Team Highlights

  • VENTURE: Venture investment track record returns over 15 years 
  • AGILE: Multi-stage expertise from angel to IPO and restructuring 
  • OPERATIONS: Operated large properties with almost 100 Million Users  
  • COMMUNITY: Community organizer, helping thousands of startups connect
  • KARMA: Launched tech non profit

     Traction & Scale Team

Richard Hecker, CEO. Richie Hecker is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He has bought and sold assets that have had enterprise values over a billion dollars across the private, public and crypto markets. Richie co-founded the Crypto Working Group, the leading Self Regulating Organization in the industry. He is an op-ed writer for leading publications such as TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal Accelerators, HuffPo and Observer and lectures at universities including Columbia, Parsons and NYU on the fusion of politics, and entrepreneurship. You can follow him on twitter @RichieBlueEyes.  



David West Smith, Venture Partner.  David is a multi-disciplinary investor navigating between global markets. His previous investments generated over 3.3X cash-on-cash return for investors with exits to Intel, Yahoo and Oracle. He also worked at  a global private equity firm and at Deutsche Bank. David speaks multiple languages and holds a BA from Eckerd College and an MBA from the University of Miami.    




Dan Goikhman, Venture Partner. Dan also serves as CEO of Unreel, a video technology platform. Previously he co-founded Mojiva inc. a leading mobile advertising company, which he grew to over $40MM in revenue. Dan serves on the Advisory Boards of Thumb (acq. by YPulse!), Wakefield Media (producers of the Uncubed event series), Muzik, and Dan holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Lehigh University, and dropped out half-way through his MBA to found Mojiva.




Christian Montoya, Venture Partner. He is an expert in social game design. In the past 8 years, he has helped build many games for web and mobile with millions of users. He has extensive experience with social, game and music software.  Most notably, he led product development for Draw Something, then the fastest app to ever get to #1 in the app store.  Some of the products and companies he has been involved with include, Tylted, OMGPOP, Mappdev, appsavvy and SGN.



Jordan Pasternak, Senior Analyst. Jordan leads diligence and modeling for new investments and supports internal operations. He also was on the founding team of Darc Matter, an investment technology platform, connecting 100+ leading investors with opportunities. Jordan previously spent six years as a finance and operations executive at an independent film studio in NYC. He graduated with his MBA from Baruch's Zicklin School of Business and is a semi-retired classical musician, with a Masters in Music Performance from NYU.