The Founders Fund seeks to provide a unique professional development and educational opportunity for highly motivated individuals. The entirely student managed fund provides members the opportunity to explore value investing and understand the complexities of portfolio management. Students involved in the The Founders Fund gain experience from the application of portfolio optimization, financial modeling, and fundamental research. In addition, The Founders Fund's strong internal and external network allows members to break into and excel in challenging, interesting, and rewarding careers in the financial services industry. All of this is achieved while managing an active portfolio.
The Founders Fund is spearheaded by a hand-picked executive board including a Portfolio Manager, Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Development Officer who oversee the Associates, Analysts and Consulting Analysts of nine industry sectors. Every position within the fund is attainable by members and assigned by merit.
Makayla is a senior at the University of Florida, pursuing her Bachelor and Master of Science in Finance through UF’s MSF combined-degree program. She joined The Founders Fund in Spring 2019 and has served in a variety of positions within the TMT, financials, and consumer sectors. Makayla currently serves as the Fund’s Portfolio Manager.
During her sophomore summer, Makayla interned at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, rotating through the firm's Markets, Supervision, and Research groups. This past summer, Makayla worked in investment banking at Evercore. During the summer, she covered a range of M&A transactions across the Media, Telecom, Gaming, Real Estate, and Metals & Mining sectors. Upon graduation, she will join the Evercore team full-time in New York.
Chris is a senior at the University of Florida studying Economics and Geology. He joined the Founders Fund in Spring of 2020. Outside the fund, Chris works as an analyst for a Miami-based investment firm, focusing on their high-conviction equity strategy. Chris also devotes a lot of time to community service and is heavily involved with the Gator Junior Golf Association, a Gainesville non-profit focused on youth development through the game of golf.
Over the past few years, Chris has held internships across the hedge fund and private equity space, learning to invest across the capital structure in both public and private markets. In his sophomore summer, he interned with Adams Street Partners, a global private equity firm. During his time there, Chris was exposed to strategies including venture capital, traditional buyout, private credit, and distressed debt. This past summer, Chris joined Lazard’s investment banking team in New York City gaining exposure to mergers & acquisitions and restructuring advisory.
Chief Investment Officer
Sam is a senior at the University of Florida, pursuing his Bachelor and Master of Science in Finance through UF’s MSF combined-degree program. Sam joined The Founders Fund in Fall of 2019 as a Consulting Analyst. Sam has since acted as an Analyst and Associate while rotating through the Energy, Technology, and Real Estate sectors. Outside of the fund, Sam serves on the executive board of the UF Club Golf Team and was a council member of the Freshman Leadership Council (FLC).
During his freshman summer, Sam studied abroad and interned in London, England. He served as an Investment Intern for Rockstar Group, a private investment group focused on helping entrepreneurs grow their business. Throughout the summer, Sam was exposed to various acquisition strategies and worked to develop investment decks for new startup acquisitions. This past summer, Sam worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Truist Securities in Atlanta, GA.
Chief Operating Officer
Austin is a senior at the University of Florida, pursuing his Bachelor and Master of Science in Finance through UF’s MSF combined-degree program. Austin joined The Founders Fund in Fall of 2019 as a Consulting Analyst. Austin has since acted as an Analyst and Associate while rotating through the Media & Telecom, Industrials, and Consumers sectors.
During his sophomore summer, Austin worked as a Summer Analyst for Lightning Partners, an investment bank specializing in sell-side M&A of software as a service tech companies. This past summer, Austin worked as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Stephens in Atlanta, GA in a generalist role spanning Industrials and Specialty Finance.
Chief Development Officer