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Invest with Tristan Pollock's Syndicate
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Note from Tristan Pollock's Syndicate

My syndicate differentiates in three ways:

1 - I only invest in founders that I'm extremely passionate about, and who I believe are smart, ethical leaders.

2 - Thus, founders offer my syndicate better terms and early access. I also sometimes offer lower carry and minimum investments than most syndicates.

3 - Finally, the companies not only have exciting growth, but are also truly bettering the world.

I focus on companies in these areas:

1 - Experiences - travel, vicetech, and other experiential companies.

2 - Creativity - empowering the creative class through content, art, music or otherwise.

3 - Frontier Tech - the future of technology. Think artificial intelligence.

4 - Marketplaces - distributing power. This includes the sharing economy.

About me:

I invest in, and get early access to, founders who are genuine and know how to hustle in markets that I know well. I also coach every founder I invest in on fundraising and growth, and bring many ex-founders to invest with me who know the industry. Sometimes I get better valuations, too.

*I've built and sold two companies.

*I've raised $10M as a founder and invested $30M as a VC.

*I've spent the past decade in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and around the globe working with startup accelerators, including Google for Startups and 500 Startups, watching the entire startup lifecycle occur again and again.

Thus, my selection process is carefully made as I look for startups that have legit and growing traction, a solid vision, and big potential. I'm opportunistic, what can I say.

Join me in partnering with founders who want to build movements around their companies.

More on me:


I source startups from my network and I syndicate all of my investment opportunities.

Tristan Pollock
Movement Builder | EIR & Venture Partner at @500startups | Founded @storefront (raised $10M, acq by OuiOpen) & @socialearth (acq by 3BLMedia) | Mystery Designer
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Sheel Mohnot
GP @BetterTomorrowVentures, leading seed deals in fintech. Past includes @500fintech @feefighters @kiva @bcg @carnegie-mellon-university @university-of-michigan
Lisa Rich
Founder@Xplore Founder@Hemisphere Ventures Founder@BrainyQuote, Strategist, Speaker, Frontier Tech investor in synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space.
Shelby Clark
Founder @turo, early team member at kiva. Passionate about the power of p2p marketplaces.
Evelyn Ortiz
Founder @ec-tech-group • Worked at @study-net-corporation-mcgoodwin-james-co • Investor @ec-tech-group, Run-A-Mutt
Austin Arensberg
Director, @okta Ventures, Fmr Head of US Investments @scrum-ventures (Previously @samsung-electronics) @insead-1 @university-of-colorado-boulder
Elizabeth Yin
General Partner & co-founder at Hustle Fund. Prev partner at 500Startups. CEO/co-founder of LaunchBit (Acq Sept '14). BSEE Stanford. MBA MIT Sloan.
Firat Ileri
Early Stage Investor at Hummingbird VC. MIT '08. Invest in exceptional entrepreneurs globally. @Kraken, @deliveroo, @showpad, @gram-games, @billiontoone
Kevin Weatherman
Co-Founder & CEO @leverhealth - fmr @mopub acq. @twitter , @onesignal - NYC Angel Investor
Tristan is a creative thinker who brings people together and gets things done. Social Earth came out of nowhere to become a key media channel for the social entrepreneurship sector under Tristan's leadership. I'm excited to see what he does now with Storefront.
Tom Dawkins
For Tristan Pollock's work at SocialEarth
Tristan is a values-first dude who works and works and works to create amazing products. He's also a wonderful team player who works well with others to get things done. I have so much faith in the good work that Tristan does, both with Storefront and with all of his endeavors. Also,...more
Problem solver. Get shit done-r. Inspiring to work with.
I endorse Tristan. Honest, humble, curious, persistent.
Robert Stephens
For Tristan Pollock's work at Best Buy
Tristan is a marketplace / distribution expert.
Pete Ryan
For Tristan Pollock's investment at Gogohire
Great entrepreneur, great networking guy, happy to work with him!
Raffaele Giovine
For Tristan Pollock's work with
Tristan is your all weather go-to man. If shit is doing well, he will take you out for drinks, have a good time and give you nuggets of incredible advice for how it can be even better. If shit hits the fan, he will sit with you and figure a way out. Lucky to have him as a part of Headout.
Great help as our POC at
Evan Prodromou
For Tristan Pollock's investment at
Tristan is smart, super helpful and really gets marketplaces. We're fortunate to have caught his attention and you would be too.
Tristan is a huge proponent of the #viceconomy. Tristan understands that millennials spend more money on experiences with friends then on physicals goods that clutter their urban apartments. He's smart, cool and thoughtful.
John M. Rushworth
For Tristan Pollock's work with BottlesTonight
Tristan was a fantastic mentor at 500, and has continued to help us after the program ended. If you're looking for a strategic advisor / investor talk to Tristan.
Tristan is wicked smart and an out-of-box thinker. Great to have a mentor for strategy and ideas!
Wayne Thai
For Tristan Pollock's work with Voyajoy
Tristan know how to hustle to get results. His advice is always actionable and on point.
Mikael Yan
For Tristan Pollock's work with ManyChat
Instrumental in getting us into Batch18 of 500 Startups
Prem Kumta
For Tristan Pollock's investment at Up All Night
Tristan is a smart, deep thinking and driven entrepreneur. He has been extremely helpful and influential as a mentor and friend.
Tristan is amazing! He has been the mentor to Funderful while at 500Startups in SF. He was not just super supportive, and gave super valuable advice, and helped with lots of introductions, but he was also great emotional support while going through the ups and downs of rushing through the...more
Tristan and I worked together at 500 for over a year, through my time there he was open, honest, and a valuable resource to our community at large. If you need to tackle problems creatively then he's your man.
Tristan is an entrepreneur, deal maker, crafted wordsmith and passionate connector who here to founders and startups. He stands at the intersection between Art, culture, technology and community. Look forward to collaborate in the future and learn from the smile that he has.
Tristan is such a creative thinker in the way he approaches even the largest problems. Every founding team I've had the pleasure of sending his way has been blown away with his value add!
Tristan is great to work with — he is a genius connector and strategic thinker. He can warm up a room of strangers in no time and lead that team to success. Highly recommend him!
Tristan is an incredible entrepreneur, and down right great person. Proud to call him a mentor and a friend.
Tristan is everything Silicon Valley needs, embodied in one giant man: kindness, generosity, creativity, intelligence and a boat load of humor.
Tristan is incredibly well connected and savvy with all things Silicon Valley and startups. He has a work ethic second to none and always makes himself available to help other people first!
Tristan is a rare combo of smart, passionate, process savvy, and creative.
Tristan is an awesome mentor and gives actionable advice! He helps anyway he can and is great at making valuable connections. :)
Tristan has a remarkable ability connecting with people. After meeting him for coffee several years ago, he invited me to Indochino's media launch event for their San Francisco pop-up, which Tristan made happen through Storefront. I went only intending to write about the experience, but had...more
I worked with Tristan for years while at 500 startups. Not only was super helpful to all of the teams helping them develop solid fundraising strategy (ask, pitch, timing of emails, the actual how to run the process and stay organized), he was also always a sound moral support for founders who...more
Tristan possesses a rare combination of creative, analytical and people skills that make him a triple threat when it comes to the help and guidance he can provide a startup. In our time in 500 Startups, Tristan went above and beyond to help our company grow and he continues to reach out, showing...more
Tristan is a successful entrepreneur and investor. His experience as founder of Storefront is totally relevant to building our live music marketplace.
David Baird
For Tristan Pollock's work with Gigmor
Tristan has been a great resource for us as our business is a marketplace of sorts. He has proved extremely valuable in helping us pitch investors and refine our vision for the passenger entertainment experience.
James Bellefeuille
For Tristan Pollock's work with Vugo
"Startup-master" is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Tristan.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tristan at a "Podim" conference in Europe, after which he became an Advisor in our company.
He is a great mentor with much patience, always ready to listen.
I was...more
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