Mark Achler 

Managing Director

Mark Achler is a Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners.  

Additionally, Mark teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Prior to MATH, Mark was the Senior Vice President of New Business, Strategy and Innovation for Redbox. He is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded four companies as well being a partner is an earlier venture fund called Kettle Partners. Mark has an undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education from Purdue University and is a frequent speaker, resource and ardent champion for the entrepreneurial community.

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Troy Henikoff 

Managing Director

Troy Henikoff is a Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners. 

Additionally, Troy is the Managing Director of Techstars in Chicago. Troy was a Co-founder of Excelerate Labs, which became Techstars Chicago in 2013. He also helps manage the FireStarter Fund, teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, is on the board of the Chicago-land Entrepreneurial Center. Prior to Techstars Chicago, Troy was the CEO of, President of Amacai, and co-founder and CEO of Troy built the technology for Jellyvision (creators of “You Don’t Know Jack!”), was the President of Systemetrics, and his first company was Specialized Systems and Software. Troy has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Brown University and a Masters Degree in Project Management from Northwestern.

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Scott Wald 

Venture Partner 

Scott Wald is a Venture Partner at MATH Venture Partners. 

Additionally, Scott is the Founder and President of Romar Services, L.L.C., a private investment firm. Mr. Wald is also the former Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ASAP Software Express. Prior to founding ASAP, he was in product management for Hewlett-Packard Laser Printer operations. He is currently on the board of SurePayroll, a Web-based payroll system, which he launched in 2000 and optionsXpress Holdings Inc. Mr. Wald was named one of "America's Hot Young Entrepreneurs" by Fortune and an "Entrepreneur of the Year" by INC. Magazine. He received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University.

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David Semmel 

Interim CFO

David Semmel is the Interim CFO at MATH Venture Partners.

Additionally, David is the General Partner of Kettle Partners, a top-quartile VC fund focusing on emerging IT opportunities. David founded and oversaw operations of Pangea Offshore, Ltd, a $250MM Boston-based long-short tech hedge fund group. Sold to Sonar Capital Management in 1998. He was the General Partner at Pangea Partners, L.P., a VC Fund focused on software and IT opportunities. David was also the Co-founder of System Software Associates, Inc (SSAX). He was the VP Sales for a global leader in business management software. David also co-authored the BPCS Enterprise Requirements Planing product line.  

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Samara Mejia 

Senior Associate

Samara Mejia is a Senior Associate of MATH Venture Partners.  

Prior to joining MATH, Samara spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, where she recently consulted top wealth managers on their business practices. Samara also worked in sales where she was continually ranked top 5 in selling financial products, advising on portfolio construction, and providing market insights. She began her career in the Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodity (FICC) group where she lead multiple technology enhancing projects across global exchanges. Samara has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Dana Wright


Dana Wright is a Partner at MATH Venture Partners. 

Dana invested in MATH as a Limited Partner in March 2015 and spent a year working as an EIR before joining full time in April 2016.  She has nearly 20 years of strong operational experience in strategy, corporate development, finance and compensation.  Dana is the former Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Gavilon, a private-equity sponsored commodity management firm, that successfully scaled its operations and sold in 2013 for a value of more than $4.5 billion. Prior to joining Gavilon, she worked in both corporate and consulting roles. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in tax and human capital services.  Dana earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration and Master of Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas.

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