Challenge the most ambitious engineers to solve pressing global problems.

Enable talented engineers to reach their full potential and create a meaningful impact within their company and beyond.

Exclusively work with high-impact opportunities.


Holistically understand our members to connect them to the right opportunities.

Build open and honest relationships with all parties involved through transparent communication of our expectations, motivational alignment, and business model.

Create the best matches by representing clients and members in the most accurate way to each other.


Prioritize the ultimate goals of our members, team, VCs, and clients above any short-term gains.

We want to build long-term relationships with everyone we work with and support them throughout their journey.

Unite a diverse network of motivated individuals to facilitate continued, long-term collaboration. 

SF Team

Baris Akis
  • Baris Akis
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner

    Baris Akis (Stanford ’16) founded his first company during his freshman year and sold it the following year to focus on his CS degree with an AI specialization. He used the proceeds to start investing into his peers’ startups. During his third year, Baris noticed a significant disconnect between high-growth startups and top engineering students. As a result, Baris left Stanford in 2015 to launch Nav Talent, with the goal of connecting top engineers to unique, high-impact opportunities.

Subarna Bhattacharjee
  • Subarna Bhattacharjee
    Strategy & Ops Lead

    Subarna graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with a degree in Economics and Computer Science. In school, Subarna worked with several organizations and university members to help create an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in the community. In the past, she has worked with startups, within the country and abroad, to design marketing strategies and services. Subarna enjoys meeting new people and learning about their experiences - she says that's what motivates her and keeps her going. During her free time, she loves to do yoga, go for brunches and explore new places.

Melia Henderson
  • Melia Henderson
    Innovation Intern

    Melia Henderson is an associate at Nav Talent and was born and raised in Oakland, California. She is a sophmore at Harvard studying computer science with a possible secondary in african american studies. She will be working in Berkeley, CA this summer at Trilogy, a tech start up that makes software products for non profits and governmental agencies. On campus, she works for Harvard University Information Technology Services (HUIT) and is involved with Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE), Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Reform (HOPE), Developers for Development (D4D) and Women in Computer Science (WICS). She is super excited to be part of the Nav Talent team!

Armaan Ali
Brandon Beckhardt
  • Brandon Beckhardt

    Brandon (Stanford ’16) leads our Principal team, the team that connects our high-potential engineers to the diverse set of opportunities we represent. During his undergrad, Brandon was one of the initial Nav Talent team members at Stanford and was also on the gymnastics team while completing his CS degree. After graduation, Brandon joined Lending Club as a software engineer, where he worked on encryption and optical character recognition projects. While Brandon is an engineer at heart, he found himself looking to have a bigger impact and was coming to the Nav office after hours to help in any way possible. After a year in industry, he realized that helping build Nav Talent and shaping the industries of the future would require his complete attention and decided to join the team full time. Brandon is driven by innovations that make things easier and more efficient for society on earth and beyond.

Milad Razavi
  • Milad Razavi
    People & Culture Partner

    Milad (Berkeley BS '16 MS '17) loves understanding people and the boundaries of his human experience. He’s traveled thousands of miles using cans of Red Bull as bartering currency, collapsed a few miles away from finishing an Ironman due to near organ failure, and tried biking 1000 miles across the world’s driest desert until he was robbed by gunmen. He’ll never say no to an adventure, dance party, or chance to discuss human behavior and psychology.

Jordie Hannel
  • Jordie Hannel

    Jordie (Stanford '16) finished his BS in Computer Science (AI focus) a year early to begin a 2+ year stint at ThoughtSpot, one of the top startups in the valley, where he reported to the CEO and worked in Special Projects, and as a Technical Product Manager. During his tenure the company grew from 40 employees to well over 200. Jordie has known the Nav team from the beginning, and served as the ThoughtSpot point of contact from Nav's very first year in business. He is now extremely excited to join Nav as the founding partner and head of Nav Q - Nav's technology innovation lab.

Pasha Minkovsky
  • Pasha Minkovsky
    Junior Partner

    Pasha is Berkeley Computer Science ‘18 and he is currently on a leave of absence to work as a partner at Nav Talent. Previous to joining Nav Talent he was working at Digital Genius’ ML research team in London.

Lucas Fox