Chisos Invests in Ideas, and the Founders with the Potential to Bring them to Life
Built for early-stage entrepreneurs, Chisos’s unique investment approach puts the power in founders' hands.
Not a fit for VC? Don’t qualify for a bank loan? Bootstrapped budget holding you back? If so, Chisos is the right choice for you.
Chisos was built to achieve one main goal: democratize entrepreneurship. How do we do this? With a new investment product built for companies and ideas that have a difficult time accessing traditional or institutional capital. This investment product is called a CISA, or Convertible Income Share Agreement.
We look for companies that don’t fit the “grow at all costs” venture capital funding model, or the predictable 5-year growth with hard asset collateral model usually required for bank business loans. Instead, we look for ideas, founders, and companies with potential and an actionable plan. When we find them, we connect them with the capital and community they need to succeed.
We envision an ecosystem where access to capital isn’t limited to a tiny handful of entrepreneurs.
We’re on a mission to activate founders’ potential and democratize entrepreneurship by providing capital and community.
Cofounder & CEO
Former fintech product manager. Angel and digital asset investor. 10+ years investment experience including 4 yrs at a $1B+ AUM family Office. Previously, investment banking at BoA Merrill Lynch. BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Cofounder & CTO
Three time fintech founder with ten years of building companies and products for the internet and internet-based financial systems. Awarded multiple patents and serves as an expert on United Nations panel for distributed systems. BBA from the University of San Diego
Financial services professional and qualified accountant with vast experience working in senior finance roles alternative investment management, fund finance (fund administration, fund formation and fund audit), structured finance, and commercial and consumer banking strategy. MBA from University of Cambridge
EMMANUEL de BOUCAUD
Capital Finance & Strategy
Software and SaaS executive with 20 years of successful strategic business and corporate development, fund raising, M&A, P&L, business development, and international expansion leadership experience with high growth technology companies and start-ups. BBA from Occidental College
Startup marketing strategist working with mission-driven companies. Former in-house marketing lead for a FinTech startup. BBA from UNC-Chapel Hill
Engineer with 10+ years experience in the aerospace industry. A self starter and loves finding ways to be more efficient with powerful data management and engineering of automation solutions. Baccalauréat - Génie Mécanique
Trinidy is extremely versed in the HR field and knowledgeable in all aspects of payroll, benefits coordination, most HRIS systems, employee management, recruiting, and compliance.
Hannah studied Economics and Finance at Bentley University. She has a background in data & marketing analytics, financial modeling, and venture capital. Avidly working to source and drive the success of differentiated startups.
Analyst with 4+ years of investment experience. Previously, equity analyst at a hedge fund and investment banking analyst. B.S. in Finance from The University of Colorado. M.S. in Accounting from Regis University.
Anthony is studying business-economics at UCLA and has experience in investment diligence at a hedge fund and leading an investment club at UCLA. Anthony also co-hosts a podcast that focuses on Asian American leaders.
Chisos Capital UK (soon)
Former edtech startup founder, currently an avid entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, and passionate about bridging the investor and founder world. Led multiple startup events and gatherings with Techstars, ProductHunt, Indie Hackers and Zebras Unite. BA from the University of Washington.
Phoebe Chiu is currently studying psychology and economics at UCLA. As part of the founding class Impact Investing Group, she hosted their first Impactathon, attracting 30+ teams internationally to source and conduct due diligence for start-ups in verticals such as healthcare and sustainable energy.
Advisor - Risk Mitigation
Simone Garreau is an operational and compliance risk expert who is passionate about innovative fintech, financial inclusion and growth in untapped, high-potential consumer markets and geographies. She has an MA in Global Security and Intelligence from Johns Hopkins University.
SAMIRA SALMAN JD, LL.M.
Advisor - Investments & Legal
Samira Salman is a business advisor specializing in private direct investments. She has a $5.5 billion successful record of structuring, funding, growing, and exiting global ventures. She is a former corporate tax attorney, was in-house counsel at Shell Oil Company, and was the vice-chair of the American Bar Association Energy and Environmental Taxes Committee. She has a BS and JD from Louisiana State University and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Houston.
Advisor - Investments & Legal
Robert Hatcher is Executive Chairman at Avalon Advisors with over 35 years of investment and deal structuring experience. Previously, Mr. Hatcher served as President and CEO of Cockrell Interests and was a corporate finance and securities partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP. Mr. Hatcher received a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA and JD from Tulane University.
Advisor - Finance & Accounting
Mr. Thomas Cowee has 40 years of experience as a financial and accounting executive, including 15 years as a Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cowee serves on the board of multiple private companies and one public company in the environmental and environmental technology sector. Mr. Cowee has a B.Sc. in accounting from The Ohio State University.
JOE VANDER ZANDEN
Advisor - Business Development
Joe Vander Zanden brings business development, strategic partnerships, go-to market strategy, and strategic planning to fintech ecosystems. With leadership roles in Business Development at Samsung, Consensys, Cisco, and Paypal, Joe brings fintech go to market and partnership expertise to the Chisos team.
Advisor - FinTech
Eric Bunting is Founder and Managing Partner at Overbrook Capital with over 25 years as partner in private equity funds, private investor, operating executive and advisor to over 80 companies representing over $1 billion of invested capital.
Ecosystem and Partnerships
ESG & impact investing specialist working to refine the business development, investment processes, fundraising efforts, and GTM strategy and execution. MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Advisor - Finance
Brent Granado is an accomplished investor, board member and executive with extensive knowledge in global markets with regard to technology, healthcare tech and consumer products. He has assisted numerous companies with strategically leveraging the greatest value out of their intellectual property as well as intellectual capital.