“In 2011, Alex led the Series A of Wayfair, the company that pioneered selling furniture online. Shortly thereafter, founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine took the company public, and today, with the duo still at the helm, Wayfair is the largest online destination for home goods in the world.”
Alex gave Berlin-based founder Johannes Reck his first check back in 2014. Reck started GetYourGuide after a travel mix-up that sparked a revolutionary approach to tourism.
Brooke’s students, many of whom come from low-income and minority families, annually achieve the highest MCAS scores for any public school in Massachusetts.

Alex Finkelstein

General Partner, Early & Growth

Alex Finkelstein began his career at Cambridge Associates before joining two early-stage venture capital firms. After a few years, he took a break from venture to write and sell a number of original television shows to networks including FOX, Discovery, and E!. He later returned to venture and joined Spark at its inception. 

For the past 15 years, Alex has focused on uncovering unconventional companies led by entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. He often looks outside Silicon Valley for undiscovered, product-focused founders with a drive to reinvent, rather than copy. Alex has made investments in startups around the world including in Nigeria, Germany, and Spain, as well as in companies just two minutes from his home in Boston. “I love the scrappy, underdog founders, who’ve often never done it before,” he says.

Alex is a graduate of Middlebury College. Outside of Spark, he serves on the board of directors of the Brooke Charter Schools, Boston’s largest public charter school network.

Companies
Andela
Badi
Careship
Clyde
Flywire
GetYourGuide
Homelike
IEX
Linkwell Health
Mark43
Perch
Reggora
SoundHouse
Talkspace
Tourlane
TravelPerk
Verse
Wayfair
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