Hayden Simmons founded Rally Cap in 2020.
Prior to becoming a VC, Hayden spent much of the past decade in emerging market fintech strategy and business development roles, with Facebook's Novi/Diem project, Juvo and Migo; he was also a venture partner at pan-African fund Lateral Capital.
Hayden graduated from Colorado College in 2007, majoring in Latin American Economic Development and minoring in Spanish; he wrote his thesis on ”Collectivized Remittances in Mexico,” and spent his early career supporting migrants in the borderlands with No More Deaths and then worked on remittance pricing transparency, largely focused on the US-MX/-PH corridors, with TIGRA.
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar and tending to his mezcal farm. He lives with his wife, goldendoodle and newborn son in Marin County.
Kyane Kassiri is a partner at Rally Cap.
He has been working in the African tech scene for the past 7 years, first as an entrepreneur, then as an investor with African, US and European VC firms. Kyane has been prolifically angel investing across MENA and SSA before starting his [now fully deployed] micro-fund Suya Ventures.
Based in hometown Tunisia, Kyane is often wandering around Rally Cap’s key markets, picking up some pidgin, swahili, urdu and Egyptian slang along the way.
Gracia Max-Harry is an Investment Associate at Rally Cap
In the past 4 years, Gracia has provided strategy and investment advisory services to companies in Africa. She has assisted over 20 companies in designing business strategies and has facilitated capital raising in excess of $67 million. Before joining Rally Cap, she worked at Chrysalis Capital where she helped later-stage tech companies secure funding.
Gracia lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She loves dancing salsa, karaoke and swimming, and hopes to pick up surfing in a year or two.
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