Hello. I'm GΓΌimar. πŸ‘‹

Tech entrepreneur and investor

I've been investing in startups since 2013. Initially, as an angel and later with FJ Labs, which I helped build from the ground up. From 2014 to 2017, I invested in over 200 companies, mainly online marketplaces across 30 countries and at all stages. I then, co-founded Merlin, an hourly jobs marketplace which I helped scale to millions of users, 250 employees, and raised +$37M in funding from great folks at General Catalyst, FirstMark, Hummingbird, Uncork, FJ Labs, and many others. In late 2020, I sold Merlin in, arguably, one of the most unconventional M&As in tech (will share details and lessons soon). I'm currently taking some time off but still actively angel investing. Ping me if you want to chat at vacasittic@gmail.com

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Investing Thesis (short version):

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Team > Product > Traction & Metrics > Valuation ( in that order)

Investing Thesis (looonger version):

  • I invest in the founding team above everything else. I believe, venture investing is a multi-round, multi-decade game. I like to invest in founders who (i) I admire, (ii) have integrity, and (iii) I like spending time with (whether it's supporting the company or drinking a beer).
  • Stage agnostic but mainly pre-seed and seed. The earlier your company is, the more I can help.
  • I deeply believe that talent and opportunities are abundant at a global scale. I've invested in startups in over 30 countries across all continents. Location of business and/or team is a non-issue. I built my previous company co-located from day 1 and the benefits greatly outweighed any additional complexities.
  • I love all types of marketplaces and crypto networks but not limited to them. I like to invest in products that create step function improvements in the addressable market the company is going after and also that, for lack of a better word, are just cool. I've also invested in gaming, SaaS, API-as-a-marketplace, e-commerce and even DNA testing services for πŸ• 😁.

So, how can I help you? 🧐

  • Providing rigor and empathy. I will truly listen to your struggles and give you my honest, no bullshit perspective.
  • Designing and executing your fundraising processes. I've been on both sides of the table having both deployed and raised over $100M on each side. I know what makes other investors tick and how to properly execute a process.
    • Building team and culture. I can help you identify gaps in your executive team, understand how you transform your company values into virtues, as well as build remote product and engineering teams.

πŸ€“ Fun Stats πŸ€“

  • 108 angel investments including 9 πŸ¦„
  • 27 exits to date. 52% successful outcomes πŸ”₯
  • 10.5x MOIC on realized investments πŸš€

Portfolio Highlights

2023 startup investments:

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Plot
Seed

USA

Creative collaboration made better

2022 startup investments:

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Solvo
Seed

UK

High-yield crypto-enabled savings app

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Stealth Seed Startup
Seed

USA

Distributed housing collective

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Examedi
Seed

Chile & Mexico

Uber for healthcare in LATAM

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Household
Pre-Seed

USA

Mortgage underwriting for non-US investors using DEFI

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Rintin
Pre-Seed

Mexico

B2B Wholesale Marketplace for retailers and brands

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Den
Pre-Seed

USA

DAO management made easy

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2.5 Intelligence
Pre-Seed

USA

Data Intelligence for NFT Whitelsits

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Lara
Pre-Seed

Argentina & Mexico

AI tools for employee engagement

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Vessel
Pre-Seed

Canada

Democratizing access to private markets

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Thingtesting
Seed

USA

Reviews for products

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Draftboard
Seed

USA

Talent Marketplace

2021 startup investments:

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Mundi
Seed

USA & Mexico

Trade Financing Platform

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Seafair
Seed

USA & Greece

Marketplace for maritime crew jobs

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On Deck
Series A

USA

Modern Educational Platform

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Canid
Pre-Seed

USA

Vaccine Management for Private Practices

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Osana Salud
Seed

Argentina

Healthcare API Infrastructure

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Jabu
Seed

Namibia

FMCC Marketplace for Southern Africa

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Foster
Seed

USA

Writing community platform

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HeadsUp
Seed

USA

Analytics for product-led sales teams

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Clipper
Seed

USA

Decentralized Crypto Exchange

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Umamicart
Seed

USA

Asian Groceries Ecommerce

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Keyway
Seed

USA

Net-lease financing platform for SMBs

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Filmhub
Seed

USA

B2B Marketplace for filmmakers and streaming services

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Comun
Seed

USA

Neo bank for hispanics

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Klay
Pre-Seed

USA

Music creation platform

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Aikito
Seed

USA

Real estate financing platform

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Roster
Seed

USA

Ops Intelligence SaaS