Our Team


We leverage our long history in the food industry and strong connections to early adopter networks to support the success of our investments.

Chris Kerr CIO

Chris Kerr

Chief Investment Officer

Chris has nearly thirty years of leadership experience with start-ups and venture capital investing. He has spend the last decade focused on impact investing with a concentration on food markets and the plant-based foods sector. As CIO, Chris manages portfolio strategy and serves as a strategic advisor to most portfolio companies. On behalf of New Crop, Chris serves as Co-CEO and chair of Good Catch, managing member of Trellis Endeavors, director of Purple Carrot and Next Foods, and observes Miyoko's Kitchen. Additionally, Chris is director at Unovis Partners, Sirabella's, Wicked Healthy, Mathgarden, Pitcairn Financial Group, and Anark Corporation.

Mark Langley Portfolio Manager

Mark Langley

Portfolio Manager

Mark has worked as an engineer, analyst, economic consultant, and as an advisor to plant-based start-ups. He has more than a decade of experience on Wall Street, where he analyzed special-situation and high-tech companies. He has contributed to several books, been interviewed for television and radio programs, and has been quoted in a variety of leading publications. As Portfolio Manager, Mark works with Chris to manage deal flow, and performs asset and market level analyses.

Dan Altschuler Malek Sr. Venture Partner

Dan Altschuler Malek

Sr. Venture Partner

Dan is an entrepreneur experienced in sustainability, startups, and international trade. His endeavors over the last 20 years include launching a natural snack company, heading a logistics firm, opening a restaurant, and managing a creative agency. He holds a degree in Business Management from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Babson College. As Venture Partner, Dan pursues strategic opportunities across Latin America for New Crop Capital’s portfolio companies.

Laura Zaim Venture Partner

Laura Zaim

Venture Partner

Laura likes to eat vegan foods, and joined New Crop Capital with the purpose of bringing more such products to market. She is a social entrepreneur and environmentalist working to shift our world away from industrial agriculture. Previously, Laura co-founded WorkAmerica, a venture-backed social enterprise that connected Community College and vocational school graduates to employment opportunities. Laura earned a BA in Anthropology summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis. She speaks French and Spanish, and is originally from the DC Metro area, where she remains committed to growing the social enterprise community through volunteering, mentoring and public speaking.

Jay Karandikar Venture Partner

Jay Karandikar

Venture Partner

Jay graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. During his time there, he managed a student-run business and worked at a fund of funds in Tokyo. Prior to joining New Crop, he developed trading systems at a quantitative hedge fund in Connecticut. He is excited by the potential of innovative companies to transform global agriculture and wants to be a part of that transformation.


Steve Molino


Steve is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School whose professional experience prior to business school spans five years across various roles within financial services and strategy. The majority of his career has focused on private equity and venture capital fund investing, and he has spent time evaluating mission-driven, early-stage investments in sustainable and humane food. Throughout his time in business school, he has also targeted opportunities to diversify his skillset, most recently working as a management consultant. Steve is an avid health and wellness enthusiast focused on the intersection between nutrition, sustainability, and the future of food.


Bruce Friedrich


Bruce is the co-founder and executive director of the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit that promotes plant-based and clean meat. Bruce graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law and also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. Bruce is a popular speaker and has delivered two TEDx talks and presentations on food innovation at most of the nation's top universities. Bruce has co-authored two books, contributed chapters to five books, and authored seven law review articles. As an NCC advisor, Bruce focuses on deal flow and investment decisions.