“Raanan and I share a love of working with founders...”
“Mike and Raanan have been working together since 2007, when Mike was the first check into Automattic, and Raanan was the first executive team member and built the company’s business side”
Mike Hirshland is the Co-founder of Resolute Ventures. He has been an investor and contributor to the early stage ecosystem for 23 years.
Mike launched Resolute Ventures in 2011, where he has led seed investments in Companies including BarkBox (NYSE BARK), Opendoor (NYSE OPEN), Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft), Bitium (acquires by Google), Orbitera (acquired by Google), WHOOP, Greenhouse and Signifyd, among many others. Mike previously led the seed round for Automattic (WordPress).
Prior to Resolute, Mike was a partner at Polaris Ventures from 1999-2011, where he created Dogpatch Labs, the founder community which helped launch over 350 companies including Instagram, TaskRabbit and Twilio.
Mike has four grown children, and is an avid (though mediocre) skier, sailor, Buddhist meditator and tennis player. Mike is also a closet constitutional geek, having clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and served as counsel to the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee, where he led the original Microsoft Antitrust Investigation.
Raanan Bar-Cohen is the Co-Founder of Resolute Ventures and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raanan has been an entrepreneur, executive, angel, and now investor for over 25 years. Before Resolute, Raanan was at Automattic / WordPress.com for seven years, running the enterprise and corp dev operations. Prior to Automattic, Raanan worked at Dow Jones, Time Warner, and ran his own web agency back in the Web 1.0 days. Remember enhanced CDs?
At Resolute, Raanan has led pre-seed and seed investments in companies, including ActiveFence, AI Reverie (acquired by Meta), AppZen, Beyond Pricing, Carmera (acquired by Toyota), Clutter, Hello Heart, Metadata, Passport Shipping, TruStar (acquired by Splunk), UJET, and Vercel.
Rodi Guse is the VP of Finance at Resolute Ventures. Rodi has over 20 years of finance and operations management experience within venture capital and private equity organizations. Before Resolute, Rodi was a Controller at Aduro Advisors, a venture capital fund administrator. Prior to that, she the Controller at Coral Group, a venture capital fund, and Northstar Capital, a private equity fund.
Kylo Freeman is a Venture Partner at Resolute and Founder/ CEO of For Them, a consumer tech startup focussed on the gender expansive community.Kylo’s background is in strategy and finance. Previously an Entrepreneur in Residence at prehype, they love building zero to 1.They are an actor (‘The Blacklist’, ‘New Amsterdam’) and a producer. Their first business, Boycott Entertainment, is a production company that focusses on underrepresented folks behind the camera.
Brian Thomas is a Venture Partner at Resolute. He was cofounder and CEO of Clutter which was backed by Resolute in 2015. He plans to get back to building soon.
Saujin Yi is a Venture Partner at Resolute and Founder/CEO of Liquid, a fintech startup building global payment solutions for small businesses. Saujin brings more than 20 years of product, finance, and strategy experience to these roles.
Previously, Saujin was the SVP of Strategy and Product and GM of Digital at GameFly. Prior to that, she was an investment banker at Chanin Capital Partners and Credit Suisse First Boston.
To advance women in tech and work, Saujin makes angel investments in female founders under 79 Studios and currently serves on the board of FlexTeam, a consulting firm of executive-level women that she co-founded in 2016.
Saujin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she now is a part-time lecturer in the entrepreneurship program. She enjoys a love/yell relationship with golf, kendo, and LA sports teams.