Avi is a Partner at Tectonic Capital, an early stage venture capital firm located in NYC. Tectonic Capital is the fund behind FundersGuild, and partners with outstanding entrepreneurs to invest in category defining businesses. Avi joined the fund in 2017 to expand its focus to include biotech, especially companies utilizing genomics and synthetic biology. Previously, he spent 7 years at Ion Torrent Systems (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific) developing the platform that democratized Next Generation Sequencing. Avi has a Ph.D. in Genetics from George Church at Harvard University, where his research focused on technologies for sequencing and interpreting personal genomes.