Team

Jake Sargent — General Partner

Jake is a founding partner of Softmatter and seeks out investments in fashion and food with a focus on advanced materials, supply chain innovation, and values-based brands.

Jake’s passion for sustainable design is informed by five years as the president and creative director of SIMON MILLER, a contemporary men’s and women’s collection blending Japanese fabrics and aesthetics with quality American construction. Prior to SIMON MILLER, Jake developed a love for artisanship and craft overseeing the development of product and retail for Monocle magazine. Jake was a finalist in the 2014 CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, and has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2015. Jake graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in business marketing.

 

 

Matt Scanlan — General Partner

Matt Scanlan is a founding partner of Softmatter and sources investment opportunities in the environmental and social impact space focused on consumer, supply chain, and technology.

Matt is currently the co-founder and CEO of Naadam Cashmere. After attending New York University where he studied business and literature, Matt spent several years as a qualitative analyst in the venture industry. Shortly after, Matt co-founded a small NGO based in Mongolia that inspired Naadam Cashmere, which utilizes the non-profit’s relationships to source rare, raw cashmere from nomadic herding communities.Matt develops the business’s supply chain strategy and leads both sales and marketing growth efforts. Matt has a deep passion for the intersection of business and non-profit work. Brand positioning and consumer psychology are foundational to his diligence approach.