Ramphis Castro

Chief Product Officer and VC in New York

Ramphis Castro

Chief Product Officer and VC in New York

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As the Chief Product Officer for Align 17, I lead the product management, engineering, and design teams, where we're building an independent impact investing platform that connects private wealth to third-party vetted co-investment opportunities alongside some of the world's top institutional impact investors. We're backed by some of the world's leading financial institutions including UBS, PWC, and Hamilton Lane.

Additionally, I've been the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund for hard-tech and life science companies, and Impact Science Angels, an angel group focused on investing in companies that can impact 1MM+ lives. I am a Kauffman Fellow and co-Chair the NYC chapter of the Society. As a Fellow, I focused my research on the funding gaps for radical science companies in the U.S., collecting interviews of over 200 stakeholders across the research & commercialization ecosystem in the U.S.

As an individual, I've worked extensively on grassroots startup ecosystem acceleration & support for the purpose of helping countries evolve into innovation-driven economies. In 2016, upon invitation of the White House, I was part of the US delegation with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba.

I have a diversified personal investment portfolio of companies ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Wearables, EdTech, Productivity Software, eCommerce, MarketPlaces, FinTech to Consumer Apps, all of them evaluated through an impact or gender lens. I also designed and I'm on the investment committee for Parallel 18, a global accelerator based in Puerto Rico, where we now have a portfolio of 100+ seed/series A companies from over 40 countries across multiple verticals that have collectively raised over $40M in venture capital funding from investors from Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond.

I am an Computer Engineer and Lawyer by training, serial entrepreneur by experience, and grass-roots ecosystem builder by conviction.