We are thrilled to welcome Adam Plotkin as ffVC Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Adam (also known as AJ), a life-long technology early adopter and enthusiast, has spent the past three years working with startup companies as an advisor, consultant, and investor. Most recently, AJ was Director of Business Development at a New York-based startup insurance company and at a secondary gift card exchange, and an advisor to a number of mostly financially oriented new businesses in New York and LA.
Previously, AJ was the first hire at Lake Baldwin Management, a Princeton, New Jersey opportunistic hedge fund, where he managed an array of public and private market investments. AJ began his career at Goldman Sachs in the Leveraged Finance Group, where devoted a substantial portion of his time to help advise clients in the telecom and insurance industries, and in the Risk Markets Group, where he was involved in the design, structure, and marketing of two of the early catastrophe risk-linked bonds.
AJ holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Applied Sciences, and Bachelor of Science in Economics degrees, cum laude with distinction from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. He grew up in New Jersey, where he operated a Commodore-64 based BBS before Middle School.
His first 15 minutes of fame came early on in life, as he was the first bicentennial baby born in New Jersey. Say hi to AJ @ajplotkin