Ripple Ventures was founded by Matt Cohen, an operator turned investor. After leaving a successful career in institutional finance, Matt was the founding investor of a Toronto-based startup, Turnstyle Solutions. From the early days, Matt helped with everything from building desks in their first office, to hiring and helping them navigate sales strategies with customers. Though the company did raise some capital, Matt saw a gap in the early-stage ecosystem where founders needed more than capital to succeed.
Shortly after this experience, Matt went on to work and live in Boston at a fintech startup, selling enterprise software solutions to the top financial institutions in the world. After returning home to Toronto, Matt built up a successful angel portfolio with significant exits including Turnstyle, Tokyo Smoke, and others. Given the strong performance of these angel investments, family offices and high-net-worth investors in Matt’s network supported him to launch Ripple Ventures in 2018.