about

Mantis outlined logo
Background ethereal decorative gradientBackground ethereal decorative gradient

ABOUT US

Mantis VC is a partnership between Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, otherwise known as The Chainsmokers, and experienced Venture Capital professionals and entrepreneurs Milan Koch and Jeffrey Evans that invests opportunistically in early stage technology enabled startups.

We leverage our social capital to redefine how to support GTM, from branding and storytelling to warm introductions to closing customers and candidates. As creators of culture ourselves, we know how to build a product and create a community and narrative around it. Given our broad LP base, we can confidently say we are one degree of connection from most high-profile individuals and take pride in being the most helpful investors on the cap table.

INVESTMENT FOCUS

Seed & Series A technology-enabled startups

IDENTITY

We set out to prove to the world that we were going to be much more than just another celebrity fund. Our focus was on building an immediately recognized and respected generational fund. We knew that our path to success would be paved by unsurpassed hustle and exceptional results. Core to our success is a set of broad, deep and enduring relationships across tech, media, entertainment, and finance. Consider us your hunting dogs: we'll go to any length to help you find design partners & early customers.  

We are not just founder friendly; we are founder obsessed. The transaction itself signals the beginning, not the end of our relationship. That is when the real work starts, and we welcome the opportunity to prove our value, share our experiences and perspectives and learn from our founders.

TODAY

Social capital is what actually creates market demand, rapidly expands a brand, and draws others in. Mantis exudes social capital. This, combined with our focus on experience, perspective, relationships and tenacity, is the core of Mantis. Through our 130+ investments, we’ve listened to and worked with many unique and diverse founders. Companies launched in today’s environment need the Avengers on their cap table – people with different backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives, to help build the companies that define the next generation.

Testimonials

“Mantis was created by founders for founders - they know what it takes to build massive businesses and what founders need to be successful because they’ve done it themselves. As a founder getting a check from Mantis means adding an extended founding team - they proactively help on marketing, hiring, liquidity, fundraising, and so much more! If you’re lucky enough to get them on the cap table, unlike most checks, this VC check comes with hustle.”

Jeeves
Co-Founder
,
Sherwin Gandhi

"Mantis has truly been there for us every step of the way. From helping us build hype and get in front of key influencers pre-launch to helping us think through and execute upon our growth and partnership strategy post-launch, Mantis has really stepped up for us in a big way. They are proactive, curious, passionate, and are overall just really great people to work with and we are incredibly fortunate to have them onboard."

Faraway Games
Founder
,
Alex Paley

"The Mantis guys are awesome. Since being added to our cap table they have turned out to be one of the most helpful investors when it comes to helping us close top talent in the most competitive hiring market ever. Without them we wouldn't have built the caliber of team we built today."

Dandy
Co-Founder
,
Daniel Hanover

"I started speaking with Alex well before we launched Irreverent Labs, I told him I was working on something with some friends and he might want to take a look at it when we were ready to share. The entire time he was instantly responsive and had no expectations. Working with Mantis has been awesome, they're super engaged and they connected us with some huge investors to help us fill out our round, which led to a very fast Series A. When Mantis says they're going to do something they do it almost immediately. If you're lucky enough to have them on your cap table you're probably doing something right!"

Irreverent Labs
Founder
,
Rahul Sood

“The Mantis team are beasts. They hustle on all facets of support, from recruitment, onboarding influencer marketing targets, to even conversations with some of the world's most powerful leaders. Their connectivity and responsiveness go above and beyond most investors.”

Step
Founder
,
CJ MacDonald

“The Mantis team have an been incredible part of the Alchemy family. Their help in recruiting, team experiences, and introductions has been game-changing and we’re so grateful for their friendship and support! Of the 100+ world-class investors in Alchemy (including some of the highest profile and accomplished founders, celebrities, and institutional investors in the world) we can strongly say Alex and Drew are some of our absolute favorites. We would take them again in a heartbeat and strongly recommend them to any founder.”

Alchemy
Founder
,
Nikil Viswanathan
Background ethereal decorative gradientBackground ethereal decorative gradient