Surya is a co-founder of NeonVest. He previously worked at DiligenceVault, a rapidly growing financial technology company for the investment industry, where he was an early employee and business development lead in charge of asset managers. Prior to that, he was an investment analyst at Aksia where he performed research across hedge fund and private credit strategies. He graduated with a B.S. from Columbia University, with a major in Engineering Management Systems and minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Surya is an advisor for the LAUNCH program of the Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator - he helps selected startups with ideation, business advisory and mentorship, fundraising, and strategic partnerships. Surya also serves as VP of Demo Night (New York) on the Leadership Board of the Columbia Venture Community, helping foster entrepreneurship, access to resources, and networking opportunities for nearly 5,000 members in 50+ countries.