TI Platform Management is a global SEC-registered venture investment platform co-founded by Alex Bangash and Trang Nguyen in 2015. The venture firm invests in what they believe to be disruptive venture structures such as studios and platforms with a high growth potential while striving to bridge the diversity gap. Together with the support of their mission-driven LPs who include prominent foundations endowments, insurance firms, pensions, and sovereign wealth funds, the firm seeks to highlight global talent while promoting female founders and minorities-owned funds and companies in the venture capital ecosystem.
In the last decade, the percentage of deals with women on founding teams increased from 7.9% to 15.7%, according to PitchBook's July 2019 update. In 2019, more female-founded and co-founded unicorns — tech companies valued at $1B - were born than ever before and totals to 14.8% of all established unicorns that year, Forbes reports.
Prior to TI Platform Management, Alex Bangash was an early investor and involved in the formation of First Round Capital, Founders Fund, and Y Combinator among other well-known names. Alex and Trang also co-invested in many established funds such as Emergence and Khosla Ventures as well as directly in some YC companies. Since 2015, TI Platform seeded and anchored what they believe to be disruptive seed platforms and studios such as Entrepreneur First, Initialized, SaaStr, and have co-invested in Series B and C companies alongside Accel, Sequoia, and others.*
Since 2015, TI Platform Management has deployed over $330M in emerging managers and upcoming entrepreneurs, many of which are minority or female-led GP funds. We are proud to say that 65% of our managers have one or more female or minority GP/co-founder.
Our team members also come from diverse backgrounds, representing more than nine countries,” says Trang. She emphasizes the fact that diversity and inclusion efforts need to saturate all levels of the organization: from top to bottom and vice versa, involving the management team and employees. TI Platform’s team consists of executives with an immigration background or minorities such as African-American as well as employees with roots in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Greece, Sweden, India, and Vietnam. They believe that having a diverse team built on global talent rather than the traditional approach of mainly hiring local talent is beneficial to the overall culture and aligns with their investment philosophy.
TI Platform Management has always had a strong focus on creating a culture of diversity. As they allocate capital on behalf of their LPs, they are thoughtful about finding unique entrepreneurs and models to generate outsized returns while promoting a culture of diversity within the ecosystem. “We strive to include diversity in everything we do – in all our interactions, when we recruit new co-workers, the mission of our partners and LPs, and in our GPs - with the ultimate goal of identifying the next big outlier and emerging unicorns,” says Trang.
Examples of TI Platform Management’s Diversity Work Includes:
- TI Platform Management partnered with Trusted Insight, a sister organization, and hosts an annual conference to promote diversity and push innovation within the LP community. See 2019’s panel on Lifting Barriers for Diversity and Inclusion hosted by Carlos Rangel, W.K. Kellogg Foundation - an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with the chief investment officer of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Brian O’Neil, Mallun Yen, founder of Operator Collective, Dawn Song, founder and CEO of Oasis Labs, and Areije Al Shakar, Senior Vice President at Bahrain Development Bank.
- TI Platform continuously invests in a diverse group of managers so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to nominate a diversity manager and learn about our founder program application process.
- TI Platform Management represents a variety of nationalities and fosters a culture of diversity from top-down to bottom-up.
- Trusted Insight, the sister organization, founded by Alex Bangash in 2010 also promotes diversity through ranked investor lists such as the Top 30 Foundations Investing In Diversity. The list identifies and showcases senior-level investors that are spearheading projects around diversity within their investment offices and through the investments they fund.
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