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Raissa Nebie, 32

Founder & CEO

Spoondate Inc.


Nebie is the founder and CEO of Spoondate, a social dating website that lets food enthusiasts meet and go on food dates with like-minded eaters. Software engineer Van Nguyen is her business partner and Spoondate co-founder. 


Prior to starting Spoondate, Nebie pursued a career in investment banking and private equity where she worked on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions. She also ran and restructured the Book for Kids Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by building libraries in low-income communities. She left her position as a private equity associate to pursue her passion for fine cooking at Paris’ Le Citrus Etoile and eventually social entrepreneurism in Silicon Valley.


Nebie was born in Paris to West African parents and has lived in several countries across three continents. She is passionate about exploring the many ways in which food can be used to encourage social interaction and cultural exchange.


Nebie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Howard University and received a certificate of French Culinary Techniques from the French Culinary Institute. She was featured in the August 2011 issue of Black Enterprise.

Raissa Nebie, 32

Founder & CEO

Spoondate Inc.

Nebie is the founder and CEO of Spoondate, a social…