Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87
Tech, Product, and Strategy: An 18-year Microsoft veteran who led and built technologies used by a billion people across the planet - and then went on to be a leader of and sell the 2nd largest independent eCommerce company in North America. A best-selling author on technology as magic, multi-patent holder, and investor, Stefan lives to envision and build the future.
Kiley Taslitz Anderson
Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87
Strategy, Marketing, and Operations: A digital native, obsessed with architecting strategies that drive direct, lasting relationships with customers, Kiley has spent the last 10 years working with some of the world’s largest brands at the intersection of content, media, and data. Her entrepreneurial roots have found her building businesses, growing new verticals within existing businesses, and advising and investing in businesses where experience is as important as product.
Director of Marketing & Communications, ‘87
Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations: With a scrappy, strategic mindset, Jessie has built, scaled, and pivoted startups such as Go Try It On (acquired by Rent the Runway), Karma WiFi, and Electric Objects (acquired by Giphy). Jessie thrives while building brands from the ground up with her innate ability to carve out an identity and market position. Her approach to brand building leans on storytelling, honed at PEOPLE.com. Taking her love for startups one step further, she launched her own. The Intro was founded to connect women without the typical pain-points of networking.
Vice President, Sterling Fund Management
Finance, Operations, and Strategy: A self-proclaimed finance nerd, Gersh has spent the last 10 years working on deals ranging from pre-revenue seed investments to billion dollar buyouts - and everything in between. His analytical orientation and ability to think creatively has led to many successful outcomes for founders and shareholders alike. More than just an investor, Gersh dives in operationally with management teams to help them with anything from strategy development to acting as the CFO.
A natural cross-functional problem-solver, Amsey seamlessly takes ideas from concept to execution. With an inquiring mind and high mentality, she has a great interest in food and health, complemented by her bachelor's degree in dietetics and MBA, received with honors. She’s passionate about working with business founded in good work ethics and social responsibility.
Vice President of Investor Relations, Communications, & Marketing, Sterling Partners
Chairman & Co-Founder, Sterling Partners
Steven co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. Under his leadership, Sterling Partners has invested in various sectors over the years including healthcare, media, education, data centers, branded foods, and financial services.
Beth Kaplan is an Advisor at ‘87. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge of the CPG space, particularly around growth companies with direct-to-consumer models. Beth has experience across finance, operations, merchandising, customer insights, business development, and retail. Outside of her role at ‘87, Beth is a Managing Member of Axcel Partners, LLC, which focuses on investments in consumer-facing, early stage and growth companies. She is also currently a Director at the Meredith Corporation. Previously, Beth was President and Chief Operating Officer at Rent the Runway.
Disclaimer: Employees of Sterling Fund Management, LLC provide operational support services to ’87 and its portfolio companies on an as-needed basis pursuant to a services agreement between the two organizations.