Nyle Sykes


Nyle joined NEA in 2023 as an investor on the Technology team, focused on enterprise and consumer investments. Before joining NEA, he was an investment banker at Evercore, in New York, where he worked on M&A transactions and capital raises for technology and fintech clients globally. Prior to Evercore, Nyle spent time at The Walt Disney Company and Klarity, an AI document review startup, in strategy and business development roles. He graduated from MIT with a BS in computer science and a minor in finance.

What’s a philosophy that guides your approach to relationship-building?

I believe that the world is positive-sum, so there’s no reason not to be generous in every interaction—in investing and in all other aspects of life. Whether it’s being generous with your time, energy, or thoughts, at the end of the day, everyone is better off because of it.

What part of your personality makes you well-suited for venture?

My optimism! We've only just scratched the surface of all the positive ways technology can shape our world, and there's so much more to build.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?

The world is an incredibly complex place, and I get a lot of satisfaction from trying to figure out how it all works. Working in venture means I’m not only constantly exploring the present world, but I’m also supporting the founders who are driving positive change.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I’ve learned that youth and relative inexperience don’t preclude one from contributing valuable perspectives to a team. The essence of a great team lies in its ability to appreciate and harness the diverse perspectives of its members.

In what ways does NEA’s ethos align with your personal ethos?

I resonate with NEA's ethos of doing right by all stakeholders. This philosophy inherently translates to a long-term view in respect to our relationships, investments, limited partners, and reputation—which we strive to never compromise for short-term gains.

What’s a quote that you find inspirational?

“Time and quality of work will provide better results than selection based on any champion profile; we don't select champions, they select themselves by work, passion, and determination to achieve the highest results.” —Janusz Bednarski, Polish Olympic fencing coach. As a former fencer who certainly didn't fit any obvious champion profile, this quote instilled in me a strong sense of agency in my training. Even today, I still try to live by this quote and the value it places on hard work over all else.

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