Joel Ayala is a Managing Partner and has a background in operations and investing. Prior to co-founding Class 5, Joel was a General Partner at Lumia Capital where he focused on investments in emerging markets, including Careem, Shedul, Quero Education, CargoX, Trocafone, and Meliuz. Joel serves on the Management Committee overseeing Lumia Capital Fund 1.
Prior to Lumia, Joel led business operations and corporate development at YuMe (NYSE: YUME), an advertising technology company. Joel led international expansion in Europe and Latin America among other regions and helped take the company public. Joel also co-founded Mingleton, an online-dating platform. He began his career as a banker with Jefferies, a global investment bank, in the technology practice.
Joel graduated from Harvard College Cum Laude with an AB in Economics and minor in Computer Science. He was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yellow, Meliuz, Shedul, FiscalNote, and EatStreet.