Team

Rennick Palley
Rennick Palley

Founding Partner

Rennick Palley

Founding Partner

Rennick founded Stratos in 2016.​ As the Founding Partner, Rennick is responsible for investment decisions, transaction execution, and board involvement. Before founding Stratos, Rennick held the position of Research Associate at Sanders Capital, a $40 billion global equity manager founded by Lewis Sanders, formerly Chairman & CEO of AllianceBernstein L.P. and Chairman and CEO of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. Rennick was one of ten investment professionals at the firm and reported directly to Lew.

Rennick credits the evolution of his investment philosophy and process to the influence of Lew and the team at Sanders, which embody a heritage of best in class research established at Bernstein Research. Rennick holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from Southern Methodist University, and a Masters in Quantitative Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rennick is a founding team member, investor, and advisor to The Goldfinch Protocol, a decentralized finance project backed by the best founders and investors in the fintech and DeFi ecosystem.

Laurent Parmentier
Laurent Parmentier

Partner

Laurent Parmentier

Partner

Laurent is a Partner at Stratos leading Investment Research, Sourcing Strategy, Portfolio Support and Operations.

Before Stratos, Laurent spent 6 years as a Partner at SignalFire, a data-driven venture capital firm based in San Francisco. He led many functions across the organization, similar to his current role at Stratos. During his time at SignalFire, he built a lot of the systems and processes that enabled the firm to scale from $50M in AUM to >$2B, and from 10 portfolio companies to >200.

Laurent began his career at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) advising CEOs and executive teams of leading companies across a wide range of industries. He worked in Europe, did long-term assignments in Asia, Africa and Australia, and then spent the last few years in New York where he was a core member of the Retail, Strategy and Operations practices. Throughout his career at BCG, he was promoted fast-track and ultimately left in 2016 as one of the youngest Principals at BCG.

Laurent graduated with a BEng in Engineering with Business Finance from University College London (jointly with the London School of Economics) and also with a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Dustin Byrne
Dustin Byrne

Chief Technology Officer

Dustin Byrne

Chief Technology Officer

As the CTO, Dustin leads our Staking & Infrastructure business and provides technical expertise to all parts of Stratos. Dustin's work enables Stratos to add enormous value to our family of portfolio companies to help launch and scale their own technical infrastructure. Dustin brings a broad array of technical knowledge and leadership to the team, as well as a decade and a half of startup experience.

Dustin spent the last 23 years building teams and solutions for the web2 internet.  He's worked in various industries from Business Integration, eCommerce, to Real Estate. Dustin has learned directly from some of the most successful internet entrepreneurs while at companies like Zappos (acquired by Amazon) and Bonobos (acquired by Walmart). He also founded multiple companies, including Floored (acquired by CBRE) which used cutting edge 3D technology to visualize commercial real estate. Dustin studied Software Engineering at MIT and earned a Masters there.

Eli Nuss
Eli Nuss

Analyst

Eli Nuss

Analyst

Eli assists with our DeFi and Web3 practice, supporting our investment research process, sourcing opportunities and generating content. Prior to joining Stratos, Eli was a Research Assistant at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, where he focused on particle physics research. Eli holds a degree in Physics from Pacific Union College and a Masters in Technology Systems from Western Governors University.

Amanda Dragomer
Amanda Dragomer

Investor Relations

Amanda Dragomer

Investor Relations

Amanda assists with our fundraising activities, human relations, and public relations as well as manages the firm’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Stratos, Amanda was an Analyst at JP Morgan in the Private Bank. Amanda holds a degree from the University of Tampa.

Kitae Kim
Kitae Kim

Data Scientist

Kitae Kim

Data Scientist

As a Data Scientist, Kitae assists with our investment sourcing and research processes in addition to generating data-driven content. Prior to joining Stratos, Kitae was a Data Analyst at Iowa Baseball and a Research Assistant at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, where he focused on particle physics research. Kitae holds a degree in Physics and Mathematics from Pacific Union College and a Masters in Statistics from University of Iowa.