I’m Danya Cheskis-Gold, Spark Capital’s new (and first!) Director of Community. I’ll be heading up our marketing, PR, and events, as well as building a community and resources for our portfolio companies.
Spark Capital is a small, collaborative team whose numero uno principle is to partner closely with exceptional entrepreneurs who are building companies that disrupt or create important markets. Throughout my career, I’ve been committed to reinventing education and to building businesses by building their teams and communities. A match made in Internet heaven.
As an Anthropology and Spanish double major at Washington University in St. Louis, I was obsessed with understanding why people do what they do. That curiosity led me to join Teach For America, where I traveled the country convincing top college graduates to join the movement to eliminate educational inequity. I executed highly personalized recruiting and rigorous interview processes, designed ongoing learning & development programs for our hundreds of campus interns nationwide, and launched diversity & inclusiveness initiatives for our 250+ recruitment team members.
After piloting a number of new roles and programs at TFA, I realized that I love building something from nothing and enjoy a healthy dose of risk. To get my fill, I joined Skillshare (a Spark Capital company!) as the 2nd employee in an everything-non-product role. There, I learned the ins and outs of building a business, community, and team from the ground up.
Recently, I left Skillshare to take a swing at a few of my own ideas while consulting for startups on early market development and people & culture.
A few flights to Boston later, I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the Spark team. I’m looking forward to learning from Spark’s bright and creative investors, as well as championing the trend of venture capital firms who are making their communities of entrepreneurs a priority.
When I’m not at Spark, I’m off running a seasonal, Jewishly sourced pop-up restaurant, working on a book for early stage startup employees, fostering puppies, and searching for the last undiscovered spots in New York.