Our founders, Rob Bloemker and Gregor Watson, have a history of investing ahead of the curve. In a career spanning from Salomon Brothers on Wall Street to heading a $60bn investment division at Putnam Investments, Rob is an innovator of mortgage securitization and a leader in fixed income investing. Gregor has built a career identifying, and seizing, moments of opportunity in real estate markets spanning land development to property technology. Gregor was early in identifying the opportunity to purchase entitled land from regional homebuilders during the great financial crisis, and evolved the strategy to purchase thousands of single family homes at deep discounts to their intrinsic value. Rob was also a pioneer of Single Family Rental when he started FiveTen Capital to acquire 10,000 rental homes. Identifying and solving pain points of their own, and that they saw across the SFR market, Gregor and Rob have founded a series of successful technology companies. Gregor founded Roofstock, today the largest marketplace for single family home investment, relied on by both individuals and institutions. Together, they built Dwell Finance into a national bridge lender, selling the company to a unit of Blackstone in 2015.
Rob and Gregor began working together in 2014 during their time running parallel efforts in SFR. They first formalized their partnership with Dwell Finance.
1Sharpe was founded in 2016 as a partnership between Rob and Gregor to invest across the spectrum of real estate: from credit, to real estate private equity, to early stage property technology companies. Rob and Gregor have built a world class team of investment and operational personnel to support them in their mission of delivering superior returns to institutional investors.
The 1Sharpe team has been investing in credit at institutional investment firms like Cerberus, Putnam, Blackrock & Salomon Brothers for decades. 1Sharpe’s credit strategies build on the team’s past credit and lending experiences. We focus on yield, safety & liquidity in areas often overlooked by banks.
With Rob starting at Salomon Brothers in the 1980’s, the firm’s co-founders have invested in housing through many market cycles. Most recently Rob & Gregor were pioneers of the Single Family Rental asset class coming out of the 2009 downturn. Today 1Sharpe’s Housing strategies emphasize misunderstood sectors where hard work is the key to unlocking value.
The 1Sharpe team brings decades of entrepreneurship, with a track record of founding, incubating, and investing in real estate innovation. Our team's experience as owners, operators, and lenders gives us an edge in recognizing opportunities for game-changing technology. In 2020, we formalized 1Sharpe Ventures to back exceptional early-stage founders building real estate and financial technology businesses.
Rob leads 1Sharpe’s Investment Committee and is a member of its Operating Committee. Rob was instrumental in designing the firm’s investment strategy and has been actively involved in strategic loan and real estate investments since 2016.
Before co-founding 1Sharpe, Rob spent nearly 30 years investing in bonds, loans, and real estate. Read more
Rob leads 1Sharpe’s Investment Committee and is a member of its Operating Committee. Rob was instrumental in designing the firm’s investment strategy and has been actively involved in strategic loan and real estate investments since 2016. Read more
Gregor is a member of 1Sharpe’s Investment and Operating Committees, leads many strategic investments for 1Sharpe, and generates substantial investment opportunities through his network of real estate operators, real estate lenders and real estate entrepreneurs.
Prior to co-founding 1Sharpe, Gregor co-founded and is Chairman of Roofstock, an online marketplace for single family rental homes backed by Khosla Ventures and Bain Capital. Read more
Gregor is a member of 1Sharpe’s Investment and Operating Committees, leads many strategic investments for 1Sharpe, and generates substantial investment opportunities through his network of real estate operators, real estate lenders and real estate entrepreneurs. Read more
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