Our team's expertise lies at the intersection of finance, technology, and law. We're led by Y Combinator, Goldman Sachs, SecondMarket, Nasdaq, and BCG alumni, and backed by some of the best investors in the world.
Our mission is to bring liquidity to illiquid assets through technology.
Sohail has an extensive background in product management, engineering, and business. As an eighteen-year-old, he was among the youngest founders to go through Y Combinator. Over the years, Sohail has advised and invested in a number of startups, including notable startups such as Zenefits and Coin. He continues to invest actively through S2 Capital, and serves as its Founding Partner. Prior to founding Equidate, Sohail managed mobile product at Zynga. He previously joined mobile advertising firm Chartboost as its second engineering hire, and has held roles at Google and the MIT Media Lab. Sohail was awarded TCU's Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010, and has since been named a Thiel Fellow by the Thiel Foundation. He previously attended Carnegie Mellon University where he studied Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Samvit has extensive expertise in engineering, product development, and product growth. He went through the Y Combinator program and started his first venture-backed company when he was nineteen years old. Prior to starting Equidate, Samvit co-founded Streem, a cloud storage company which was acquired by Box in 2014. Samvit is an active angel investor and frequently invests in startups through S2 Capital, where he serves as founding partner. His previous work spans numerous startups, most recently including Asana where he built out distributed systems infrastructure and Livemagic where he developed audio fingerprinting algorithms. In a previous life, he conducted research on high temperature superconductivity at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Samvit holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Gil's career in law, engineering, and business has seen hundreds of startups and dozens of successful exits. He has managed legal work for companies like LinkedIn, OpenTable, and Craigslist at their early stages. Gil started Britton, Silberman & Cervantez LLP, a boutique corporate and intellectual property law practice, per Wikipedia "one of the first law firms devoted exclusively to internet companies. The high-flying firm became well known in legal circles for applying specialized intellectual property and venture capital knowledge to Internet-based start-ups." Previously, he has founded a venture tech law firm, software development companies, and a satellite image processing company. Gil holds a JD from UC Berkeley, and a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton.
At SecondMarket, John-Paul ("JP") served as Chief Administrative Officer and Partner, where he was responsible for all operations, transaction settlements, and compliance. JP brings extensive knowledge and experience with private company stock transactions, settlements, compliance and restricted securities clearing and hedging/monetization strategies. Prior to SecondMarket, he served in the Single Stock Risk Management group of Goldman Sachs, Inc. where he managed all of the group's restricted securities executions through both open market and privately-negotiated transactions. Prior to Goldman Sachs, JP also worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. JP graduated with a B.A. from Lafayette College and currently lives in New York City.
Hari has a breadth of experience in operations and growth strategy developed over 20+ projects at the Boston Consulting Group. He has led and worked on growth initiatives, post-merger integrations, operational/supply chain optimizations, and organizational restructurings to build value for Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, industrial goods and consumer goods sectors. He has previously also held roles at SAP Labs, Citibank, and BNP Paribas. Hari graduated with an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Psychology from Northwestern University.
Robert draws on his diverse background in global markets, extensive knowledge of financial products and strong institutional/private client relationships in driving successful outcomes for shareholders and investors who partner with Equidate. Robert was formerly employed by Goldman Sachs in the Investment Management Division in New York. His team worked closely with high net worth individuals, family offices and large institutions in tailoring unique portfolio solutions. Robert began his career in the Institutional Markets Group at the Royal Bank of Scotland. His clients were portfolio managers at the largest and most sophisticated hedge funds in the US and Europe. Robert holds a Bachelors degree in finance and economics from the University of Queensland Business School and a law degree from the T.C. Beirne School of Law.
Javier has a comprehensive understanding of financial markets and extensive experience originating and executing financial transactions. As an investment banker in Deutsche Bank Securities’ Financial Sponsors Group, Javier advised on billion dollar leveraged buyouts and public-to-private mergers and acquisitions on behalf of mega-fund private equity clients. Previously, Javier was in the Technology, Media and Telecom group, where he helped global Technology companies drive growth and improve profitability. Javier began his career in the Investment Management & Guidance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, conducting diligence for ultra-high net worth wealth management clients. Javier holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College.
John has several years of domestic and international consulting experience helping Fortune 500 clients identify and mitigate operational risks, regulatory compliance gaps, and fraud exposure across their organizations. While at Ernst & Young, John led and worked on a range of diverse projects within the telecommunication, pharmaceutical, consumer products, and financial services sectors. John has specific expertise applying various data analytics methods to solve his clients' most vexing problems. John graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience from his time running and regulating financial markets. As CEO of NASDAQ Dubai, he reversed an underperforming business and orchestrated a complex merger between NASDAQ Dubai and the Dubai Financial Market (DFM). As CEO of DIFC Authority, he broke growth records and solidified DIFC as the #1 finance destination for financial services companies in the MEASA region. He was previously Senior Vice President and Head of International at NASDAQ in New York,responsible for NASDAQ's global business development. Mr. Singer joined NASDAQ from 4R Systems where he was President and CEO. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in International Finance from Brigham Young University.
Philip served as Managing Director of Restricted Securities, Head of Sales and Trading, and Partner at SecondMarket. Most recently, he's served as Founder & Managing Partner of Magnolia Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Prior to SecondMarket, he was also the East Coast Sales Manager for the CEFS division of UBS Financial Services, LLC., Head of the Online Executive Services Group at Credit Suisse and Single Stock Risk Management Analyst at Smith Barney. He received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island.
Philippe Legault holds a Master of Computer Science from the University of Ottawa (Canada) with a specialization in combinatorial optimization, and has been published in the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. Full-stack developer by day, he also enjoys graphic design and photography and is the author of Minecraft plugins with 100K+ total downloads.
Peter is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future.
Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others. He was ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and seven on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker. He was awarded the Commonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy.
Scott is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is best known as a co-founder of IronPort and an early advisor and board member at PayPal. Scott started his career as a pioneer in the email business. He was Founder and VP of Technology at ListBot, the largest ASP for business email list hosting. ListBot was acquired by Microsoft. After ListBot, Scott spent his time working with other start-ups as a board member and investor. These start-ups include eVoice, creator of the first email-enabled home voicemail service, which was acquired by AOL in 2001. In December 2000, Scott co-founded IronPort, an email appliance provider that was acquired in 2007 by Cisco for US$830 million. Other private equity investments include Uber, Zappos.com, LiveOps, Facebook, Hi5.com, Tagged.com, iLike, and Causes.com. Banister attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he dropped out in 1996 to move to Silicon Valley.
Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in heavily regulated industries, marketplaces, SaaS and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, EShares, Postmates and Affirm. A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base.
Charlie Cheever is the co-founder of Quora. Before founding Quora Charlie worked as an engineer and manager at Facebook, where he oversaw the creation of Facebook Connect and the Facebook Platform. Prior to joining Facebook, Charlie served as a Software Development Engineer at Amazon. Charlie graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Computer Science.
Tikhon is the founder and former CEO of Parse (Y-Combinator 2011), which was acquired by Facebook for $85 million. Previously, he founded Scribd, which today is the world's largest document sharing site with over 80 million readers a month. Tikhon is an active angel investor and has made investments in companies including Cruise, Reddit, Optimizely, Tilt, and Checkr, and many others.
Najam (Naj) is an experienced CEO, Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Board Director, and Private Equity (Direct and Secondaries) Investor in technology, digital media, consumer & business internet, and entertainment sectors in the US, UK, Middle East, and India. He previously co-managed Stanford Research International's VC Fund — businesses to come out of SRI include Nuance Communications and Siri. He is the Founder and former CEO of Real Time Content, and serves as Director, Board Advisor, and Advisory Board Member to several companies including Quixey, 23andMe, InMobi, Reqall, and GlobalLogic, among many others.
Ullas is a seasoned venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur with over two decades of entrepreneurial and early stage investment experience across 300 companies. Prior to founding Streamlined Ventures, he co-founded investment firm Cota Capital. Prior to that, Ullas was a senior member of the investment team for 12 years at Globespan Capital and helped build the firm. His investments include Doordash, Addepar, Clever and OpenGov.