Will is Co-founder & General Partner of Elizabeth Street Ventures. Part cultural anthropologist, part digital consumer investor, he brings 18+ years of experience investing, sourcing and portfolio construction across the venture capital and hedge fund industries. Elizabeth Street is the third investment fund where he is a partner and the first firm he has founded.
Previously he was Partner at Grace Beauty Capital, a New York-based family office focused on early stage consumer businesses – the investment arm of a beauty product distribution company. During his time as portfolio manager at Grace Beauty Capital, he invested in Supergoop! (exit to Blackstone), Rothy's (partial exit to Alpargatas), ThirdLove, Harry’s, Parachute Home (exit in secondary market), Primary Kids, MM. LaFleur, Glamsquad, Eloquii (acquired by Walmart), Pixlee, Birchbox, Trendalytics, Vengo, Perch Interactive, SkuIQ, Ringly, Sourceeasy, Events.com.
Will was previously a Managing Director, Head of Research and the youngest Investment & Risk Committee member at Ironwood Capital Management, a San Francisco-based fund-of-hedge funds he helped grow from $250M to $3.5B in AUM and manage through the 2008 global financial crisis. Earlier in his career he was an investment banker in Lehman Brothers’ Global Technology Group, based in Menlo Park, CA. He co-founded Bambike with his younger brother, a sustainable bicycle manufacturer and tour operator in the Philippines ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.
Will graduated from Yale University with a B.A. double major in Anthropology and Economics. He was a three-year letter winner on the Yale Men’s Lacrosse team. He is currently a board observer at Tiny Organics and served on the board of Museum of Ice Cream. He is a Filipino-American dual citizen and has traveled to over 50 countries.