Connect, Automate, Transform, Construct.
There is a massive multi-category slice of the real economy—spanning manufacturing to mobility—that’s been under-innovated for decades and is failing consumer demands. World-class founders with bold visions are increasingly turning their attention to these categories. Construct brings the necessary investing and operating experience to deeply partner with early stage companies transforming these challenging foundational sectors.
Copia connects the industrial world through modern software development tools.
Tradeswell automates what e-commerce brands need in order to grow profitably.
ChargeLab connects electric vehicle infrastructure around the globe.
Chef Robotics automates food production.
Veho transforms parcel shipping into a competitive advantage for brands.
Hadrian transforms manufacturing for space & defense.
Verve transforms wearables in logistics and industrial markets.
Telegraph connects freight rail data.
Woflow automates merchant data onboarding.
Buffalo Market transforms direct store distribution.
Arkestro transforms procurement.
The Rounds automates and simplifies the delivery of household staples.
Impulse transforms home appliances.
Amplio transforms the supply chain for electronic components.
Uber (NYSE: UBER) transforms the movement of people and things.
Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM) automates high-speed, high-performance, 3D printing at production scale.
Onshape (acquired by PTC) connects data and designers across the product development and design process.
Caribou puts drivers in control of their auto finances.
Guideline transforms retirement savings by making 401ks accessible to all.
Tulip connects systems and tools for the manufacturing workforce.
Calibrate transforms the weight loss experience through metabolic reset and behavior therapy delivered via one-on-one telehealth coaching.
Framebridge transforms how people tell their story by framing the things they love.
Formlabs transforms digital fabrication, so anyone can make anything.
Co-founder & General Partner
A technology investor who built an early focus on the industrial sector. Lead investor in companies such as Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM), Onshape (PTC), and Framebridge (GHC), among others.
“Founders put their all into trying to make the impossible real, with little data and few resources compared to their ambition. I strive to match that with balanced resourcefulness and empathy. Being a great board member means showing up to listen and to be ready to act when needed.”
Dayna was one of the first venture capitalists to build a portfolio around the transformation of industrial sectors of our economy. She co-founded Construct to expand this focus and pursue the next generation of massive companies to be built in the tech sector, establishing the partnership with Rachel around complementary investing skills and an early-stage only focus. Prior to launching Construct, she was a partner at NEA where she backed companies creating new advances in manufacturing, automation, and vertically integrated consumer brands. She led investments in companies including Desktop Metal, Onshape, Framebridge, Tulip, Formlabs, and Guideline. In 2020, Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM) went public where she remains on the board as chair of the compensation committee. Onshape was acquired for $525m by PTC in 2019 and Framebridge was acquired by Graham Holdings in 2020.
Prior to joining NEA, Dayna was an investor at North Bridge Venture Partners in Boston. She started her career in product development and led design efforts at Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading global provider of software to nonprofit organizations, as the company grew to over $130 million in revenue and completed a successful public offering.
She is a graduate of University of Virginia with a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering, and while there she built a startup using computer vision and eye-tracking for the physically handicapped. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where, today, she serves as a venture partner and an advisor to the MS/MBA program. Dayna is a founding member of All Raise, with the mission of improving diversity in venture capital.
Co-founder & General Partner
Operator turned investor. Early employee and a senior exec at Uber as the business achieved massive scale. Led the US/Canada Rides business, built the Incubator and the New Mobility business.
“I love founders who aren’t taking the easy road. I know firsthand that it takes a different kind of entrepreneur and team, and a different kind of investor to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the real world and am inspired by those who set out on that journey.”
As an operator, Rachel had a passion for growth and has managed almost every function from operations to marketing, engineering, product, and customer support teams. Rachel and Dayna co-founded Construct to bring that experience to early stage investing, supporting founders as they set out and to build hyper scale. Before leaving Uber in 2020, Rachel was a long-time member of Uber's Executive Leadership Team having spent almost a decade at the company. She began as one of the company’s first 30 employees and her role quickly expanded to running the US & Canada Rides business in addition to Global Marketing and Brand, and Customer Operations, which represented nearly half of Uber's bookings, and just under half of the employees. Rachel then led the company's New Mobility organization, which includes the JUMP eBike and eScooter businesses as well as running Uber's Incubator which funds and develops new products and services on Uber platform.
Before launching Construct, Rachel invested in companies such as Calibrate, Urbanstems, and Caribou, where she serves on the board today. Rachel began her career at Bain & Company. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College as a 4-year All-American tennis player and earned her MBA from Stanford University, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She was featured on Fortune’s 40 under 40 and was named by Fast Company as One of the Most Creative People in Business. Rachel is a native New Yorker, and Mom of 3.
COO & CFO
25 years in venture, including 18 years managing operations. Helped grow two previous VC firms from early stages into well-established firms with efficient operations.
"Our investment team supports founders. My job is to support the investment team, allowing them more time and energy to focus on founders. And I get a front row seat watching dreams materialize."
Kirby is a highly experienced venture capital executive capable of managing all operational aspects of a VC firm. He has 25 years in venture capital, including 18 years managing operations, with responsibilities ranging from fundraising, investor relations, regulatory compliance, legal, accounting, tax, IT, recruiting, and human resources. He started his career investing, including three IPOs. As such, he understands the unique needs of the investment team and how to support them. He has participated in over 1,200 investment committee meetings; there isn’t much he hasn’t seen before.
Prior to Construct, Kirby helped grow two VC firms from early stages into well-established firms with efficient operations. He has helped raise $1.8 billion across 7 funds and 11 co-investment vehicles. For 7 years, Kirby was the COO & CCO at ACME Capital. His senior leadership role in this early-stage VC firm covered all non-investment operations. For 18 years, Kirby worked at Bay City Capital, where he was Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer. He started with this venture capital firm at its formation. His initial activities focused on investing and then expanded to operations as the firm grew.
Kirby holds an MBA from University of San Francisco, graduating 1st in his class, and received a BA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Kirby enjoys exploring the world with his wife, especially now that their children are grown.
Early stage technology investor, focused on AI. ~10 years working with software companies from ideation-phase startups to Fortune 50 institutions.
"I love partnering with founders who embrace the art of the possible, without forgetting that the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step."
Caroline has spent the last several years building and investing in early stage AI startups, and the better part of a decade working with software companies, from ideation-phase startups to Fortune 50 institutions. Prior to Construct, Caroline was an investor at AIFund, an early stage venture fund and startup studio that invested in and built artificial intelligence companies from the ground up. Caroline focused on bridging AI technology with compelling use cases in industries that move the world forward, driving investments in overlooked and underinvested spaces like manufacturing, logistics, and industrials. She also led the incubation of several portfolio companies, including serving as interim-CEO.
Before becoming an investor, Caroline was a management consultant, partnering with Fortune 500 companies on strategy execution, often during times of significant transition in their markets, strategy, or leadership teams. She began her career as a researcher at Harvard Business School, studying the efficacy of online advertising through the use of facial recognition technology and infrared eye tracking.
Caroline received her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and a BA, Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College with an honors citation in quantitative data analysis.
In her spare time, Caroline is a passionate advocate for introducing more women and girls to education and career opportunities in AI. She is an active member of AllRaise, and serves on the Curator’s Circle Committee at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
An early stage investor and operator with a decade of experience, dedicated to partnering with founders audacious enough to rethink entire industries.
“Founders are giving their all to shaping the future in a way that only they can. They deserve thought partners and investors that give their all to support them—this humbles and motivates me everyday.”
Eugene has broad experience as an investor and operator in early stage companies, with a deep interest and focus on how emerging technologies enable reinvention. Most recently, he was on the founding team of The Engine, the venture capital firm affiliated with MIT. With the mission of accelerating the commercialization of research, he helped lead investments into companies such as Zapata, Form Energy, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, iSee, Kytopen, among others. Beyond this, Eugene helped build the system and infrastructure to support these companies through their earliest stages.
Before that, he served as Chief of Staff to the CEO at Galvanize—the premiere data science and data engineering education company—through a period of rapid growth and multiple rounds of financings. Galvanize was acquired by K12 (NYSE: LRN). Eugene started his career at Techstars and Foundry Group, helping to run multiple classes of Techstars Boulder—which included companies such as Digital Ocean, Salesloft, GoodApril (acqd by Intuit), and Polymorph Labs (acqd by Walmart)—then ran special projects at Foundry Group (such as FG Press, a boutique publishing firm for authors focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and journey of company building).
Eugene holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of Colorado—Boulder. There, he helped pioneer entrepreneurship education for fellow undergraduates and served on the Advisory Board for Silicon Flatirons.
Investor with ~5 years in the public and private financial markets. Experience working with companies focused on National Security, Critical Infrastructure, and AI.
"I'm driven to support founders tackling important issues that secure and improve our way of life."
Dan has spent the last five years working across various stages of the capital markets, primarily focused on companies working in National Security, Critical Infrastructure, and AI. Prior to Construct, he was an Associate at a venture capital firm focused on the Cyber, Space, and Energy sectors, where he was responsible for leading a team of investment analysts driving portfolio support, due diligence, and research efforts.
Dan began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he spent 4 years, primarily on the Aerospace & Defense team in Global Investment Research. In this role, Dan worked on a team covering ~30 companies ranging from ~$500M to >$100B in market capitalization. He built and maintained financial models for the companies, tracked relevant industry data, discussed corporate strategy and opportunities with company management, and advised asset management clients across various strategies. With his particular focus being the Defense and Space sectors, Dan drove the equity research coverage launch process for Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR), Virgin Galactic (NYSE: SPCE), and Teledyne Technologies (NYSE: TDY).
Dan received a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Hamilton College where he studied Economics and Government, and was a captain of the baseball team. Dan is a CFA® charterholder.
An administrative operator with years of experience in data management and project coordination, supporting top executives in the tech industry.
"Founders are innovative thinkers and leaders. As they are scaling, I love to be in the seat to help build and actualize their dream by managing the details that matter most."
Ali is a seasoned administrative professional with experience as an executive assistant, office operations manager, and event specialist for the past 10+ years in the fields of government affairs, communications, and technology. Ali is an expert in project coordination and data management.
Prior to Construct, Ali worked as an Executive Assistant Business Partner at Uber where she spent 6 years working directly for members of Uber’s Executive Leadership Team. She began her career at Uber focused on culture and team retention which she grew into a role working directly with the Head of Operations for the US & Canada. She handled all administrative tasks and planned and executed leadership and company events and summits. While at Uber she also assisted several other teams including Micro Mobility, Internal Audit, and Global Strategic Finance.
Prior to Uber, Ali worked as an EA to the CEO of the Glover Park Group in Washington, DC, an EA at Netflix in their Content Operations and Media Engineering department in Los Angeles, CA, an EA to the COO of Worldwide Studios at Activision Blizzard in Santa Monica, CA and a legislative assistant and event coordinator at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, a bi-partisan lobbying firm in Washington, DC.
Ali holds a BA in Communications and Human Resources from James Madison University. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and 2 daughters.