Hudson River Angels

Investing in Early-stage Technology in New York City

Hudson River Angels (HRA) focuses on seed-stage startups looking for guidance, advice and capital to accelerate the process from idea to viable company


Jonathan Betz

Engineering Manager,

Jonathan is an Engineering Manager in Google's New York City office, where he leads teams that focus on Crisis ResponseElections, and other novel applications of technology to civics.

Jonathan came to New York City in 2003 as one of the earliest engineers in Google's NYC office, where he focused on extracting structured data from the web, work that led to filing 18 patents on the topic. From 2008 through 2012, he held various roles as an executive engineering leader in New York startups including Rent the Runway and Yext, building engineering teams and shipping lots of code. 

Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, with a double major in Cognitive Science, from Carnegie Mellon University.


Andrew Hogue

Head of Search, Foursquare

Andrew Hogue is the Head of Search at foursquare, where he is responsible for big data applications like Explore, Radar, and Venue Search. Prior to foursquare he spent seven years at Google, where he led the Structured Data team, working on applications like question answering, sentiment analysis, and local search.

Andrew holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from MIT, where his research focused on pattern recognition and machine learning. He holds several foursquare mayorships in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and three children.


Dominic Preuss

Dominic Preuss was previously the Chief Product Officer of SecondMarket, where he oversaw product management, engineering, and all aspects of product development.  Prior to SecondMarket, Dominic was in charge of FiLife, an independent joint venture between Dow Jones (News Corp.) and Interactive Corp (IAC) focused on personal finance.  Dominic has also spent time at Meetup and Google, where he was responsible for local advertising products.

Dominic holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Dominic currently resides in the West Village of New York City.



Jeff Reynar

Jeff was previously CTO of Sulia and Head of Technology at AOL. Prior to joining AOL in 2010, he co-founded DBT Labs, which built a social search service integrated with Facebook and Twitter. Before that, Jeff worked at Google, initially as the first product manager outside headquarters then as an engineering manager. As a PM he worked on vertical search for blogs, products, local and web search. As an engineering manager, Jeff worked on the search user interface, information extraction, sentiment analysis and question answering. His final role at Google was to co-found and lead the internal startup that built Google Squared. Jeff also worked for 5 years at Microsoft where he led the Microsoft Word team, built a platform for semantic category annotation and integrated speech recognition into the Office applications.

Jeff earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.



Steve Schirripa

Prncipal Engineer (Director), Google

Steve Schirripa is a Principal Engineer in Google’s New York City engineering center and is currently focused on core storage systems that support the vast set of products offered by Google. His dual role as Technical Lead and Manager for Bigtable, a distributed storage system and key Google technology, keeps him hands-on. In addition, he manages Colossus, the highly scalable, distributed file system that replaces GFS, and is a Technical Lead contributing to next-generation data center design. Prior to joining the Storage team, Steve worked on a wide variety of successful projects at Google, including search quality/ranking, Mobile Web Search, Desktop Search, and real-time crawling and indexing. He has earned three prestigious EMG/OC Awards for both Impact and Innovation.

Steve earned his BS in Computer Science and Mathematics at Rutgers University and a Masters in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and 3 children, including a set of twins.