Potential GP Candidates - Final List

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Potential GP Candidates - Final List

The 15 investors that most closely match all the criteria, according to publicly available information, are listed below. The email of each investor and the Twitter profile (where available) have been entered into the attached spreadsheet. Some of the most interesting and most relevant investors appear to be Darren T. Kimura, Mamoon Hamid, Liron Azrielant, and Daniel Cohen. The research strategy section at the end of this report provides more insights into the research approach used, as well as some important information about the subjectivity of the data provided.

1. Darren T. Kimura

  • Darren T. Kimura has previously invested $1 million of his personal capital in a Seed round for Sopogy, so he will likely be able to invest a similar amount in a new fund. He previously founded three startups, so he has significant entrepreneurship experience in addition to his investment experience.
  • According to previous analysis, Darren Kimura seems to be very much aligned with Burning Man principles. Some relationship was identified between him and all 10 principles of Burning Man.

2. Neeraj Agrawal

  • Neeraj Agrawal has previously invested $1.8 million of his personal capital in a Seed round for Datanyze so he will likely be able to invest a similar amount in a new fund.
  • Neeraj Agrawal is the only investor on the list (out of 46 analyzed investors) that has publicly stated that he attended Burning Man.
  • Note that there is a slight chance that the investor and the person who attended Burnin Man may not be the same individual. While they have the same name and similar pictures, Neeraj Agrawal's Twitter profile does not mention his involvement as a VC investor.

3. Brent Ahrens

  • The available capital of Brent Ahrens was estimated to be $7.33 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments.
  • According to previous analysis, Brent Ahrens seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man.

4. Mamoon Hamid

  • Mamoon Hamid has $6 million of estimated available capital, according to Signal. He has previously founded a startup.
  • According to previous analysis, Mamoon Hamid seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he organized and was one of the funders for a law group to fight Trump's agenda, especially the ban on Muslim travelers.

5. Dave Yuan

  • The available capital of Dave Yuan was estimated to be $50 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He has previously founded a startup.
  • According to previous analysis, Dave Yuan seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he serves on the Advisory Board of East Palo Alto Charter School, showing his inclination towards civic responsibility.

6. Jonathan Ebinger

  • Jonathan Ebinger has previously invested $250,000 of his personal capital as an angel investor in LoftSmart. His investment experience is quite extensive, having been involved in over 26 investments so far.
  • According to previous analysis, Jonathan Ebinger seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he serves as an Advisory Board Member at the University of Virginia, is an entrepreneurship advisor at the Apex Center for Innovation, and serves on the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Virginia.

7. Jonathan Heiliger

  • The available capital of Jonathan Heiliger was estimated to be $4.38million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He previously founded three startups, so he has significant entrepreneurship experience in addition to his investment experience.
  • According to previous analysis, Jonathan Heiliger seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he practices self-expression by regularly blogging about best practices and sharing them on Medium.

8. Insik Rhee

  • The available capital of Insik Rhee was estimated to be $3.09 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He previously founded three startups, so he has significant entrepreneurship experience in addition to his investment experience.
  • According to previous analysis, Insik Rhee seems to share eight out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, taught himself coding from books he checked out from the library, showcasing his self-reliance.

9. Mohamad Makhzoumi

10. Gopi Rangan

  • The available capital of Gopi Rangan was estimated to be $4.08 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He previously founded two startups.
  • According to previous analysis, Gopi Rangan seems to be aligned with seven out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he volunteers at AchieveKids and Travel Backyard on their board of directors, is a producer for the Naatak Theater, and president of the INSEAD Alumini Association.
  • Note that Gopi Rangan is also a founder of Sure Ventures, so he is unlikely to want to switch to a new VC fund.

11. Alon Lifshitz

  • The available capital of Alon Lifshitz was estimated to be $5.08 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He has previously founded a startup.
  • According to previous analysis, Alon Lifshitz seems to be aligned with seven out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, his motto is, "work hard with silence, let success make the noise".

12. David Hornik

  • The available capital of David Hornik was estimated to be $7.23 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He has made 35 investments in his career.
  • According to previous analysis, Alon Lifshitz seems to be aligned with six out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he is a vice-chair of GLAAD, an organization that is trying to improve the rights of the LGBTQ population, which resonates with the radical inclusion principle.

13. Somesh Dash

  • The available capital of Somesh Dash was estimated to be $6.08 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments.
  • Unlike other investors on the list, there is very little information about Somesh Dash's personal values and beliefs, However, he has been included because he follows Ray Dalio, a well-known investor who has attended Burning Man, and Deepak Chopra, a famous author advocating for spirituality and decommodification.

14. Liron Azrielant

  • The only female investor on the final list, Liron Azrielant 's estimated available capital is $1 million, according to Signal. She is from Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • According to previous analysis, Liron Azrielant seems to be aligned with six out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, she started her bachelor’s degree at Talpiot, the elite Israeli Defense Forces program, and completed it while serving full-time as a technology analyst and researcher at the Israeli intelligence unit 8200. This shows that she values and practices radical self-reliance.

15. Daniel Cohen

  • The available capital of Daniel Cohen was estimated to be $6.25 million by analyzing the last three investments he was involved in. The capital was estimated as 25% of the average of the last three investments. He has made 27 investments in his career.
  • According to previous analysis, Daniel Cohen seems to share five out of 10 principles of Burning Man. For example, he is the head of Ma’ase Circle of Friends, an organization that promotes social mobility and inclusiveness of young adults of all ethnic backgrounds into the Israeli society, signifying the importance of radical inclusion for Cohen.

Research Strategy

This was a unique project in which we've had to resort to a number of ways to estimate the requested information. Please note that, due to the unavailability of data, we've had to resort to providing rough estimates of the available capital for most of the investors listed here. While the information may not be always accurate, it represents the best information available in the public domain. This is because investors usually like to keep their investments private, and especially the money they have available at their disposal.

To estimate the alignment of the analyzed investors with Burning Man principles, we have first analyzed the principles in detail, and then we have checked the publicly available data on each investor and found ways to correlate it with the principles. We have looked at the hometown paper of each person, a general media search, LinkedIn, their business website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. There is some subjectivity inherent to research like this, but we have tried our best to provide proof of the correlation between principles and investors, where available.

Finally, the list provided in the spreadsheet might contain some investors that are even more aligned with Burning Man principles, but there simply wasn't enough information about them in the public domain to form any valid conclusions.
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