In this episode, Hall welcomes Sam Silvershein, Associate at Alpha Partners.
Headquartered in New York, New York, Alpha Partners is a next-generation growth equity firm that focuses on accelerating private technology companies. To these companies and their investors, they offer an option to quickly fill out a growth or expansion stage financing round in a friendly and rational manner.
Alpha Partners partners with early-stage VCs to double down in their leading companies. Small, specialist VCs are the first funders of 80% of unicorns and tech IPOs, but 90% of the time, these first funders lack the capital to follow on in their growth stage winners. Alpha is purpose-built to solve this capital gap for early-stage VCs. As a result, Alpha invests in top-tier growth equity rounds led by the world’s best investors. Some of their recent exits include Coupang, Coursera, Rover, Vroom, and Wish.
Sam began his venture career with Alpha Partners as a summer Associate during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in July 2020. He has successfully turned his position into a full-time role as he made himself an integral part of the sourcing and diligence team. These days, he spends much of his time working with the CEO of their SPAC which went public in late July 2021, working to find that perfect partner to help bring public.
Before turning to venture, Sam spent time working in both the hospitality and CPG industries. During his tenure in hospitality, he managed a restaurant in Manhattan where he built a private-label beer brand and started a speakeasy inside of the main establishment. While working at the restaurant, he also went back to school to study for his Masters in Business Administration. Prior to joining the restaurant, he professionally brewed beer for three different breweries on the East Coast where he planned and executed expansion plans for output production and growing their distribution range.
Sam obtained his Master’s degree from The University of Kansas where he had a finance concentration. He received his Bachelors from Dickinson College where he graduated with a Biology degree.
Sam currently lives in New York City and is originally from New Jersey. When he’s not busy working with founders and fellow investors, he keeps busy playing hockey and hanging out with his rescue dog.
Sam shares with Hall what excites him now in the industry, and how he sees it evolving post-COVID-19.
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