“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins
Our vision at AlphaFlow is to unlock the world’s opaque markets, and we look to do that by making it easy to invest in previously inaccessible asset classes. Building a great company though always starts with recruiting world-class talent, and so I’m incredibly excited to welcome Chris Woida as co-Chief Investment Officer of AlphaFlow!
Chris has a successful track record of identifying missing pieces in an investor’s portfolio and building innovative and cost-effective solutions across asset classes. Most recently, he was the Head of Index Solutions at Axioma where he led the expansion of the firm’s multi-billion dollar index business into fixed income and derivatives.
Before Axioma, Chris was at Blackrock as a founding member of the Factor-Based Strategies Group and the lead investment strategist for its flagship style factor hedge fund. During his tenure, Chris helped build the company’s smart beta and factor-based platforms and contributed to the design of the company’s first fixed income smart beta ETF. His wealth of experience in building and structuring investment offerings will ultimately be a tremendous asset to our clients.
Over the last 9 months, AlphaFlow has fundamentally changed real estate investing. Many of our clients who began investing with us last spring are now in over 200 loans. Massive diversification protects downside, but by being able to quickly put investor capital to work we’ve also minimized cash drag and basically covered our fees. While we’re proud of our performance, Chris is going to help elevate every part of our business.
Over the coming year, he’s going to lead our efforts to:
- Introduce new tax-efficient investment structures
- Implement institutional-quality risk management
- Bring a more systematic approach to lender and loan underwriting
- Identify asymmetrical investment opportunities, in which the upside opportunity exceeds the downside risk
- Ultimately, expand to additional asset classes
Today, individuals, hedge funds, university endowments, and family offices are using AlphaFlow to passively invest in real estate bridge loans. We’re proud to be serving all of these investors on the same terms and as a registered investment advisor, we’ve embraced our fiduciary duty and make every investment allocation algorithmically, so no investor needs to worry about anyone receiving preferential treatment. We’re unlocking the world’s opaque markets, and I couldn’t be more excited to have Chris on the team to help lead AlphaFlow!
About the author:
Ray Sturm is a leading entrepreneur in financial technology, and is currently the CEO of AlphaFlow. Prior to launching AlphaFlow, he founded RealtyShares, one of the P2P industry’s top platforms for real estate investing. His early career in finance included investment banking at Bear Stearns, restructuring at Lazard Frères and private equity at CCMP Capital.
Ray has a BBA-Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago.