Courtney Buie

Partner Operations Manager

As the Partner Operations Manager working with Bill Trenchard, I work with an incredible group of entrepreneurs as they build their early ideas into transformative and lasting companies. There is no typical day at First Round. I assist Bill with investment diligence as well as support his community of companies, so you can find me researching autonomous vehicle sensor technology one day and assisting with the expansion of residential solar in Mexico the next.

What I enjoy most about the First Round community is that it’s a vibrant mix of operators, investors and experts driven to solve the some of the most pressing issues out there. My job allows me to watch firsthand as technologists tackle financial literacy, innovate in healthcare and create products that change the way we communicate, travel and learn.

Prior to First Round, I helped build Cardinal Ventures into the premier on-campus startup accelerator at Stanford University. I also spent time managing the community at StartX. Both experiences gave me exposure to over a hundred inspiring student-led companies, and solidified my love of working with early-stage founders. Before going to Stanford for my masters, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations. Given my skills on the recorder, you may have thought Julliard, too, but thanks to summer camp and supportive parents, I am entirely self-trained.