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Hypergrowth challenges even the strongest leaders, and no one truly knows what it’s like unless they’ve lived it. 

We’ve been there before, and we’ll be there to challenge your thinking — and encourage you when you need it most.


Tim Schigel - Managing Partner

Tim Schigel is a serial entrepreneur and investor with roots in the Midwest, experience in Silicon Valley, and connections around the world.

Tim created ShareThis, a social media pioneer that still helps half a billion poeple share online content every month. Founded in Silicon Valley, ShareThis now has offices in Palo Alto, Chicago, New York, and London.

Closer to home, Tim launched the Cintrifuse Fund of Funds with capital from Cincinnati’s corporate community. He sits on the Investment Board for Cintrifuse and has invested in and built a network of 15 early stage venture firms, raising nearly $150M in three years and helping DotLoop get acquired by Zillow. Tim chairs the Northern Kentucky University Foundation and serves as an Advisor to Fondaco’s private equity fund in Italy.

Previously, Tim was a partner of Blue Chip Venture Company, the first venture firm in Cincinnati with $600 million under management. He was involved in investments like (AOL/Time Warner), Get2Chip (acquired Cadence), and PlanetFeedback (Nielsen).

Tim grew up in Cleveland as the son of a steelworker and Vietnam veteran. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife raised their three children in Cincinnati and they are successfully navigating their own life adventures.


Joe Otto - Venture Partner, CEO of Astronomer


Abby Fittes - Executive Assistant

Abby is the Executive Assistant for Refinery, focusing on the logistical operations of the staff and office to ensure all is running smoothly. Abby works closely with our community of entrepreneurs, partners, and the Refinery Team. 

Before joining Refinery, Abby was supporting C-level finance executives at GE Aviation in Cincinnati. Prior to that, she spent 8 years at Ohio State University in Undergraduate Admissions, with experience in recruiting, events, finance, and external relations. 

Abby received her BS in Nutrition and Business from Ohio State University.  


Brandon Dornier - Summer Associate