Michelle Nacouzi

Principal, NEW YORK

Michelle is a Principal at Northzone investing in early-stage companies with a focus on health care, energy, enterprise productivity, and consumer communities. Michelle has been based from both our NYC and Amsterdam offices, and invests across the US and Europe.

Prior to Northzone, Michelle was a seed investor at Indicator Ventures working with founders as they iterated toward product-market fit. Before her transition into venture, Michelle was a management consultant with Kearney where she worked alongside CXOs on sustainable operations initiatives.

Michelle holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Economics & Policy.

Northzone’s culture inspires me

I grew up with six siblings and have spent over a decade on the Boards of cooperative businesses; my ideal operating environment is one with low individual egos in service of a collective goal.

 

I'm happiest when I'm

Hiking in the mountains, swimming in alpine lakes, and drinking unfiltered glacial melt because I love the liberating feeling of being out, in nature, and disconnected.

Calling all maverick personalities.

I’m drawn to quirky personalities with a free spirit. My mom forced her middle school to allow girls to wear pants and my dad fled the war in Lebanon to become a successful entrepreneur in the US – they taught me from a young age to question conventions, be antifragile, and take calculated risks.

Let me introduce you.

I love bringing people together. I’ve introduced married couples, cofounders, roommates, first-hires, and other meaningful (or fleeting) relationships. I care deeply about people’s stories and helping them thrive through connecting with others.