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EQUIAM Closes Second Quantitative VC Fund, Adds New Hires

VC EQUIAM has closed its second private fund, the EQUIAM Private Alpha Fund, with assets under management of $50mn.

“EQUIAM’s Private Alpha Fund marks a new era in growth and late-stage venture investing, where data-powered investment signals replace gut feel,” says Ziad Makkawi, Founder and CEO of EQUIAM. “The interest in our pioneering, quantitative approach from both institutions and individual investors shows that quantitative, risk-managed investing is the future of venture capital, where data availability continues to grow exponentially. We expect demand for VC 2.0 to continue growing, and we are building out our investment and distribution capabilities to meet it.”

Additionally, the firm has added three new hires. 

Laxus Tat has joined as Investment Engineer. Tat has experience automating and optimizing portfolio management using a variety of technologies, building dynamic asset allocation models, analyzing investing strategies and controlling portfolio exposure for different risk factors. Tat’s previous experience includes AssetMark and Los Angeles Capital Management.

Samantha Chow has joined as a Senior Associate, Operations. Chow's previous experience is in fund operations, reporting and accounting and she previously worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services.

Later this month, Shachi Shah will begin her role as Director, Strategic Operations. Shah will join EQUIAM from Plug and Play Tech Center and previously held roles at ICICI Bank and as a founder of Craftsy.

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