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David DrakeFounder and Chairman
David Drake is Founder and Chairman at LDJ Capital, a multi-family office with 50+ directors and family office partners globally. LDJ Capital serves as a gateway to access this extended network of worldwide funds managing trillions in assets. It is the holding company for Victoria Partners, a 500 family office network based in London; LDJ Real Estate Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group.
LDJ Capital's Capital Market division now serves private firms and public firms listed in Europe, MENA, Asia, or the Americas, who want to go public in the US via NYSE or NASDAQ. Currently, M&As and IPOs of innovation firms with a $200M-$700M market cap are leading LDJ Capital's public market work.
David has invested both as a GP and LP in fund-of-funds, realty funds, VC funds, and hedge funds. He has been involved in social impact investments in private equity and public equity for 25 years. In 2009-2010, he held a majority stake as a Managing Partner with Robert Hambrecht in the alternative energy fund New Commons Capital. Recent investments are in fintech, technology, media and telecommunications, and his NYC luxury corporate housing and hotel acquisitions led to his work now in New York realty.
David is considered as a leader in blockchain and cryptocurrency. He saw the value of digital assets before they became popular. It all started in 2011 when David collaborated on the JOBS Act to create new laws underlying all fundraising in the U.S. Because of his leading work in this space, he represented the US Commerce Department at the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome in 2012 and was invited to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C. and as a speaker at the UK Parliament in 2013. He also runs a $200M LDJ Cayman Fund focused on cryptocurrency, payment processing, and blockchain acquisitions.
His investment, The Soho Loft Media Group, produces and sponsors over 200 global conferences annually and his articles are syndicated in over 100 publications. One such event was in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from NASDAQ, NYSE, KKR, and Carlyle Group. He advances financial innovation through his work as an international speaker and writer. He has spoken in top universities like Cambridge, NYU, Cornell, Columbia, and has written for major publications like WSJ, Forbes, Huffington Post, Venture Beat, Entrepreneur, Thomson Reuters.
Privately, David has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts, and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies for many years. His years in the performing arts as a former board adviser to the Washington Ballet reached an apex in March 2015 with a board director position at the New York City Opera.
Born in Sweden and speaks six languages, David has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University, where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.
William ‘Bill’ Davis IIIManaging Director of Technology and Investments (New York) William Davis III is at the forefront of emerging technologies. He is an advisor to funds and individual investors in New York City. His capabilities span complicated technology stacks to targeted campaigns for sustainable lift and mobile customer acquisition and retention. Clients and partners range from the leading lending platforms, crowdfunding sites, virtual currency players and mobile payment gateways to legacy firms entering new markets. He has held positions of Senior Advisor, CIO, COO and President of emerging technology firms globally. Bill Davis draws some of his expertise from an extensive background with large firms and established technologies, practices, policies and procedures. He has provided leadership in varying capacities that resulted in Financial, Technical, Operational and most importantly Cultural Transformation (Work Ethic, Quality of Work, Timelines & Governance) at Companies from IBM to American Express with a number of Logistics (Boeing/Ryder), Banks (JPMorgan Chase, BofA (BKB,)) and Consulting Firms in between. He is a Management Leader that adheres to strict disciplines within the relevant Life Cycles for minimizing risks and guaranteeing success. He has earned the “GOTO” label by C- level executives and Board members that need to get it done and get it done correctly. Bill created a Strategic Plan for “Banking” at American Express which contributed modestly to a quick emergence from the credit crisis with $3b in earnings while competitors took loses during the period. Bill is a tenacious leader with extensive experience in Core Business Systems & Processes, Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence practices, Performance Management increases, Customer and Product Profitability growth. He maintains a clear view of technology, operations, products and the business of money, both virtual and tangible. He is a leader in legacy business practices as well as a pioneer in the emerging mobile practice. He created a sustainable practice for Mobile Paments in 50+ countries. Bill is at the forefront of leadership in the emerging industries of Mobile Micropayments and Virtual Currency/Loyalty. He led the 2x growth of Daopay in Vienna Austria by closing deals with Visa, Facebook and Zynga which realized 8 figure annual returns. He was previously on the Board of Daotec, LTD the leading Mobile Micropayment firm in the U.K. Bill is a frequent speaker at Crowdfunding and Mobile Investment Events Globally. Bill maintains strong ties in local communities by co-sponsoring Pro-Am sports tournaments, teams and mentoring with urban athletes, artists, celebrities and business persons NYC boroughs and the Greater Miami area. He writes and records content (music/video) that addresses urban challenges in North and South America in English and Spanish. Chris FureDirector, Development (San Francisco & New York) Chris Fure serves LDJ Capital as Development Director for fund investment. Previously, he was a partner and Head of Development for TransGlobal Ventures (TGV), where he managed its investments. He came to this post after serving as a TransGlobal Asset Management VP, where he theorized a China Piracy solution that funded the launch of TGV. In short, Chris recognized that, while very little political will exists in the Chinese court system to accommodate foreign claims, plenty of will exists to accommodate domestic claims. Therefore Chris conceived that the solution for a Western IP owner was to work with two Chinese partners, not one – an OEM and an ASEAN Channel Distributor, whom each would police the other to prevent piracy. During his tenure at TGV, which worked with Beijing Orient Electronics (OEM) and Hangzhou’s Holley Group (distributor), Chris focused on broad-band IP clients in the telcom, security surveillance, and media space. As LDJ Capital’s Development Director, Chris produces valuations and rankings for investments, as well as identifies opportunities for LDJ to add value to each through strategic alignment. Christopher PerezManaging Director, Commercial Lending (New York, Philadelphia) Christopher Perez joined LDJ Capital as Managing Director in 2015 to run global lending strategies under the Commercial Lending division which covers commercial real estate loans, business loans and consumer loans. Christopher Perez is a successful executive/serial entrepreneur with over 25+ years of business experience. He was the founder of one of the largest national wholesale commercial loan firms in the US with 17,000+ brokers and over a billion dollars in small balance closed loans. He is a freelance financial industry writer for several publications and been quoted in many articles and books on the subject of commercial lending. In addition, he has written an acclaimed comprehensive training program for residential brokers looking to branch out into commercial-loan origination. In 2014 his guide has been transformed into a comprehensive online training portal with videos, modules, and a certification process called Oceanview Professional Loan Training. He has been a commercial loan consultant for many organizations throughout the years. He co-created two lending technologies that are patent pending for online marketplaces and mobile applications. Currently, Perez is the CEO of Lendersbridge Technologies, LLC, a Fintech lending solutions company, co-founded with Pavonis Group, a commercial real estate technology management firm. He is also chairman of Drexel Brothers, LLC a commercial loan finance company. “We are going to transform the face of lending here in the US and globally, and in some cases instantly using your smartphone, tablet or mobile device. Drexel Lendersbridge, with our partners at Pavonis Group are the future of lending,” says Perez. His hobbies include freelance writing, film and music production, travel, working out, bicycling, and spending time with his family. He currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and 4 children.