Thea Knobel leads platform at Type One Ventures where she is in charge of strategic portfolio support, marketing, community relations, and sourcing/evaluating investments. She has previous experience working at a venture capital fund and accelerator through Brilliant Ventures and Techstars. Additionally, she is an Advisory Board Member for the consumer insights startup Think Now.
Thea is a university guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, where she teaches business branding, public speaking, and startup investing. Thea graduated with honors awarded to 1% of graduate students from USC Marshall School of Business with a M.S. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She is multilingual, a public speaker, a published writer, and an avid world traveler.
Personality Type: ENFJ. I’m extroverted and I enjoy meeting new people.
The Superpower I wish I had: Teleportation. I’m an avid traveler, so it would be awesome to teleport to countries on a whim and experience their various cultures. I also could avoid LA traffic, which would be a major time saver.
Why I Work in Venture: I firmly believe there is no industry where you learn more. I have the coolest job because I get to speak to experts on a daily basis. I’m constantly learning about innovations in new industries, but most importantly I’m learning how successful founders scale businesses and create lasting team cultures. I’m most interested in organizational behavior and the people side of creating a business, so I love analyzing how different founders lead their teams.
Interests: Improvisation acting, tennis, skiing, volunteering in the education space, fostering dogs, and travel, being lame.