We believe a diverse team and a diverse LP set – primarily made up of non-profits such as historically black colleges, foundations, endowments and health related institutions – will produce better ideas and businesses.
John and Jyoti are extremely successful in their respective fields, but together they make history. They both saw the opportunity to raise the standard of seed investing, with the venture landscape at an inflection point not seen in a decade. Recognizing this – with John’s perspective from traditional venture capital, and Jyoti’s as an entrepreneur himself – they set out to build the world’s best seed stage firm.
The people in the Unusual ecosystem represent world-class talent in every way. From the founders and the Unusual team, to the level of entrepreneurs and executives in the Academy, to the diversity and vision of the LPs, everyone in the Unusual family is dedicated to changing the expectations of seed investing and driving the success of the companies in the portfolio.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Co-Founder & Entrepreneur Partner
Technologist in Residence
Director of Talent
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Marketing
Director, Sales GTM
Director of Community and Content
Chief Operating Officer
We know company builders have no time to spare. That’s why every detail of the Academy has been meticulously crafted to provide value founders actually need but have a hard time finding. We've identified the seven most vital challenges early entrepreneurs have to face, and found the perfect person to teach based on their experience mastering the exact same thing. Here are our Academy Master Practitioners.
Founder & CEO, Appdynamics, Co-Founder, Unusual
Teaching how to source, maximize and extract value from early customer conversations — learned from 10+ years building successful enterprise businesses.
Author of Originals, Give and Take, Option B, Professor of Psychology and Management, Wharton
Teaching how to grow fast and continuously as a leader, so you can take on the unknown unknowns that come with rapid scale.
President & CEO, Wealthfront, Co-founder & Partner, Benchmark
Teaching how to run a tight, compelling fundraising process, based on his observation of thousands of pitches (including his own).
Executive Coach to leaders at Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
Teaching exercises for emotional strength and resilience that have helped name-brand leaders weather ups and downs while keeping their teams energized.
Strategic Messaging Consultant, Author Launching to Leading
Teaching how to build your story, messaging and positioning platform for breakthrough, impact and growth.
Founder & CEO, Nuru International, Former U.S. Marine Force Recon
Teaching how to build durable teams and operations through stress and volatility.
Human Capital Expert
Teaching best practices for building indestructible Human Resources.
CEO of DataStax
Teaching how founders can prioritize when they have many competing and urgent projects.
CEO and Co-Founder, Zola
Teaching how to figure out what your next big innovation will be, and how to create a product development culture and process that leads to high quality product throughput.
Instructor, Northwestern Medill & Stanford GSB, former marketing leader at Wealthfront, Twitter, and Google
Teaching entrepreneurs how to position their product according to their target customer, the benefits of the service they offer, and the type of market they are in.
Founder & CEO of Reforge
Teaching how to build a growth model based on growth loops so that you can achieve exponential growth— learned from implementing as VP of Growth at HubSpot and teaching to 100+ companies.