I love the music of The Chainsmokers and am excited to be an investor in their Venture Capital Firm, Mantis, where they focus on investing in seed and Series A startups.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the duo behind both the music and the firm, are full of hunger to grow, and see their journey as musicians who built a band out of nothing, similar to the path that startups take.
It seems everyone wants to be a VC these days, so why can't the Chainsmokers join the line-up?
Earlier this year, the electronic DJ and production duo, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, announced the debut of their $35 million early-stage fund.
Being a DJ and a startup VC would appear to have little in common, but at a lunchtime panel on the first day of the dot.LA Summit, the pair said there are actually a number of parallels.
"We built the Chainsmokers from nothing and so we think of ourselves as founders, too," said Taggart, who added that personal chemistry is key in both music and startups. "The luckiest thing was to meet each other."