Zach Shulman

Director of Entrepreneurship at Cornell, Ithaca VC & UVC Board Member

Zach Shulman | UNY50 Entrepreneurial Leadership NetworkZachary Shulman is Managing Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund, a private equity investment firm specializing in leading edge, high tech start-up companies in Ithaca and Upstate New York.


Zach is also affiliated with Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management where he coordinates “Entrepreneurship at Johnson” and teaches law for high-growth businesses. . He serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the NYS Center for Life Science Enterprise at Cornell and on the Advisory Board of Cornell’s Life Sciences Incubator initiative.


From January 1999 through March 2002, Zach served as General Counsel and Chief Investor Relations Officer of Spike Broadband Systems, where he was responsible for general oversight of Spike’s legal functions, including negotiating and closing strategic and business relationships, strategizing, negotiating and closing fund-raising efforts, and investor relations and various human resource matters. While at Spike, he was also responsible for operational tracking over Spike’s functional business areas. Zach brought to Spike in-depth legal and negotiating experience representing public and private companies across a wide array of industries. While at Spike, Zach negotiated and closed over $80 million in venture capital financing.


Prior to joining Spike, Zach was an associate at the law firm of Harris Beach in Ithaca, New York. At Harris Beach, he focused his practice on representing private and public corporations in a wide range of capacities, including equity financing through private placements and venture capital, bank financing, mergers and acquisitions, and the establishment and implementation of corporate governance policies, including advising boards of directors and executive management with respect to such policies. Before Harris Beach, Zach was an associate at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts, where he represented predominantly public companies in equity and debt offerings, commercial lending, Securities and Exchange Commission compliance, mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation matters.


He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and graduated from Cornell University Law School, magna cum laude.