i80 Group is an investment firm designed to propel the innovation economy forward by empowering growth. Our bespoke financing solutions are unique to each partner’s needs, advancing them through critical growth milestones. We typically work with companies to provide financings starting at $25mm 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 assets. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all structure, we design bespoke solutions specific to the unique needs of our partners.
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 an SME SaaS receivables platform
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.
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 a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
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 a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Christine is responsible for marketing and investor relations at i80 Group. Prior to that she was the founder of White Paw Advisors, an advisor to the alternative asset community. Prior to White Paw, Christine was the COO and Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Pennant Capital Management, a NJ based long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to joining Pennant, she was a Managing Director and co-head of the U.S. Capital Introduction team at Goldman, Sachs & Co. During her tenure at Goldman Sachs, Christine held various roles across Equity Research, Research Sales and was the Chief of Staff to the Head of North American Equity Sales.
Christine received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
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 Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College.
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 a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College, and a Master of International Business from Tufts University.
Avi is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that, Avi was a Sr. Associate in the Securitized Products Finance Group at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, Avi was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Equity Derivatives Group at Credit Suisse. Prior to Credit Suisse, Avi was an Assistant to the COO of Trian Partners, an activist hedge fund that invests in undervalued and under-performing public companies. Prior to that, Avi was a VP of Security for Israel Aerospace Industries. Prior to that, Avi was a Captain of an Infantry Special Forces unit in the IDF.
Avi received a Bachelor in Business Administration from Baruch College, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
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 Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics modified with Economics from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Mark is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that he was an Associate in the Structured Products Group at Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Financial Analyst at DBRS, a full-service global credit ratings business.
Dylan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from American University.
Mr. Small is an investment professional at i80 Group. Prior to that he was a Senior Analyst at Prime Meridian Capital Management, a credit focused hedge fund. Prior to Prime Meridian Capital Management, he was an Analyst at First Republic Bank.
Justin received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from University of San Francisco.
Mr. Seneviratne is an Associate at i80 Group. Prior to that he was an Associate at CAL, a frontier market financial services company. Prior to CAL, he was a finance graduate trainee at Heineken N.V. Prior to that he was a FX trader at T3 Trading Group, a registered broker-dealer.
Irindu received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State University, and a Master of Management in Analytics from McGill University.
Dakota is a Business Analyst at i80 Group. Previously, Dakota spent 4 years as a Research Analyst at LGK Wealth Management in Edmonton, Alberta while completing his undergraduate degree. Beforehand, Dakota spent time playing competitive hockey in both Canada and the United States.
Dakota received a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and a Master of Management in Finance from McGill University.
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 a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.