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Champions for our companies, from investment to exit

We combine deep operating expertise with diverse markets experience. We work collaboratively and diligently with CEOs to turn their ideas into reality.

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Brooks is a co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTech Collective.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Brooks had a successful career as an entrepreneur and global operating executive in capital markets, payments, and enterprise tech. He was a key executive and officer at New York-based Multex, which successfully IPO’d and exited to Reuters; London-based Serverside, which successfully exited to Gemalto; and Oslo-based FAST, which successfully exited to Microsoft for over $1b. Brooks began his career as an enterprise software developer.

Brooks completed Harvard Business School’s program for Management Development and graduated from Williams College with distinction.

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Gareth is co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTech Collective.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Gareth was a successful entrepreneur and business leader, who helped build and sell three category-leading fintech companies. These included Multex, which IPO’d and then successfully sold to Reuters; Serverside, which successfully sold to Gemalto, a European digital security company; and CardLab, which was successfully acquired by Blackhawk Networks, a global leader in prepaid gift, reward and incentive technologies and solutions. Prior to starting his career in fintech, Gareth spent three years ‘double handing’ a 36ft sailing boat 33,000 nautical miles from the UK to the Antarctic circle.

Gareth has completed Columbia Business School’s Senior Executive Program and graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc. Honours Degree.

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Taena is a Principal and Head of Operations and Investor Relations at FinTech Collective.

Prior to joining FinTech Collective, Taena spent over a decade as an investor and marketing & investor relations professional across various asset classes. She was most recently at HPS Investment Partners, focused on private credit strategies. Prior to HPS, Taena was as an analyst at Scoggin Capital, an event-drive hedge fund, and in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she invested in private equity transactions. Taena began her career as an analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Bank of America.

Taena graduated with highest honors and with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Brooks is a co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTech Collective.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Brooks had a successful career as an entrepreneur and global operating executive in capital markets, payments, and enterprise tech. He was a key executive and officer at New York-based Multex, which successfully IPO’d and exited to Reuters; London-based Serverside, which successfully exited to Gemalto; and Oslo-based FAST, which successfully exited to Microsoft for over $1b. Brooks began his career as an enterprise software developer.

Brooks completed Harvard Business School’s program for Management Development and graduated from Williams College with distinction.

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Gareth is co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTech Collective.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Gareth was a successful entrepreneur and business leader, who helped build and sell three category-leading fintech companies. These included Multex, which IPO’d and then successfully sold to Reuters; Serverside, which successfully sold to Gemalto, a European digital security company; and CardLab, which was successfully acquired by Blackhawk Networks, a global leader in prepaid gift, reward and incentive technologies and solutions. Prior to starting his career in fintech, Gareth spent three years ‘double handing’ a 36ft sailing boat 33,000 nautical miles from the UK to the Antarctic circle.

Gareth has completed Columbia Business School’s Senior Executive Program and graduated from the University of the West of England with a BSc. Honours Degree.

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Taena is a Principal and Head of Operations and Investor Relations at FinTech Collective.

Prior to joining FinTech Collective, Taena spent over a decade as an investor and marketing & investor relations professional across various asset classes. She was most recently at HPS Investment Partners, focused on private credit strategies. Prior to HPS, Taena was as an analyst at Scoggin Capital, an event-drive hedge fund, and in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she invested in private equity transactions. Taena began her career as an analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Bank of America.

Taena graduated with highest honors and with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Sean is a Principal on the investments team at FinTech Collective and leads the firm's Decentralized Finance (DeFi) sub-strategy.

Sean spent five years as an investment banker at Credit Suisse covering financial services and technology companies. A former entrepreneur and world-ranked poker player, Sean helped bring the practice of "poker staking" online using data and analytics.

Sean graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Matt is a Director on the investment team at FinTech Collective.

Prior to joining FinTech Collective, Matt co-founded NYC-based startup Aerobo, a venture-capital backed provider of drone services. Previously, Matt worked in private equity at AEA Investors, where he invested in middle-market buyout transactions. Matt started his career in management consulting at LEK.

Matt received his B.A. cum laude from Yale University, has studied in Spain, and lived and worked in Brazil.

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Sean is a Principal on the investments team at FinTech Collective and leads the firm's Decentralized Finance (DeFi) sub-strategy.

Sean spent five years as an investment banker at Credit Suisse covering financial services and technology companies. A former entrepreneur and world-ranked poker player, Sean helped bring the practice of "poker staking" online using data and analytics.

Sean graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Matt is a Director on the investment team at FinTech Collective.

Prior to joining FinTech Collective, Matt co-founded NYC-based startup Aerobo, a venture-capital backed provider of drone services. Previously, Matt worked in private equity at AEA Investors, where he invested in middle-market buyout transactions. Matt started his career in management consulting at LEK.

Matt received his B.A. cum laude from Yale University, has studied in Spain, and lived and worked in Brazil.

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