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Josh Chapman

Josh Chapman

Denver, CO, United States
Member since August 25, 2016
Josh is an investment banker turned entrepreneur who lives in Denver, CO. At Morgan Stanley, he covered the world's top hedge funds and sold over $5 billion in IPOs for companies like Alibaba, LendingClub, GrubHub, and more. He also has experience in M&A, startup fundraising, and launching two companies of his own. Currently, Josh freelances for entrepreneurs around the world and is the founder of, an esports investing platform.
Josh is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Financial Services
  • Startups
  • Venture Capital
Other Expertise
  • Financial Modeling
  • Fundraising
  • Market Research
  • Pricing Analysis
  • Valuation
  • Founder & CEO
    2017 - PRESENT
    Konvoy (Esports Investing Platform)
    • Founded and led Konvoy.
    • Headed up business development.
    • Oversaw investments.
    • Spearheaded deal flow vetting.
    • Led capital raising efforts.
    • Managed budget, headcount, equity cap table, and more.
    Focus areas: eSports Investing, Early-stage Venture Capital, Angel/Seed Funding, Video Gaming, Media
  • Business Case Development
    2016 - 2017
    Cotential (via Toptal)
    • Created five pitch decks for sales meetings.
    • Researched each potential client and tailored decks to them specifically.
    • Met in person with the CEO in NYC to discuss strategy.
    • Reformatted existing decks to look more professional, clear, and concise.
    Focus areas: Investor Communications
  • Co-founder
    2016 - 2017
    • Led the team as Co-founder and COO in capital acquisition, operations, financial modeling, business development, and management.
    • Built our financial model for internal projections and external fundraising efforts.
    • Created multiple pitch decks for the capital raising process that described complex technical concepts and solutions.
    • Launched a business development effort with legal contracts, pricing strategies, and sales slide decks.
    • Ran an efficient telecommuting team, highlighting that efficiency and communication are paramount.
    Focus areas: Strategic Planning, Leadership, Operations, Capital Raising, Fundraising Presentation Development, Financial Modeling & Valuation, Business Plan & Model Development
  • Institutional Equity Sales Associate
    2014 - 2016
    Morgan Stanley
    • Leveraged Morgan Stanley equity research, technical indicators, trading activity, investor trends, and reputable colleagues to generate transaction-oriented trade ideas that created alpha for our 200+ institutional clients.
    • Sold IPOs, follow-on offerings, and block trades to institutional asset managers, such as Alibaba, Rocket Internet, and Emaar Malls Group, Naspers.
    • Pitched, discussed, and monetized Morgan Stanley's content and platform for equity research.
    • Developed and wrote content for client distribution, including market commentary, investor positioning, global events analyses, and political risk assessments.
    • Created quarterly presentations on the desk’s performance for senior management.
    • Contributed to other ad hoc projects, such as Global Best Ideas and the weekly “Global Reflections” note that is distributed to over 50,000 institutional clients each week.
    • Utilized the experience in the energy sector that I gained after getting a geology degree in college, interning at an upstream oil & gas company in Houston (NYSE: CXPO), and spending a considerable amount of time following the sector while at Morgan Stanley.
    • Built my own technical and fundamental models that were linked with Bloomberg formulas in order to live-update whenever refreshed. This automated my investment & market analysis process which I leveraged across my client base (top hedge funds & asset managers in the world). I can build fully functioning financial models that have formula plug-ins to outside data sources.
    Focus areas: Capitals Markets, Equity Research, Business Review Presentations, Emerging Markets, Geopolitics, Investments, Relationship Management, Financial Modeling & Valuation, Business Plan & Model Development
  • Investment Banking Analyst
    2013 - 2013
    INTL FC Stone
    • Executed M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) advisory for middle market companies in the mining, agriculture, and energy sectors.
    • Prepared deal committee memoranda and pitchbooks to describe industry trends and companies’ fundamentals.
    • Completed Capital IQ screens for comparable companies and precedent transactions analyses.
    • Built financials models for middle market deals.
    Focus areas: Investment Banking, Emerging Markets, Pitch Decks, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Modeling & Valuation
  • Product Specialist
    2012 - 2013
    • Supported Aladdin, BlackRock’s proprietary investment platform, by offering operational support for internal portfolio managers and traders.
    • Created and automated custom reports for firm clients focused on position analysis, evaluating risk exposure and identifying derivative contract discrepancies and unsettled trades from the previous day.
    • Joined a special working group focused on developing a new internal trading platform.
    Focus areas: Technology, Product Development, Operational Efficiency Improvement, Investments, Trading Platforms
Other Experience
  • Business Plan Consultants: Who They Are And How they Create Value (Publication)
    Due in part to the unceremonial nature of its title, the value-creation potential of business plan consultants is often misunderstood and underappreciated. Questions such as, "What do they do that I can’t?", "Why do they cost so much?” and, "Don’t you think we can handle this ourselves?", all too often haunt their practice. Having prolifically added value to 25+ clients across a range of industries, sizes, and mandates, Toptal Finance Expert, Josh Chapman, sheds light on the full scope of business plan consulting. What it is to be a great business plan consultant, how they create value, and what skills, attributes and experiences constitute the greats vs. the pretenders.
  • Esports: A Guide to Competitive Video Gaming (Publication)
    While the complex esports industry may be daunting for investors, it is growing exponentially and has already amassed a large, global audience.
  • The Importance of Customer Retention — An Empirical Study (Publication)
    Startups nowadays are hyper focused on growth at all costs, a practice which often undermines the fundamental health of the business. This article takes an in-depth look at the importance of focusing on customer retention from day one and the practical benefits it can provide in the medium to long term.
  • Series 7 & 63 licenses in Finance (General Securities Representative & Uniform Securities Agent)
    2014 - 2016
    FINRA - New York, NYC, USA
  • Level 1 - Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst in Alternative Investments
    2013 - 2013
    Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst - New York City, NY, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Business/Economics and Geology (Minor)
    2008 - 2012
    Wheaton College - Chicago, IL, USA
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