Who is Evan Schneyer?
I'm a builder. I've started two companies and brought multiple new products from idea to market, and I love every phase of this creative process. I've also had occasion to build, lead and/or coach many teams from the ground up and discovered that I enjoy team development and organization design just as much as product development.
I have a deep appreciation and passion for quality. I believe that ideas are cheap, and execution is everything. I approach every challenge, technical or not, with an ingrained conviction that there is a way forward.
Evan's Bio from LinkedIn.
Evan on Wunder Capital.
What about Wunder Capital and our offering made you invest?
I liked the combination of the high interest rate (I'm in the Bridge Fund), relatively short lockup period (2 year) and regular monthly income, all combined with supporting a sector that I think is socially beneficial and a hugely important component in the near future of the economy.
As an investor, how important is creating impact with your investment (specifically within the environmental sector)?
Impact investing is becoming more and more important to me. I went through an acquisition about 4 years ago so that was the first time I had some money to invest. I started out very conventional with mutual funds and a traditional financial advisor, but as of last year I've pulled everything back out and I am now almost 100% alternative and real estate. The more I learn about how the "traditional" financial markets work, the less I trust them and the more disgusted I get. I love that there are now all of these new fin-tech platforms such as Wunder which give investors so much more transparency and control while supporting more socially beneficial areas.
If given two potential investments, with similar risk, and similar returns would you prefer the solar investment, and why?
Actually that's exactly what happened! Right around when I was talking to you guys, I was also approached by a couple of bond brokers from Morgan Stanley. I took the call with them out of curiosity and grilled them in exactly the same way I grilled you -- asking not just about the mechanics of the financials, but also about the nature of the underlying investment, structure, risks, etc.
The two calls could not have been more different. Everything you said was clear and straightforward and made intuitive sense -- my Wunder investment would be supporting loans to small businesses installing solar. Simple. Value creating. The Morgan Stanley offering was the complete opposite. They were selling some elaborate kind of securities that were derived from 10-15 year bonds originally issued during the bailout. While I still don't entirely understand how that's even possible, as far as I can tell it means they're using taxpayer money to unscrupulously make more money for themselves, and now pushing this "opportunity" on investors. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that they also billed it as having zero risk.
So yeah, Wunder beat Morgan Stanley on moral grounds, no contest. And on top of it all, your return is nearly twice theirs!
Have you invested in any other alternative investing platforms?
Yes. In addition to Wunder, I'm currently on LendingClub, Fundrise, AngelList and YieldStreet, and I've had similarly positive experiences with all of them. I sincerely believe that Wunder and its kind are the future of investing and I'm glad to be a part of it.
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