About HOF Capital
HOF Capital is a technology venture capital firm. HOF has a broad portfolio acceleration platform, including offices in New York (headquarters) and London and a venture partner network around the world. We are backed by leading multinational corporations across 16 countries, which view HOF as the best way to work with the US innovation economy.
HOF Capital is looking to partner with one or more researchers to co-author some research with us. The best fit for this is a team of graduate students, likely MBAs. We have experience doing this. For example, in 2011-13, our Partner David Teten worked with a team of three Columbia MBAs (ex-McKinsey and BCG consultants) on a research study on Best Practices of Venture Capitalists in Increasing the Value of Portfolio Companies. They earned an A in their course, and the article was the most-viewed study in the Journal of Private Equity for the year following its publication. The coauthors later published this research in many leading publications.
Carry out in-depth company and industry research for an agreed-upon topic of interest. We are primarily currently interested in:
Refine our investment thesis for blockchain and digital currencies. Specific interest in how, and should, blockchain technology be used in developing economies. Internal sponsors: Fady Yacoub, Hisham Elhaddad, David Teten
Disruption of the investment management industry. Internal sponsor: David Teten
In-depth study of emerging asset classes. Most of the best returns of all time in finance were earned by early investors in emerging asset classes, which were not viewed as formal asset classes when investors first assessed them. Examples: art, carbon credits, collectibles, cryptocurrencies, divorce names, farm/ranches, frequent flyer miles, insurance, internet domain, lifetime individual income, litigation, patents, receivables, timber, virtual currencies, motion picture rights, music royalties, fiber optic cable, health club fees and meal credits, securitizations of revenues from professional stadiums, notes and certificates in financing backed by rights and revenues under national media contracts for National Football League and Major League baseball team, single-family rental industry, tax shelter, abandoned assets. We are looking to study how to identify these emerging assets and classes early. Internal sponsor: David Teten
Cybersecurity for autonomous vehicles. Internal sponsor: Karim Fattal
How the MENA region can leverage Israeli technology. Internal sponsor: David Teten
Investment opportunities in gene editing and the underlying ecosystem of technology enabling service delivery. Internal sponsor: Hisham Elhaddad, Victor Wang
Investment opportunities across the digital currency ecosystem. Internal sponsor: Hisham Elhaddad
Alternatives to the alternatives: alternative energy sources as good as, or better than, conventional sources at lower prices and at scale (e.g., Meta Materials & Solar enhancement in the Sahara). Internal sponsor: Fady Yacoub
Opportunities to use Enterprise SaaS at larger corporates (e.g., Adidas, Orascom Construction, Switch Supernap, Italiaonline, LaMancha, etc.). Internal sponsor: Onsi Sawiris
Market map of investment opportunities in next-generation user interfaces, e.g., voice command, brain-computer interfaces, etc. Internal sponsor: Victor Wang
We plan to publish this research in the form of a white paper and in short form in leading publications such as Forbes, TechCrunch, PE Hub, etc. In addition, we plan to present this research at industry conferences.
Prefer a team of graduate students (MBA/PhD/MS/etc.)
Prefer experience as a strategy consultant or investment research analyst or member of a relevant high growth start-up in the space in question
Prefer that you are executing this research for a class or independent (for-credit) research
Creative, takes initiative within both the creative and analytical sphere
You will have ownership of your own writing projects and manage these projects from start to finish
We can help provide you with research materials, guidance, introductions to interviewees and other experts, and access to unique data sets
Work in a creative, future-focused setting
HOF is well established enough to have product-market fit, while young enough that you can have a significant impact on our trajectory/culture
Location: Can be done remotely, however will need to be able to come to the New York office to meet the team at least once.
Start Date: ASAP