The most famous Greek VC that invested in Snapchat and the former co-editor of TechCrunch together on stage! A rare opportunity to get a true glimpse of Silicon Valley from the power couple, Niko and Alexia Bonatsos.
Niko is the managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, Boston and over $5 billion in total capital raised. He doesn’t mind if you weren’t born in the U.S. (talent is universal, while opportunity is not) or if your accent sounds funny (his does for sure). He doesn’t care if you didn’t go to Stanford or if you aren’t a domain expert yet. Niko partners with tech founders who are learning animals and treat every decision as a learning moment; these are the types that become domain experts a few years later.
Alexia was listed by Forbes magazine as among the top 30 under 30 in the Media category. She departed the site in 2015 to earn her Master's in Management from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. After graduating and exploring her options, she began investing in companies in January 2018. Now, she's ready to make a name for herself in the VC world in the same way she did in media — and is looking, along with other women, to bring some much-needed diversity to the space in the process.
Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised. Niko focuses his investment strategy on finding first-time technology founders with strong product instincts, a robust appetite for learning, and a desire to create consumer-focused innovations with the potential to benefit millions of users. In his first six years with the firm, he was instrumental in investments in Snap (NYSE: SNAP), RealtyShares, ClassDojo and Paribus (recently acquired by CapitalOne) among others.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Niko attended Stanford University as a Fulbright Scholar earning an MS in Management Science and Engineering. He has studied and worked in many countries including the U.S., Greece, the UK and, as a part of the R&D team for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, in Japan. Additionally, Niko holds an M.Phil. in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from the University of Cambridge and a Dipl.-Ing in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens.
Alexia Tsotsis is the former co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.
After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor.
Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age.
At TechCrunch, Alexia covered young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to Facebook investor Peter Thiel to fashion blogger Leandra Medine. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch.
In 2015, she stepped down as co-editor to attend Stanford.