Mariam Naficy

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Mariam Naficy

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Heretic is led by Mariam Naficy, Founder and Chairman of Minted. Naficy has over two decades of consumer Internet experience.

Naficy is known for seeing around corners and pioneering both e-commerce and online creative communities. She launched Eve.com, the world’s first cosmetics e-commerce site, in 1998 and sold it successfully in 2000, and led Product Management at Movielink, an early downloadable movie service. Naficy was early to recognize the potential of online creative communities and founded Minted, one of the most successful community-based e-commerce companies in the world. The company generates several hundred million dollars in sales each year.

Minted pioneered decentralized decision-making through crowd voting, the funding of a designer ‘middle class’, and driving creative output through artist collaboration.

Naficy sits on the Board of Directors of Minted, Medium and Every Mother Counts. She is a Trustee of Williams College and a member of the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Emily Xie

VENTURE PARTNER

Emily Xie

VENTURE PARTNER

Emily Xie is a generative artist and engineer. Throughout her software career, Emily has architected and built innovative applications from ground up across a variety of domains such as visualization and machine learning.

As an artist, Emily is most well known for her ground-breaking Art Blocks series, Memories of Qilin. Her code-based work is collected and shown internationally. She has most recently exhibited at Unit London, Kunsthalle Zurich, the Armory Show, Bright Moments Gallery, and Times Square in NYC.

Emily received her formal training at Harvard University, where she earned a Bachelor's in History of Art and Architecture, and a Master's in Computational Science and Engineering.

Annie Clark

DIRECTOR, BRAND
AND COMMUNITY STRATEGY

Annie Clark

DIRECTOR, BRAND AND COMMUNITY STRATEGY

Annie leads brand, design, and community strategy at Heretic. Whether it’s the beginning stages of conceptualizing and testing a new product or creating a fully branded design system, she loves to help bring companies to fruition and share deeper and more meaningful stories with consumers.

Prior to joining Heretic, Annie spent 10 years building brands through strategic design in beauty, health-tech, fashion, and retail. Throughout her career she has focused on mission-driven companies that build new behaviors in creator and consumer economies. An early employee of Minted, she championed and developed expertise in online communities and connected and launched numerous new products.

When not extolling the artistic merits of generative art projects to anyone who will listen, you can find Annie cooking whatever Alison Roman tells her to and chasing her family around San Francisco.

Annie holds a BFA in Digital Communications from San Francisco State University.

Peter Sjolander

SENIOR DIRECTOR, VENTURE STRATEGY
AND DEVELOPMENT

Peter Sjolander

SENIOR DIRECTOR, VENTURE STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Peter Sjolander is Heretic’s Senior Director of Venture Strategy and Development. Peter has 10+ years of experience at the intersection of technology and media with a focus on strategy, business development, and operations.

Prior to joining Heretic, Peter was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte Consulting, where he advised technology and media companies on growth and go-to-market strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operational topics. Additionally, Peter has 5+ years of media and entertainment industry experience at Marvel Studios and TIDAL Music.

Peter is passionate about web3 topics and is an avid NFT collector. In his free time, you’ll find him in web3 communities on Discord and Twitter hunting for ‘alpha’ on the next big NFT project and debating the future of emerging web3 use cases.

Peter holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA and BS from The University of Southern California.

Kyle Walsh

SENIOR DIRECTOR, VENTURE FORMATION

Kyle Walsh

SENIOR DIRECTOR, VENTURE FORMATION

Kyle is Heretic’s Senior Director of Venture Formation, helping our startups go from zero to one. Kyle has over 10 years’ experience spanning corporate strategy and development, investment strategy, business operations, and organizational design.

Prior to Heretic, Kyle was focused full time on building investment and community tools for the web3 ecosystem, ranging from algorithmic trading systems, social media market analytics, and a DAO user access management system. He previously made venture investments for Shell focused on the future of mobility, as well as was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. While at BCG Digital Ventures, Kyle helped launch a variety of businesses in the industrial B2B SaaS space.

As a passionate craftsman, Kyle has hand-built everything from fitness equipment to his own camping gear. On the weekends, you’ll find him in the garage working on his latest project or hitting the trails with his family.

Kyle holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.

Sida Li

SENIOR DIRECTOR, INCUBATION

Sida Li

SENIOR DIRECTOR, INCUBATION

Sida focuses on incubating companies at the 0-1 stage at Heretic through in-depth multimodal research and prototyping.

Prior to Heretic, Sida led strategy and new product incubation at Syndicate, a web3 company building decentralized investing tools. Before that, she designed human-centered ventures at IDEO and Atomic across fintech, e-commerce, education, and energy. She first built her business chops as a management consultant where she learned the “rules” of business building. Since then, she tries to break the rules to upend status quo industries.

In her free time, Sida keeps tabs on the fast-faced web3 space and angel invests in mission-driven founders.

Sida has a BA in political science and visual arts from Columbia University. To her mom’s dismay, she has just half an MBA from MIT since she dropped out to build companies.

Nick Laub

HEAD OF STRATEGIC FINANCE

Nick Laub

HEAD OF STRATEGIC FINANCE

Nick is Head of Strategic Finance at Heretic. Nick has extensive experience across a variety of financial transactions, including capital raising, venture investing, M&A, and SPACs.

Prior to Heretic, Nick was an investor and advisor at Evolution Media Capital, where he worked with companies at the intersection of media, entertainment, and technology. Before Evolution, Nick worked at hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), partnering with senior talent agents on the representation of global sports and entertainment talent.

Nick is passionate about the intersection of culture and technology, and is an avid investor in and consumer of all things creator economy.

Nick holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS from Colgate University.

Come grow with us.

Heretic is looking for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future of media, social networks, and commerce.

Heretic is backed by household names in Silicon Valley (investors and entrepreneurs), who act as the studio’s advisors both in selecting and in advising companies.