<aside> 👋 Thanks for taking the time to learn about Witz! We are a team of content creators, fintech advisors and early-stage investors.
Austin Hankwitz 👨💼 Co-Founder & CEO |📍 Nashville, Tennessee | 📚 Univ. of Tennessee (Finance) | LinkedIn
In 2020, Austin began posting personal finance and investing videos on TikTok - drawing from experiences as a Strategic Financial Analyst for Amedisys (AMED). He quickly grew a dedicated community of over 900,000 followers across platforms and thousands of subscribers to his long-form written analysis. Austin has been recognized as one of the “leading voices for common sense investing and financial literacy” on social media. He’s been featured on Bloomberg, Business Insider, CNBC, Market Watch, New York Times and more.
Christian Blackwell 👨💼 Co-Founder & COO |📍 West Palm Beach, Florida | 📚 Univ. of Virginia (Commerce) | LinkedIn
Christian was the Mark Boice Germain Scholar & Warwick D. Johnston Global Scholar at UVA's McIntire School and studied extensively in Valencia, Spain and Copenhagen, Denmark. He began his career as a Management Consultant for PwC’s Pricing & Profitability practice. While there, he worked with companies ranging from professional sports franchises to the Fortune 500 to enhance product offerings and conduct revenue management through customer transformation advisory. In his free time, Christian became a DJ that performed in 17 cities in the U.S. and had a residency in Denmark’s largest nightlife venue. In early 2020, he began working with Austin to expand his online reach, foster relationships with early-stage startups, and build a creator-centric business. He now heads content ideation, portfolio management, and capital deployment.
Arielle Pennington 👩💼 Advisor |📍 New York, New York | 📚 Hofstra University (Communications) | LinkedIn
Arielle Pennington is Global Head of Communications at 21Shares, the world's largest provider of crypto exchange traded products. Pennington is the company's first head of communications. Pennington was most recently Director of Communications at the world's largest robo-advisor, Betterment. Pennington was at Betterment for eight years and had a crucial role in building the communications team from the ground up. She helped the company grow from $100 million to $30 billion in assets. Before that, she was an account executive at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. At 21Shares, Pennington leads communications and PR efforts globally as the firm continues expanding to new markets and geographies.
Chris Camillo 👨💼 Advisor |📍 Dallas, Texas | 📚 Southern Methodist University (Finance) | LinkedIn
A pioneer in contextual data analysis, Chris is featured in Jack Schwager’s “Unknown Market Wizards” as one of the world’s top performing self-directed investors. In 2006 he applied a social data arbitrage trading strategy to invest $20k in the stock market, and produced $30 million in trading profits over the following 14-year period reflecting 68% annualized portfolio returns. In 2011, he wrote the book Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing, published by St. Martin Press. In 2015, Chris launched TickerTags — known for predicting the Brexit result in 2016. Chris then sold TickerTags to Jefferies Financial Group. Beyond investing in the public markets, Chris is one of the most active early stage investors in Texas. Exits where Chris played a strategic management role include e-Rewards Research (Dynata), eCarList (DealerTrack/Cox Automotive), Order My Gear (Susquehanna Growth), TickerTags (Jefferies), and Fixd Repair (Angies List). Chris is certified at the Expert Level in Consumer Research by the Marketing Research Association (MRA) and is a regular public speaker on predictive effectiveness of contextual data analysis.
Investing alongside 776 Ventures, Accel, Dorm Room Fund, First Round, Forerunner Ventures, General Catalyst, Mantis VC, Norwest Ventures, Serena Ventures, Tiger Global Management, Upfront Ventures, Y-Combinator, and individuals like 3LAU, Adam Nash, Biz Stone, Chris Camillo, Graham Stephan, Huey Lin, Jared Leto, Jimmy Donaldson (Mr. Beast), Justin Kan, Kevin Mayer, Josh Richards, Nas Daily, Steven Chen, and Whitney Wolfe Herd
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