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MIT FinTech VC Panel (BIEN #21)

Network with the fintech community.

The Boston fintech community has grown significantly over the years. Join MIT SBAA and Hyperplane Ventures for an evening of networking, a panel featuring Boston's top fintech VCs, and a light dinner with dessert!   


Jack Klinck, Managing Partner, Hyperplane Venture Capital, is currently an active angel and seed stage investor in FinTech oriented firms. Hyperplane Venture Capital is a new firm focused on emerging B2B technologies such as machine learning, blockchain and IOT. From 2015-2016, Jack served as CEO of Ouisa/ShareNett, a marketplace for family offices to share investment ideas and co-invest in private companies. From 2006 to 2015, Jack was Executive Vice President and Head of Global Strategy and New Ventures at State Street Corporation, where he served on that firm’s management committee and founded two business lines; Alternative Investment Solutions and Global Exchange. Before joining State Street, Jack was Vice Chairman and President of the Investment Manager Solutions Group at Mellon Financial Corporation and also served as CEO of Mellon Europe based in London. Before joining Mellon in 1997, he held various management positions at American Express. In his spare time, Jack serves as President of the Spirit of Adventure Council - Boy Scouts of America and Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jack holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. 

Kirstan Barnett is an active angel investor through her fund kbb capital, launched in 2016 after over 13 years as a partner at a premier Boston-based private investment fund.  Most recently, Kirstan was CoFounder and a Managing Partner of a financial services and asset management firm focused in the digital asset market. Her early stage portfolio includes over 25 early stage investments in a diverse range of companies, focused primarily in fintech and e-commerce. Rialto Trading, which developed an alternative trading system, and one of the portfolio companies in which she wrote one of its first checks, has recently announced an agreement to be purchased by Bittrex, the leading U.S.-based blockchain trading platforms.  In addition to her own direct investing, Ms. Barnett also serves on the Investment Committee for successful funds 1 and 2 of Castor Ventures, a venture fund focused on MIT entrepreneurs, for which she has analyzed and made recommendations on numerous fintech investments. Kirstan has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a JD from Georgetown University.

Richard Dulude, Co-Founder and Principal, Underscore VC, leads investments in the area of blockchain, AI/ML, XR, and Serverless technologies. As a programmer (turned entrepreneur (turned VC)), Richard enjoys digging in alongside the entrepreneurs in the portfolio to help them create value for their customers and realize their vision for what the company could be. Richard started his career as a quant at Goldman Sachs, built out a skunkworks team that launched the D2C E-commerce Business at Procter & Gamble, before starting his own machine learning startup to mine insights from social media for brands. Richard spent the earlier part of his venture career at Founder Collective before founding Underscore VC. Richard graduated from Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), and Cornell University (Masters in Engineering & Bachelor of Science in engineering). 

Moderator: Christina Qi, is Co-Founder and Partner of Domeyard LP. She started Domeyard LP, an HFT hedge fund 7 years ago with $1000 in savings. Domeyard closed its Series C in 2017 and trades up to $1 billion USD per day. Her company’s story has been featured on the front page of Forbes, Nikkei, and other publications. Christina brings experience in investment management, sales and trading, derivatives operations, and technology across Goldman Sachs, UBS Securities, Zions Bank, and MIT Lincoln Labs. She is a visiting lecturer at MIT, within Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s “Retirement Finance” class since 2014 and is a case study protagonist at Harvard Business School. Christina has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg News, and Financial Times, and has contributed to the World Economic Forum research on AI in financial services. Christina sits on the Board of Directors of The Financial Executives Alliance (FEA) Hedge Fund Group, the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association (MIT SBAA), Invest in Girls, the U.S. Non-Profit Boards Committee of 100 Women in Finance, and the Scholarship Committee of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association. Christina and her team have been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40. She holds an S.B. in Management Science from MIT and is a CAIA Charterholder. 

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Venue: MIT Sloan School, Tang Center, Building E51, Room 335, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Registration: Alumni may bring one guest for free.  Given the limited spots available and that we are ordering food and beverages, there is a $10 charge if you register and do not attend.  We will not charge you if you let us know at least 1 day prior to the event. Email: Tina Kruczynski at ( This will allow us to take a fellow alumni off the waitlist. 

On-Campus Free Parking:  Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51 lot. These parking lots are free after 5pm. The closest public parking is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is 90 Broadway Street. For other public parking suggesions, click here

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