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Robert Hamlin

Principal, Portage Ventures


robert hamlin
robert hamlin

Based In

Washington, D.C. & New York, United States

Geographic Focus

US & Latin America


  • Verticalized Fintech
  • Payments
  • Emerging Markets Fintech
  • Consumer Fintech
  • DeFi


  • - I perform (infrequently) as a stand-up comedian
  • - My family has more pets (a puppy and two hairless cats) than humans
  • - Helping my wife launch an NFT project focused on dogs

Robert (“Bob”) Hamlin is a Principal, Portage Ventures at Portage and joined the firm in 2019. He invests in early-stage and growth-stage financial technology projects globally. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, execution and portfolio management. Within the investment portfolio, Bob is a board observer for Borrowell, Choosing Therapy, Fondeadora, Hellas Direct and Retirable. He is based in Washington, D.C. and New York, United States.

Prior to joining Portage, Bob was an Associate in the Global Fintech Investment Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank. Prior to joining the International Finance Corporation, he worked as an investment banker for Marlin & Associates, an investment bank specializing in the fintech sector. He began his career in the banking services division of Goldman Sachs.

Bob holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project, a New York-based non-profit that funds and mentors young people pursuing social impact ventures in 80 countries.



Boosted Insights is a “plug and play” platform that allows any asset manager to build bespoke quantitative models based on individual customer preferences.

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view Borrowell


Borrowell is a mobile platform offering consumer credit tools including free credit reports and product recommendations.

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view Choosing Therapy

Choosing Therapy

Choosing Therapy is enabling therapists to instantly launch and grow their own virtual practice by acting as a market maker, providing end-to-end operating software, and managing payments.

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view Fondeadora


Fondeadora is building a mobile financial app linked to an international debit card that allows people to send, spend and store money seamlessly in Mexico.

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view Kontempo


Kontempo provides an embedded BNPL solution to B2B marketplaces, wholesalers, and distributors in Mexico.

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view Pearler


Pearler is a socially-driven wealth platform where millennials learn, invest and share their journey to financial independence.

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