Community – Mentors

The Mentors @ Block71 San Francisco features entrepreneurs who commit to a 6-month mentorship tenure at Block71 San Francisco. During their tenure, mentors conduct office hours and sharing session, and contribute guest articles on our blogs.

Meet Our Mentors

Arun Thampi

Founder of Ze Robot Labs

Arun is the founder of Ze Robot Labs and previous cofounder of, a successful Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Ze Robot Labs offers a suite of products aimed at improving team productivity, i.e. Bot Metrics which specializes in metrics and analysis for chatbots and was recently featured on Techcrunch.


Spencer Yang

Co-founder and CEO of Digest.AI

Spencer Yang is the CEO of Digest.AI – an AI engine for summarizing the most important conversations in a company’s communication channels. The company participated in 3 top accelerators – AngelPad (NYC), Plug and Play (SV) and Blue Startups (HI). Before Digest.AI, Spencer used to head the Optimizations team at Twitter APAC.

Harper LaFave

Co-founder of Trance

Harper is a co-founder of Trance, a company making dance accessible to the world. Harper has his Master of Human-Computer Interaction degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has been working on Trance for 4 years including going through 500 Startups with the team.  A past mentor to many young entrepreneurs, he provides experienced advice in problem-solving and focus.

Paul Yang

Co-founder of Lomotif

Paul Yang is the co-founder of Lomotif – an app which simplifies filming on phones and creates more meaningful and unique personal videos. Lomotif is the first non-Stanford related startup based in Singapore, to be accepted into the StartX program. Paul offers great insights on fund-raising, building and managing relationships with US-based VCs as well as valuable advice on beginning the entrepreneurial process in a foreign country.

Larissa Russell

Co-founder of Green Pea Cookie

Larissa Russell is cofounder of Green Pea Cookie – the world’s happeaest cookie company. The company manufactures and sells gourmet vegan cookies made out of roasted green peas based on a festive cookie from Singapore. The company launched 2 years ago after a successful Kickstarter campaign where they met almost 800% of their goal.