Elissia Sigalow, Partner

Elissia Sigalow, co-founder at Balabosta Ventures, has over 12 years of business experience, and has participated in the growth of early stage companies by providing analyses of relevant markets and of current business models, financial modeling and projections, investor-ready presentations and implemented tools for day-to-day operations. Entrepreneurship is among Elissia’s personal interests, and she has spent the last few years providing strategic advice to several successful early-stage companies and small businesses, including, Kristin Hanson Jewelry, Jumping Jax and Left Bank. Elissia began her career working in the Financial Institutions Groups at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP. She later worked as in-house counsel for two multi-billion dollar investment management companies, Highbridge Capital Management and Silver Point Capital. Elissia received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Elissia resides in Rowayton, Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Unofficial title?

Spaz (in every sense of the word) – gotta keep it interesting.

On my nightstand?

Always a can of “green agua” (as my 3 year old and 23 month old would say) – it’s a can of seltzer and the kids call it green agua because they think all seltzer is a can of Perrier. (I probably shouldn’t tell anyone that story!) My iphone (on silent while I sleep) and, maybe, a magazine that I read before bed. Nothing else. I am against clutter – I throw everything out, including all food in the fridge approaching expiration (it drives my husband crazy).

Cannot live without?

Morning coffee (with French Vanilla Silk soy creamer, specifically -– I can cope without on vacation, but ONLY if I absolutely can’t get my hands on it), morning workouts, vacation and traveling (I was told way too many times that I would have to give this up with kids, and I refused – it is still in my blood, so I continue to travel with us all crying on occasion.) Oh, and red wine – while hanging with cool peeps. (The best quote I read in a while was wine means win with an “e” at the end!)

Although East Coast is the best coast, where else?

South America, specifically Argentina. Argentina is the best of Paris and New York, combined. It is the only other place in the world to live. I have to learn Spanish.

It’s brunch, what do you eat?

Bagels and lox, last meal, without a doubt. I try to stick to a gluten-free, glutton free diet (I’m such a bore) – but, make bagels my exception to the rule, and chocolate (can’t forget that, which, of course is part of brunch). I’m such a Jersey girl.