Our team combines a diverse set of complementary capabilities spanning investing acumen to engineering.
Head of New York Life Ventures
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
— Charles Darwin
Founder and leader of New York Life Ventures, Joel steers the direction of the group’s activities, oversees the venture investments portfolio and guides technology partnerships and alliances to enhance New York Life's existing businesses. He also oversees the R&D Lab and Innovation Services. Joel believes that the only sustainable competitive advantage for an organization is the speed at which its employees can learn.
We are only bound by the limits of our own conviction.
— Robert F. Smith
Tim heads venture investment activities for New York Life Ventures. He is responsible for sourcing, recommending and managing investments in emerging technology companies. He resides in Manhattan but prefers spending free time in the mountains or on the water with his wife and their dog.
The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
— Arnold Palmer
Sean is the head of business development for New York Life Ventures. He and his team build trusted alliances between New York Life and our broad, trusted network of startups, VCs, accelerators, and thought leaders. Outside of the office, Sean can be found at the playground with his children or playing a quick nine holes of golf.
Chief of Staff
Our heads are round so thought can change direction.
— Allen Ginsberg
Sahar is the chief of staff of New York Life Ventures, responsible for coordinating the team’s strategy, objectives, operations, and key messaging. She believes diverse skills and perspective create the most impactful and innovative teams.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Elizabeth is responsible for the strategy and development of a comprehensive set of programs and processes aimed at helping New York Life embrace new ways of thinking and working, discovering new possibilities, and bringing new ideas to life.