Press Release
Vera Equity Launches With A $20 Million Fund
Published May 01, 2023

The firm’s first fund targets early stage fintech companies

NEW YORK--()--Vera Equity, a venture capital firm supporting early stage companies through its unique access to talent, announced today it has raised a $20 million fund and invested in 20 innovative fintech startups to date. Vera Equity was co-founded by Michael Vaughan, former COO at Venmo; Jonathan Pomeranz, True Search partner and co-head of the Financial Services Practice; and True co-CEOs Joe Riggione and Brad Stadler. With this first fund, the team is focused on backing exceptional fintech entrepreneurs at the pre-seed and seed stages, offering them capital alongside unparalleled fintech talent and operations advisory.

“Our team’s backgrounds and networks allow Vera to provide founders with differentiated and highly valuable talent introductions and operational guidance,” said Michael Vaughan. “We identify attractive investment opportunities through our confidence in the team and their product vision, and partner with our founders as they get off the ground, build initial traction and prepare for their next institutional round.”

The firm has backed 20 teams thus far, including founder Lamine Zarrad (former co-founder of small business fintech Joust) who is on a mission to simplify consumer credit building at StellarFi, and Jen Glaspie (former Capital One) who started Tandym to provide private label card programs for online SMBs. Vera has also helped to incubate businesses alongside successful entrepreneurs from Betterment, Acorns, Vouch Insurance and Roofstock.

Vera’s anchor investor is True, the global platform of innovative talent management products and executive search services. Vera co-founder Jon Pomeranz also leads True’s Fintech Practice, which is the largest in the U.S. and has partners across True’s global offices. The strength of True’s talent pool and industry expertise allows Vera to help portfolio companies expand their networks and land important leadership hires.

“The key to success in early stage entrepreneurship is having the right team in place to craft and execute on the vision,” said Brad Stadler, co-CEO and co-founder of True. “With our first fund we have been able to leverage True’s existing networks in the global technology, financial services and fintech spaces to prove out a playbook that we hope will be repeatable across other sectors where True has a presence.”

Other select Vera LPs include: individuals at Foundation Capital, Infinity Ventures, LLR and Flexpoint Ford; founders and operators from companies Plaid, Cadre and Coinbase; and institutions like Tiger Global Management, Bain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Fin Capital and Oak HC/FT Partners.

Mike Vaughan, Founding Partner, Vera Equity:
Mike is an accomplished fintech operator, investor and advisor. By the end of Mike's tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Venmo, the platform had grown to 40M active users and $300M annual revenue run-rate.

Jonathan Pomeranz, Founding Partner, Vera Equity:
Jon is a leader in financial services executive search, working with the world's premier fintech companies, founders and investors to identify and recruit board and senior management teams. Since joining True Search in 2018 as a founding member of the fintech practice, Jon has built a team of more than 50 people bringing in >$50M in revenue.

Brad Stadler & Joe Riggione, co-CEOs and co-founders, True:
Brad and Joe founded True, a global platform of human capital products and services with offices around the world. They set the firm’s strategic direction and oversee the management of its subsidiary brands.


Sarah Mikhailova / VP, Communications