- L + island 🏝 , but without the d at the end
or equivalently:
- Lion 🦁 , but add an L between the two syllables
(both descriptions should give you the same pronunciation - click on the speaker icon beside my name at the top of my profile)

Lylan is an experienced operator, investor, and board member. As an investor since 2014, Lylan was on the initial team and was a General Partner at White Star Capital, an international Venture Capital firm with now $600m+ AUM. He has served as board member, observer, and advisor at several startups -- Drop Loyalty, Unacast, mnubo, Salesfloor, Immunio, Digg -- as well Raines International, a 50 year old executive search firm. Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow, an educational, networking, and leadership development program for venture capitalists.

Lylan previously led Product and Engineering organizations in his 15-year operating career, and most notably led multiple product lines, UX, and internationalization during 4.5 years at aQuantive, acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 billion. He had previously worked at Microsoft Research and on the team at Microsoft that built and launched the first version of .NET. He has also led Product and other divisions at venture-backed startups in New York City.

In 2019, Lylan was selected as one of New York City's Top 50 NYC Movers & Shakers in technology and in 2020, Lylan was invited to the Quebec Government in New York's 80 for 80. He has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, has been interviewed in Inside The Mind of a New York VC, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio, and The Successful Pitch. Lylan is a first-generation high school & college graduate and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management." /> - L + island 🏝 , but without the d at the end
or equivalently:
- Lion 🦁 , but add an L between the two syllables
(both descriptions should give you the same pronunciation - click on the speaker icon beside my name at the top of my profile)

Lylan is an experienced operator, investor, and board member. As an investor since 2014, Lylan was on the initial team and was a General Partner at White Star Capital, an international Venture Capital firm with now $600m+ AUM. He has served as board member, observer, and advisor at several startups -- Drop Loyalty, Unacast, mnubo, Salesfloor, Immunio, Digg -- as well Raines International, a 50 year old executive search firm. Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow, an educational, networking, and leadership development program for venture capitalists.

Lylan previously led Product and Engineering organizations in his 15-year operating career, and most notably led multiple product lines, UX, and internationalization during 4.5 years at aQuantive, acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 billion. He had previously worked at Microsoft Research and on the team at Microsoft that built and launched the first version of .NET. He has also led Product and other divisions at venture-backed startups in New York City.

In 2019, Lylan was selected as one of New York City's Top 50 NYC Movers & Shakers in technology and in 2020, Lylan was invited to the Quebec Government in New York's 80 for 80. He has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, has been interviewed in Inside The Mind of a New York VC, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio, and The Successful Pitch. Lylan is a first-generation high school & college graduate and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management." />

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Lylan Masterman

Lylan Masterman

Venture Capitalist | Board Member | Product & Engineering Lead | Scaled to $6.3B Exit to Microsoft

New York, New York

Learn more about Lylan at www.lylan.com

The "y" in Lylan is pronounced as a hard "i", so Lylan is:
- L + island 🏝 , but without the d at the end
or equivalently:
- Lion 🦁 , but add an L between the two syllables
(both descriptions should give you the same pronunciation - click on the speaker icon beside my name at the top of my profile)

Lylan is an experienced operator, investor, and board member. As an investor since 2014, Lylan was on the initial team and was a General Partner at White Star Capital, an international Venture Capital firm with now $600m+ AUM. He has served as board member, observer, and advisor at several startups -- Drop Loyalty, Unacast, mnubo, Salesfloor, Immunio, Digg -- as well Raines International, a 50 year old executive search firm. Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow, an educational, networking, and leadership development program for venture capitalists.

Lylan previously led Product and Engineering organizations in his 15-year operating career, and most notably led multiple product lines, UX, and internationalization during 4.5 years at aQuantive, acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 billion. He had previously worked at Microsoft Research and on the team at Microsoft that built and launched the first version of .NET. He has also led Product and other divisions at venture-backed startups in New York City.

In 2019, Lylan was selected as one of New York City's Top 50 NYC Movers & Shakers in technology and in 2020, Lylan was invited to the Quebec Government in New York's 80 for 80. He has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, has been interviewed in Inside The Mind of a New York VC, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio, and The Successful Pitch. Lylan is a first-generation high school & college graduate and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.


Experience:

  • Angel Investor (Self-employed)
  • General Partner (White Star Capital)
  • Board Member (Unacast)
  • Board Advisor (Raines International Inc.)
  • Venture Capital Fellow (Society of Kauffman Fellows)
  • Venture Partner (White Star Capital)

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