Anita Hossain

Head of Knowledge

I lead our Knowledge Program, unleashing the information trapped inside the best and brightest minds in tech and curating meaningful experiences ranging from intimate salons to major summits. My goal is singular: to bring tech leaders together to share what they know.

Whether I’m coaching 20+ tech luminaries to generate original talks for our CEO Summit, hosting dinners where people can air what keeps them up at night, or connecting our 300+ founders with the information they need to make progress, I’m always learning. My biggest challenges are working to operationalize this transfer of knowledge, to bring our best online content offline, and to facilitate more shared experiences for time-strapped leaders. As a major perk, I get to sit around a table with the most brilliant people in technology and hear about their journeys in a way I would never see on a blog or in an interview. It’s inspiring to be a part of these conversations and generate that kind of energy.

I joined the team after getting my MBA from Wharton, but before that I was an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank, where I managed over $400M in Latin American investment portfolios. I became interested in corporate social impact during marketing roles at MTV and Nickelodeon (and I’m excited to be bringing social impact leaders into the First Round community now too). During business school, I consulted for Neighborhood Film Company, helping spur community engagement, and co-led One for the World, a movement to encourage more people to make effective charitable giving a habit.

I’ve always been passionate about bringing people together. At school, I launched a storytelling series where students had the chance to practice public speaking and tell stories that inspire and build community. Most recently, I’ve been working with an amazing documentary called Dream, Girl, which showcases stories of women entrepreneurs and hopes to inspire the next generation of leaders. I suppose I’ve always been that person rallying the troops and making introductions. I think it stems from a general curiosity about people. What are they thinking about? What do they want? What makes them feel comfortable enough to share? I want to know these things, because then I get to hear their stories. Fortunately at First Round, these stories help hundreds of people build amazing companies.