Lylan is an experienced operator, investor, and board member. As an investor over the last six years, Lylan has been a Principal, General Partner, and Venture Partner at White Star Capital and an Executive in Residence at Breakaway Growth. He has served as board member, observer, and advisor at several startups — Drop Loyalty, Unacast, mnubo, Salesfloor, Immunio, Digg — as well Raines International, a 50 year old executive search firm. Lylan previously led Product and Engineering organizations in his 15-year operating career, and most notably worked 4.5 years at aQuantive, acquired by Microsoft for $6.3 billion. Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow, an educational, networking, and leadership development program for venture capitalists.
He is a first-generation high school & college graduate and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Lylan has lived in Canada, and the east and west coasts of the US and has called New York home since 2011. Lylan has appeared on live TV on Cheddar and TDAmeritrade Network, has been interviewed in Inside The Mind of a New York VC, his writing has been featured in Business Insider, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global, and he has been interviewed in the podcasts Something Ventured, Venture Studio, and The Successful Pitch. In 2019, Lylan was selected as one of New York City’s Top 50 NYC Movers & Shakers in technology and in 2020, Lylan was invited to the Quebec Government in New York’s 80 for 80.