Our Team

Oleg Ilichev

Financial institutions investor and operator, Oleg leads Argo Ventures. He is passionate about developing meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs and supporting them when they need it most. Previously, CFO of Argo Group’s US Operations ($1.5B in premium across 15 businesses) and growth equity investor at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. BA from Columbia University and MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Justin Smith

Conscientious technology investor who enjoys working closely with entrepreneurs. Prior to Argo Ventures, Justin was a Vice President at Tusk Ventures, a venture fund focused on startups operating in heavily regulated industries. While at Tusk, Justin led investments in Bird, Lemonade, Care/of, Coinbase, Lyric and Nexar. Before Tusk, Justin was an investor at Providence Equity Partners. BA and MA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Nike Verghese

Investor with a passion for FinTech, Nike deeply believes in the power of financial services to improve lives and change the world. Nike’s foray into venture capital began with stints at Andreesen Horowitz and Pear VC. Previously, she was a Public Markets investor at GCM Grosvenor, where she did multi-asset class investing with a special focus on complex options and interest rate strategies. BA from Harvard College and MBA from Stanford GSB.