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Team

  • Christian Lawless

    General Partner

    Prior to founding Conversion Capital, Christian was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and Nomura focused on fixed income and equity markets in both New York City and London. He has been a leading technology investor for over a decade, having led investments for the firm in companies including Ramp, Blend (NYSE:BLND), Figure, Improbable, Wisetack, and currently serves as a Director at Vesta, Haven, Pylon, Raylu, and Booster Fuels. Christian graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with a degree in Economics.

  • Eugene Marinelli

    Operating Partner

    Eugene was previously founder and CTO of Blend (NYSE: BLND), a Silicon Valley technology company propelling consumer banking into the digital age. As an investor, Eugene advises our portfolio companies on establishing robust, scalable teams and technology. Eugene graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science.

  • Erin Collard

    Operating Partner

    Erin was previously founder and CFO of Blend (NYSE: BLND), a Silicon Valley technology company propelling consumer banking into the digital age, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. As an investor, Erin focuses on early-stage enterprise and fintech companies helping with financial scale and partnerships. He has over a decade of deep financial and technology experience, having served as both Head Trader and Managing Director at Peter Thiel's fund, Clarium Capital. Erin graduated from the University of Sheffield, and holds a Masters in Economics from University of Warwick.

  • David Talpalar

    Investor

    David focuses on fintech investments across proptech, consumer lending, and e-commerce. He previously spent 3 years as a venture investor at Citi, where he invested in companies such as Roofstock, ICON, Notarize, PayJoy, Cart.com, and more; he also helped portfolio companies grow by facilitating strategic partnerships. David graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics.

  • Adam Yarnold

    Venture Partner

    Adam is the founder of Fin3 Technologies, Inc., a web3 infrastructure and applications company for financial services. Adam spent 19 years in finance running businesses focused on consumer, real estate, and corporate lending and securitization. He is a graduate of Stanford and Carnegie Mellon Universities and served in the United States Army.

  • Alex Kern

    Investment Research

    Alex focuses on software investments across fintech, AI, data, and crypto. He brings 7 years of research experience across public and private technology markets, most recently with CB Insights where he led their State of Fintech and Fintech 250 research products. Alex graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jay Rattino, CPA

    VP of Finance

    Jay is VP of Finance at Conversion Capital. With over 12 years experience, his past roles include auditor, fund administrator, and fund accountant. He holds a double major in accounting/economics from Muhlenberg College. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Courtney Knox

    Executive Assistant

  • Raphael Del Rio

    Resident Designer

    Raphael is a design and brand director with several years of experience in software platforms across the financial, healthcare and real estate sectors.

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