We are passionate about creating vibrant and affordable housing for all. It is in our DNA.

ABOUT US

The people behind Builders Patch

We are determined to move the needle on creating more affordable housing and communities in our cities. With our combined experience in housing development, housing finance, and real estate tech products, we understand the nuances & processes as well as the problems on all sides of each transaction. We want to help developers & financial institutions build more housing faster by creating an efficient, transparent and supportive financial ecosystem for multifamily housing development.

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Kanan Ajmera
Founder & CEO
Kanan is an experienced real estate professional who has worked with top tier banks and firms to structure and finance affordable housing projects.
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Kanan Ajmera
Founder & CEO
Kanan is passionate about bringing big ideas to the housing industry. She founded Builders Patch to bring efficiency, and accessible technology to housing developers, and to revolutionize affordable housing finance. Kanan is an experienced real estate professional who has worked with top tier banks and firms such as Citibank, PNC and The Richman Group to structure and finance affordable housing projects.

Kanan is a trained architect and urban designer with several years of experience in designing multi-family housing developments. She worked at POKO Partners, a socially responsible development firm that created high-quality energy-efficient affordable housing communities. As part of this organization, she worked to rehabilitate and adapt defunct buildings to new uses. There is nothing more fulfilling to her than breathing new life into an old landmark and community!

Kanan holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and has a B.Arch. from the University of Mumbai. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, Chair of the ULI Sustainability Taskforce in Westchester-Fairfield. She lives in the village of Chappaqua, New York, with her husband, 6-year-old twin boys, and an inordinate number of books, magnetic tiles, building sticks and blocks.
Uma Pandit
Head of Product
Uma Pandit is an experienced product leader building and leading cross-functional development, product, and design teams.
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Uma Pandit
HEAD OF PRODUCT
Uma Pandit is an experienced product leader building and leading cross-functional development, product, and design teams. Her passion is developing great customer experiences with simple and beautiful products. Her specialties are crafting product strategy, building and scaling teams and user research. She previously led growth teams (scaling traffic as well as conversion rates) at PayScale and Care.com.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University and has a B.E. from the University of Mumbai. Uma started her career as a software developer writing in-house applications at Intertek Testing Inc. and Mercer HR Consulting. Her previous entrepreneurial ventures include creating iPad apps for kids in the very early days of the App Store where they were voted as “Apps of the week” and had more than 100,000 downloads. She also co-founded Get Suppr, a personal chef and consumer platform that delivered more than 8,000 meals to over 100 consumers in the greater Seattle area.

She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters and loves to hand-build functional pottery. A recent transplant to Seattle, she loves exploring what the area has to offer - from Asian restaurants, breweries to breathtakingly beautiful parks and hikes.
Zeba Iqbal
Director of Marketing
Zeba is a seasoned real estate professional who loves tech. Architect by training, Zeba also pursued an MBA and worked extensively with non-profits and tech startups.
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Zeba Iqbal
Director of Marketing
Zeba is a seasoned real estate professional who loves tech. Trained as an architect, Zeba pursued an MBA after one too many design projects died on the drawing table. She realized her calling when she visited her business school’s real estate department.

In business school, Zeba was particularly drawn to the creativity and mission-driven aspects of real estate public/private partnerships. She started working at Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal’s Real Estate group (EY) during business school, and moved to New York after graduation to join EY’s real estate public private group.

At EY (1997 to 2008), she worked with local developers and numerous government agencies. Her projects included The Yards in Washington, DC; and Maxwell House in Hoboken, NJ to name a few. At Princeton University (2009 to 2013), she led fast-tracked predevelopment for three off-campus multifamily joint developments with private developer partners.

In 2014, Zeba took a break from real estate to reinvent herself exploring non-profits and tech startups. In 2015, she worked at the RGA Techstars Connected Devices accelerator; and since 2015, with Shoplandia, a video commerce startup.

Zeba has an MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC; and a B.Arch. from BMS College in Bangalore, India. She was a founding member of ULI Young Leaders Group in New York; and is on the board of New York South Asian Real Estate Network (NYSAREN). She lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, two twenty-something stepdaughters, and a 4-year-old son who just learned how to do his first cartwheel.
Blanca Szabo
Director of Design
Blanka is a product designer who loves getting to the bottom of things in order to solve a problem.
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Blanca Szabo
Director of Design
Blanka is a product designer who loves getting to the bottom of things in order to solve a problem. She loves asking questions, often to realize there are more questions to be asked, before she dares to roll up her sleeves and start designing a product. Blanka has been sketching, arranging, erasing and re-arranging the digital interface of Builders Patch for the past two years. She previously worked with a startup helping to simplify the process of booking and tracking container shipments across oceans. 

Blanka followed a winding road to product design. She spent her formative years in Asia studying languages and she holds a BA degree in International Relations from National Taiwan University. After graduation, she decided to change direction and picked up user experience design. Her love for the visual arts and for keeping things structured her along the way.

Blanka lives in Budapest, Hungary and spends most of her working hours video-conferencing with the rest of the Builders Patch team. In her free time, she loves reading up on nature and biology, she’s a sci-fi aficionado, and she recently discovered the joy of good old-school radio plays. She also likes to experiment with vegan recipes, although she wouldn’t necessarily force what she cooks onto anyone. 
Parisa Mirshah
ANALYST
Parisa is an analyst from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. She supports the team in our customer success and business development efforts
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Parisa Mirshah
ANALYST
Parisa is an analyst from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She supports the team in our customer success and business development efforts, prepares investment materials, works on special projects, and onboards and updates client data. She also assists the Director of Marketing with client outreach and engagement.

Parisa lives in Waccabuc, New York and enjoys playing the cello, cooking, and spending time with her Samoyed, Lily.
Naveen Kumar
HEAD OF ENGINEERING
Naveen loves spotting and solving gaps in the industry in order to innovate and build scalable intelligent systems.
Ravi Shankar Jha
Lead Engineer
Ravi is a senior software engineer with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Vivek Kumar Yadav
Front-end ENGINEER
Vivek has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and is very proficient at various front-end frameworks.
Barnaby Dorfman
ADVISOR
Barnaby is an internet entrepreneur with decades of experience managing technology teams who build applications that have been used by hundreds of millions of people.
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Barnaby Dorfman
ADVISOR
Branaby Dorfman is a tech entrepreneur and executive with decades of experience managing technology teams who build applications that have been used by hundreds of millions of people and generated billions of dollars in revenues.

He was an executive at Payscale.com for over 8 years, leading the Product, Engineering, IT, Data Science and Analyst teams through major growth and was part of the deal team for two successful investment transactions with leading Private Equity firms Warburg Pincus (2014) and Francisco Partners (2019).

During his 7 years at Amazon.com, he architected early versions of the Amazon Marketplace, developed IMDbPro.com as part of the Internet Movie Database and invented search technologies used throughout the world today.Specialties: Strategy, Engineering, Agile Software Development, Product Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Innovation, Algorithms, Data Science, SOA/Micro Services Architecture, SaaS, eCommerce, Mobile, Local Search, SEO, Editorial Marketing & PR, Business Development, General Management.
Giorgos Tsapepas
ADVISOR
Giorgos is a Sales Director at Oracle servicing large financial sercices clients. He leads a team of technical and sales leaders across Cloud, Software and Applications solutions.
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Giorgos Tsapepas
ADvisor
Giorgos Tsapepas is a Sales Director at Oracle serving large financial services clients. He leads a team of technical and sales leaders across Cloud, Software and Applications solutions. Giorgos is accountable for
the full client relationship, client satisfaction, team strategy and execution.

Prior to joining Oracle in May 2020, Giorgos spent 15 years at IBM spanning various product development and sales leadership roles. From 2010 to 2020 Giorgos led sales teams across various large financial services industry accounts. In this role, he was responsible for the entire IBM portfolio and relationship between the clients and IBM. In this role he was the face of IBM to the client, final escalation point and overall strategic leader of over 30 global sales specialists. Giorgos has helped his clients with core infrastructure business as well as entering into new eras of Cognitive Computing to improve client experience, first implementations of Chatbot for customer support and clients joining their first Blockchain networks.

Giorgos began his career in 2005 at IBM Research & Development doing microprocessor design, large system test and characterization. Giorgos also created a client centric team enabling opportunities for
engineers to listen to client support calls, shadow briefings and ride along on systems field work for improved product design. He also led an IBM sponsored project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 3
semesters of the senior design course where seniors delivered innovation IBM technology. He holds one patent and two publications on automating processor circuit design and system test.

Giorgos has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has taken several continuing education and leadership courses at Boston University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Chappaqua, NY with his wife, their daughter and two sons.

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