Thomas Hornbeck, MS, PhD(c)

CTO and Venture Partner

Thomas is a proven entrepreneur and technology leader. He was the former Co-Founder and CEO of a leading VC-backed, Silicon Valley A.I. company ( and also authored a US patent on advanced matching technology for that company. Thomas has grown and managed large technology teams of over 100 engineers. He was the former Co-Founder of Elliott Bay Technologies, a software engineering firm that focused on building early stage technology companies. Thomas has strong capabilities in software engineering, product development, and A.I. spanning a 20+ year career in the technology industry. He is a former software engineering adjunct professor at the University of Iowa’s Department of Computer Science. As a doctoral student, he published CDC-funded research in the field of computational epidemiology using big data, sensor networks, and large-scale distributed simulation (Oxford Journals 2012). He is the Co-Founder and CTO of HomeRoom Inc. (Y Combinator W'22), Co-Founder of Distynct, angel investor and board member at Jobhop Inc., and a partner at Kind Capital.

Mission-Driven Executive Team

Diverse in experience, united in mission. The Kind Capital team brings 100+ years of combined experience across industries and leadership roles, authentically mission-driven to leverage our skills to catalyze positive sustainable impact while driving financial returns for our partners & investors. We have experience working with early stage companies through large Fortune 500 conglomerates across the full spectrum of asset classes, including structuring program-related investments (PRI), mission-related investments (MRI), social impact bonds (SIB) and income share agreements (ISA).

John Duong

Founder & CEO

Jason Buchanan, MD

Partner & Chief Medical Officer

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Ash Sharma

Director ESG and Corporate Sustainability

Zyrine Dave Geraldez

Executive Assistant

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Peter Fusaro

Karen Tay

Meredith Finn

Senior Workers of Talent (SWOT)

Joy Profet

Superpower: COO & Comms

Ray Wilburn

Superpower: Finance & Compliance

Keith Aikens

Superpower: Comms, Racial Equity

Marissa Lowman

Superpower: Product & Innovation

Isaac Segal

Superpower: EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Management

Lucia Weathers

Superpower: Strategic Comms

Maria Del Toro

Superpower: Philanthropic Fundraising, Strategy, & Management

Jocelyn Sargent

Superpower: Philanthropy, Racial Equity/EDI, Leadership
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