i80 Group is a specialty finance firm providing capital and support to breakthrough fintech and proptech companies and other innovative platforms.

About i80 Group

We provide creative and flexible asset-based facilities used to fund origination of loans and other collateral. We typically work with companies to provide financings starting at $10mm and scaling significantly thereafter.

Our capital is a complement to institutional equity (VC/PE) where equity is used to finance the underlying operating business and our debt is used to cost-effectively originate collateralizable assets (equipment, real estate, receivables, loan pools, etc). Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all structure, we design bespoke solutions specific to the unique needs of our partners.

Illustrative Deals

Credit Facility for a rent-to-own real estate platform secured by single family residences
Purchase agreement with skill-based schools for non-government backed student loans secured by cash and the underlying loan pool
Purchase agreement with a national neobank secured by cash and an over-collateralized loan pool
Credit facility for a real estate SaaS platform collateralized by receivables
Credit facility for an iBuyer secured by single family residences
Credit facility for a short-term rental operator collateralized by ff&e and rental income stream
Exclusive commercial agreement with a digital media platform to factor receivables
Credit facility for a commercial lender collateralized by revenue
Warehouse facility for a real estate lending platform secured by mortgages

Who We Are

Interstate 80 (I-80) is an east–west transcontinental freeway in the United States that runs from downtown San Francisco to the New York City Metropolitan Area.

We chose the name i80 to reflect the core focus of our work that sits at the intersection of Silicon Valley innovation and Wall Street finance.

With offices in New York and San Francisco, and a team with decades of significant credit and technology investing experience, we are building a firm to effectively serve the innovation economy with creative and flexible non-dilutive financing solutions.

Our Team

Marc Helwani
Founder and CIO
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Marc Helwani

Founder and CIO

Marc is the Founder and CIO of i80 Group. Prior to that he was the founder of Avenue A Ventures, a fintech focused VC fund. Prior to that he was a Portfolio Manager at York Capital (2008-2014). He was a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Firm’s Risk Management and Operating committees. Prior to re-joining York Capital in 2008, he was a co-Portfolio Manager of the Event Driven group at Sandelman Partners. Prior to joining Sandelman Partners in 2007, he was a Senior Analyst at Magnetar Capital, where he was a founding pre-launch member of the investment team. Prior to joining Magnetar Capital in 2005, he was an analyst at York Capital. Prior to joining York Capital in 2003, he was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Marc received his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Warren Sckolnick
Chief Operating Officer
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Warren Sckolnick

Chief Operating Officer

Warren is the COO and CCO of i80 Group. Prior to that he was the COO and CCO of Centenus Global Management, a NY based long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to launching Centenus in 2018, he was the founding pre-launch COO and initial analyst at Seven Locks Capital Management, a cross-capital structure, value-oriented hedge fund. Prior to launching Seven Locks in 2008, he was a pre-launch member and analyst on the value/catalyst investment team at Magnetar Capital a multi-strategy hedge fund (2005-2008).

Warren received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

 

 

Managing Director
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Asher Hochberg

Managing Director

Asher is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to joining i80 Group, he launched the credit division at CircleUp. He was the Managing Director of CircleUp Credit and General Partner of CircleUp Credit Fund I. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Crestwood Capital Management. Prior to Crestwood, he was an Associate at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Principal Investment Area. Prior to that, he was an investment banking Analyst in the TMT group at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Asher received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College.

Managing Director
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Duggan Jensen

Managing Director

Duggan is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that he was Deputy Director of Research for Aptigon Capital, a division of Citadel Investment Group. Prior to that he was US Director of Research for Visium Asset Management. Prior to joining Visium, he was the founder and portfolio manager for Mt. Harlan Capital Management, a long/short fund. Prior Mt. Harlan Capital he was an analyst at SAC Capital. Mr. Jensen began his career at York Capital Management.

Duggan received his A.B. from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a CFA Charter holder.

Principal
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Peter Frank

Principal

Peter is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that he was an investment professional at PG Impact Investments, focused on specialty finance. Prior to that he was an investment professional at CKC Partners, a middle-market private-equity firm. Prior to that he was a consultant at Triple Jump Advisory where he worked with the portfolio management team.

Peter received his Master of International Business from Tufts University, and a B.A. from Kenyon College.

Vice President
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Haley Carstensen

Vice President

Haley is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that she was a Business Development Associate at CircleUp, a financial technology company that provides early-stage consumer startups with access to capital and resources to help them thrive. Prior to CircleUp, she was an Associate at Pantheon Ventures. Prior to Pantheon, she was an investment banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Barclays.

Haley received a B.A. in Mathematics modified with Economics from Dartmouth College.

Venture Partner
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Ben Siscovick

Venture Partner

Ben is a Venture Partner at i80 Group. Ben was most recently an equities analyst and head of strategic projects at Dayah Capital, one of the largest equity funds within Millennium Partners. Prior to joining Millennium, Ben was part of the founding team and General Partner at IA Ventures, one of the top performing venture funds of the past decade. Ben was also founder and CEO of a venture-backed health-tech startup and began his career as an Investment Banking analyst at Barclays.

Ben received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Contact Us

New Opportunities: origination@i80group.com

Investor Relations: ir@i80group.com

New York Office

900 Third Avenue, Suite 1403
New York, NY 10022

San Francisco Office

345 California Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104