TYLT Lab is a venture capital and advisory group based in Santa Monica, California.


The TYLT Lab team members are entrepreneurs with varied backgrounds and experience, deep domain knowledge, passion for growing companies, and a strong inclination to innovate.


Rami Rostami

Rami is a Managing Director and Founder of TYLT Lab.  He is a veteran entrepreneur and investor, with a long track record of success building highly successful communications and product companies.  He is founder and CEO of Technocel Wireless Products, American Investment Group, and formerly Information Control Company.  He holds a BS in management from Cal State Northridge.

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Gerard N. Casale

Gerard is a Managing Director and Founder of TYLT lab.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur having founded, invested in and operated many startups over the past decade [Tawlk.com, VMS Holdings and others] and has led and participated in over $1 billion of capital formation over the past 22 years. In 2000, Gerard founded X-Laboratories, a technology development company in partnership with Hughes, Boeing, GM and Raytheon which was sold in 2003.   Previously, Gerard was partner in two prominent Los Angeles-based law firms where he dedicated his focus on M&A and IPO’s of middle market companies.

Gerard’s mission at TYLT lab is to search the globe for the brightest people who think differently and are dedicated to creating results.

Outside of investing and developing companies, Gerard is serious about education and in 2010 was part of the founding board of the Crown Preparatory Academy in South Los Angeles, a model charter school  sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation. He holds a BA in Economics from Fairfield University and a JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

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Andrew Hunt

Andrew is a Principal and member of the founding team of TYLT Lab.  He has industry experience in cleantech, power and energy, fashion and lifestyle, wireless, transportation, and defense.  He is a successful entrepreneur, and has corporate experience in enterprise sales, marketing, product development, finance, and engineering.  Andrew is also a co-founder of GrowGood, a Los Angeles based non-profit focused on strengthening communities through urban agriculture and food.  He holds a BS in computer engineering from Cal Poly SLO, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.

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Shamin Rostami

Shamin is a Principal at TYLT Lab.  Her range of industry experience includes the food and lifestyle, hospitality, entertainment, government, financial services, and non-profit sectors. Fluent in four languages, she has broad international experience and background as an attorney in IP litigation. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and serves as a mentor with the Fulfillment Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth through education. She serves as an adjunct professor teaching Entrepreneurial Finance at Loyola Marymount University, holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a JD from Loyola Law School. 

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