The Open Water Team
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David entered the start-up world in 8th grade, when he launched his first software company specializing in e-commerce automation, which he grew to over 20,000 customers. David founded Open Water to help connect founders with the technical talent and advisors necessary to succeed.
Alex started his first software company at 15, specializing in high-security, end-to-end solutions for sensitive business information. After selling his first startup, Alex has dedicated himself to a wide range of projects, including assisting local startups and cryptocurrency investment.
Julia van der Colff
Julia van der Colff is a Presidential and Marshall Associates Alumni Endowed Scholar at the University of Southern California pursuing both a BS in Business Administration (Finance) and BA in Intelligence and Cyber Operations. She is excited to be helping Open Water grow.
A Bay Area native, Alex is well-versed in startup culture and innovative ideas. He aims to create cohesive environments and clear structure in early-stage startups, joining the Open Water Team as Head of Operations and Partnerships. Alex attends the University of Chicago, where he is pursuing a B.A in Economics and Data Science. Alex is also a firm supporter of the Golden State Warriors and an avid consumer of Pamplemousse La Croix.
Head of Recruiting
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Gavin has an enduring passion for emerging technologies and their capacity for social impact. With a background in non-profits and politics, Gavin is excited to work with early-stage startups and help founders connect with their ideal team.
Head of Recruiting
Nick is a Head of Recruiting at Open Water. Nick is from Palo Alto California. He is a rising senior at Tulane University, studying Finance. Nick is excited to be working with startups and some of the smartest students in the country and around the world.
A Princeton rower, Will is a product of his upbringing in Silicon Valley, Will has an enduring fascination with cutting-edge technologies and entrepreneurial ventures. Will is also a passionate advocate for on-campus environmental organizations and eco-friendly transportation in the Bay Area. He is excited to help ambitious young people find promising startups through OpenWater.