Meet the Team

On Deck Executive Team

David Booth

Chief Executive Officer

David Booth

Chief Executive Officer

David Booth

Chief Executive Officer

David is the CEO of On Deck, where he’s focused on building the world’s most powerful ecosystems for founders to start and scale companies.

Before On Deck, he ran syndicate operations and growth at Angel List, where he evolved how startups were funded within the venture ecosystem. At CoinList, David shaped decentralized capital formation, and at Carta, he helped design how companies were organized and managed. Throughout his career, David has focused on innovating the founder journey: improving their odds at every roadblock and ensuring that more startups not only get off the ground but succeed in their missions.

David is born and bred in New Zealand, where he studied law and finance before launching 3 startups himself.  He is a proud dad of 4-year old Charlie.

Trish Kennelly

Chief Operating Officer

Trish Kennelly

Chief Operating Officer

Trish Kennelly

Chief Operating Officer

Trish has been at On Deck since the beginning – leading Customer Experience, Community, and Strategy before becoming COO.  She has been scaling early-stage companies and building communities globally for over a decade.

Before On Deck, Trish supported growth-stage entrepreneurs at Unreasonable. Prior to that, she was the first employee at Remote Year, where she helped build a community of thousands of traveling remote professionals in 30+ cities globally and a fully distributed team of 200+ employees.

Trish loves connecting people and possibilities.  She has traveled to over 60 countries and has been living without a permanent homebase for 8 years. These days, when she's not building, you can catch her hiking with her pup Goose or (trying to) surf in the Azores, Portugal.

Erika Batista

General Partner, On Deck Fund and VP, Networks

Erika Batista

General Partner, On Deck Fund and VP, Networks

Erika Batista

General Partner, On Deck Fund and VP, Networks

Erika leads On Deck’s investment efforts and supports the global portfolio. In a previous role at On Deck, Erika led International Expansion and helped the company expand to five new markets. She was introduced to On Deck when exploring her next role and joined the fourth cohort of ODF in 2020. Luckily for us, she decided that instead of founding her own company, she wanted to scale her impact by enabling other founders to build theirs.

Before On Deck, Erika was a founding team member and director at the European accelerator, The Family, where she joined as the first employee back in 2013, then grew the company with the founders for seven years. At The Family, she played a key role in building the French tech ecosystem, with a primary mission of growing the company’s international network of investors, founders, and advisors (US & Europe).

Julian Weisser

Co-founder of On Deck, Partner in On Deck Founders and On Deck Angels

Julian Weisser

Co-founder of On Deck, Partner in On Deck Founders and On Deck Angels

Julian Weisser

Co-founder of On Deck, Partner in On Deck Founders and On Deck Angels

Julian is a founder and investor focused on helping more startups get started that will change the world for the better. He dropped out of music school to get into tech and has played a number of roles as we’ve grown On Deck; from leading Product to building our admissions and recruiting teams. He describes his investing as, “voting for the future,” and has backed startups working on everything from dog longevity to asteroid mining and decentralized museums.

Erik Torenberg

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder of On Deck

Erik Torenberg

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder of On Deck

Erik Torenberg

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder of On Deck

Erik Torenberg is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of On Deck. Erik started On Deck as an under-the-radar dinner series for people “on deck” looking for their next thing – to start their next company, meet potential co-founders, or find early supporters. On Deck has become a global community since then, but the spirit of incredibly ambitious people ‘at the table together’ still guides us.

Erik is also a co-founder of Village Global, a VC is backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerger, Sara Blakely and more. Erik has been a founding team member of Product Hunt and Rapt.fm.

Erik writes a newsletter and is particularly well known for How to Grow the Startup Economy and his best career advice, Build Personal Moats.

Jen Singerman

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jen Singerman

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jen Singerman

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jen Singerman is the Vice President, Marketing and Communications at On Deck, where she oversees the communications, growth, admissions, and partnership functions. 

Jen has over 15 years of experience driving integrated marketing and communication strategies for founder-driven companies ranging from early-stage startups to multi-billion dollar category leaders. She most recently served as VP, Marketing & Communications at reading subscription service, Scribd, where she helped 6X the company to over $200M ARR and 2 million+ paying subscribers. 

From developing the go-to-market strategy for an AI-powered visual search engine acquired by Shopify to launching a smart hair curling iron that broke industry sales records, Jen has a passion for introducing products that define categories.

When she’s not advising founders or growing On Deck, Jen enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and pup in sunny Miami.

Sean Moran

Vice President, Product

Sean Moran

Vice President, Product

Sean Moran

Vice President, Product

Heath Jamieson

Vice President, Finance

Heath Jamieson

Vice President, Finance

Heath Jamieson

Vice President, Finance

On Deck Programs Leadership

Charles Cushing

Director, On Deck Founders

Charles Cushing

Director, On Deck Founders

Charles Cushing

Director, On Deck Founders

Charles is a 2x exited founder and alumni of ODF1. He’s been the Director of On Deck Founders since August 2021.

Charles started his career in equity sales and trading at Morgan Stanley Hong Kong. He then spent a decade in San Francisco working on a series of startups, usually as founding COO. His expertise is in finance, fintech, marketplaces, operations and logistics.

When not working on On Deck or spending time with family, he also runs a community of logistics experts called StartOps, and supports and angel invests in early-stage startups.

Ty Walrod

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Ty Walrod

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Ty Walrod

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Ty’s mission is to build organizations and products that achieve large-scale, enduring positive impacts on people and society. He is a Partner and Co-Head of On Deck Scale. Prior to On Deck, Ty founded three companies: Denali Summit Partners to support early-stage founders,  Bright Funds, a leading enterprise SaaS platform for corporate philanthropy, and OutServe, the largest LGBT employee resource group in the world serving thousands of U.S. military personnel.

Afraj Gill

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Afraj Gill

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Afraj Gill

Partner & Co-Head, On Deck Scale

Afraj co-leads On Deck Scale, a global community of founders of venture-scale companies that have collectively raised over $9B. Before On Deck, Afraj was a General Manager at the Royal Bank of Canada's ventures arm. He is a former venture-backed founder and built one of the original micromobility companies in North America that is still active in 25+ cities. Before that, Afraj led product operations and new business development at Georgian Partners-backed Nova, ran for Canada's parliament, and started his career at Google in Mountain View.

Laura Thompson

Director, Executives on Deck

Laura Thompson

Director, Executives on Deck

Laura Thompson

Director, Executives on Deck

Laura Thompson is currently the founder and director of Execs on Deck, a curated community for top startup leaders looking to accelerate their careers. Laura was previously an early product lead at GoogleX where she worked on science fiction-sounding technologies like self-driving cars, smart contact lenses and delivery drones. She’s also an angel investor and advisor to a number of mission-driven startups in the edtech, fintech, and pet spaces.

A personal finance nerd, Laura has been leading workshops for 10+ years to help women and young professionals build wealth while pursuing careers and lives they love. Laura splits her time between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico and is an enthusiastic but thoroughly mediocre surfer.

Sam Huleatt

Director, On Deck Angels

Sam Huleatt

Director, On Deck Angels

Sam Huleatt

Director, On Deck Angels

An active angel and fund LP, Sam has invested in 40+ companies, including multiple unicorns. As an operator, Sam co-founded Workstreamer, a venture-backed B2B sales intelligence platform and Heights Media, an advertising technology platform providing liquidity to ad exchange partners. Sam also spent time as an EIR at Primary Venture Partners working on incubation projects and investments.

Based in NYC, Sam is a graduate of Bates College and holds an MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he also serves as the Board Chair for the school’s Advisory Board.