The Team


Adam B. Struck, Founder &
Managing Partner

Adam is the Founder and Managing Partner at Struck Capital. Prior to Struck Capital, Adam was a Co-Founder of Long Island Brand Beverages, a CPG company acquired by Cullen Investments and taken public on the NASDAQ. Previously, Adam was an M&A / PE attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, one of the largest law firms in the world. Adam graduated from Northwestern University where he completed the Kellogg School of Management Certificate Program. He also graduated from Georgetown Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. Adam is a member of the NY Bar Association and has also been recognized by Forbes, making the coveted 30 Under 30 List for Venture Capital.


Yida Gao, Partner

Yida is a Partner at Struck Capital. Prior to Struck Capital, Yida was a technology investor at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the world's largest VC funds with $20Bn+ AUM. Previously, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group based in NYC where he helped execute over $15Bn in aggregate deal volume. Yida graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science and was a varsity pole vaulter. He attended Stanford GSB briefly before dropping out to join Struck Capital.


Brannack McLain, Head of Platform

Brannack is the Head of Platform at Struck Capital. Prior to Struck Capital, Brannack helped launch and direct The Montgomery Summit and other events for the technology investment community. Brannack was the Co-Founder and President of an online marketing company, Identi (acquired by Spylight), and has served as an independent consultant for several technology companies and investment groups. Brannack graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he received a B.A. with Distinction in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He also received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with majors in Finance and Managing Organizations.


Greg Stofman, Associate

Greg is an Associate at Struck Capital. Prior to Struck Capital, Greg was an investment banker at Arbor Advisors and PEAK Technology Partners where he executed over $700m in technology M&A and capital raising transactions. Greg has also held several operational roles at startup technology companies. Most recently, Greg was a Business Development Director at Kamcord, a consumer mobile application acquired by Lyft Inc., where he led business development and user acquisition efforts. Prior to that, Greg was a Business Development Manager for OneScreen, an online video advertising platform acquired by Adaptive Media Inc. Greg graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Economics.





Forest Baskett, PhD

Venture Advisor | General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Fan Zhang

VENTURE Advisor | Co-Founder, Sequoia China

Tim Greenleaf

VENTURE Advisor | Former Board Member, GreenDot (NYSE:GDOT)

Ilya Pozin

Founder Advisor | Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer, PlutoTV

Joe Fernandez

Founder Advisor | Founder and CEO, Joymode

Drew Perkins

Founder Advisor | Co-Founder and CEO, Mojo Vision

Steve Weinstein