Board of Directors
Jesse Pujji is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Jesse was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs. In that role, he made $10m to $50m investments in public and private companies in the auto, education, and new media industries. Before Goldman, Jesse worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and Dubai focusing on the internet media, eCommerce and telecom industries. Jesse graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Political Science. Jesse can be found playing tennis, watching the NFL (Rams), traveling, debating policy and politics, and coming up with useless business ideas (e.g., self erasing chalkboards). He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.
Nick Shah is the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Nick worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York and Mumbai advising a range of deals, from IPOs to mergers, in the media and telecom industries. Nick graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations, and Information Management. Nick can be found playing basketball, participating in dance-offs, fearing bicycles, loving all things India, cheering for the Detroit Pistons, and always being positive. He was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Chris Amos is the Co-Founder & President at Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Chris worked at The Carlyle Group in Washington D.C., where he evaluated leveraged buyouts in the automotive and transportation sectors. Before Carlyle, Chris worked at Morgan Stanley in New York, where he advised financial sponsor clients on transactions in the digital media, technology, and consumer industries. Chris graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Outside of the office, he can be found rooting for the Bulls, snowboarding, and learning the drums.
Ric Elias is the Co-Founder and CEO of Red Ventures. He is native to Puerto Rico, Ric attended Boston College and Harvard Business School before beginning his career as part of GE’s Financial Management program. Ric co-founded Red Ventures in 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble burst. The company weathered the storm and by 2007 it was ranked 4th on the Inc. 500 list. In 2009, Elias was a survivor of Flight 1549, an event which drastically changed his life and led to his widely viewed TED Talk “3 things I learned while my plane crashed.” Elias is cited as aspiring to create the “Google of the East Coast” within his company’s culture and facilities. Ric’s leadership style earned him noteworthy recognition in 2011, when he was named an Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year. His inspirational views on both business and family have been featured on CNN, TED Talks and MSNBC. Beyond Red Ventures, Ric focuses on creating equal educational opportunities for the more than two million undocumented youth in the U.S. In August 2012, he founded Golden Door Scholars (GDS), a non-profit that creates educational and career opportunities for high-performing undocumented students. To date, GDS has sent 45 students – valedictorians, award-winning artists, athletes and community leaders – to the colleges of their choice.