Pulling The Future Forward

We back early-stage entrepreneurs transforming the world's largest asset class: real estate.

Our Story

A bridge between Wall Street and Silicon Valley

We’ve spent the past decade building real estate, finance, and technology businesses – like Roofstock and Lessen. We know what it’s like to be in the trenches. Our goal is to share our learning and relationships with the founders building the next generation of category-defining businesses.

1Sharpe in a Snapshot

$2bn+
AUM

managed across three verticals: credit, housing, and venture

$8bn+
Invested

invested across North America and Europe

$3bn+
Enterprise Value

combined value of venture-backed companies founded by team

20,000+
Housing Units

housing units purchased and managed in past decade

We support diverse capital needs

Venture Funding

We write pre-seed, seed, and Series A checks to founders building category-defining platforms. We go as early as idea-stage and love to be the first check in.

Capital Markets

We help founders access scalable capital channels and provide on-going capital markets advice across business cycles.

OpCo/PropCo

We help structure strategic partnerships to grow operating businesses through property investments and funds.

Team

Gregor

Watson

Managing Partner

Gregor has been an entrepreneur and investor in the real estate and fintech space for over a decade, co-founding businesses such as Roofstock, Lessen, Azibo, and Creative Juice. Gregor was a pioneer in the Single Family Rental space and founder of one of the largest SFR lending platforms, which he sold to Blackstone before founding 1Sharpe. Gregor also sits on the board of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Rob

Bloemker

Partner

Rob oversees 1Sharpe’s broader credit and real estate platforms, and has spent nearly 30 years investing in bonds, loans, and real estate. He managed a portfolio at Cerberus and co-founded Dwell Finance (sold to Blackstone) as well as Five Ten Capital where he invested across three private equity funds. He spent 12 years at Putnam as the Head of Fixed Income overseeing $60 billion in assets.

Ginny

Miller

Principal

Ginny oversees venture investing and 1SV platform strategies. Prior to 1SV, Ginny led Ventures at Jamestown, a $12Bn real estate private equity firm. She has also worked on real estate technology initiatives at Apple, Fifth Wall Ventures, and Harvard University after starting her career in product design. Ginny received her MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Engineering at Dartmouth.

Feng

Wang

Director, Capital Markets and Venture

Feng oversees the firm’s capital markets initiatives and supports venture investing and portfolio company strategies. Prior to 1Sharpe, Feng was a founding executive at LendingHome, a venture-backed tech-enabled lending platform after his time on the mortgage investment team at Cerberus and BlackRock. Feng graduated from Cornell University with a degree in economics and mathematics.

Kathleen

Collins

Vice President

Prior to joining 1SV’s investment team, Kat spent 5+ years as a proptech investor and consultant: COO at Shelter Acquisition Corp, a proptech-focused SPAC sponsor, investor at Metaprop and Fifth Wall, and consultant to startups such as Zeus Living. Kat started her venture career at Industry Ventures, a multi-stage generalist platform. Kat also represents the fourth generation of her family’s real estate development company. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sequoia

Johnson

Analyst

Sequoia is an analyst on the venture team, and spent the past few years wearing multiple hats across the 1Sharpe credit and housing platforms. She supports sourcing, research and insights, operations and diligence. She brings experience working for a Boston-based VC firm during her studies at Wellesley College.

Thesis

It's time to rethink...

Financial Systems: Friction-filled transactions make real estate opaque and illiquid. Let’s bring affordability and accessibility to real estate through technology that reshapes how we rent, own and invest.

Human Capital: Built world industries face labor shortages and aging workforces – we believe in technology that unleashes creativity and productivity for the people that power our communities.

Decision-making: Data can bring accountability, sustainability and intelligence into decisions –  let’s bring the power of AI and ML to a trillion-dollar industry running on pen-and-paper.

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