Work

Dan Von Kohorn

I build and invest in software companies.

I’m a Partner at Fathom Ventures, Rhombus, and Beta Fund. I serve on the Board of Invoke.com and as an outside director of a technology merchant bank.  

I have worked on management of more than $4.3B over my career in finance and venture capital. I’ve founded companies or worked with early founding teams 14 times, and worked on growth or financing for over 30 others.

Previously, I spent 9 years at a hedge fund, including 8 years as portfolio manager of a computational commodity fund. I have been an outside Director of Technology Investments for Mediatech Capital since 2002, and served on company boards, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and the US Secret Service NY Electronic Crimes Task Force. I graduated from Princeton University in 1997, where I majored in Economics and received a Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

I love machine learning, decentralization, fintech, computational thinking, and the dynamism of startups. I love learning and teaching, helping people one at a time, and serving humanity at scale.

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Experience


Fathom Ventures
March 2019 – present: Managing Partner
San Diego, San Francisco, New York, and Boston

  • Formation and fund management.
  • Investment Committee chair.
  • Early stage investments in technology companies and their teams, leadership, and culture.

Rhombus
December 2016 – present: Co-founder, Board member
New York, NY


Beta Fund
July 2012 – present: Founder & Principal
Chestnut Hill, MA


Mediatech Capital Partners
July 2002 – present: Director, Technology Investments
July 2001 – July 2002: VP
New York, NY

  • Corporate finance, M&A, strategic, and operational advisor.
  • Public and private clients.
  • 60+ projects including acquisitions, financing, restructuring.

ConsenSys
Sept 2018 – July 2019: Advisor
Brooklyn, NY


Wolfram Ventures
July 2016 – May 2018: President, CEO
Somerville, MA

  • Built a venture capital company, a member of the Wolfram consortium of companies.

v2 Ratings
January 2014 – June 2016: Founder, CEO
Chestnut Hill, MA

  • Formation of data-driven investment rating service
  • Machine learning for valuation and risk (Video)

Apt Capital / VKRA
January 2012 – May 2016: Founder & President of Apt Capital
August 2005 – May 2013: Portfolio Manager of Commodity Investment LP
August 2002 – December 2011: Vice President of VKRA
Chestnut Hill, MA & Westport, CT

  • Portfolio Manager of commodity fund for 7 years
  • Responsible for trading, R&D, operations, compliance
  • Member of two-person Investment Committee for three investment limited partnerships.
  • Software engineer with focus on data acquisition and quantitative signaling: relative value, time series, yield & premium curves, fundamental valuation, statistical arbitrage, and efficient frontier modeling.

Beacon Angels
January 2006 – January 2013: Co-founder
Boston, MA

  • Built a community for fast-growing companies and active private investors.
  • Chair of the Screening Committee for 7 years.
  • Deal sourcing, due diligence, & technology focus.

AnIdea Corporation
Sept. 2000 – Sept. 2001: Chief Strategic Officer of AnIdea Corp.
May 1999 – Sept. 2000: Founder & CEO of ThoughtStore, Inc.
New York, NY

  • Founded ThoughtStore, an online intellectual property licensing exchange.
  • Served more than 600 individual and institutional IP portfolio managers.
  • Sold ThoughtStore to AnIdea Corp.
  • Licensed system to Lucent Technologies for license management of software products from Bell Laboratories.

Winged Keel Asset Management
Oct. 1998 – Jan. 2000: Director of Research
New York, NY

  • Responsible for the asset allocation, investment research, and performance measurement for the firm.
  • Developed automated systems for asset allocation, documentation, and client-ready presentations.
  • Built automated notification tools to streamline client communications.
  • Built automated marketing reports to identify cross-selling targets and improve sales pipeline visibility.
  • Technology Committee chairman, Executive Committee member.

JP Morgan Investments, Fixed Income Group
July 1997 – Oct. 1998: Analyst
New York, NY

  • Primary responsibility for development of Broad Market and Tax Aware Frameworks (fixed income asset allocation models). The models produced portfolios optimized by excess or absolute risk and return characteristics, with optimal bet sizes and turnover rates for strategic and tactical management of duration and sector allocations. Tax Aware Framework additionally considered income and capital gains tax rates.
  • Produced 19 custom pitches with asset allocations, resulting in new or enhanced mandates for $4.2 Billion from institutions, government organizations, and high net worth individuals.
  • Assisted development of relative-value program for security selection in dollar-neutral fund overlay strategy for the Multi-Markets Group, an internal hedge fund.
  • Produced market analytics for pricing and strategy of Muni BMA swaps, duration management of taxable portfolios using derivatives, and crossover trading.
  • Taught employee classes for fixed income analytics, derivatives pricing, and asset allocation.
  • Received the only perfect score on the division-wide annual performance review for 1998.

Education


Princeton University
A.B. in Economics
Certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics
September 1993 – June 1997

  • Graduate courses: Principles of Corporate Finance, Legal and Regulatory Policy Toward Markets, International Macroeconomics, Topics in Applied Economics: Financial Markets.
  • Original Research: Finance: Deviations from MPT, CAPM, and APT, as Applied to Global Equities Indices; Number theory: Order Relations of Infractions.

Wolfram Education Group
M330: Neural Networks, November 2003

  • Feed-forward Neural Networks and Radial Basis Function, Nonlinear Dynamic Black-Box Modeling, Classification and Clustering with Neural Networks.

Online Courses


Additional Experience

Publications

Public Speaking

  • They Might be Robots; using data for investment management and trading“, Boston Data Festival at the Microsoft N.E.R.D Center (’15)
  • Panelist, Building Competitive Advantage in the Global Market, Harvard Faculty Club (’08)
  • Guest Speaker, 128 Innovation Capital Group (’08)
  • Guest Speaker, TCN & Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College (’08)
  • Judge, Princeton University Annual Business Plan Competition (’03, ’05, ’06)
  • Guest speaker, Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University (’02)
  • Guest lecturer, Pace University School of Law, LAW 757, Law Seminar: Intellectual Property (’01)
  • Guest lecturer, Baruch college MBA Program, Business Communications (’01)
  • Panelist, New York Law Journal Seminars on the Future of E-Commerce (’00)

Professional Associations

  • Registered Investment Advisor representative (NASD, Series 65) (’99)
  • Member, New York Society of Security Analysts, (’99)

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