Alt Goes Mainstream
How Vinovest Founder & CEO Anthony Zhang is turning a passion for wine into an investable asset class
Today on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast we have a guest who may be young in age, but has already done more and lived through more than many people twice his age.
Anthony Zhang recently turned 26 but has already successfully built and sold two companies, secured funding from Mark Cuban, and received a Thiel Fellowship grant before starting Vinovest, his third company, which is making it easier to access fine wine as an investment product.
He also has an admirable and awe-inspiring personal story, working hard to come back from a devastating accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He was in the middle of running his second company, EnvoyNow, when this accident happened and, despite the tremendous adversity he faced, was able to continue to build the business and achieve a successful sale.
Anthony recently founded Vinovest, a platform that has been described as the Robinhood of wine investing. He’s built an investment platform that is unlocking wine investing to the masses.
How crowdfunding OG Slava Rubin is building the on-ramp to alternative investing with Vincent
Today on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast we have one of the OGs of the crowdfunding space on to talk about how he’s built platforms that have evolved in tandem with the alts ecosystem.
Slava Rubin is the founder of both Indiegogo, one of the first crowdfunding platforms, and Vincent, a platform that is making discovery and alternative investments easier for investors. He is also the founder of humbition, an early-stage investment firm.
We had a fascinating conversation about the evolution of the alts space – from the early days of equity crowdfunding to now wading through all the different options of investment platforms in the alts space today. We talk about: the evolution of the alts space, the alts portfolio of the future, and the need for an aggregator – and how once other industries, like travel, had an aggregator, the space took off.
How Rally Co-Founders Chris Bruno & Rob Petrozzo have turned culture into an investable asset
Today we have a special episode of Alt Goes Mainstream – the co-founders of Rally on to discuss how people can now invest into defining cultural moments and assets that are aligned with their passions.
Chris Bruno and Rob Petrozzo grew up together – and they have combined their respective talents to form what has become one of the symbols for the financialization of all sorts of assets.
Rally, which started as a platform to enable investors to invest into shares of classic cars that would be unattainable to many investors, has become a multi-asset investment platform that allows individual investors to invest into all sorts of exotic, rare assets at low minimums.
Chris, Rob, and I had a fascinating conversation about how Rally built and evolved their concept from classic cars to all sorts of rare, grail assets. We discuss:
How they got into collectibles themselves.
How they’ve waded through complex regulatory structures to figure out how to offer these assets to the masses.
How they grew up together and have now built a company that aligns with their passions.
And how on earth they were able to IPO a triceratops skull and IPO a rookie card of the United States (hint: the Declaration of Independence).
Pipe's Chief Business Officer Michal Cieplinski on how they have built a unicorn by unlocking recurring revenue as an asset class
Today, we have an expert in lending and capital markets on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast to discuss how his company, Pipe, is building a new asset class.
Michal Cieplinski is the Chief Business Officer for Pipe, a fast growing fintech company.
Pipe has seen a rapid rise over the past year. They are one of the fastest fintech companies to reach a $2 billion valuation – and it’s in large part because investors see the potential to build a platform that unlocks recurring revenue as an investable asset class for the world’s largest institutional investors.
Michal deeply understands the inner workings of credit and lending on both the borrower and lender side from his experiences helping to build Fundbox, LendingClub, and now Pipe.
Pipe was born from the idea that entrepreneurs and companies should be able to grow their businesses on their terms – without taking debt or dilution.
This was a fascinating discussion with someone who has seen the evolution of a number of lending platforms.
How Bitso's Co-Founder & CEO Daniel Vogel has built a unicorn by making crypto useful
Today, we have our first LatAm guest on the AGM podcast. And it was a special one.
Bitso, LatAm’s leading crypto exchange, is fresh off of raising a $250M round led by Tiger Global months after raising a $62M round led by QED and Kaszek - and has been minted as one of LatAm’s newest unicorns.
We had Bitso’s co-founder and CEO Daniel Vogel on to talk about what it has been like to build a leading FinTech company in the region and provide access to investments and financial services.
This was such a fun conversation. We could have gone on for hours. We discussed a number of things including: how Daniel has dedicated his life to unlocking monetary freedom for people through crypto, how a talk with his friend, a janitor at his company in Silicon Valley, opened his eyes to the need for real applications of crypto to help people send money cross-border, the origins of Bitso and how Bitso was a pioneer of an online brokerage account in Mexico, how Bitso has become the on-ramp for financial services for many consumers across LatAm, the meaning behind Bitso’s slogan #makecryptouseful, the power of stablecoins and how it’s enabling people in countries with inflation and currency fluctuations to save money, how Bitso balances being a centralized company in a decentralized world, and how religion and community play a unique role in crypto.
Allocate Founder & CEO Samir Kaji on why emerging managers are the future of venture capital
Today on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast we have a domain expert in the world of VC – and someone who has been a visionary when it has come to one of the biggest movements in VC over the past 8 years: emerging managers.
Samir Kaji, the Founder & CEO of Allocate, is a well-respected industry leader in the VC world. He has spent over 20 years partnering with VCs at First Republic Bank and Silicon Valley Bank, where he led the Venture Capital and Private Equity banking efforts. At First Republic, he built out the infrastructure and client base that served the VC and PE community. He’s evaluated over 800 VC fund managers and worked with thousands of LPs at First Republic.
Samir and I had a fascinating conversation about the evolution of venture capital and what's to come for the industry.