Introducing Comeback Capital
Scott has been investing in startups for nearly 20 years. He is a venture partner for Case Angel Network, a mentor at several startups, and a deal flow partner for a West coast micro-VC. Scott is also the Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.
We will discuss with Scott how he helps entrepreneurs build their businesses in their own Midwest communities and an example of how Rocket Dollar investors can impact their local entrepreneurs.
How can a local investment change the game?
Investing hubs have aggressively centered capital opportunities. With New York as a clear financial powerhouse for generations, the finance industry has distributed access across the United States with an NYC mindset. With the tech boom of the last twenty years, Silicon Valley has dominated the discussions for startups, founders, and venture capital. This location-centric pressure can create a brain drain from bright entrepreneurs that leave to take their business, jobs, and income away from local communities. Local VCs have stepped in to keep companies at home, identify overlooked strong founders, and connect them to valuable resources.
Rocket Dollar customers have felt liberated to choose their own retirement investments and also distribute their capital to opportunities they think are the most promising or deserving, no matter where they are located. While remote work has freed up individual workers over the last year, venture capital can still profoundly impact local business opportunities and follow-on investment in an area.
Meet the hosts
Mike leads business development for Regiment and sets the company vision. After a career as a floor trader in the bond and wheat pits at the CBOT, he co-founded an asset management company in 2006 known today as RCM Wealth Advisors. He was instrumental in growing the assets under management to more than $200mm. After 20+ years of capital markets experience, he chose to move on to focus on helping the next generation of startup leaders and founded FinTech Ranger in 2017. His primary role at FinTech Ranger was growing the network of prospects and referral partners within the financial technology spheres of business including startups in the FinTech space.
Mike is the co-founder of the Chicago-based Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), a non-profit organization that lobbies on behalf of small businesses across Chicagoland. He holds a BA from UW Madison.
Business & Sales Operations Manager
Brendan Walsh is a fintech entrepreneur and Wisconsin-Madison graduate, coming from the financial advising and the retirement industry in Chicago. Before joining Rocket Dollar, He consulted various fintech, crypto, and blockchain startups growing throughout his home city. He is also the first to relocate from outside Austin to join the growing Rocket Dollar home office.
He specializes in sales and customer service automation, operations, and partnership management. Brendan has a talent for recognizing opportunities in new markets and creating efficiencies to accelerate the speed of a fintech organization. Using his experience as a financial planner and a 401(k) advisor, Brendan also manages the ever-expanding customer knowledge base for Rocket Dollar.
Brendan can usually be found enjoying the live music scene of Austin, local tech events, biking outdoors, as well as sailing on Lake Travis and around the world.
Scott has been investing in start-ups for nearly 20 years. He is a venture partner for Case Angel Network, mentor at several startups and deal flow partner for a West coast micro-VC. Scott is also the A Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.
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