Adam BesvinickNew York, New York, United States
Bio
I'm an early stage VC focused primarily on seed stage investing. Most recently, I invested in Series A and later companies at Anchorage Capital Group. Before that, I was a seed investor at Deep Fork Capital. Prior to joining Deep Fork, I was the first business hire at Wanelo, leading partnership and monetization efforts. Before starting at Wanelo, I graduated from Harvard Business School, during which I worked part-time for Lowercase Capital, Gumroad, and a couple other early stage companies. I also used to co-lead By/Association, an angel investor group, which made three investments. Prior to entering business school, I was a telecom investment banker at Jefferies and graduated cum laude from Duke University in 2009.
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Experience
Seed Investor
Looking Glass
May 2019 - Current
Looking Glass invests in and supports mission-driven founders building enterprise- and consumer-facing companies across the themes of healthier living, enablement and empowerment (i.e. education, platforms for small businesses, and products that promote access or self-expression), and sustainability and the environment.
Investor
Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C.
Feb 2017 - May 2019
Principal
Deep Fork Capital
Jul 2014 - Feb 2017
- Responsible for sourcing and leading Deep Fork's investments in Rebel (acquired by Salesforce), Bowery.io, Transfix.io, Chalk (lead investor), Educents, VSporto, EaseCentral, Enhatch, One Concern, StatMuse (lead investor and Board Observer), Vive (lead investor and Board Observer), Datmo, BigID, and Winnie - Work closely with founders and their teams on business development, product, hiring, and planning for subsequent fund raises, doing whatever it takes to help companies get to the next level
Partnerships + Business Development Lead
Wanelo
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
- First business hire overseeing relationships with brands and retailers and monetization - Sourced, developed, and managed new relationships with key brands (e.g. Nike and Lululemon), retailers (e.g. Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom), and media companies (e.g. Hearst and Conde Nast), including in-store integrations with all Nordstrom locations and influencer campaigns - Restructured, implemented, and managed Wanelo's affiliate partnerships with hundreds of retailers, negotiating favorable commission rates for driving sales - Helped affect retailer-oriented product changes and features, including merging store and brands' user profile pages and native transactions within Wanelo's mobile apps
Co-lead
By/Association
Apr 2013 - Jul 2014
- Co-led By/Association, an angel investor group that functioned like an "offline AngelList syndicate" - Sourced and diligenced opportunities to share with By/Association members; did my best to do the job of a VC before I actually was one - By/Association's investments include: Experiment.com, Javelin.com, and Transfix.io
Growth + Business Development (Intern)
Gumroad
Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
- Identified and partnered with strategic media properties, content platforms, and individuals in order to increase Gumroad's adoption and user base within target markets - On-boarded content creators and their digital teams, including Wiz Khalifa and Ellie Goulding, as well as companies such as Onepager and The Monday Life - Worked with Facebook and Twitter to develop a relationship with Gumroad - Worked full-time in SF during the summer and part-time during the spring and fall
Associate (Intern)
Lowercase Capital
Oct 2011 - May 2013
- Cold-emailed my way into getting to learn the business of seed investing from Chris Sacca while attending business school - Worked on projects with portfolio companies, including Twitter (acquisition), Uber (launching a new city), Styleseat (biz dev deal), and PICT (biz dev partnerships and sales) - Did research and analysis on various sectors in advance of Lowercase raising two funds
Analyst
Jefferies & Company
Jan 2010 - Jul 2011
- Lived in a cubicle and in Excel within the telecom investment banking group, primarily working on debt and sell-side M&A transactions that never closed - Learned how to work both hard and smart, while getting more responsibility than the average 23-year-old should have
Summer Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
Developed a "love" for investment banking in the tech, media, and telecom group, ultimately leading me to the telecom group at Jefferies
Education
Harvard Business School
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Focus on entrepreneurship- and tech-related coursework
Duke University
Bachelor’s Degree, Public Policy Studies (major), Markets & Management Studies (certificate), English (minor)
The Haverford School
High School
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