Recorded on 11/14/2023

From the Grammys to Venture Capital: How “The Chainsmokers” DJ Duo Built a Thriving Venture Capital Firm

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Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the DJ duo behind “The Chainsmokers,” are hugely successful in the competitive world of electronic music. Named the highest-paid DJs in 2019 according to Forbes magazine, the pair have also taken home a Grammy award, two American Music Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards.

Now that their position in the music industry is well-established, the dynamic pair are looking to make a name for themselves in a completely different arena: the high-stakes world of venture capital. In 2020, they joined entrepreneurs Milan Koch and Jeffrey Evans to launch their fund Mantis Venture Capital, with a focus on early-stage tech startups. Since its inception, Mantis VC has raised over $110 million with capital infusions from investment moguls including Mark Cuban, Keith Rabois, Jim Coulter, and Ron Conway. To date, Mantis VC has invested in nearly 200 pioneering companies across various industries including healthcare, education, finance, and of course, music.

We hope you will join us for an engaging session as Alex Pall and Drew Taggart discuss their journey as artists, plus how they went from seed investors to building a thriving business around their investment strategy. They will also share why they call themselves “founder obsessed” and explain how they are taking the principles that helped them achieve success as musicians into the world of Venture Capital.


Alex Pall

Alex Pall

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Musician & Partner, Mantis VC

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