Our Story

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on the foundation of curiosity, honesty and hustle. We connect entrepreneurs to capital, talent and customers across the startup journey.

15+ Years of Real Estate Innovation

Founded FiveTen and 643 Capital – Leading national platforms in the single family rental sectors
Sold to Cerberus

Founded Dwell Finance – Tech-enabled national bridge lending platform
Sold to BlackStone

Co-Founded Roofstock, the first digital marketplace for investing in single family rental properties, now responsible for >$1bn in transactions.
Backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed

Founded 1Sharpe Capital to fill a gap in the real estate credit and capital markets ecosystem, shaping capital markets strategies for proptech companies like LendingHome and Ribbon.
Grew to >$1bn AUM

Launched real estate investment arm, acquiring and adding value to assets
Bought 1,000 multifamily units, 10,000 single family rental properties

Launched impact investing effort focused on ESG
Received A+ UNPRI rating

Incubated proptech and fintech businesses

Co-Founded Lessen – Technology enabled property services marketplace
Backed by Top-tier VCs (fundraise unannounced)

Co-Founded Zibo – Digital and financial services for property managers
Backed by Khosla, QED, Canaan

Co-Founded Juice – First Digital Bank for the Creator Economy
Backed by Top-tier VCs (fundraise unannounced)

Invested in and advised early-stage proptech/fintech businesses
E.g: Spruce, Casafari, and Bitso

Launched 1Sharpe Ventures to back the growing class of technology founders tackling opportunities in the built world.

15+ Years of Real Estate Innovation

2005 – 2015

Founded FiveTen and 643 Capital – Leading national platforms in the single family rental sectors
Sold to Cerberus

Founded Dwell Finance – Tech-enabled national bridge lending platform
Sold to BlackStone

2015

Co-Founded Roofstock, the first digital marketplace for investing in single family rental properties, now responsible for >$1bn in transactions.
Backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed

2016

Founded 1Sharpe Capital to fill a gap in the real estate credit and capital markets ecosystem, shaping capital markets strategies for proptech companies like LendingHome and Ribbon.
Grew to >$1bn AUM

Launched real estate investment arm, acquiring and adding value to assets
Bought 1,000 multifamily units, 10,000 single family rental properties

Launched impact investing effort focused on ESG
Received A+ UNPRI rating

2019 – 2020

Incubated proptech and fintech businesses

Co-Founded Lessen – Technology enabled property services marketplace
Backed by Top-tier VCs (fundraise unannounced)

Co-Founded Zibo – Digital and financial services for property managers
Backed by Khosla, QED, Canaan

Co-Founded Juice – First Digital Bank for the Creator Economy
Backed by Top-tier VCs (fundraise unannounced)

Invested in and advised early-stage proptech/fintech businesses
E.g: Spruce, Casafari, and Bitso

2021

Launched 1Sharpe Ventures to back the growing class of technology founders tackling opportunities in the built world.

Our Team

Gregor Watson

Managing Partner

Gregor has been an entrepreneur and investor in the real estate technology space for over a decade. Prior to co-founding 1Sharpe, Gregor co-founded and is Chairman of Roofstock, an online marketplace for single family rental homes backed by Khosla Ventures and Bain Capital. Gregor also co-founded Lessen, Zibo, and Juice, early-stage proptech and fintech businesses that have been backed by General Catalyst, QED, Khosla, Index Ventures, Box Ventures and others. He is the founder of 643 Capital, a Real Estate Private Equity firm that has acquired, renovated and managed over 5,000 homes across the U.S. under its operating brand, StreetLane Homes. He also co-founded Dwell Finance, a lender to investors of single-family homes, which originated over $500mm in loans and was sold to B2R, a unit of Blackstone. Gregor spent the early part of his career purchasing and developing land and apartments throughout California and is a graduate of Regis University in Denver.

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Rob Bloemker

Partner

Rob has been innovating in real estate and financial services for 20+ years as an entrepreneur, investor, and operator. Before co-founding 1Sharpe, Rob spent nearly 30 years investing in bonds, loans, and real estate. Most recently he was a Portfolio Manager at Cerberus Capital Management within their $5 billion mortgage hedge fund. Prior to Cerberus, Rob co-founded Dwell Finance, a lender to investors of single family homes, was sold to a unit of Blackstone, as well as Five Ten Capital where he raised, invested, and successfully liquidated three private equity funds that acquired, renovated, and managed 6,000 single family rental homes across the United States. He spent 12 years at Putnam where he was Head of Fixed Income overseeing $60 billion in assets and cofounded the firm’s absolute return and hedge fund strategies. His career began in the mortgage divisions of Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Rob is a graduate of Washington University, in St. Louis.

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Ginny Miller

Principal

Ginny is a Principal on the 1Sharpe Ventures team. Prior to 1Sharpe, Ginny led technology ventures and innovation at Jamestown, a $12Bn vertically integrated real estate investor and manager, where she managed startup investments, portfolio pilots, and technology relationships. She has also worked on real estate technology initiatives at Apple, Fifth Wall Ventures, and Harvard University. Ginny received her MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Engineering at Dartmouth College. She is a Silicon Valley native with family roots in the real estate world. Outside of work, she loves surfing, skiing, and nerding-out on classic rock history.

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Serena Dang

Vice President

Serena is a Vice President at 1Sharpe, with 5+ years of experience trading and managing real estate credit and 2+ years investing and supporting global technology-driven startups. Serena launched the North America chapter of SheLovesTech, an Asia-based global entrepreneurship ecosystem that houses the world’s largest pitch competition for female founders in frontier technology. Prior to 1Sharpe, she was a Fixed Income trader at Nomura Securities and executed $5Bn+ of transactions in the whole loan space. Serena received her B.S. degree from the Hotel School of Administration at Cornell University. Having grown up in China, she experienced the groundbreaking transformation of the built world and has a visceral understanding of its impact on people’s lives. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, mountaineering, and painting up a storm with acrylic and friends.

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