Strategy Focus:

Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate, Venture Capital, Direct Deals

Austin Milliken

Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. Austin Milliken is the Co-founder and Managing Member of Aureate Capital. Aureate Capital is San Francisco Bay-based and provides early-stage cannabis, fintech, crypto, and entertainment companies advisory and capital raising services.

Mr. Milliken has 20 plus years of experience in trading, asset management, consulting, financial advisory, and capital raising. Most recently he has been working as an HNW investment advisor and portfolio manager. Additionally, he provides fractional CFO services for early-stage companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mr. Milliken started his career at Montgomery Securities (Banc of America) on the institutional listed trading desk before moving to hedge fund portfolio management. The bulk of his hedge fund life was spent at Parallax Fund in San Francisco as a derivatives volatility trader and portfolio manager.

Mr. Milliken studied Economics at Columbia University, is a certified FRM, and currently holds Series 7, 63 and 65 registrations with FINRA.

John Davis

Director of Secondaries of Shares Trading

Mr. John Davis is Director of Secondaries of Shares Trading with Aureate Capital. Aureate Capital is an investment advisory and financial consulting firm, based in San Francisco, California. They focus on the technology, fintech, cannabis, and alternative investment fund sectors, and they are constantly searching for various disrupting propositions.

Mr. Davis priorly worked as financial advisor with Edward Jones, leader in the financial-services industry. They offer investments services that align with their philosophy of diversifying quality investments and holding them for the long-term. Their investments include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, annuities, insurance, Roth and Traditional IRAs, 529 education savings plans, 401k rollovers, SEP IRAs, advisory services, estate considerations, trust services and borrowing solutions and had 2.9 years. of experience from Edward Jones. Mr. Davis has also worked with New York Life Securities as a Financial Advisor for 1.5 years. Earlier to that, Mr. Davis worked with The Benchmark Company for 3.8 years in Institutional Trading and before that JMP Group as Director of Institutional Trading gaining 3.6 years of experience. Mr. Davis has worked with Jones & Assoc. as an Institutional Trading.

Mr. Davis also has experience with companies like First New York Securities as Trading, Bank of America Securities as Managing Director, Institutional Trading and Montgomery Securities as the Vice President, Institutional Trading.

Mr Davis had his education in Bachelor of Arts in Economics for Columbia University in the city of New York.

Mr. Davis currently holds Series 7, 55, 63 and 66 registrations with FINRA.

Tim Gitlin

Development Specialist

Mr. Tim Gitlin is a Development Specialist with Aureate Capital.

Mr. Gitlin is responsible for raising capital across multiple industries and sectors, including cannabis, crypto, biotech, fintech, and real estate. In addition to raising capital, Mr. Gitlin evaluates the financial capabilities of companies and provides advisory services. Aureate Capital is a San Francisco Bay-based investment bank that provides capital raising and M&A advisory to its clients.

Mr. Gitlin brings over 20 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining Aureate, Mr. Gitlin held various trading and risk management roles at Bank of America, Thomas Wiesel Partners, Friedman Billings Ramsey, and Sanders, Morris, and Harris across equities, equity derivatives, execution services, and electronic trading.

Mr. Gitlin holds a B.A. in Finance from Western State Colorado.

Mr. Gitlin holds SIE, Series 7, and 63 registrations with FINRA.

Al Minafo

Business Development Associate

Mr. Al Minafo is the Business Development Associate of the Aureate Capital, LLC.

Aureate Capital is San Francisco Bay-based and provides early-stage cannabis, fintech, crypto, and entertainment companies advisory and capital raising services.

Mr. Minafo is a seasoned professional with a remarkable career in the financial industry. In 1983, he achieved the distinction of becoming the second-youngest approved member of the American Stock Exchange. Over the years, he has built and managed independent brokerage businesses, excelling in equities and options trading with a significant focus on risk arbitrage. Mr. Minafo's expertise extends to institutional business, and he has even served as a guest lecturer on options at the New York Institute of Finance. With extensive experience in various roles and an impressive track record, he has left an indelible mark in the finance sector.

Mr. Minafo is poised to channel his knowledge and skills towards a primary focus on working closely with hedge fund placements and secondary shares trading. His commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of financial intricacies positions him to thrive in these nuanced domains.

Mr. Minafo is an avid outdoorsman and also on the executive board of the American Sportsman’s Club of New Jersey.

Mr. Minafo currently holds the SIE and series 7 and 63 registration with FINRA.