PreMoney offers participants the opportunity to learn from, and network with, new and established leaders in private markets and beyond.
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
INDUS VALLEY CAPITAL
Aatif Awan is the founder and Managing Partner of Indus Valley Capital, a Pakistan-focused early stage VC fund. He led the seed rounds for Atoms, Airlift, Bazaar, AimFit, RemoteBase and serves on their boards. Previously, Aatif was VP Growth & International at LinkedIn and built the team that grew the network by half a billion members. Aatif also led the product integrations between LinkedIn and Microsoft after the $26B acquisition.
CEO & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as Chief Investment Officer of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded which, in 2000, managed $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
MAQUIA CAPITAL ACQUISITION CORP
Jeff Ransdell is a serial entrepreneur with experience bringing innovative companies to private market investors through Fuel Venture Capital and managing billions of dollars worth of assets in the public sector through one of the country’s top financial institutions. Jeff is the Managing Director and Founding Partner of Miami based Fuel Venture Capital, a $200+ million venture capital fund with portfolio companies such as Taxfyle, Soundtrack Your Brand, Tradeshift, Bolt mobility, Curve and more.
In 2020, Jeff recognized the opportunity to apply his signature “founder focused, investor driven” approach at Fuel Venture Capital to the public market through a special purpose acquisition corporation and started Maquia Capital Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: MAQC) alongside partners based in Latin America. As the Chief Executive Officer, Jeff is looking to shape the economy and bridge the gap between the Americas, by giving the public markets access to high growth companies curated in the private sector for ultimate public market consumption. Listed on Nasdaq in May 2021, the $175 million SPAC Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp is targeting tech-focused middle market and emerging growth businesses in North America with total enterprise values between $500 million and $2 billion.
As a managing director and market executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he managed more than $130 billion of global private client investment assets, a P&L of $2 billion, and over 2,000 employees across the bank’s Southeast Wealth Management Division.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Kendrick Nguyen is the CEO and co-founder of Republic, an investment platform that provides accredited and non-accredited investors with curated startup investment opportunities. Backed by Binance, Galaxy Digital, Founders Fund, NEA, AngelList and other noted firms, Republic also facilitates compliant investing in blockchain-enabled projects under the brand Republic Crypto.
Prior to Republic, Kendrick served as General Counsel and Venture Hacker at AngelList, as well as a Fellow of Stanford Law School and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. He co-founded CoinList and SAX Capital in 2017.
Formerly a securities attorney, Kendrick worked on several initiatives aimed at defining a compliant but pragmatic protocol for conducting compliant coin offerings, briefing the SEC, Congress, and foreign regulators on this issue. He frequently lectures on the topics at the intersection of law and entrepreneurship, and his views have been cited in a number of court decisions and publications. An immigrant from Vietnam, Kendrick has a strong interest in improving access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs in the U.S. and beyond.
FOUNDING & MANAGING PARTNER
McKeever “Mac” Conwell II is a software engineer by trade and was a former DOD contractor with a top-secret clearance. He was a two-time founder with an exit and a failure. Next Mac moved on to the venture capital world via the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as part of their Seed Investment Team. During his four years there, Mac amassed experience leading an initiative to create the Minority Business Pre-seed Fund, the first and only, at the time, state-backed pre-seed fund for women and minorities in the country. The program institutionalized the friends and family round for black-, women-, and minority-led startups and was subsequently funded long-term by the state of Maryland. In September 2020, Mac founded RareBreed VC, a pre-seed fund that invests in exceptional founders outside of large tech ecosystems.
MaC VENTURE CAPITAL
Marlon Nichols is a founding managing partner at MaC Venture Capital (formerly known as Cross Culture Ventures), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, with an extensive background in technology, private equity, media and entertainment. Marlon’s unique eye for global trends and shifts in consumer behavior has helped him capture many high-potential investments, which include Gimlet Media, MongoDB, Thrive Market, Fair, LISNR, Mayvenn, Blavity, Pipe, Wonderschool, and other companies that reflect overlooked markets. He serves on the board of directors for Ajua, Blavity, Finesse, Kauffman Fellows Program, LISNR, Ryff, Sote and Wonderschool. Marlon is the recipient of MVMT50’s SXSW 2018 Innovator of the Year award, a 2018 nominee of the ADCOLOR in Tech award, Digital Diversity’s Innovation & Inclusion Change Agent award, was named Pitchbook’s 25 Black Founders and VCs to Watch in 2018 and 2019, was a TechWeek 100 winner and was named one of Silicon Republic's 26 VC professionals spearheading change. He’s been featured on TechCrunch, Fortune, Blavity, and NBC, and is adjunct faculty in entrepreneurship and venture capital at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.
AORIST & RFC COLLECTION
Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile is a leading patron of the arts, mathematician, economist, and investor. He is widely regarded as a key architect of the digital art ecosystem, and his collection “RFC Collection" is recognized worldwide as the premiere digital art collection. Pablo was Beeple’s first collector and holds many significant and iconic works by leading digital artists such as Refik Anadol, Beeple, Pak, and Andres Reisinger among others. He also collects traditional blue-chip art, including work by Elizabeth Peyton. In 2021, Pablo co-founded Aorist, a next generation cultural institution supporting a sustainable NFT marketplace for artists creating at the edge of art and technology. Aorist will offer a cross-disciplinary program of exhibitions, commissions, partnerships, and an incubator, bridging the digital and physical domains while supporting experimentation, co-creation, and innovation. Pablo is an expert in tokenomics, incentive systems, and early-stage markets. He is also one of the largest global virtual landowners across the different projects of the metaverse. For the past several years, he has been actively involved in the blockchain space as an early adopter, investor, and advisor to distinguished projects such as Algorand. Prior to becoming a leader in the blockchain and digital art space, Pablo earned a mathematics and economics degree from Columbia University, where he returned to earn his MBA after serving several roles in finance including private banking, hedge funds, and private equity.
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Will Weisman is the founder and Managing Director of KittyHawk Ventures, an early-stage frontier technology venture capital firm with investments in AI/ML, networking, healthcare, longevity, space, psychedelics, fintech, security and more. Previously Will spent seven years as an Executive Director at Singularity University, a think tank / educator focused on leveraging accelerating technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems. Will helped build Singularity into a global benefit corporation with over 170 chapters in 159 countries, and 300k community members. Besides KittyHawk, Will currently serves as a Senior Advisor to XPRIZE & Singularity University founder, Peter Diamandis. Among Will's most unusual accomplishments is that he created and popularized the wrap, yes, the burrito like thing, at a 30-unit restaurant chain he founded and sold called World Wrapps. Will has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He regularly speaks on exponential technology trends as well as venture investing and entrepreneurship. Will is an avid kiteboarder and ocean swimmer and resides in Santa Monica, CA.
Ana Paula Gonzalez
SOFTBANK MIAMI INITIATIVE
Ana Paula González is the Director of the Softbank Miami Initiative, building out the early-stage investment platform for the group in the Magic City. Previously, Ana spent 4+years at 500 Startups, one of the most active VC investors globally. At 500, she held a variety of roles that included launching the 500 Miami office, leading the Global Ecosystem and Accelerator Programs, and launching the global Managed Funds. Previous to 500, Ana spent 4 years developing the impact investing field in Latin America, leading investment and acceleration programs for for-profit social and environmental companies. Ana started her career at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with clients in Private Equity, financial services and non-profit sectors. Ana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with honors and a Bachelor in International Business from Tec de Monterrey with honors.
CEO & FOUNDER
Gerome Daren Sapp is the Founder & CEO of RARES, the first alternative asset marketplace exclusively for sneakers investments. Rares’ mission is to leverage the cultural zeitgeist of sneakers to increase financial literacy and empower the communities that birth sneaker culture with a new tool to acquire financial freedom one share at a time. Born and raised in Houston, TX in the ‘80s, Gerome earned an athletic scholarship to The University of Notre Dame, where he was given Team Captain and All-American Honors playing on the storied Notre Dame Football team from 1999-2003. Gerome graduated with a B.A. in Finance and following his collegiate career was selected in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. In his 6 season NFL career, the safety played for both the Ravens and Indianapolis Colts, serving as Team Captain alongside Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning, respectively. Gerome received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2005 in between sacking everyones favorite QB. It was at Harvard where the first idea of RARES was born. As a professional athlete-turned- entrepreneur, Gerome has built several businesses spanning from social media to consumer goods and health & wellness products. In 2017, Gerome built HealthBinge, a healthy alternative to food-on-the-run based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to HealthBinge, Gerome founded Fluencr, an online content and social media platform aiming to take influencer marketing to the next level where he worked as Founder & CEO from 2013-2015.
Jillian loves getting to speak to and work with passionate individuals who are obsessed with the problems and inefficiencies that face our society. Jillian is a fintech nerd and loves to explore the intersection of financial technology and all other sectors. More broadly, Jill works across consumer and enterprise companies with a focus on e-commerce, marketplaces, and SaaS solutions.
Prior to joining Cowboy, Jillian spent 5 years investing at Anthemis, an early-stage fintech focused venture firm, focused across North America and Europe. Jillian worked closely with companies ranging the spectrum of fintech such as Pipe, Maxwell, Matic, Nivelo, and Rally Rd (to name a few). She also led the launch of the Female Innovators Lab, Anthemis’ venture studio in partnership with Barclays that supports female founders. Prior to Anthemis, she was in investment banking at Barclays within the financial institutions group.
Jillian graduated from Yale with a BA in economics. She also serves as the head of BLCK VC NYC, the NY arm of the BLCK VC, a non-profit with the goal of doubling the number of Black investors by 2024. She is an avid fan of the NYT crossword, running, swimming and most activities that involve the sun and a body of water.
STEALTH MODE GP AND SCOUT
Lolita Taub is a stealth mode GP and Scout at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where she invests in community-driven companies. With 15 years working within the Silicon Valley ecosystem, she has accomplished $70M+ in sales and made 70+ investments as an angel investor and VC at Backstage Capital and The Community Fund. Lolita is also a Co-Founder of the Startup-Investor Matching Tool, the GP-LP Matching Tool, and LaaS. Forbes and Inc Magazine have featured her as a woman promoting investment in underestimated founders and funders. She has a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the IE Business School. Most importantly, she is a dog mom to the cutest Dachshund mix, Choco.
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
Mar Hershenson is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Pear VC, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto backing companies like Guardant Health(NASDAQ: GH), Doordash (NYSE:DASH), Gusto, Aurosa Solar and Branch. Prior to Pear, Mar co-founded three companies and held executive positions in product and engineering at Magma Design Automation. Mar holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where is currently a Lecturer in the Engineering School. Mar also serves on the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College and on the Advisory Council of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University and is founding member of All Raise and the Equity Summit.
Matthew Salloway is an international business executive, venture capitalist and investor. He serves as the CEO of GSI Ventures, a top 50 Global Family Office, with a focus on venture capital and cross-border business development for portfolio company market expansion to the MENA region. Mr. Salloway is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SIP Global Partners, an international performance venture fund investing in global technology companies. SIP Global Partners is anchored by a top five telecommunications company and has offices in New York and Tokyo.Mr. Salloway is also a successful film producer with some of his credits including: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker; The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling; Worth, starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, and The War with Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro. Mr. Salloway holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Samir Kaji CEO and founder of Allocate, a platform that is designed to remove the friction of private fund investing. Previously, he spent 21 years in venture banking between SVB and First Republic Bank, working with over 700 venture funds and over 1000 venture backed startups with whom he completed over $12B in debt transactions. Samir has also invested in over 60 companies and funds, and is an active writer on venture capital, and is the host of the Venture Unlocked Podcast.
Henri Pierre Jacques
Henri Pierre-Jacques is Managing Partner of Harlem Capital where he focuses on fund strategy, partnerships, value-add opportunities and financial analysis. He was presented awards for Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc 30 Under 30, EBONY Power 100, Root 100, Crain’s New York Rising Star and Business Insider Rising Star. He has also been featured in WSJ, Black Enterprise and PitchBook.
Previously, Henri was a Private Equity Investment Professional at ICV Partners, where he evaluated and conducted due diligence on mid market buy-out opportunities. Prior to ICV, he was an Investment Banker in the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he completed mergers & acquisitions, debt refinances and various strategic alternatives. Henri sat on a non-profit board, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, for two years.
He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in Political Science and Business Institutions from Northwestern University. Henri is a Haitian-American originally from Detroit, MI. For fun, he plays basketball and travels around the globe with family and friends.
Keith is a general partner at Founders Fund. He led the first institutional investments in DoorDash [NYSE: DASH], Affirm [NASDAQ: AFRM], and co-founded Opendoor [NASDAQ: OPEN]. During his venture career he also led investments in Faire, Ramp, Trade Republic, and Stripe. Keith has a unique and unparalleled track record as an entrepreneur, executive and investor. Over the last decade, he has forged several of the most important new social and commerce platforms. Keith began his career in the industry as a senior executive at PayPal [NASDAQ: PYPL] and subsequently served in influential roles at LinkedIn [NYSE: LNKD] and as chief operating officer of Square [NYSE: SQ]. He co-founded and currently serves as CEO of OpenStore which acquires small direct-to-consumer businesses. As a board member, Keith guided Yelp [NYSE: YELP] and Xoom [NASDAQ: XOOM] from inception to successful initial public offerings and served on the board of Reddit from 2012-2018. Simultaneously, he also invested in other like-minded entrepreneurs with early stakes in YouTube, Palantir, Lyft, Airbnb, Eventbrite, and Wish. Earlier in his career, Keith was a litigator at the preeminent Wall Street law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, after clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth circuit. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard University.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild
FOUNDING & MANAGING PARTNER
INCLUSIVE CAPITAL PARTNERS
Lynn Forester de Rothschild is a Founding and Managing Partner of Inclusive Capital Partners. Until July 2020, she was Chief Executive of E.L. Rothschild LLC, a family office with interests in private companies, public markets and real estate, which realized returns in excess of 25% over a fifteen-year period. She is also the Founder of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism and the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with The Vatican, not-for-profit organizations that develop groundbreaking initiatives with global asset owners, asset managers and CEOs, as well as leaders in government and civil society and the public to catalyze actions that transform capitalism and make our economies and societies more inclusive, dynamic, sustainable and trusted. Since 2000, Lynn has been a member of the Board of Directors and Nominating & Governance Committee of The Estee Lauder Companies. She has also served on the Boards of The Economist Group, Gulfstream, General Instruments, Bronfman-Rothschild and Weather Central. As part of her charity work, she sits on the Board and Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Advisory Board of Focusing Capital on the Long Term (“FCLT”} and the ERANDA Rothschild Foundation (de Rothschild family foundation), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chatham House. Lynn was featured in The New York Times Corner Office in 2021 and is often a featured speaker at global forums and corporate and university events.
Maria Salamanca is a Partner at Unshackled Ventures, a fund that fills a unique space in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, funding teams with immigrant founders at the earliest stage of pre-seed and seed. Maria joined the fund in 2015, during her time she has been involved in 50+ investments and has evaluated more than 6,000 deals. In 2018, she was first Latina named Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital and Business Insider’s Under 30 Rising Stars. Her support for the Latinx community also won her the the 2017 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Shark of Year.
Previous to joining Unshackled, Maria worked at FWD.us an immigration lobbying group founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman and other tech leaders. She attended UC Berkeley where she studied Government and Legal Studies.
CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER
Michael Sidgmore is a Co-Founder & Partner at Broadhaven Ventures, where he focuses on sourcing, investing, and managing investments into early-stage FinTech companies globally. Michael has led Broadhaven Ventures' investments into Liveoak Technologies (Acq. by DocuSign), Credijusto, Nowports, Kovi, Harvest (Acq. by Envestnet), Starship HSA, Super Seguros, ScaleFactor, Kyash, Goodcover, MoMo, Bitso, Pomelo, Spenmo, Conta Simples, NextPay, Mendel, and Allocate. Other Broadhaven Ventures investments include MoneyLion, BioCatch, and WealthTech (acq. by MoneyLion). Michael has also invested into Klarna, Coupang, Lyft, Lending Club, Pensco, Forge, Alt. Michael is also the Founder of Alt Goes Mainstream, where he writes and talks about how and why alternative investments are going mainstream and the Co-Founder of the Community x Capital podcast with Alexis Ohanian, where we talk about the intersection of community, culture, and finance. Michael is also a Venture Partner at Goodwater Capital, a next generation venture capital firm.
Tom is a co-founder of the Horizons Community, a global network of millennial investors. Prior to Horizons, Tom spent a decade at UBS Investment Bank, initially in the Global Markets division in London and Singapore, and then as a Director of Innovation. Tom is involved in a number of charitable and investment organisations.