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Michelle Nacouzi

ASSOCIATE, NEW YORK

Michelle is an Investor at Northzone and focuses mainly on health, fintech, and enterprise but is generally excited to meet thoughtful, maverick entrepreneurs in the New York ecosystem.

Prior to Northzone, Michelle was a seed/pre-seed investor at Indicator Ventures where she rolled up her sleeves and was neck-deep co-developing strategy with founders as they worked toward product-market fit. Before her transition into venture, Michelle was a management consultant with Kearney where she worked alongside CXOs from F500 and private-equity owned companies on top- and bottom-line initiatives.

Michelle holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Economics and Environmental Sciences. While at Berkeley, she co-founded a retail co-op, ran an $11M nonprofit, worked in research & taught herself to code, and became a published author on the topic of sustainable consumerism.

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.

Let me introduce you.

I love bringing people together. I’ve introduced couples, cofounders, roommates, first-hires, and other meaningful (or fleeting) relationships. I care deeply about people’s stories and helping them thrive through connections, which probably stems from being raised by entrepreneurial, immigrant parents.