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Christina Bechhold Russ is a Director at Samsung NEXT, n early stage venture capital fund investing in software and services. Christina also co-founded Empire Angels, a New York based fund and angel network of young professionals investing in early stage startups, with a focus on supporting millennial entrepreneurs. She is also a mentor for Startup Sesame on fundraising, strategy and venture capital, supporting early stage companies across Europe and the UK.
In addition, Christina is a regular contributor on startups and leadership for the Wall Street Journal, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America, and a founding board member of Hope on a Strong, a not-for-profit empowering youth and strengthening communities in Haiti through music and performing arts. She also sits on venture fund advisory boards in both the US and South America.
Christina is a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, a TEDx speaker and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence and by Business Insider as a Woman to Watch in Venture Capital in 2018.