About

I am a problem solver, communicator, and relationship builder. I am also an explorer, dreamer, innovator and endless creator. With a healthy dose of contrarianism thrown into the mix, I am able to see all sides of a challenge, and view barriers as huge opportunities for growth.

As a hands-on venture capitalist, as the founding and managing partner of STRTfund.com I am focused on advising startup founders, and providing high returns for investors. I’ve seen the ups and downs of startups and know what it takes to be successful in the early-stages. Being a founder of a startup is tough. Yet, with the right team, the right product, and the right mindset, it can also be one of the most rewarding journeys one could ever imagine.

Over my career, I’ve launched and grown numerous startups, both as an owner/operator and as trusted counsel to HNWI, founders, and entrepreneurs. I love working with passionate people who have “Fire in the belly” and give a damn about making the world a better place by solving big problems, making goods and services less expensive, or making life more convenient.

My work style is authentic and accountable.

I lead by:

• Taking action with courage
• Demonstrating resilience, grit, and determination
• Adapting quickly to the unknown
• Seeing the big picture and understanding critical details
• Making decisive decisions with logic and reason
• Focusing on things that matter
• Forging team cohesiveness and collaboration in global remote work with excellent communication, organization, and advanced tech knowledge.

Over my career I’ve:

Started, built, and exited companies; driven in-house corporate teams and external partners; counseled HNWI/UHNWI on personal branding and reputation management; performed strategic growth and long-term planning with senior boards; launched new services and products in multiple countries; branded, positioned, and promoted large-scale innovative campaigns and initiatives; and have been fortunate to work with global clients in offices based in the US, UK, EU, and SE Asia.

I’ve innovated in startups and worked in Tech, Political Affairs, Sports, Nutrition, Wellness, CPG, QSR, Organics & Naturals, Architecture, Interiors, Construction & Building, Commercial Real Estate, Leadership, Business Coaching, Multi-family, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas, Sporting Goods, Explosives, Firearms, Hospitality, Travel and Leisure.

If you want to make a difference in the world as a founder or investor, shoot me a DM through Linkedin, or set up a call here: https://calendly.com/benjamin-ray/20min I am happy to talk more with you about helping your board, advising your startup, or talking to you about the opportunities of investing in the STRT Fund. For more info shoot me a DM. https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamindouglasray/

Brands I have been grateful to work with: