Sophie Bakalar is an investor at Collaborative Fund in NY, the leading source of capital for entrepreneurs pushing the world forward. At Collaborative, Sophie oversees early-stage consumer products investments that are healthy, sustainable, and rooted in authenticity. Some of Collaborative Fund's notable consumer products investments include Blue Bottle Coffee, Hampton Creek, Sweetgreen, Outdoor Voices, Walker & Company, and Impossible Foods.
In 2016, Sophie was named a Top 25 Consumer Catalyst (Top Dealmaker and Influencers in the Consumer Industry) by CircleUp and Forbes.
Prior to Collaborative Fund, Sophie Bakalar founded di8it charts in 2015 after ten years as a credit derivatives trader, marketer, and product manager at III Capital Management. di8it is a web application for extracting numerical data from images of charts, so users can analyze the underlying information or re-format the chart, even when they don't have access to the source data. di8it is especially useful for business professionals, such as management consultants, who frequently create presentations using external research. di8it was acquired in 2016 by think-cell, an industry leader in presentation and consulting software.
In 2015, while developing di8it, Sophie backpacked around the world solo for six months, visiting 15+ countries all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and maintained a popular travel blog, Ruby Trails. She loves adventure travel and has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekked the Annapurna circuit, camped in the Serengeti, and bungy-jumped in New Zealand. Next up, she hopes to tackle the Matterhorn.
During her career, Sophie has developed a unique skill-set in investing, fundraising, product development, programming, and brand-building. In her free time, she enjoys designing mobile applications, doing yoga in Union Square, reading Theodore Roosevelt biographies, and listening to podcasts.
Sophie graduated from Tufts University in 2009 with a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in public health. At Tufts, she participated in the Putnam mathematics competition team and Tufts University Theatre.