Sex, Drugs and Bitcoin: Vice vs Virtue Investing
Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. And Bitcoin. The sin funds of old are being reimagined for the digital age.
Does Redtube on your smartphone make you a better lover? Is Bitcoin a libertarian utopia or salvation for the world’s poor? Is Spotify disrupting music’s old guard or killing creativity? Investors vote with dollars, and their answers to these questions shape our reality.
Hear from two of technology’s best along with provocateur Cindy Gallop as they open up about the bare-knuckle, backroom dealings of the venture capital world and whether one can attain virtue on a path littered with vice. Their frank discussions on crazy startup pitches, deals gone sideways, plus one-upmanship with other firms will shed light on the thin line between sin and salvation. Hear how the ruthless pursuit of returns makes it possible to stream free porn while legally toking up on an entirely different kind of Girl Scout Cookies.
Founder & Managing Partner
Core Innovation Capital
Arjan Schütte is the founder and a managing partner of Core Innovation Capital, a VC fund targeting financial technology companies that serve the emerging middle class. He is also a Senior Advisor...Show the rest
Arjan Schütte is the founder and a managing partner of Core Innovation Capital, a VC fund targeting financial technology companies that serve the emerging middle class. He is also a Senior Advisor to CFSI, the nation’s leading authority on financial health. He was previously a senior manager at CFSI.
He has invested in some of the most innovative companies serving the underbanked, including AccountNow, CircleLending, L2C, and Plastyc. Arjan serves on the board of portfolio company SavvyMoney, and is an advisory board member for several companies including TIO Networks and Progreso Financiero. He is cited broadly, blogs for Forbes, and regularly speaks at industry conferences.
Prior, Arjan spent 12 years as an entrepreneur in several venture backed companies. He earned an MS from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as an Interval Research Fellow, and earned his BA in Philosophy and Communications at Lewis & Clark College.Hide the rest
If We Ran The World
Raj is a Partner and Co-Founder of Velos Partners, a consumer growth investment firm with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore. Velos invests in high-growth companies at the intersection of consume...Show the rest
Raj is a Partner and Co-Founder of Velos Partners, a consumer growth investment firm with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore. Velos invests in high-growth companies at the intersection of consumer and technology that are disrupting multi-billion dollar markets.
Prior, Raj spent 6 years at Bain Capital driving growth and operational improvements in consumer and retail portfolio companies across the United States and Asia. Investments included Skylark, Toys “R” Us, Guitar Center, and Burlington Coat Factory.
Previously, Raj led teams at McKinsey and Company serving Fortune 500 consumer, retail, and technology companies including Sony, Hewlett Packard, and Qualcomm.
Raj holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Applied Science, summa cum laude, from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.Hide the rest