The Decentralized VC
DVC is the collective umbrella of specialized syndicates that invest in companies from pre-seed through pre-IPO. Our investment team comes from diverse backgrounds and are founders and operators.
Our syndicates range from general software to health and crypto
In addition to our umbrella syndicate, we have also verticalized syndicates for LPs to select specific domains.
We also manage an early stage fund
Our team is a collective of founders turned investors
We’ve raised & deployed over $30M+ for 185+ startups since launching in January 2021. As former founders, we are helpful in peak moments and will open up our networks to you for hiring, fundraising, partnerships and advice.
We invest through invite-only syndicates (SPVs) and some of our partners invest through their own Funds.
Jan is a serial founder, who turned full-time investor after his third exit. He joined DVC as a founding partner to invest in SaaS, consumer subscriptions, marketplaces, and tech. He's a data-driven investor with a bias for 100x upside deals, founding teams with a proven track record, and strong moats. When not working with founders, he enjoys paragliding.
Ethan James Appleby
Ethan is a 3x venture-backed founder and senior product leader. He co-founded the investor communities 500 Startups Alumni Syndicate (Accelerated VC), and Ventures Unknown (trips to emerging tech ecosystems). He has invested in 50+ startups and focuses on tech companies focused on education, humanity, wellness, and industries lacking innovation. He loves to travel (73+ countries), playing tennis and curating art on Instagram.
Shaherose leads the Investment Team at Nike’s incubator, Valiant Labs. She has been a player-coach to a diverse set of B2C startups for over 15 years. She has been a founder, operator (product, brand, GTM), corporate leader, advisor and ran her own incubator. She is an investor in Blume, LTSE, Medcorder, Devoted Health and an Advisor to Republic.co and Eniac Ventures.
Arian is an ex-internet founder, currently working on machine learning systems for AR/VR devices at Meta. He previously worked on Facebook's integrity systems. As an investor, he focuses primarily on the future of computing platforms and content mediums, backing early-stage deep tech companies with special interest in AR/VR, deep ML, wearables and brain-computer interfaces (and more).
Edward is a 2x founder turned investor and startup advisor. He’s an action-oriented investor that backs companies taking big swings at the hardest problems in Web3/crypto, healthcare, and B2B enterprise SaaS.
Eduardo is an investor and founder based in London, UK. He has over 12 years of professional experience with a track record in Venture Capital, M&A/Corporate Finance, Consulting and Innovation/Tech. In the past 12 years, Ed has performed over 30 venture deals from Pre-Seed to Series A. He founded his University Angel Group in Brazil. Ed also has founded and initiatives to help entrepreneurs globally. Ed focuses primarily on B2B SaaS companies with strong AI/Ml solutions.
Jeroen is a 3x founder and 10x author. Investments include Notion, Albert, Carta and Rappi. He was Techcrunched with three different companies and is now a full time investor and founding partner of DVC. Expert in online strategy and growth. Works on getting one of his books into a movie in his spare time.
Milan is a serial founder and YC alumni. He is currently Head of Product at Cold Start Ventures, a healthcare venture studio. He brings years of founding-scaling experience having led growth and product teams at Lyft and Blink Health pre-IPO after his first healthcare marketplace startup was acquired. Milan’s investing focus is been built on mentorship and founder support with empathy navigating early stage product, fundraising, and team challenges.
Erik de Stefanis
Erik is an ex-founder turned investor. Simultaneously to being on the DVC team, he is also a team member at Interlace Ventures. Erik is Swedish-American, and has an affinity for startups from the Nordics and founders with strongly held opinions about the markets they are operating in. Vertical-wise, he looks primarily at nextgen commerce-tech, consumer-tech, prosumer/FOW, creator tools, and more.
Dan Hightower is a prior 2x founder/CEO. He currently leads startup products at AngelList. Previously Product Director at Carta, Dan specializes in B2B SaaS and health tech, and began investing in early stage startups after his first startup exited.
Taimur is an angel investor, founder, and data scientist. He spent a decade in financial services, where he launched new businesses at Blackstone and J.P. Morgan that managed billions of dollars of capital. He invests primarily in fintech (specifically lendtech), web3, and proptech, where he assists companies with debt capital, credit risk, and treasury management.
Sundeep is a 3x founder-turned-investor who’s currently GP @ DVC, Duro Ventures, and Climate Capital. Prior investments include Good Eggs, Substack, Mighty Buildings, Goodreads & Shef. He's also the author of Haline, a 4.5 star-rated “Hunger Games meets climate change” novel.