Tara Makhija

General Partner

Tara is a second year studying Media Arts and Design and architecture. Before coming to UChicago, she placed as a finalist in many international innovation competitions, where her interest in entrepreneurship began. In the future, she plans on working on the product design and UX for early stage startups. Outside of entrepreneurship and design, Tara loves crocheting and watching sitcoms.


Haodi Shi

General Partner

Haodi is a second-year interested in math & social science. He has previous experience founding start-ups, working at university incubators/accelerators as well as running one. He is broadly interested in business innovation and has particular interests in the automotive, renewable energy, and TMT industry. This summer, Haodi will be working in equity research as well as investment banking.


Wesley Fang


Wesley is a third-year student majoring in Business Economics (maybe also Art History). Outside of LTF, Wesley has interned at three unicorn startups as well as a leading VC fund in China. This summer, he will be working at a global crypto hedge fund. Wesley is an avid squash player and also loves to play poker.


Anke Hao

Managing Partner

Anke is a third-year CS and Psychology major. She joined LTF after placing third in CNVC and participating in the Polsky Summer Accelerator, with the goal to support and expand the UChicago entrepreneurial community. She will be working in product management over the summer. In her free time, she likes to pamper her cats and read science fiction.


Sara Thomas

General Partner

Sara is a first-year studying Econ and MENG. She joined LTF in Fall of her first year after interning at a fintech startup throughout high school. She is passionate about helping founders and diversifying the undergraduate startup ecosystem. She will be working in asset management over the summer. In her free time, Sara enjoys running and cooking.


David Liang

President Emeritus

David is a fourth-year majoring in Economics and Political Science from Hong Kong. He joined LTF to rejuvenate the entrepreneurial community at UChicago. David is interested in the intersection between policy and innovation. Outside of LTF, David serves as the Undergraduate Liaison to the UChicago Board of Trustees. After graduation, he will be working in management consulting.


Alex Yan

General Partner

Alex is a third-year studying Business Economics and Astrophysics. Prior to joining LTF, Alex worked at a startup-accelerator and interned at a UChicago sponsored startup. Alex is also an avid consumer of LaCroix and Yerba Maté. This summer he will be working in operations finance.


Dante Vaisbort

Managing Partner Emeritus

Dante is a fourth-year Classical Civilizations major from Los Angeles, CA. Prior to joining LTF, Dante ran a small business and interned with several Chicago-area startups. In his spare time, Dante conducts entrepreneurship research and mentors with SCORE Chicago. In normal times, he enjoys studying abroad. After graduation, he will be working in management consulting.


Board Alumni

Darius Pool '17 - President

Julia Thomsen '19 - President

Agnay Mohindra '20 - President

Kunal Mahajan '21 - President

Bess Goodfellow '17

Alex Reitveld '19

Shyamsunder Sriram '20

Shreyash Agarwal '21

Vamshi Eppanapally '21

Lisa Smoluk '21

Jason Sheppard '22

Our general partners have gone on to work full-time at these fantastic companies and more: