BlockTeam Ventures is a management consulting firm focused on blockchain, DLT, and emerging tech. We've worked with over 50 companies that have raised over $500 million to-date.
We come from the worlds of entrepreneurship, tech, and finance. One of our partners went through the initial class of Techstars and cofounded a game company that generated millions of dollars selling in-game digital currency. Another partner worked between Fortune 500 enterprise technology sales and Wall Street for over 10 years. Another has served as a hands-on advisor to over 40 blockchain-enabled companies. We're a diverse team with a wealth of experience, a proven track record, and a global network of investors, service providers, and corporate leaders.
Blockchain technology and emerging tech will reshape modern society in ways we can’t yet imagine. The companies that succeed in using or supporting these technologies will possess unfair advantages and unique value propositions. For BlockTeam Ventures, that value comes from our marketing background, our industry knowledge, and our access to premium projects.
BlockTeam Ventures brings together a unique group of experts who have collectively reviewed hundreds of projects and been engaged in the startup world for over 25 years. Our decentralized team of over 15 consultants is led by our core leadership team.
Simon Bogdanowicz | Founding Partner
Simon is the cofounder of BlockTeam Ventures and a Techstars mentor. He’s also the co-founder of LaunchTeam, a niche marketing agency. He serves as a core advisor to several blockchain and emerging tech companies, including Vid (video-based social media platform), Cre8tor.App (music production and rights application), and MagnaChain (game development platform) to name a few. He takes particular pride in working with founding teams to develop, execute and optimize transformative go-to-market strategies. Previously, Simon served as a business development executive for enterprise software companies, including Thomson Reuters and Selligent, serving the Fortune 1000, including Netflix, UnitedHealth Group, FedEx, Viacom, and Raymond James. Simon started his career on Wall Street working in M&A investment banking for the Royal Bank of Canada, the 15th largest bank in the world.
Jesse Tevelow| Founding Partner
Jesse is the cofounder of BlockTeam Ventures, and the creator of LaunchTeam, a niche marketing agency. As a product designer and three-time bestselling author, Jesse is able to craft compelling stories, develop winning products, and crystalize brands. His experience with digital currency spans over a decade. At age 23, he co-founded a game company that leveraged digital currencies to generate millions of dollars in annual revenues, so he has a deep understanding of token utility and gamification principles. His game company was born out of Techstars, where he incubated the idea and became an alumnus of the inaugural class. He now serves as a mentor for the Techstars Blockchain accelerator. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Chip Welsh | Partner
Chip is deeply connected into the world of institutional capital. He was Head of Investor Relations & Capital Formation at B Capital Group, a $360 million fund led by former Facebook cofounder, Eduardo Saverin. B Capital backs brash entrepreneurs building the next generation of groundbreaking technology companies. Chip has spent nearly a decade raising capital at prestigious investment firms, including First Avenue Partners, Epoch Investment Partners, and SkyBridge Capital. Chip holds a B.A. from the Unversity of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Columbia.
Jared Polites |Partner
Jared is a blockchain advisor and marketing specialist. He has been involved with over 40 blockchain projects to-date that have raised north of $300 million. Some notable projects include OPEN Platform, Elastos, Gameflip, and Patron. Previously, he ran marketing for Ardent Capital, a leading VC firm in Southeast Asia and incubator of aCommerce ($100M raised). Jared's career started at the FBI, where he was an Intelligence Analyst working Securities Fraud in New York. He holds a B.B.A. from UT-Austin and a Master's in Finance from Sciences Po Paris.
We're experienced entrepreneurs who love working directly with founders and executive teams. Our consulting services are focused around three core areas: Marketing, Operations, and Growth Strategy.
This can include, but is not limited to: PR, branding & positioning, digital advertising, website & product design, business development, recruiting, strategic partnerships, token utility modeling, investor relations, roadshows, and conferences.
When we enter into a service-based agreement with a company, we become part of their team, acting as part-time staff members as opposed to a third-party vendor. All of our contracts are customized to meet the specific needs of the client.
We only work with teams we love. After our initial interaction with founders, we always ask ourselves a simple, yet critical question: “Would we grab a drink with this team in a non-work-related environment?” We aim to be tightly integrated into the companies we serve, and this question helps us identify cultural fit. Ultimately, it ensures we’ll have fun working together to reach our goals. We’re proud to be associated with each of the nearly 50 companies in our client portfolio, but here are a few of our favorites.
We see BlockTeam Ventures as a legacy firm that will help new companies gain ground in the marketplace for the next century and beyond. In order to do this, we will be placing a unique focus on building an elevated brand and community. We will be hosting events worldwide, and creating a unique headquarters that serves as event space, incubation tank, and offices for our clients, partners, and friends.
This is a long-term vision that we hope to bring into reality as we grow. We'd love to create this vision as partners, with you by our side. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.