The RockWater Story

RockWater is an intensely skilled and passionate team that services the world’s most ambitious and invested leadership at nextgen consumer brands.

We provide specialist strategy advisory, host executive events, publish industry reports, and produce podcasts. Our clients and audiences are business decision-makers and capital deployers.

We believe in a positive-sum approach to building and pride ourselves in making great decisions with great people. We strive for mission excellence in all that we do, and we genuinely enjoy our work.

Our Team

Christopher Erwin

Founder

Andrew Cohen

Manager

Michael Booth

Senior Associate

Parker Nolan

Analyst

Sohail Mathur

Associate

Matias De Bourguignon

MBA Associate

Aliea Clark

MBA Associate

Nicole Staple

Advisor – Omnichannel Retail & Growth

Jordan Pascasio

Advisor – Sports / Betting / eGaming

Christopher Erwin

Founder

LinkedIn

Chris is a 17-year veteran of the media, technology, and commerce industries. His executive experience spans investment banking, venture capital, and new Hollywood. Chris was named by Variety as one of Hollywood’s New Digital Leaders, and earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He likes GF baking, international surf, backcountry powder, interviewing founders, and estate sales.

Andrew Cohen

Manager

LinkedIn

Andrew is an emerging leader in the world of new media. His career spans digital and traditional entertainment, sports media, music, startups, and investing. Across both editorial and client work, Andrew helps shape RockWater’s theses on emerging industry trends. In his personal life, Andrew enjoys a bi-coastal life between LA and NYC, where he pursues his passions for film (254 movies watched during quarantine!), music (avid concert goer and vinyl collector), NY sports (love-hate relationship with the Knicks), and food (hit him up with any restaurant recs!).

Michael Booth

Senior Associate

LinkedIn

Mike is a business strategist with experience in business operations, product launches, deal structuring, M&A, and capital raises. Mike spent his last three years at The VOID, a VR film studio / exhibitioner, where he led the company’s nine figure Series B capital raise and oversaw 10x revenue growth during his tenure. When away from his laptop, you can find Mike socializing at rooftop wine bars, setting new records at the gym, relaxing to downtempo music by the pool, skimming GQ, and exploring the path less traveled.

Parker Nolan

LinkedIn

Parker is a tech-forward strategic thinker with a passion for achieving client wins. He cut his teeth in boutique capital advisory before gaining experience (and more hours of sleep) in fintech and venture capital. When he’s out of office you can find him surfing, coding, playing guitar, or even branding cattle at his family farm.

Sohail Mathur

Associate

LinkedIn

Sohail is a former management consultant who specializes in entertainment, media and technology. His experience in the industry includes strategy, business development, and operations projects for some of the largest media companies in the world. He is an NYU Stern MBA who is also personally passionate about content, having worked at a production studio, helped produce friend’s film projects, and volunteered as a screener at film festivals. In his spare time, Sohail likes to travel with friends, read, and practice martial arts.

Matias De Bourguignon

MBA Associate

LinkedIn

Matias has over five years of professional experience that spans equity research, investment management, and digital strategy. He’s also an award-winning film producer whose films have screened at Cannes, Sundance, and Berlinale. Matias holds a degree from Universidad Católica de Chile and is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Matias divides his free time between his board duties in the NGO “Fungus Museum”, watching as much anime as possible, and discovering new museums in NYC.

Aliea Clark

MBA Associate

LinkedIn

Aliea started her career in the William Morris Endeavor mailroom before transitioning to the creative side of the business to work with Pulitzer-Prize winner and showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks on the show GENIUS: Aretha, for National Geographic. She is currently pursuing a dual masters at NYU at the Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts. Aliea is a proud Challenged Athletes Foundation Junior Board member; and founder of the Scholastic Cup, a Ryder-cup style golf tournament for graduate students benefiting the First Tee – Metro New York. A UCLA Varsity Women’s Golf alum and California girl at heart, she tolerates New York City winters but prefers to be on skis if snow is on the ground.

Nicole Staple

Advisor – Omnichannel Retail & Growth

LinkedIn

Nicole Staple is an entrepreneur and consultant for consumer and social impact businesses. In 2012 she co-founded Brideside, a direct-to-consumer retailer in the bridal industry, leading the company as CEO and growing from concept to national e-commerce brand with six retail stores. During her tenure, Brideside became one of the largest woman-owned venture businesses headquartered in Chicago. Previously, Nicole held positions as a venture capital investor and investment banker. She serves on the Board of Directors for the cancer support nonprofit Gilda’s Club NYC and holds several advisory board positions. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, where she is also a guest lecturer.

Jordan Pascasio

Advisor – Sports / Betting / eGaming

LinkedIn

Jordan is a tech enthusiast with extensive experience working in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank & MUFG Securities, in a financial strategy role at venture-backed startup, Inspire, and as the founder of sports betting startup, TRNDS Sports, which eventually sold to Fansure. He currently leads product at Fansure where his team provides betting intelligence APIs and content automation solutions to media platforms and sportsbooks. Jordan spends his free time writing about trending themes within early-stage tech, playing basketball, and surfing.

Values

Our values guide our journey with each and every partner.

01

80/20.

We only focus on what matters.

02

Excellence.

How we do anything is how we do everything.

03

Work smart.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

04

Extreme ownership.

We are wholly accountable to our outcomes.

05

Do the right thing.

Respect for team, clients, community, and planet.

Global Client Network

RockWater advises Fortune 50 companies, international conglomerates, upstart digital brands, and Hollywood producers across the world.

Global client network

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