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Whitnie Narcisse

VP Talent & Community Resources

I love connecting great people. As a natural-born extrovert, I get energy from others. So it makes sense that my role at First Round thrives on forging connections. I manage talent, expertise, mentorship and community resources, working with seasoned technology experts who can help our companies solve tough challenges and build better companies.

Since starting at First Round, I’ve been proud to make over 800 expert connections and 100 mentorship pairs. It’s incredible to see how much value leaders at our startups can get out of one hour spent with a domain expert, and how much time they save not having to research things or track down answers themselves. There’s so much institutional knowledge in tech that never gets tapped into, so it’s inspiring to see it shared from person to person, and how strong relationships form in the process.

Before joining First Round, I worked in talent acquisition at Bloom Energy and SPMB. But my first job out of school was teaching eighth grade science with Teach for America — which was simultaneously grueling and extraordinarily rewarding. I’m a proud Boston College Eagle and have my MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler. A native of San Francisco, you’ll find me cheering on all Bay Area sports teams and zooming around the city bumping 90’s R&B in my manual transmission.

If you’re building a company and think I could help, please get in touch.