RockWater provides financial and strategy advisory for execs in media, tech, commerce. Our clients are business decision-makers and capital deployers.
Our team has decades of experience as operators, founders, and investors. We learned our trade from careers in TMT investment banking, strategy consulting, venture capital, and being on the founding teams of early YouTube MCNs, VR / location-based entertainment platforms, and digital DTC brands.
We also host executive events, publish industry newsletters, and produce podcasts. 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.
Chris is a 20-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 also likes to chase international surf, hike into backcountry powder, interview founders for his podcast, and go to estate sales.
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.
Alex is a strategist who comes to us from the world of entertainment and talent representation. He spent his last three years with UTA with focuses on Motion Picture Talent and Non-Fiction Content as an Agent Trainee. He’s passionate about the growing food media space and understanding consumer behavior and decision making. Prior to UTA, Alex worked with some of Hollywood’s top production companies on their development slates, as well as a formative stint in Hip Hop music video production. In his personal life, Alex is a musician, an amateur chef and a proud Chicago sports fan.
Analyst – Intern
Eric is a student of the media space with a passion for thinking strategically. He is currently pursuing his BBA at Baruch College with a focus on finance. His past experiences span working in biz dev with a media startup, investment analysis with a NYC-based hedge fund, and in tech investment banking with KeyBanc Capital Markets. In his free time, Eric enjoys playing basketball in the summer and skiing in the winter, watching his favorite NY teams (Knicks, Rangers, Giants), investing in sports cards, and cooking.
Analyst – Intern
Eyan loves to think about and help solve interesting problems in the media space. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance at Wake Forest University. Before RockWater, Eyan worked in the Strategic Alliances and Investments group at ZS Associates where he supported business and corporate development efforts. In his personal life, Eyan enjoys training submission grappling, watching mixed martial arts, and listening to electronic dance music.
Analyst – Intern
Naomi is a student at Columbia University studying Film and Media Studies along with Business Management. Her past experience includes working in business development at various startup firms in the tech space, acquisitions for an independent film production and distribution company, and life sciences investment at a boutique VC firm. In her free time, Naomi enjoys dancing, watching movies, and exploring NYC with friends.
Advisor – Omnichannel Retail & Growth
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.
Advisor – Revenue Strategy
Max is a recognized leader across the media, entertainment, and consumer sectors. In the past 20 years, Max has served as President of RevUp Partners, a company he founded to support digital businesses with growth strategies and investment, Chief Revenue Officer of both AdQuick and Awesomeness, and Max has held various revenue focused roles with companies including Big Frame, Total Immersion, Buongiorno, and WhittmanHart Interactive.
Max holds a BA in Public Communication from American University and, in his free time, is an avid traveler, skier, and adventurous hiker. Most recently, Max completed a 100-mile expedition on New Zealand’s “TA” trail.
Advisor – Sports / Betting / eGaming
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.
Rude Golems are a NFT collection of 8888 3D monster artifacts that launched on November 30, 2021 and are akin to the many other “profile picture” projects, like Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks.
As part of the RockWater Digital Goods Investment Fund that was launched in December 2021, Golem #3552 was our second acquisition. What we loved about this collection:
Zed Run launched in 2019 as a Play-to-Earn (P2E) horse racing game. Players can enter their horses to compete for prizes or can charge other players to mate with their horse. Every horse has unique attributes that increases / decreases its rarity.
As part of the RockWater Digital Goods Investment Fund that was launched in December 2021, “Wish I Was Pink” was our fourth acquisition. What we loved about this collection:
Our values guide our journey with each and every partner.
Because without clients, we’re not able to do anything else.
Help clients where they’ve told us they need us, and also where they don’t yet know they need us.
Even if feedback adversely impacts RockWater’s commercial relationship.
Innovative yet actionable and profitable ideas.
Data-based decision making and recommendations.
Solve common problems through uncommon solutions.
Pursue wins for team, community, and planet.
RockWater advises Fortune 50 companies, international conglomerates, upstart digital brands, and Hollywood producers across the world.