FMZ Ventures

To my esteemed network of founders, investors and trusted advisors:

I’m honored to host an hour with my fellow McKinsey alumni friend and colleague, Michael Zeisser.

Following a successful career as Partner in McKinsey’s Digital Media practice, Michael enjoyed a successful investment run as Chairman of US Investments for Alibaba Group and SVP of M&A for Liberty Media before that.

Michael is currently closing tranche two of his FMZ Ventures Fund II, and has graciously accepted my request to share his unique and insightful investment thesis about the experience economy.

  • The evolution and future trajectory of the experience economy;
  • Key opportunities, trends, and case studies across travel, dining, and entertainment;
  • Strategic implications for investors, entrepreneurs, and corporations.

Wade is the Chairman and CEO at Cabrillo Advisors and brings a great depth of experience and strategic perspective spanning more than 25 years in senior advisory, deal execution, business valuations and entrepreneurial roles.

During his time at Intrepid Investment Bankers he was responsible for growing the firm’s origination and coverage activities in key sectors, including technology, healthcare and life sciences. Prior to founding Cabrillo Advisors, and its predecessor firm MHT Partners in Dallas, Texas, Wade was a founding principal at Dell Ventures in Austin, Texas, where he invested in high-tech (software, semiconductor) business services, and Internet based companies. Wade began his postgraduate career at McKinsey & Co, where he served high-tech and pharma companies on matters of M&A and post merger management. He started his career in Ernst and Young’s Audit Department, where he was a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.

Wade has an MBA with distinction from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting summa cum laude. Wade holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses.

Former Chairman, U.S. Investments for Alibaba Group.

Michael Zeisser is the Managing Partner of FMZ Ventures, a growth equity investment fund specializing in experience economy companies and consumer marketplaces. Until April 2018, he was Chairman, U.S. Investments for Alibaba Group and led Alibaba’s strategic investments outside of Asia. Mr. Zeisser joined Alibaba in 2013 prior to its historic IPO and was Alibaba’s most senior executive in the Americas. Before Alibaba Group, Mr. Zeisser spent almost a decade working at Liberty Media Corporation, where he led investments in digital media, online gaming, and commerce. Prior to joining Liberty Media in 2003, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York.

Mr. Zeisser has considerable governance experience. He currently serves on the boards of Global Technology Acquisition Corp. I and several privately held companies, and has previously served on the boards of Trip Advisor, IAC, TIME Inc., Shutterfly, and XO Group. Mr. Zeisser graduated from the University of Strasbourg, France and the J.L.Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.