Demystifying the world of alternative assets, starting with fine wine

Alternative assets like fine wine have long been a cornerstone of wealth generation and preservation.

Barriers to entry are high

Quality access has been limited to the ultra wealthy

Today, even those with access face a lack of transparency, operational overhead, and high fees from established gatekeepers. This means costs are high and transaction volumes are low, with few options for liquidity.

High costs

asset offerings

Low volume

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Low liquidity

Our technology platform provides

A smarter way for people to access these opportunities, enabling greater participation and wealth creation

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Who are we?

Vinovest is a team of world-class wine experts and the best technology talent.

Our talented team of experienced operators, software engineers, designers, and data scientists have previously started, scaled, and sold several venture-backed companies.

Anthony Zhang

Co-Founder, CEO

Anthony is a repeat entrepreneur who has previously founded and sold two companies, EnvoyNow and KnowYourVC. He has also held leadership positions at Blockfolio and is a board member at RateMyInvestor.

Anthony Zhang

Brent Akamine

Co-Founder

Brent is a serial entrepreneur bringing nearly 20 years of experience from senior roles TrueCar, ByteDance and more. He led the US re-launch/re-design of the TikTok App and was also design director at Blockfolio.

Brent Akamine

Adam Hood

Software Engineering

Adam is an experienced engineer with a background in both engineering and management at Rev.com where he led a team of full-stack engineers responsible for building all mobile applications at the company. He earned his B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Adam Hood

Carissa Yip

General manager in Asia

Carissa started her career with a listed Japanese wine company in 2008. She led a team that developed wine distribution channels into China as well as overseeing several retail shops in Hong Kong and China. Most recently she spent 4yrs in a UK based wine investment company, managing portfolios worth over $10M USD for HNWI clients in the Asia Pacific region. She is passionate about food and wine pairing and has dedicated her life to the wine industry.

Carissa Yip

Conrad Kurth

Software Engineering

Conrad has held engineering roles at Grab Games, Headspace, as well as serving a CTO of Wiblits. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Conrad Kurth

Edward Zheng

Data Science

Edward was born and raised in the suburbs of Philly before moving to New York after college. He's spent most of his career doing data-intensive analytical work, but also took a brief (and fun) detour into the restaurant world as a line cook.

Edward Zheng

Elaine Lau

Portfolio Advisor

Elaine is our Portfolio Advisor based in London. She has an investment background having previously worked for an international Bank in the UK for 5 years. She is WSET Level 2 qualified, currently completing her WSET Level 3 and passionately champions ESG standards. Having grown up in Hong Kong, she also speaks Cantonese.

Elaine Lau

Ethan Rubio

Software Engineering

Ethan started his career as an early employee at Inspire Energy, where he led marketing and analytics teams. He has since held senior software engineering positions at Headspace and AppFolio.

Ethan Rubio

Hogan Lee

Operations

Hogan is a global operations and technology leader who has served some of the world's most recognizable platforms. He has facilitated the right strategic changes at the right times for companies such as Flipagram (now TikTok/Bytedance through acquisition), MTV/Nickelodeon, eHarmony, and Edmunds. These strategic initiatives have enabled advanced evolution, operational growth, and continued future success.

Hogan Lee

Hunter Robillard

Portfolio Advisor

Hunter has experience in both the fine wine & high end spirits industry. He previously helped wineries, distilleries, and breweries around the world with their production equipment needs.

Hunter Robillard

Ivan Cassuto

Portfolio Advisor

Having held positions at Investment Banks, Mutual Fund Companies, and one of the largest Wine & Spirits retailers in the United States, Ivan brings his well rounded experience to Vinovest's Portfolio Advisor Team. He is an advocate for alternative assets and is thrilled to be able to pursue his passion for the Wine & Spirits industry. Ivan Holds a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University.

Ivan Cassuto

Jenna Shenk

Software Engineering

Jenna is a frontend engineer, with a background in building enterprise websites for clients in various industries such as financial institutions, eCommerce, associations, and higher education. She has B.S. in Business Information System from Stevenson University.

Jenna Shenk

John Warren

Software Engineering

John was previously a part of the User Interface (UI) Platform team as a senior software engineer at Visa. He has experience in the frontend, backend, build systems and developer tooling.

John Warren

Lauren Bletcher

Portfolio Advisor

Since leaving her career in luxury travel, Lauren has been able to pursue her true passion for wine by completing sections of both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the WSET exams. During this past fall, she followed this passion to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, in order to be an assistant winemaker in the 2020 harvest, under the renowned Drouhin family.

Lauren Bletcher

Liz Dowty Mitchell

Portfolio Advisor

Liz started her career in management in the New Orleans restaurant industry. After being displaced from Hurricane Katrina she then moved to Anaheim, CA where her love for wine was solidified. She has worked in all facets of the wine business, retail, distribution, importing/supplier with European Cellars and most recently Wilson Daniels. She has dedicated her life to studying wine and has passed all parts of the Master Sommelier diploma.

Liz Dowty Mitchell

Lorenzo Lampietti

Customer Relations Manager

Lorenzo has previously worked for MP Boston in real estate development, and has experience in sales, operations, and customer success roles. Lorenzo graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis and joined the team as Client Relations Manager, helping manage our thousands of standard plan clients. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and a lover of all things food and drink.

Lorenzo Lampietti

Micah Quiambao

Operations

Micah started her career as a collector specialist at JP Morgan Chase Bank which she became the youngest top collector at the age of 18 years old. She had managed several accounts and has accomplished her position as the acting CEO for an online company that helps modify the start-up website to attract traffic and have a good reputation.

Micah Quiambao

Ruth Pangilinan

Operations

Ruth started her career as a freelance photographer working for 10 years. She then started teaching the English language to Korean and Chinese students. Currently she enjoys providing technical service and interacting with clients to provide a great customer experience.

Ruth Pangilinan

Dustin Wilson

Advisor

Dustin Wilson is a Master Sommelier and was previously Wine Director of the 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. This expertise led him to have a leading role in the critically acclaimed wine documentary, SOMM.

Dustin Wilson

DLynn Proctor

Advisor

As a winery executive, DLynn has spent the last decade in global leadership roles with Penfolds Winery and Fantesca Estate & Winery, focusing on import/export, sales, marketing, strategy, and consumer relations. The previous decade of his career, DLynn was instrumental in building restaurant and training programs, restaurant and retail wine lists, and expanding new venue operations, while garnering accolades as an accomplished sommelier.

DLynn Proctor

Jane Lopes

Advisor

Jane is a sommelier with experience at New York's Eleven Madison Park, Nashville's The Catbird Seat, Chicago's The Violet Hour, and Melbourne's Attica. She was one of less than 30 women to ever pass the Master Sommelier exam, is a published author, and is currently developing her own import company, bringing Australian wine to the United States.

Jane Lopes

Jennifer Grancio

Advisor

Jennifer was on the founding team of BlackRock iShares, where she led P&L, partnerships, and marketing. She earned her MBA with honors from Columbia business school and her BA with honors from Stanford University.

Jennifer Grancio

Jonathan Ross

Advisor

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jonathan has worked in New York at a number of high-profile restaurants including Eleven Madison Park as head sommelier, and as beverage director for the Rockpool Dining Group in Melbourne Australia. While down under he curated wines for Qantas Airlines and launched his own wine label, Micro Wines. Jonathan was the Guild of Sommeliers TopSomm champion in 2015, passed the Master Sommelier exam in September 2017.

Jonathan Ross

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