Amelia DeSorrento

After years of advising small and mid-sized businesses on nights and weekends, Amelia finally took the plunge to commit to full-time consulting and found Desoco. Prior to starting Desoco, Amelia spent four years at Capital One, where she held roles leading ventures teams, innovation strategy, and enterprise-wide program development. In her 20s, Amelia co-founded Hatch Apps, a startup making it possible for anybody launch a mobile app. Hatch Apps was funded by Revolution, Morgan Stanley, and Y Combinator. In her last year there, Hatch Apps was listed alongside Amazon, SpaceX, and Robinhood in Entrepreneur magazine as a “brilliant company” that has caught investors’ attention. The company was initially funded by the sale of a satirical card game: Amelia and her cofounder ideated “The 2016 Election Game” over a weekend during the 2016 presidential primaries, and the next week had done $50,000 in sales. While still in college, Amelia founded the Student Language Exchange, an education nonprofit she grew to operate in 7 cities and for which she was awarded a Halcyon Fellowship. Amelia has been named to Washingtonian’s Tech Titans List, as a Power Woman of DC Tech, and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. An advocate for women in tech, Amelia launched the Vinetta Project in DC which helped female-founded companies raise millions in seed-stage funding. Amelia writes regularly for outlets including the Atlantic, Forbes, and USA Today, and has spoken on her work at SXSW, the U.S. Capitol, and numerous academic conferences. Amelia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 2014.