Pear Fellows

Your Entry into the Venture Capital World

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Pear Fellows is your Venture Capital boot camp. Fellows will work with general partners, Pejman and Mar, and the entire Investment team, to learn every aspect of the industry, from discovering the best founders, deep-diving into company diligence, executing the investment process, to supporting portfolio companies.

Great companies are built on campuses. Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Cisco, and Snapchat were all founded by students, and we believe many more will be born this way. Pear Fellows is an opportunity to interface with the new generation of founders, and find the next great company.

Pear Fellows is one part of the Pear Dorm strategy, which includes a range of initiatives such as Pear Garage, Pear Summer, Pear GSB and Berkeley Challenge. Over the last 4 years, Pear has invested in 20+ companies that have come out of university dorms, companies whose founders were either students or recent students.

Pear Dorm companies include Branch, Doordash, One Concern, Solvvy, Doxel, Affinity, BioAge, Capella Space. These companies have raised over $300M from top tier venture funds such as Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates, 8VC, Founders Fund and many more.

We have been extremely impressed by our past Pear Fellows for the energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge they have brought. This year we are recruiting only 8 student Fellows at Stanford. We are committed to working closely with our fellows to ensure they learn how to be a successful investor in early-stage companies.


What does it mean to be a Pear Fellow?

As a Pear Fellow, you will be exposed to all aspects of the investment process, and we will let you tailor the experience to what you most want to learn.

You can choose to focus on elements like the diligence process, industry deep-dives, or understand what makes a successful pitch. You will work closely with the Pear Investment team to decipher what makes a successful founding team and investment.  

Some of our Pear Fellow responsibilities:

  • Reach out to students who are working on interesting ideas

  • Organize campus community events like talks, dinners, seminars, office house, etc.

  • Attend bi-monthly investment meetings with Pear Fellows and a Pear Partner

  • Research specific companies or investment areas

  • Advise or assist Pear Dorm companies based on your interests and expertise

  • Attend Fellow Summit on investing 101 led by Pear Partners and other investors in the Valley.

Fellows are expected to commit 4-8 hours/week, depending on the academic calendar.



Who should apply?

We are building a diverse group of Pear Fellows with different backgrounds, interests and degrees. We expect the group to include undergraduates, graduate students from various departments. We are not looking for any specific work, startup or investment experience.

We want people who can be Pear ambassadors on campus, people who are genuinely interested in helping others, who show initiative, and who see a career in entrepreneurship and technology.

Current Pear Fellows

  Sigalit Perelson - Symbolic Systems '20

Sigalit Perelson - Symbolic Systems '20

  Ali Schmidt - GSB '18

Ali Schmidt - GSB '18



  Ashe Magalhaes - CS '18    Current:  Stanford Solar Car Team

Ashe Magalhaes - CS '18

Current: Stanford Solar Car Team

  Milan Doshi - CS '17    Current:  Founder & CEO, College Coaches

Milan Doshi - CS '17

Current: Founder & CEO, College Coaches

  Andy Schumeister - GSB '17    Current:  Product Marketing Manager, Segment

Andy Schumeister - GSB '17

Current: Product Marketing Manager, Segment

  John Hamilton - GSB '18    Current:  Stanford JD / MBA

John Hamilton - GSB '18

Current: Stanford JD / MBA

  Haiyin Wang - MS '18    Current:  Product Management, Branch Metrics

Haiyin Wang - MS '18

Current: Product Management, Branch Metrics

  Isaac Madan - MS '15       Current:  Investor, Venrock

Isaac Madan - MS '15

Current: Investor, Venrock

  Shaurya Saluja - CS '15    Current:  Co-founder, Stealth Startup

Shaurya Saluja - CS '15

Current: Co-founder, Stealth Startup

  Nike Verghese - GSB '18    Past:  Intern, A16Z

Nike Verghese - GSB '18

Past: Intern, A16Z

  Nicole Quinn - GSB '15    Current:  Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Nicole Quinn - GSB '15

Current: Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners