I sit or have sat on the Boards of Liveoak Technologies, Nowports, Starship HSA, Super Seguros, Harvest, and Credijusto.
I am also a Venture Partner at Goodwater Capital, a leading consumer tech VC that has invested in Toss, Monzo, Stash, Tide, Kyash, ZeroDown, Xendit, Dosh, EverlyWell, and others.
I have spent my career in financial technology as an investor and operator. I was employee #8 and a pre-product employee / SVP at iCapital Network, which has transformed the way alternative investments are bought and sold. I helped build the family office and wealth management networks at iCapital, which now has over $60 billion in assets and has received over $200 million in funding from investors including Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, Blackstone, Carlyle, and WestCap. I was also the first sales hire and Director of Institutional Investments at Mosaic, a financing platform for solar loans that has originated over $1 billion in loans and has received $300 million in funding from Warburg Pincus. I started my career as an investment professional with Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments Group, a FinTech investing team in London.
I am the founder of two podcasting and content platforms. Alt Goes Mainstream is a content platform that delivers the latest developments in the alternative investments space. There is everything from blog posts to podcasts with industry leaders to keep everyone up to speed with the latest trends in alternative investments. I am also the co-founder of a content platform, Community x Capital where Alexis Ohanian and I share our conversations about the collision of Community x Capital.
I am also the Founder and Managing Member of M4Fund and Sixth Man Capital, investment vehicles dedicated to partnering with and investing in innovative financial technology companies that are reimagining the future of finance and technology.
We are at the dawn of an exciting time in the alternative asset space.
There will be companies that come to define this space and help usher alternative assets into the mainstream investing world.
This post maps out the alt assets space as we know it today. It defines what makes the potential Index Companies different and valuable, takes a look at who can be the potential Index Companies in this nascent space.
Alexis Ohanian is a long-time champion of creators and community. Michael Sidgmore is a long-time believer in democratizing access to financial services. We are living in unprecedented times. The way of working is being redefined. The meaning of money is being reshaped. Investing has become more social than ever and more mainstream than ever. People want to invest in culture. And the most powerful cultures are defined by a strong, engaged community.
There are two things that are foundational to the human experience. One is capital and the other is community. Many of the most interesting opportunities of the future are a result of the merging of culture x finance, a collision of Community x Capital. Alexis and Michael are excited to share their thoughts on this topic because they believe that the next decade will be defined by Community x Capital.
Alt, who just announced their $31 million fundraise today, Alt, is on a mission to bring transparency and liquidity to the sports card asset class, enables investors to learn and discover asset values of cards, track the value, invest into, and store their card assets, is the Coinbase of the Card Economy. Alt is the gateway for individuals and institutions to access cards as an investable asset class. Investors can research, buy/sell, and store their cards.
We are surprisingly bad at planning for the deaths of ourselves and our loved ones. And we often put off planning for the inevitable until it’s too late.
Farewill has brought dealing with death into the modern age with an end-to-end process, and they’ve done so in a way that allows people to confront death in a way that positively impacts them and their loved ones, both emotionally and financially.
Ride hailing apps like Uber, Lyft, and Didi Chuxing have unlocked an economic opportunity with the push of a button on a smartphone. In countries like Brazil, participation in the ride hailing economy is hindered by the fact that only 20% of Brazil's population owns a car. Kovi, a managed car rental marketplace for on-demand drivers, helps solve for the lack of car ownership and unlock economic opportunity for a large pool of potential drivers who otherwise would not be able to participate in the gig economy.
Fundraising is possibly one of the hardest things that an entrepreneur has to do. It’s also one of the most important.
This Medium post will be the first of a three-part series that will cover questions that entrepreneurs can ask their prospective VCs about their funds, how they think about board dynamics, and how they add value post-investment.
Peer-to-peer marketplaces have leveraged what venture capitalist Bill Gurley calls the "connective tissue of the internet" to bring us closer together. Some of today's marketplace businesses are now multi-billion dollar enterprises toppling the traditional incumbents in their respective industries.
While much has been discussed about why and how marketplace businesses are great business models, what is less often discussed is how marketplace business models can help solve some of the world's biggest problems.