We approach every interaction and challenge with a strict adherence to a moral code.
We value diversity of thought, geography, gender, and race.
We foster partnerships among our portfolio companies, the AgeTech ecosystem, and our professional networks.
The 1843 Capital Name
1843 Capital was named for the year Ada Byron Lovelace wrote the first computer program. As the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, Ada found poetry in numbers and is credited with recognizing the full potential of Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. At 1843 Capital we wonder, “What would have happened if Ada was funded by a venture capital firm.”
Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner
Named to the inaugural Forbes “50 over 50” list in 2021 and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s inaugural “100 Powerful Women,” Tracy Chadwell is the founder of 1843 Capital. Notable investments include early investments in Beautycounter (Exited: $1 Billion valuation) and Tempo Automation (Nasdaq:TMPO). She’s a leader in the venture capital industry and a sought-after speaker including giving testimony before a US Senate Committee. She has also been a speaker for the Nantucket Project, MIT, and TEDx NYIT. Formerly, Tracy was a partner of a growth capital venture capital fund – Baker Capital – and a VP at Robertson Stephens. Early in her career, Tracy worked in Tokyo for the law firm Nagashima and Ohno and for SCM International, led by Senator Adlai Stevenson doing cross-border transaction work between the US and Asia. Currently, she serves on the Board of Recuro Health and is a Board Observer to Corsha. Non-profit work includes the AARP Age Collective, and a Board Member of Early Stage Montana. Tracy earned her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. She speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.
Janet DeFrino, Partner
Janet Defrino has over 30 years experience investing in both public and private companies and joined 1843 Capital in 2019. She serves on the Board of Directors of ROAR.io, an augmented-reality platform and Shindigz, a privately held ecommerce company from 2014-2021. From 1991-2000, Janet was an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley covering consumer discretionary and small cap equities after which she joined a hedge fund managing Bass family funds. In 2012, Janet co-founded Eachwin Capital where she was responsible for consumer investments. Janet serves on the Board of the CT Women’s Business Development Council, a non-profit supporting female entrepreneurs in Connecticut and mentors through several accelerators, including the National Institute of Aging, Project W, Founder Institute, Female Founders Alliance and CT Innovations. Janet teaches a financial modeling module for Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Entrepreneurship class, and lectures frequently on financial modeling for startups. Janet received her B.A. in economics Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Sharon Rodriguez, Partner
Sharon Rodriguez is a global senior executive who leverages technology to transform business operations. She brings a proven track record of catalyzing top-line revenue growth, building strong teams and cultures, optimizing customer experience, and achieving outsized outcomes. Sharon began her career in pharmaceuticals, and later moved to AIG, where she worked on Global Strategic initiatives with a heavy focus on Asian markets. As Head of Global Application Strategy at MetLife, Sharon transformed a siloed, local-level management model operating in 46 countries, into a cohesive organization by defining roles for planning and execution on global decisions. In 2017, Sharon joined the founding leadership team for Unqork—an enterprise no-code SaaS platform addressing the real challenges of business and technology stakeholders, providing nimble technology to help expedite development and deliver value. The company reached a $2B Series C valuation by 2020. As Chief Customer Officer, Sharon created a market-responsive business model and built all customer-facing functions. A longtime supporter of DEI, Sharon also launched Women of Unqork and built a company culture of equity & inclusion. Sharon is an active advisor and mentor to early stage founders through accelerators for National Institute of Aging and Springboard. Sharon received her BS in Biology from Eckerd College and her MBA from the Wharton School with a dual emphasis in Finance and Healthcare Management.
Gwen Weiss, CPA, Partner and Chief Financial Officer
Gwen Weiss comes to 1843 Capital with 20+ years in financial management, accounting, and venture fund administration. Prior to joining 1843 Capital, Gwen served as the Controller for Bedford Funding, a private equity fund based in White Plains, NY. While at Bedford, Gwen was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions, including quarterly financial statements, annual audited financials, portfolio valuation analysis and annual tax reporting. Prior to joining Bedford in May 2012, Gwen worked at Oak Investment Partners, a leading venture capital firm, from 2000 to 2012. While at Oak, Gwen performed several functions, including Senior Accountant, and Portfolio Administrator, and Finance Manager where she supported the CFO in monitoring controls, implementing improvements, managing company budgeting and forecasting as well as SEC reporting. Prior to her time at Oak, Gwen was a Senior Associate at Deloitte & Touche. She is a CPA who received a B.S. from Fairfield University where she completed dual majors in Accounting and Finance.
Marielle Alexander, Associate
Marielle Alexander is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where she majored in Applied Statistics with concentrations in Data Science and Financial Mathematics. Applying her background in analytics, Marielle helped to develop product insights for CPG brands at an AI startup prior to joining 1843 Capital. Marielle also holds certifications in Product Design from the Parsons School of Design in New York City and in Venture Finance from a joint program between UC Berkeley’s Startup@Berkeley Law and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
Larry Flanagan, Executive Advisor
Larry Flanagan was the President and CEO of AARP Services from late 2014 through 2019 and was formerly the Executive Dean at the University of New Haven College of Business. He has an extraordinary history of partnership development for some of the largest corporations in the world including MasterCard Worldwide, the Procter & Gamble Company, and L’Oreal USA. As the Global Chief Marketing Officer at MasterCard, he managed a $1.5 billion budget, directed marketing strategies in more than 50 countries and helped launch the company’s hugely successful, “Priceless” advertising campaign. He also established strategic partnerships with Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour, and Champions League soccer in Europe and was part of the executive team that spearheaded MasterCard’s highly successful initial public offering in 2006.