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Founder, IRL Ventures

Our Founder and President, Taryn Jones Laeben, is a go to market expert. Taryn's career has been spent focused on empowering founder vision and unlocking hyper-growth for mission driven companies.


Taryn Jones Laeben is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SoulCycle, the revolutionary indoor cycling brand, founded in New York City in 2006. Before her time at SoulCycle, Taryn was the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Casper, the fast-growing sleep company, where she led rapid expansion across retail, wholesale, partnerships, customer experience, and strategy at large. Prior to joining Casper, Taryn spent many years generating industry leading results in fashion & retail. Taryn led NYC-based jewelry brand Alexis Bittar as President after having run the North America and International businesses for Kate Spade New York as Senior Vice President of North America and Vice President of International.


Kate Connor

COO


Currently COO of IRL Ventures (co-founder), Kate has partnered with some of the most talented founders across healthcare, consumer and wellness.


  • Acting as Chief of Staff at Kindbody, the flourishing fertility start-up, Kate developed the company-wide operating strategy, oversaw the people operations function, and codified key operating processes across the organization.
  • Kate spent over seven years with SoulCycle, where she held numerous leadership positions across Field Operations, Talent Operations and Business Strategy.

Shivanie Barapatre

Operating Partner


Currently Operating Partner at IRL Ventures, Shivanie has partnered with founders across consumer and sustainability, helping companies build and grow their products.


  • At McKinsey & Company, Shivanie helped clients build successful long-term strategies to improve top-line numbers across the healthcare and consumer industries
  • Working across early and mid-stage D2C startups such as Zola across growth marketing and product management, Shivanie built products from 0 to 1, developed and executed go-to-market strategies, and scaled products to reach new audiences

Anne Gifford

Operating Partner


Currently Operating Partner, Anne led Product at Culdesac, where she built a property management system for their first car-free neighborhood in Arizona.


  • Previously, Anne co-founded a faith-based social app called Exalt and raised a multi-million dollar seed round. While at Exalt, Anne created and led product development, marketing operations, and internal hiring.
  • With a background in investing, Anne was an early member of the investment team at Tusk Venture Partners where she diligenced, and invested in early-stage companies across healthcare, transportation and financial technology.

Elizabeth Warfield

Chief of Staff


Currently Chief of Staff, Elizabeth supports IRL's fund administration processes, in addition to playing an integral role in platform business operations, company administration, and standardizing operating protocols.


  • Elizabeth Warfield is a seasoned administrative professional that has supported IRL Ventures internal company operations since 2021
  • Prior to her time at IRL Ventures, Elizabeth was a dedicated former elementary school professional with a passion for nurturing young minds and fostering a positive learning environment'

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