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Ray Sturm

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-founder and CEO, AlphaFlow. Previously Co-Founder, RealtyShares, Dir of Bus Dev, SmartDrive Systems, and PE. UChicago JD/MBA

Co-founder and CEO, AlphaFlow. Previously Co-Founder, RealtyShares, Dir of Bus Dev, SmartDrive Systems, and PE. UChicago JD/MBA

7 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising

Involved In




Co-Founder and CEO AlphaFlow April 2015 - present
Adventure Capitalist Bucket List Sabbatical January 2015 - March 2015
Co-Founder and COO RealtyShares September 2013 - December 2014
Director of Business Development SmartDrive Systems March 2012 - August 2013
Post-MBA Associate CCMP Capital Advisors June 2010 - June 2011
Associate - Restructuring Lazard Freres & Co. October 2008 - March 2010
Associate Bear Stearns July 2007 - July 2008
Summer Associate Shearman & Sterling June 2005 - August 2005


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2005 - 2007
University of Chicago Law School 2003 - 2007
University of Notre Dame 1999 - 2003

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Financial Services
  • • Payments

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Finance • Investments • Private equity • Strategic Partnerships • Restructuring

Key Accomplishments

I began my career in finance as a banker and private equity investor, but transitioned to the startup world in 2012. I was most recently one of two founders of RealtyShares, an investment platform for Accredited Investors to securely invest into pre-vetted real estate opportunities alongside high quality investment managers. We were seed funded by General Catalyst Partners, who I was on point for securing as an investor. As a founder, I was primarily responsible for: fundraising, finance, business development, underwriting, and investor (customer) relations. Additional substantial work in: marketing, HR, and legal. My strengths are most likely at the earliest stages, where I can wear many hats, and then slowly hand off my responsibilities to professionals with more role-specific experience.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm a big fan of trying to be the dumbest person in the room, meaning I like to work with very smart people from whom I think I can learn. My style is generally for each team member to understand his/her responsibilities, then execute without micro-managing/meddling unnecessarily from other members. I believe in support, but I also believe that people do best when they understand their goals and responsibilities and are then held accountable to those.

As an Advisor

I like to work with only a few companies at a time so that I can actually help, although I'm generally happy to get coffee and give one-off advice if helpful. When working with a company, I like to have very specific areas/goals with which I'm helping, in addition to being a sounding board for founders.

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Robert Neivert
We worked together  •  CEO, HighlightCam, Inc. and Member, Board of Directors, HighlightCam. Stanford grad. Stanford grad.
Ray is a great startup executive, highly focused on getting great results no matter what challenges he faces.
Arka Ray
They're my friends  •  CEO, Sidelines Inc.. Previously Lead Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Ray is one of the smartest and most thoughtful entrepreneurs I know. His pleasant and relaxed attitude makes him instantly likable to pretty ... much anyone he meets, and he couples that with a really strong work ethic and a lot of passion around whatever it is that he is pursuing.
Jonathan Cordeau
They're my advisor  •  Network Founder, 500 Startups and Founder, LaunchTrack.
Ray is an extremely hard working, dedicated, intelligent, resourceful founder. He's as good at getting things done as he is at setting & exe ... cuting on a big vision. I've seen him succeessfully navigate raising VC money & manage the important task of putting it to work like a pro.
Armando Biondi
They're my friends  •  Founder & Chairman, Pick1. Previously Vice Director, Isokinetic Medical Group.
dumb question, easy answer: he's just awesome :)
Jason van den Brand
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder, GoRefi and Owner / Mortgage Broker, Orion Home Loans. Penn State grad.
Ray is that rare breed of entrepreneur that everyone wants on their side - he's passionate, intelligent, hungry, driven, analytical, and an ... all-around people person. These talents combined have positioned him for nothing but success.
Sean Shafik
We worked together  •  Co-Founder and CEO, TK Hibiscus. Previously Associate, Lazard Freres & Co..
Ray is one of the hardest working guys I know. He's a great leader and easily earns the respect of his peers through his passion and his gr ... eat personality. He will stop at nothing to solve a problem and has the ability to wear many different hats effectively.
Joel Burke
They're my friends  •  Relentless entrepreneur. Currently working in venture capital at Fenox VC
Ray is great. He took a ton of time to go over our strategy, answer our questions, and is incredibly knowledgeable of both startup culture a ... nd real estate technology.

'Woye Oyeyele
They're my school  •  Investment Analyst, Nationwide Investments - Asset Management division of Nationwide Insurance.
Woye has a strong passion for everything he does.

Justin Alden
They're my school  •  Healthcare focused, strategy/finance/marketing skills. University of Chicago undergrad (Econ) & grad (MBA). Seeking equally driven partner.
Justin is phenomenal. One of the most intelligent people I know, with a great analytical eye. His experience as an investor actually gives ... him amazing perspective as an entrepreneur, enabling him to quickly identify value propositions and highlight risks. He's great.

Bogdan Cirlig
We worked together  •  Co-Founder and CTO, AlphaFlow. Previously Tech Co-founder - Nodejs, Expressjs, Passportjs, Mongo, Heroku, Redis, Zilpy.
Bogdan is a tremendous engineer with a passion for both technology and fintech, and has been a great co-founder at AlphaFlow.