Allen, who joined as a Principal in 2019, focuses on early-stage venture and growth equity opportunities in financial services technology.
Previously he was an investor at Matrix Partners where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and supporting early stage investments in financial services technology, software and healthcare. Allen worked closely with Matrix's investments in: Afterpay (ASX: APT), Side, IronChain Capital, Brightback and Fuzzy Pet Health.
Earlier he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey's High Tech practice where he focused on early/ growth-stage commercial topics while working mostly with financial services technology and software clients. He started his career as a 3rd grade special education teacher at a charter school in New York.
Allen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Government and Information Science, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he graduated with Dean's Honors.
The flying squirrel - has to be the coolest rodent out there.
Life guard/ swim instructor at my town's local pool.
Hiking Mt. Tam (and the greater bay area) with my wife and poodle/terrier mix.
The Twenty Minute VC with Harry Stebbings.
All three of the Lord of the Rings, which I read half a dozen times as a kid and am still obsessed with.