Any success we had during our product management careers was the byproduct of great teams. Similarly, when Homebrew works with founders we rely not just on our own abilities but also on a network of relationships developed from our decades in the tech community. At any given time there are a small group of these superb individuals who we’re fortunate enough to have as formal advisors to our fund. We’re thrilled to welcome four new Founder Advisors to Homebrew and to deepen our relationship with an earlier Advisor.
Stacy Brown-Philpot: Our relationship with Stacy dates back to our time together at Google. She’s an amazing leader and operator, having helped scale Google’s business for nearly a decade and now serving as CEO of TaskRabbit. Stacy also brings her wisdom and experience to bear as a Board Director for both HP and Nordstrom. Stacy brings smarts, passion and values to everything she touches.
Prakash Janakiraman: Prakash is also a fellow ex-Googler, having built a distinguished career as an engineering leader in Silicon Valley over more than two decades. His experience spans Excite, Shopping.com, Google and Nextdoor, where is co-founder and Chief Architect. Prakash’s unique combination of technical prowess, humility and humor will be incredible assets for our founders.
Ashley Mayer: We originally met Ashley during her years at Box, where over the course of six years, she helped a fast growing enterprise startup retain its unique voice, build a true community among its customers and ultimately go public in a successful IPO. Ashley now leads Communications at Glossier and she’ll be invaluable helping Homebrew founders balance their sizzle and their steak.
Mike Smith: Every company has unsung heroes, and Mike Smith, President and COO at Stitch Fix, is certainly in that group. After serving as COO at Walmart.com, Mike joined Stitch Fix in the very early days and helped build that company into a publicly-traded commerce juggernaut. His expertise in team building, operations, logistics and finance will be invaluable to Homebrew founders.
Cherie Yu: It’s rare to find marketing leaders who span the art and science of the discipline but Cherie is one of these people. Most recently leading Local Marketing at Lyft, we’ve been fortunate enough to know Cherie originally as a Google colleague, and now within the context of supporting Homebrew founders.
We’re also delighted to deepen the relationship with our good friend, Scott Belsky. Scott has been an Advisor to the fund and frequent co-investor as an angel for many years. He brings a true belief in the power of startups to change lives and build products that matter, while sharing a set of values around community that are core to our beliefs as well. We all felt the desire to further our mutual commitment and to collaborate even more closely. As a result, Scott has become a Venture Advisor to Homebrew. Scott will remain an active angel investor (both in Homebrew companies and outside of our portfolio) and nothing changes with his existing commitments (you know, like being Chief Product Officer at Adobe), but we’re proud that Scott has chosen to work with Homebrew in this capacity. As a Venture Advisor, Scott will be involved in both the investing and advising aspects of our business.
Welcome Advisors! We’re grateful to have you on the team!