You’re building a company to change the world, not to deal with boring lawyers and confusing regulation.

First, we write you a check. Then, we help you with compliance, legal strategy, lobbying, go-to-market and all the other scary things, so you can get back to building.


Hey there, we’re Ian & Stevie.

We are ex-operators & founders with deep experience in building in regulated sectors. Stevie was a partner at a NYC-based BigLaw firm, worked @ Johns Hopkins, consults for firms like KKR, & started a women's health genetics company. Ian started Fintech Today, built products at companies like Acorns, has been in fintech & crypto for 10+ years, and was the head of product at one of the leading wine e-commerce companies.

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Unlike this dog, we won’t be sleeping on the job

Vol. 1 Ventures?

We're not your typical VC's with Twitter threads and fake value add—we're future-looking investors with deep experience as operators, lawyers, regulators, & founders.

We aim to help the next generation of entrepreneurs build businesses in highly regulated industries. We assist founders and teams in ensuring compliance is set up correctly, interacting with regulators & government officials, and helping them navigate the tricky world of tech regulation.

We’ll help you become compliant from Day 0

Regulatory & Compliance Support

We’ll serve as liaison between government regulators and your company, creating regulatory and compliance policies and procedures to protect you and your team

Legal Strategy & Lobbying

We’ll help you create a custom legal strategy to navigate complicated regulatory and compliance spaces, while also working and creating legislation through on your behalf through lobbying.

Legal Support

Entity formation? Subsidiaries? IP? Litigation? Immigration? M&A? Taxes?

We’ve seen it all, we’ll handle it all

Product & Go To Market Support

We'll help you integrate compliance & legal into your product process and go-to-market strategy, so you're executing efficiently across all your departments.

Don’t just
take it from us.
Here’s what our founders have to say.

"Stevie and Ian are among the most helpful investors I've ever worked with and I'd recommend them to any founder. Their mix of operating and regulatory experience has been enormously helpful in shaping our regulatory strategy, they've made countless intros to prospective partners."

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Austin Diamond
Founder, Alongside

Vol 1 Ventures is the next level of VC. Stevie has worked with me for years to help me build teams, execute my vision, and ultimately be the best CEO that I can be for the company. Always willing to be a listening ear and a guiding hand she understands what founders of color go through and she's open to making the journey easier.

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Marc Ward
Founder, Socian

Vol. 1 Ventures have been a major value-add to Couplet on a personal founder level and professional level. Stevie and Ian provide deep legal expertise, and general startup support and connections that go a long way. Stevie's strong personal track record in consumer goods investing and startup building has been exponentially helpful to us at Couplet, as well as Ian's experience in stellar community building and high-growth newsletter building.

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Gefen Skolnick
Founder, Couplet Coffee

Without Ian there might not have been a Party Round. Before we had even incorporated, Ian helped us think through the opportunity and meet all the right people to execute on it. He made critical intros to potential hires, infrastructure players and other investors that have collectively been instrumental to our success to date. 

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Jordi Hayes & Sarah Chase
Co-Founders, Capital (fka Party Round)

Ian & Stevie aren't even investors in Truework but have been tremendously helpful—helping find and recruit great talent, intro's to growth funds, and leveraging their distribution and network to promote the Truework brand. If we were raising our preseed now, Vol. 1 would be at the top of our list of investors."

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Ryan Sandler
Cofounder, Truework

Let’s keep you out of jail.

How’s that for a value add?