GI Finance

GI Capital

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GI Capital is a US-based investment fund in equities.

US-based investment fund
Investment in equities with a focus on technology (fintech, data, Internet, eCommerce...)

Performance of the fund :

  • Q1’21 93% – We invested in LendingClub as we believe in their new business model. They acquired Radius Bank and it changes a lot of things in their business model (cost of capital, access to funds).

About the fund

The fund aims to give more financial power to our investors to build together a new model of Society while redistributing a portion of the gain to finance great causes, such as healthcare, environment, quality of life… 

 

Fund model

We are developing a new model aiming to serve individuals, and institutional investors who believe in our model and, of course, want to benefit from our performance.

 

Return & redistribution

We redistribute more gains to investors while growing the fund internally, paying GI to operate the fund and building great technologies while financing great causes through the Fair Business Deal Innovation Foundation (healthcare, environment, quality of life…).

Our expectation is to outperform peer-group benchmarks.

 

History of the fund

GI grew up from 2011 till 2020 to invent growth engines for large enterprises and SMEs. In collaboration with large banks from 2015 to 2019, GI specialized in purchase order financing of merchants on marketplaces. In 2020, multiple causes led GI to develop its own fund to finance merchants. Sharing the values of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (nbim.no), we decided to create a fund to invest in equities and purchase order financing of merchants on marketplaces.

We wanted the fund to contribute to a new model of Society like the one GI has developed since its inception to grow business and society together. We designed the fund to be open to every single investor whatever their financial capacities are, and institutional investors who believe in our model.

 

How does the fund grow?

GI Capital generates returns from investments in equities in Europe and North America. We invest in companies that serve the people, the environment and challenge the status quo. We mainly invest in highly liquid companies on the stock market.

 

Here to stay

We grow the fund internally with a part of the returns. Day after day, we purchase stocks of companies with the fund to, one day, change their governance structure and make them serve Society better. The fund is a long-term investor to change the behavior of companies we invest in.

 

Capital, technology & services

The fund technology platform is operated by GI. GI also builds technology platforms to help businesses grow. We provide software and services in a couple of sectors:

  • Marketfire: Business Analytics Platform for online merchants
  • GI OKR: Performance Management software
  • GI Big Data Analytics: Business Analytics Platform & services for large enterprises and SMEs

 

Governance

  • Xavier Vaucois, Founder & CEO

Xavier Vaucois is the founder & CEO of General Internet Company as well as the founder & CEO of the Fair Business Deal Innovation Foundation. Xavier spent more than 20 years in the technology and financial sectors in Europe and in the USA.

  • Bob Fenton, CFO

Bob Fenton is a Finance executive with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the co-founder of Solera National Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: SLRK), which opened for business in 2007 after the successful completion of a $25.5 million IPO. Mr. Fenton served as EVP, CFO/COO of Solera National Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SLRK, from 2007 through 2014, and then as President & CEO in 2014 and 2015. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors from 2014 through 2019 and chaired the Audit Committee during 2016 through 2019.

Prior to co-founding the bank, Mr. Fenton was the CFO of Visa Debit Processing Services (DPS), a division of Visa USA. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Fenton was the CFO of E*TRADE Bank. Before joining E*TRADE, Mr. Fenton held several leadership positions, domestically and internationally, during his 15-year career with Citigroup. Prior to his tenure at Citigroup, Mr. Fenton spent five years with PepsiCo in various finance roles and began his career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Mr. Fenton is a CPA (inactive license) and has an MBA in Finance along with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area with his wife of 37 years. He and his wife are co-founders of Wellspring Community, a nonprofit serving approximately 100 individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

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