An affiliate of Keiretsu Forum, the world's leading angel network (2nd most active venture investor in the USA and 5th globally), Keiretsu Capital's mission is to create funds that leverage its unique network, relationships and capabilities.
Current funds include the angel co-investment funds which each provide a diversified portfolio of technology start-ups backed by top tier angel groups, the real estate fund focused on generating yield, and the venture fund which selectively invests in follow-on rounds for those companies showing significant growth potential.
Provide Access To Proprietary Deal Flow
Provide Limited Partners access to proprietary deal flow by investing alongside top tier angels, providing additional capital to complete rounds and acting as follow-on capital where appropriate.
Increase Portfolio Company Value
Increase the value of investments by presenting portfolio companies to investors including syndicate members, venture capitalists, corporate investors, and the public markets.
Create Investment Liquidity
Develop liquidity for investments by both facilitating members who wish to buy and sell, and by introducing members to non-members who may wish to buy specific investment positions.
46 chapters and over 2,500 angel investors on three continents.
Keiretsu Forum is a global angel investor network supporting our portfolio companies with equity and resources worldwide. With chapters in North America, Europe and Asia, Keiretsu Forum has invested more than $750 million in over 1,000 fundings since inception, and backed over 120 companies in 2015.
Keiretsu is the 2nd most active venture investor in the USA and 5th globally.
KEIRETSU CAPITAL TEAM
Keiretsu Capital's Managing Partners have decades of experience in successfully backing growth seed and early stage technology companies. As a team, they have built the largest angel investor network in the world (The 2nd most active venture investor in the USA and 5th globally).
Randy Williams founded Keiretsu Forum in September 2000 to provide a disciplined and structured approach to angel investing. Mr. Williams’s passion for investing and bringing together like-minded community leaders has created a powerful and giving environment for entrepreneurs. Today Keiretsu Forum is the largest angel investment community in the World.
MATTHEW C. LE MERLE
Matthew Le Merle is a Managing Partner of Keiretsu Capital and Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). Matthew was formerly the Co-President of Keiretsu Forum in San Francisco and is an expert on digitization having advised leading technology companies including eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft and PayPal on how to drive and benefit from emerging digital value propositions.
Nathan McDonald is a Managing Partner and CEO of Keiretsu Capital. Nathan brings a unique entrepreneurial business and organizational development background developed during many years of hands-on, active leadership and operational experience. As one of the Northwest's leading organizers of entrepreneurial and investor relations-focused media and funding events, he has facilitated scores of engagements and successfully promoted hundreds of privately financed high-growth companies.
ADDITIONAL FUND LEADERSHIP
In his 20+ years in the investment industry Chris has experience with, business operations, valuation, accounting, finance, and regulations, venture capital, securities research, portfolio management, estate planning, securities finance, arbitrage trading, and hedging. Chris co-founded the Northwest Hedge Fund Society (now the Seattle Alternative Investment Association) in 2004. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1998, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst in 2011, and holds a BBA from the University of Portland.
Prior to joining Keiretsu Capital, Mr. Coats was Director of Sales & Marketing for Madison Park Capital Partners, LLC, a Seattle based alternative investment fund. Mr. Coats has over 11 years of portfolio management and 19 years of experience in financial services with positions as CIO for a family office, portfolio manager at Silver Creek Capital Management and working with institutional and high net worth individuals at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Coats holds a BA from Seattle University Albers School of Business and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Erica is a Director of Keiretsu Capital focused on Investor Relations and Fund Operations. She comes with hands on startup experience with multiple companies that span across different areas of business ranging from adventure travel to hi-tech and is based in Seattle, Washington.
Alison Davis is an Advisor to Keiretsu Capital and is a global strategist, finance professional and governance expert with deep expertise in the financial services sector. Her career has spanned being a global strategy consultant, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity GP, and taking on public company board chair and director roles.
Each Keiretsu Capital fund has an investment committee comprised of volunteers from the voting Limited Partners of each fund. The current Investment Committee members are detailed below.
Sean Kerr (Fund 1)
Sean is an active investor and entrepreneur in the Portland Area. He is currently the Vice President of Operations for RS Medical, a medical equipment manufacturer in Vancouver Washington. As a Partner with Accenture, Sean specialized in Customer Relationship Management and Business Transformation programs for Communications and High Tech industry clients globally for nearly 20 years. Sean is a member of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum.
Eli Moreno (fund 2)
Eli is a relentless entrepreneur. He serves as the CEO of Premier Residential. His experience also include roles of Founder, CEO, & Board Member of a number of technology startup companies. Eli is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and the soon to be open Tacoma Chapter.
STEVE MORROW (FUND 2)
Steve's unique value add is the focused and collaborative way that he pushes himself and teams to find optimum and reliable solutions to challenging issues. Steve has a broad knowledge of Networking industry products, services, standards, evolution and competition, including cloud models. Steve is an active angel investor with the Silicon Valley Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.
Marek Omilian (fund 2)
Marek is a Managing Director of Value Prism Consulting, a 10-year old professional services company specializing in valuations and business case consulting. Marek is based in Seattle, and is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and mentor to early stage companies.
MARY JO POTTER (fund 1 & 2)
Mary Jo is a Board Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Senior Advisor at BDC. She combines decades of experience in company governance, strategy and business improvement. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Jo is an active angel investor with the San Francisco Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.
BERNARD RUDNICK (FUND 2)
Bernard is Managing Partner of CapGenic Advisors, CFO of Atrin Pharmaceuticals and Chief Business Officer of NovoBioPharma. He is an active angel investor with the Philadelphia Chapter of Keiretsu Forum as well as with Mid Atlantic Bio Angels and Minority Angel Investor Network.
Richard Samuelson (fund 1)
Richard is an independent investment banking professional following a fourteen year career as a Managing Director of UBS Investment bank. Richard is based in Seattle, and is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum.
Les Schmidt (fund 1)
Les is the improbable combination of collaborator and leader, entrepreneur and seasoned-advisor, open-communicator and trusted confidant, team player and individual contributor. Closely paralleling the lean business movement, he lives by the mantra: do, learn, evolve. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Les is an active angel investor with the East Bay Chapter of Keiretsu Forum and Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
John Suryan (fund 1)
John is an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in technology, commercial real estate, private equity, accounting and finance. Based in Seattle, John is an active angel investor with the Seattle Chapter of Keiretsu Forum
Angel Capital Fellows
Keiretsu Capital provides opportunities to a select group of young professionals who have demonstrated interest and leadership in the areas of early stage investment and entrepreneurialism. As Angel Capital Fellows, they assist companies wishing to apply for Keiretsu Capital funding and participate fully in the Keiretsu Forum angel network.
Miles is a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a B.A. degree in Political Economy - with an emphasis in the field of International Trade. Miles has a great interest in entrepreneurialism, innovation and real estate. When not in the classroom, Miles directs his efforts towards constant performance improvement as a member of the California Golden Bears Rugby Team. Miles is based in San Francisco.
Thomas is currently a graduate business school student at Hult International Business School. He has experience in investment management at Allianz and entrepreneurialism having founded two companies in his native Poland. Thomas is passionate about investing and entrepreneurialism. Thomas is based in San Francisco.
Louis A. Le Merle
Louis is a student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley where he is majoring in Economics, Business and the Built Environment. Louis has a great interest in real estate development and investments. When not in the classroom, Louis directs his efforts towards constant performance improvement as a member of the California Golden Bears Rugby Team. Louis is based in San Francisco.
Max is currently studying at the University of Washington. Max has a deep interest in sustainable technologies and renewable energy and the early stage companies that are making a difference in these areas. Max is based in Seattle.
Keiretsu Capital LLC
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Managing Partner & CEO
MATTHEW C. LE MERLE