Highland Capital Partners
VC investor at Commerce Ventures. Mostly tweet about entrepreneurship/startups, VC, mobile, payments and the future of retail.
CEO @emerge_be a Brussels based investor with 30+ early-stage investments up to date in e-commerce tools, payments systems, telecom and space industries
Ryan is known as a founding investor who takes on the riskiest sectors and business models. Undaunted by regulatory risk around antiquated gambling laws and convinced of a new generation of sports fans indoctrinated into the world of reality TV and experiential media, he was the first institutional investor in the United States to bet on and validate Daily Fantasy Sports and online gambling. In 2011 a small team of performance marketers at Vistaprint founded DraftKings; Ryan seeded the company with $500k and for the first two years of the company’s existence was its sole institutional investor. In 2013 Ryan brokered DraftKings’ landmark partnership with Major League Baseball, paving the way for the company to establish partnerships with every major professional league and a majority of professional teams in the US. He has structured every round of capital on DraftKings’ cap table since its founding, facilitating over $900M in fundraising despite significant regulatory headwinds. Today, DraftKings is operating the first legal online sportsbook in the US and has 11M active users on its platform that generate over $3B in entry fees and handle. In 2012 Ryan was the founding investor in Plastiq, an online payments platform founded by Harvard undergrads. Payments is a legacy industry reluctant to change and fraught with regulatory barriers, but Ryan was undaunted by the risk of both the sector and first-time founders. Since founding, Ryan sourced and facilitated each of the company’s fundraising rounds, most recently bringing in Kleiner Perkins and DST for a $27M financing. Plastiq process over $1B in transactions annually. In 2013 Ryan was the founding investor in Crew, a design and development services marketplace. In 2017 he and the founders crafted and spun out Unsplash, the world’s largest photo sharing community built on the theme of decentralization of photos and visual content. Unsplash has outpaced both Shutterstock and Getty combined. In 2018, Ryan facilitated Unsplash’s $12M Series A with Bedrock Capital. Ryan is a well-networked fundraiser. Most recently he sourced and structured financings at Currencycloud (Sapphire Ventures, Series C/D, $43M; Google Ventures, Series E) and Skillz (Telstra and Liberty Media, Series C, $17M; NFL and Wildcat, Series D, $35M). Before joining Atlas, he sourced and facilitated the sale of Enpocket to Nokia, WHERE to Paypal, and Vela Systems to Autodesk. Ryan also sits on the board of MOO, Globoforce, and Secret Escapes, all of which generate over $100M in revenue annually. He graduated with an AB in economics from Princeton, where he captained the football team and served in the ROTC. He has three daughters under the age of 6.
Rain Rannu is a Co-Founder at Fortumo. He serves as Managing Partner at Superangel. Rain has been involved in the mobile payments industry for 15 years, being one of the early pioneers while co-founding Fortumo's parent company Mobi Solutions back in 2000. As a founder of Fortumo, Rain deals with strategy, new products and key partnerships. Rain holds an MBA in Technology Management. He is one of the founders of Garage48 Foundation, a non-profit focused on motivating young people to start their own companies.
Conor Stanley is a web entrepreneur and technology investor. He is co-founder of Tribal.vc, a new early stage venture fund, and co-location hub in Dublin. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Tribal is bridging Ireland and US tech communities & risk capital, partnering with top tier US VC's, advisors and innovators. Conor is an established investor with notable Irish & US tech startups including Intercom (CRM); Boxever (Big Data); PropelAd (AdTech); PageFair (AdTech); Cityhook (Travel); Phorest (SaaS); Visible Thread (SaaS); Balcony TV (Content) and LikeCharity (Payments). He was the lead investor and a board member of Jolt Online Gaming, which was a pioneering social games publisher in Europe and was acquired by GameStop corporation in 2009. In 2000, Conor co-founded and was CEO of Clearscape, a leading digital agency based in Dublin. The company was later acquired in 2008.
I am an entrepreneur. I fell in love with advertising, and the opportunity to create. I take pride in my work enjoy building, scaling and connecting the dots. I am based in Southern California. Most recently, I founded and sold a Mobile Advertising company, www.TapIt.com: - http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/02/phunware-acquires-mobile-advertising-company-tapit-media-group-for-23m/ I have also been fortunate to invest in some great people and companies: www.estimote.com www.pathsense.com www.divvy.com (acquired) - http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/01/social-bill-payments-service-paydivvy-sold-to-higher-one-to-expand-its-education-payments-platform/ I am excited that I am now working on something that has me filled with excitement and passion for the business. I get to work with amazing and hard working people, and get to seem fantastic product created as a result of everyones hard work. I am a husband and father of two, definitely my best achievements. The most important things in life are not things.
IA Capital Group is a New York based private investment firm and manager of the Inter-Atlantic funds. The firm is dedicated to partnering with innovative entrepreneurs in venture and growth capital investments. It primarily invests in Insurance Technology, Insurance Services, Payments, Retirement, Education Finance, Asset Management, and Business Process Outsourcing.
Meg Nakamura co-founded 3Taps. She is also a Co-Founder of Shift Payments. She is also an angel investor. She also serves as an advisor of Hard Yaka.
Scott Banister is a Co-Founder & serves as a Director of Technology at IronPort Systems. He is a Co-Founder & serves as the Chairman at Zivity. Scott built his career by identifying new markets and shaping innovative products for them. In 1995, he identified search engines as a significant advertising medium and invented the first products to automate marketing across multiple search engines, ultimately creating the bid-for-placement business model. As an initial investor and Director at PayPal, he was a co-inventor of the 'email payments' product now widely used on eBay. He also serves as a Board Member of PostMates. He also serves as Advisor at SignalFire.