Welcome to Meka Asonye, GTM expert, Stripe veteran—and our new Partner

Megan Kelly


Throughout my career, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work alongside company leaders. I have been fascinated with how they handle different types of challenges at every inflection point in their life cycle. That’s why I gravitated towards First Round. For early-stage companies to have the best chance at success, it often takes a supportive network throwing its full weight behind an idea. If you’re an entrepreneur just getting started, it may be just you and your co-founder in the early days. I love that First Round augments that founding team, backing founders not only with investment dollars, but also with operating know-how and a steadfast community.

As an Associate based in New York, I’m responsible for finding and evaluating  investment opportunities and supporting founders as they work through challenges both big and small.

Prior to First Round, I worked alongside Arianna Huffington as Chief of Staff at Thrive Global. I began my career at JPMorgan, both as an operator and investor, first in business management partnering with the CEO of the U.S. Private Bank, and then as an investor in the Financial Institutions Group. Before kicking off my career in New York, I graduated from Holy Cross. Outside of work, you can find me under the sea exploring a different kind of ecosystem and trying to conquer my fear of sharks.