OUR FIRM'S PROFILE
To support entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing industries and transforming how we interact with our world. If you have a vision for the future, then we want to help you bring your idea to life, scale it, and build a company that will tangibly and quantifiably advance our society forward and improve the lives of our present-day and future generations.
Our team has shown consistent success as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists launching products and companies, with prior successes in bootstrapping companies, and supporting funds, along with exits.
Paul Anthony Claxton, Managing General Partner
I - www.paulclaxton.io - am a Managing General Partner at Q1 Velocity Venture Capital -www.q1velocity.com - , an early-stage AI investor that focuses on impact-driven companies that improve people's welfare, economy, and environment. With almost 10 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur and an emerging fund manager, I have co-founded and led several ventures in the fields of innovation, market development, talent recruitment, and technology acceleration, working with global and diverse partners across various industries and sectors. I have built my career in entrepreneurship and venture capital as a specialist in bootstrapping companies from zero to more than six figures in revenue within just weeks. In addition to VC investing, I also provide my expertise to companies as an Investor Relations executive on all areas of the capital markets, and as a Head of Silicon Valley Syndicate Club - Los Angeles Chapter at Network VC, I also facilitate co-investment opportunities for private investors to join deals with well-known VCs, such as Softbank, Samsung Ventures, BlackRock, Andreessen Horowitz, and Founders Fund. I am passionate about solving unmet needs with emerging technologies, creating technology success stories, and advancing global society forward for the greater good. I am a public speaker, an author, a San Diego Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, and a U.S. Marine veteran with 10 years of honorable, decorated service on active duty and four combat tours. I am currently pursuing my MBA of Finance at Harvard University and hold a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Law and Psychology from Park University and a Military Leadership and Strategy certificate from Marine Corps University.
Alexsander Akpata, Managing General Partner
Our General Partner, Alexsander Akpata is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall who has quickly established himself within the Venture Capital and Private Equity space. He first got exposure in the space by consulting for Venture firms in North America. He then further developed his skills and network by joining a firm full-time focusing on capital raising and growing startups from the pre-seed level. To date, he has helped fundraise and launch numerous companies from the ground up including a front-runner in the metaverse space. His diverse background has allowed him to build a large network of founders and investors located in Canada, Europe, and the USA. Alexsander brings his experience and expertise in Portfolio Management and Venture Capital to help drive this fund and its portfolio companies to scale and succeed. Outside of Velocity, he is also a partner at another firm with exposure to Pre-IPO deals, an avid sports fan, and a golfer.
Reginal D. King, Advisor
Reginal D. King is the Founder and Managing Partner of Alexander King Advisors (AKA), a growth capital focused professional services firm providing strategic advisory, capital advisory and investment advisory services to a select group of corporate, institutional, government and family office clients. Most recently, Mr. King has been instrumental in developing the private equity, investment banking and institutional distribution businesses of several globally focused, entrepreneurial investment firms. Immediately prior to founding AKA, Mr. King led the Internet, Communications and Technology (ICT) investment banking practice at Security Research Associates (SRA). At SRA, he created and managed the Firm’s inaugural Private Equity fund. Before SRA, he served as Co-Head of Global Securities for Libertas Capital’s (UK/UAE) merchant banking team. Before Libertas, he was Head of Investment Research at WR Hambrecht + Co and, subsequently, at Nollenberger Capital Partners. Prior to WR Hambrecht, Mr. King was a Senior Equity Research Analyst at JP Morgan (Hambrecht & Quist) serving, primarily, institutional and corporate clients. During his tenure in financial services, he has been responsible for over 80 successful investment banking (e.g., Broadcom, Nice Systems, Live Person, Comverse Technology and Interactive Intelligence) and 12 principal investment transactions (e.g., Facebook, Amber Networks and Witness Systems).
Before entering the financial services industry, Mr. King held several management positions of progressive responsibility at Hewlett-Packard and as an U.S. Army Technical Intelligence officer. A Gulf War Veteran, Mr. King earned the Bronze Star (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Kuwait Liberation, Humanitarian Service Medals, and Parachutist Badge during his military service. He earned his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his MBA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.
Ayodele Odubela is a Data Scientist, AI auditor, and advocate of realistic AI policy. Ayodele began her career in tech by scaling marketing operations for VC backed startups. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to receive her Master's in Data Science from Regis University. With 7 years of experience working as a Data Scientist, Ayodele has gained a keen eye for identifying signs of hyper growth and product-market fit. Ayodele combines her background in communications and passion for algorithmic justice to interrogate the outcomes of AI systems. She has developed ML fairness education at Microsoft and is a LinkedIn Learning instructor teaching Responsible AI courses. Ayodele is an International Speaker and has given keynotes on algorithmic bias at conferences like PyData and the Women in Analytics Summit. As the founder of the AI Alternatives Lab, she works to design an AI future that’s equitable, non-exploitative, and transparent. Ayodele is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and has been recognized as one of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics. She's an avid hockey fan, dog lover, and believes the best code is written on a beach.
Joe Mayberry, Advisor
As an AI business executive, I currently lead a $500M+ Global Video & AI focused Smart Cities Division through an amazing team of business development, sales, operations, product manager and engineering professionals.
>New Business Building: Built two AI businesses, one from inception to over $100M in sales
>Artificial Intelligence: Managed AI global business development for over $400M annual sales
>Leading Global Organizations: Managing teams in Korea, China, India and the US
>Corporate Acquisition and Integration: Two AI startups --> increased divisional revenue by ~50% in <18 months
>P&L Management: Scaled customer growth >200% YoY, Exceeded annual financial targets by 44%
>MBA, UCLA - Anderson School of Management, Recipient of the Betty & Sanford C. Sigoloff Fellowship
>Bachelor of Science (BS), System Engineering Management, United States Air Force Academy
Patrick Carew, Venture Partner
As an entrepreneur and under his own brand, Biomulate Inc, Patrick has deep experience working with tech and sustainability startups on many operational fronts to help them scale, build strategic partnerships, develop prospect to customer pipelines, and ultimately best position themselves to raise capital successfully.
With over 25 years of experience as a Sales Leader, Patrick brings invaluable experience as a dynamic professional having worked at companies like Digital Equipment Corporation (USA), Toshiba (of Canada), Symbol Technologies International Inc. , Belkin, Black Box, Orca (Totally Green) , to name a few, within the highly-competitive Technology, Sustainability and Telecom sectors. Patrick is a successful trusted advisor with a career-long record of sales growth at multi-national technology manufacturers, corporations, resellers and distributors. Passionate sales and relationship builder focused on core values; integrity, responsibility, leadership and client care. A polished communicator driving regional and national revenue growth securing long-term strategic relationship in highly competitive markets.
Adjectives and phrases that describe Patrick.
Entrepreneur, Investor, Abstract Thinker, Global Connector, Visual Learner, Collaborator, Sneaker Head, Tech Junkie, Futurist, Girl Dad(x2), Sports Nut, Music enthusiast, Concert go’er, Equality fighter, Underdog, retired Breakdancer, Good Listener, Movie Lover, Improv specialist(Second City trained), Humor addict, Female Sports Advocate, Hype Man, Grassroot sports supporter, F1 Fan and all-around Nice Guy.
Tamba Baldè, Venture Partner
Tamba Baldé is an entrepreneur, investor and business operations and strategy specialist. He has experience across IoT & Data infrastructures, Payments , Web3, and Ad tech. He has worked with multiple fortune 500 companies and growth stage startups. He developed business strategies for big data, AI workflow automation and analytics systems across industrial and commercial verticals landing enterprise clients including Frito Lays, Gerdau, Morningstar and partnerships like Intel, Intuit, and Ebay. He is a partner at a Venture Studio which encompasses an ecosystem of experts that can address challenges from Design, Marketing, IP, and Product. He has a particular focus on SAAS and data driven businesses, emphasizing the importance of ethical and sustainability considerations in a rapidly evolving business environment. Tamba’s unique blend of entrepreneurial experience and Angel investing has allowed him to bridge the gap between innovation, product market fit and investment, creating a unique position in the startup ecosystem. In his free time he likes to travel, follow his favorite sports teams and learn about history.
Playbook Investors Network (PIN), Rodney Woods, former Dallas Police and FBI, and former NBA superstar, Tracy McGrady, have developed an extensive network comprising of hundreds of institutional investors, private equity, venture capitalists, family offices, alternative financing, crowdfunding, Community Reinvestment Act and EB-5 Immigration investors who are seeking to deploy capital into small and medium-sized businesses.
With this partnership both firms have access to a powerful and highly liquid network.