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The Firm | System Disrupt Ventures

The Firm

What is the best way for me to approach SysDisrupt?

Before you submit an inquiry via our Registration Request please look in and acknowledge our Privacy & Terms sections — don’t ignore them (we can tell if you did!). If we’re interested we will follow up with you within two weeks for more information.

What markets and technologies do you work with?

We are experienced in a number of different markets and technologies, including Market Intelligence (or Due Diligence), Plaintiff Consumer/Investor Litigations, software, consumer Internet, SaaS, investor Internet, Health Services, advertising, mobile, and data. Our mandate is to invest in, or obtain products and services in all the above areas, which means that we consider a wide variety of good ideas.

What do you do for those who need help?

INDIVIDUALS:       
        We evaluate your claim and case and determine quickly what can be done. We then link with a like-minded law firm willing to take your case with a firm grasp of the facts and the target. This work may be percentile or pro bono, depending on the issue and scope of reach.
        Buying a car or truck? Read our recent reports on false and deceptive advertising regarding falsification of MPG estimates, which have been overstated by as much as 17%.
 
ORGANIZATIONS
        Need background work on a political cause or candidate? We recently worked opposition research on fraud and white-collar crime claims against a U.S. Senate candidate in a western state, which lowered the margin a full ten points, in the last 30 days of the race.
 
WHAT WE DO
We are a highly trained educated group dedicated to advocacy and due diligence in getting you justice. We tackle everything from the food you eat, to your investments interests. We seek out dastardly acts by corporations and/or individuals who roll over the little guy by evading regulatory oversight and/or hiding the facts in a court of law.

For Small Business Founders and/or Investors, we help accelerate their growth, supporting their efforts in the following areas:

Group of 40 Investors in an NYSE listed entity: They believe they were deceived by Management representations, warranties, and assurances resulting in a merger valued at over $90M. We are currently helping to address those concerns in an attempt to avoid litigation.

In re the Facebook (FB) IPO late 2010 to issue on April 2012: On the ever-present news that Facebook was considering and then preparing to launch its IPO, I tracked its public statements. As the IPO neared, throughout the first quarter of 2012, I tracked their IPO paperwork. Was sitting in my Park Avenue office, three days prior to the release – and leading up to the date of the IPO – I publicly, and with a lot of fanfare, not to mention a shitload of acrimony, believed that the appropriate price was more in the range of $18 per share. Depending on the options puts or shorts purchased, people who followed that recommendation made hundreds of millions of dollars.

In re Ford Motor Company: False and deceptive miles per gallon (mpg) advertising – on this concept, which resulted in the first filing of a national class-action, this team was involved in fact gathering and background document gathering for the class-action filed by a client.
Paramount Studios Producer: This Emmy Award-winning Director wanted a full research package on the acts of a notorious Ponzi operator. We rallied to it, and provided detailed events for his use in the film. We were renewed to stay on the project into next the next three quarters of 2012-2014.


What do you look for in areas you’re asked to help in?

Low Capital Requirements: Many of the largest and most successful technology companies consumed very little capital on their way to large profits.

Strong Founding Team: We prefer to fund teams with both market and technology experience. If an entrepreneur understands the market, he or she can often navigate the company over time to a larger exit on less capital.

Large Potential Market: The potential for a big outcome must be present, even if the path is uncertain and subject to change.

Commercial Adoption: In consumer-oriented ventures we look for enough usage to illustrate that consumers will adopt the product or service. In business-oriented ventures we look for at least a small amount of revenue from paying customers.

Do you have a preference for where companies are located?

We have the ability to pursue businesses across the globe, although we spend most of our time in New York and the west coast.