before returning to his roots in New England. He is a graduate of Vassar College and a native Cantabrigian (person from Cambridge).