Raissa Nebie

Title: 
Co-founder and CEO of Spoondate
Twitter handle: 
@thriftygourmet

Born in Paris of West African parents, Raissa Nebie is the co-founder and CEO of Spoondate, a social dating startup funded by Dave McClure and 500 Startups. Spoondate allows food enthusiasts to meet and go on food dates with like-minded eaters.

Prior to founding Spoondate, Raissa pursued a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity where she worked on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions including Chevron’s $19 billion acquisition of Unocal Corp. She also ran and restructured the Book for Kids Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by building libraries in low-income communities.

Having lived in several countries across three continents, Raissa is passionate about exploring the many ways in which food can be used to encourage social interaction and cultural exchange between people from different backgrounds.

Raissa graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Finance from Howard University and received a certificate of French Culinary Techniques from the French Culinary Institute.

Raissa is an avid traveler and bread-baking enthusiast. When she’s not sending hungry singles out on spoondates or keeping up with the latest in food culture, she’s usually checking out live music events or watching foreign films.