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Meet the Fuel Team

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CHRIS HOWARD

GENERAL PARTNER

@CHRISFHOWARD

Chris is the founding partner at Fuel Capital. Prior to founding Fuel, Chris was at Ignition Partners, where he created and ran the seed program.

Previous to that, Chris spent ten years in advertising and marketing. At Heckler Associates, he launched several brands, including Aravon, New Balance’s comfort shoe business, and Procare, New Balance’s partner program. Chris ran offline and online marketing at the sporting goods retailer, Gear.com, prior to its sale to Overstock. Chris began his career at Team One Advertising, managing the national brand campaigns for Lexus and the American Cancer Society.

 
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LEAH BUSQUE

GENERAL PARTNER

@labunleashed

Leah is General Partner at Fuel Capital, where she invests in early-stage companies across consumer technology, hardware, education, marketplaces, and retail. She’s passionate about supporting teams who are taking on world-changing ideas.

Leah relates so well to founders because she is one herself. She created one of the most widely recognized consumer brands of the past decade with TaskRabbit. As TaskRabbit’s CEO for eight years, Leah scaled the company to 44 cities and raised more than $50 million. In 2016, Leah transitioned into the role of executive chairwoman and in 2017, TaskRabbit was acquired by IKEA.

 
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jamie viggiano

chief marketing officer

@jimbovig

Jamie Viggiano is Fuel’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Jamie supports the firm's marketing and communications efforts and helps the portfolio companies with a host of marketing needs - from brand development to PR and go-to-market strategies.

Prior to joining Fuel, Jamie ran her own marketing consultancy focused on developing the brand and communications strategy for early-stage technology companies. From 2010-2015, Jamie was the VP of Marketing at TaskRabbit, where she oversaw brand and customer acquisition. Jamie received her MBA from Harvard and her undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 
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BRIE Garza

Executive Assistant



Brie is Fuel’s awesome assistant and office manager. She is the operations guru, ensuring the office runs smoothly.

Prior to working at Fuel, Brie spent several years as an assistant at Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC and the Barulich Dugoni Law Group. Brie graduated from the College of San Mateo.



 

Brad silverberg

founder & advisor

@bradsilverberg

Brad is a co-founder at Fuel Capital and remains a close advisor to the firm and its founders. Previously, Brad was a Founding Partner of Ignition. Prior to founding Ignition, Brad built the Microsoft Windows franchise and led Microsoft’s Internet turnaround. In five years, he grew Windows from a $50 million business to a $3.5 billion business. During his time at Microsoft, he also led MS-DOS, Internet Explorer, the Internet Platform and Tools Division, and Office.

 

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