The story of Story
We launched Story in 2016 to help founders turn their stories into realities. This is your story to tell. We are privileged to have the opportunity to help.
Meet the founders

Jake Yormak

Focuses on the messy middle of making data usable, as well as the impact of design on human-technology interactions.

Jake is a former lawyer who leverages his legal and regulatory experience to help companies navigate the complex data ecosystem.

What is your favorite part of working at Story?

Our thematic approach requires us to go deep and wide at the same time. The context-switching can be exhausting, but the valuable insights we learn across industries enables us to take lessons learned from one company and use them to spur creativity with another.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?

Put a competitive game in front of me, and I'll be happy. This includes sports (playing and watching), board games, and anything else that includes the body or the mind. Otherwise, you can find me with my family, ideally by the beach or on a hike through the woods.

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Brian Yormak

Focuses on the integration of hardware and software, as well as new forms of data capture and processing.

Brian specializes in mobility investing, with an interest in everything that touches logistics and the transportation of people and goods.

What is your favorite part about working at Story?

As an early-stage investor in frontier technology businesses, I enjoy building long-term relationships with a defined goal: to build a massively impactful, successful company. I thoroughly enjoy both the work and the resulting positive impact that comes from this.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?

I often joke with founders that it’s difficult to find time for hobbies outside of work. In reality, at this point in my life I prioritize my family and work. My escapes include sports (mostly football), walks with my wife, and discussions on how things work with anybody who will listen.

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Meet the team

Teddy McGehee

General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer, Teddy focuses on Story's legal and financial processes, and interfaces with portfolio companies to help them track their KPIs.

Teddy brings his experience from corporate law, investment banking, and private equity to manage Story's growing portfolio.

What is your favorite part about working at Story?

Supporting our portfolio companies. Our founders and their teams are tackling a wide variety of important-but-thorny problems through the application of data and automation, including inadequate healthcare access, the burden of student loan debt, and the long-standing information barriers that plague a variety of industries. My goal every day is to help Story advance these efforts.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend our time?

I have two young children, so I devote a lot of my time to managing chaos and trying not to step on LEGOs with bare feet. In my alone time, I enjoy road cycling and reading, especially fiction and pop-science/economics.

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Reilly Simmons

Investment Associate, Reilly focuses on novel applications of generative AI within manual workflows, as well as the infrastructure for such applications.

Reilly is a former investment banker who leverages his experience advising automation companies to help startups prepare to scale their success.

What is your favorite part about working at Story?

The opportunity to meet with and get to know incredibly ambitious, innovative entrepreneurs is a fantastic experience. We have a first-hand view into the technologies that are shaping tomorrow, and each day I’m able to learn about new products and services that have  never existed before.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?

I ski as often as I can, although that has proven to be a challenge in Manhattan. When I’m not in the office, I’m usually running on the West Side Highway, at a concert, or exploring new restaurants and bars with friends.

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Melissa Cook

Executive Associate and Office Manager, Melissa focuses on the operations and administration of Story, contributing to the culture that makes Story a special place.

Melissa supports the General Partners and Story team on various firm functions.

What is your favorite part about working at Story?

After working at large institutions for most of my career, I've loved the entrepreneurial, creative atmosphere of working at a startup. Story has grown by quite a lot over the years, but the culture of an early-stage startup is still the driving force at the firm.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend our time?

I spend as much time as I can with my dog Mila, so you might see me walking the streets of New York City. I'm a foodie who loves great new restaurants, and love to travel, especially in summer.

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Story Scout Program

We launched a Scout Program in 2022 to work with entrepreneurial people at the cutting edge of technology development. We provide these scouts with the ability to invest on Story's behalf, as well as a community of like-minded angel investors.

If you're interested in joining our scout program, we'd love to hear from you.
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