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Tara Makhija

General Partner

Tara is a third-year majoring in Media Arts and Design, Environmental and Urban Studies, and Art History. Before coming to UChicago, she placed as a finalist in many international innovation competitions, where her interest in entrepreneurship and design began. In her free time, Tara loves crocheting and rewatching sitcoms.


Haodi Shi

General Partner

Haodi is a third-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.


Sara Thomas


Sara is a second-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.


Max Gallo

Managing Partner

Max Gallo is a third-year student studying Computer Science and Econ. Prior to joining LTF, Max spent his time working as a website developer for a fintech startup. In his free time, you can find Max at Ex Libris frantically coding, drinking an iced caramel macchiato with two extra pumps of caramel, hold the ice. 


President Emeritus

Wesley is a fourth-year economics major from Beijing, China. He is passionate about cultivating an entrpreneruial community at UChicago. During the school year, Wesley is working part-time for a leading digital assets management firm’s internal venture arm, sourcing and investing in web3 projects. Wesley is an avid squash player and also loves to play poker.


Anke Hao

Managing Partner Emeritus

Anke is a fourth-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 after college. In her free time, she likes to pamper her cats and read science fiction.


Grace Li

General Partner


Alex Yan

General Partner

Alex is a fourth-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.


Sean Qin

General Partner

Sean is a second-year student studying Business Economics and Astrophysics. Prior to joining LTF, he had previous experience working at virtual reality startup and non-operating private foundation. He also worked as a RA to Prof. Michael Kremer this summer. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and golf.



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Board Alumni

Darius Pool '17 - President

Julia Thomsen '19 - President

Agnay Mohindra '20 - President

Kunal Mahajan '21 - President

David Liang '22 - President

Dante Vaisbort '22 - Managing Partner

Wesley Fang '23 - President

Anke Hao '23 - Managing Partner

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:

Wesley Fang

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