Renée DiResta is part of the founding team at Haven, the automated platform for freight procurement. Renée brings a decade of experience in quantitative finance and tech to bear on incorporating market dynamics into the container shipping industry. Haven is a Series A startup, so Renée wears many hats; she is currently building out marketing, communication, and partnerships.
Renée is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Brand, published by O’Reilly Media. She is an angel investor and experienced mentor for hardware startups, and is a co-founder of the Flight.vc IoT Syndicate on AngelList.
Renée’s tech industry writing, analysis, talks, and data visualizations have been featured or covered by numerous media outlets including CNBC, Fast Company, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Wired, Slate, Boing Boing, io9, the Journal of Commerce and more.
Prior to Haven, Renée was a Principal at seed-stage venture capital fund O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she invested in early technology startups with a focus on hardware, manufacturing, and logistics companies. She spent seven years on Wall Street as an equity derivatives trader and market maker at Jane Street, a top quantitative proprietary trading firm in New York City.
Renée has degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from the Honors College at SUNY Stony Brook. For fun, she explores data sets and loves cooking and crafting. Renée and her husband, Justin Hileman, are the parents of one feisty toddler.
Founder / Director of Marketing
Haven is an automated procurement platform that connects buyers and sellers of air and ocean freight capacity. Ninety percent of the goods in the world move on container ships, and yet the logistics industry remains hampered by information asymmetry, opaque pricing, and arcane methods of communication. Haven’s Platform enables more efficient processes, eliminating middlemen and giving customers a more responsive, nimble supply chain.
Renée has been part of Haven since its inception; as a VC interested in starting or backing a logistics startup, she met co-founders Matt Tillman and Jeff Wehner in March of 2015. Renée participated in initial customer research, and fundraising, and then formally joined as first employee in Nov 2015, following Haven’s $3M seed raise.
As part of the founding team of a fast-growing startup, Renée does many things: sales, marketing, analysis, and partnerships. She regularly speaks on the future of logistics, and writes about how technology is transforming the supply chain.
Renée is a co-founder of Vaccinate California, a grassroots groups started by three moms committed to improving immunization rates and public health across the country - starting with California! In 2015, Vaccinate California successfully sponsored SB-277, authored by Senators Richard Pan and Ben Allen, which eliminated the Personal Belief Exemption that was steadily driving down classroom immunization rates across the state…eventually leading to a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland. It was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation in the United States that year; each hearing attracted hundreds of protesters, and the Senators who sponsored the legislation received death threats and extra security. Vaccinate California worked with passionate parent volunteers, public health, medical, and educational organizations to support the bill, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on July 31, 2015.
Renée is particularly interested in the propagation of pseudoscience conspiracy theories across social media channels, and how they impact public policy. Her data analyses on the topic have been featured in Slate, Wired, and the Economist. She regularly speaks and advises on analytical, data-driven approaches to understanding the intersection of social channels and science communication.
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Speaking + Writing
I speak on technology (especially as it applies to hardware and logistics), entrepreneurship, and the intersection of tech and policy, both at conferences and as a guest lecturer. Here are a few selected keynotes and talks.