Too often companies seeking to solve big problems with inclusive teams and true care for their customers—can’t get off the ground. We want to change that. We believe that the best companies are inclusive, focused on actual problems in the world, and truly care about their customers.
But we don’t just invest in companies and expect returns. We’re here to provide our connections, advise, and expertise to help our portfolio companies succeed. We believe our portfolio of companies have a mark to make on the world, and we want to help them drive real change.
How We Invest
Product Trust Investments provides pre-Series A funds focused on helping founders from underrepresented groups and inclusive teams get their companies off the ground. Many of our investments have been the first checks companies have received, and they leverage our endorsement to find other investors and turn one check into many. We help companies begin the startup flywheel.
Our fund is flexible. We have done it all: priced rounds, convertible notes, and convertible equity. We work with Founders to meet them where they are, help them understand the terms of deals, figure out valuations, and help connect them to resources young companies need.
Founder & Lead Investor
Taylor McCaslin is a multi-disciplinary Investor, Product Manager, and Technologist living in Austin, Texas. He currently works as a Senior Product Manager at GitLab and serves on the Advisory Board for AIMaps. Taylor also founded Product Trust Investments, an angel fund focused on impact investing with companies that build ethical products that customers trust. Taylor also serves as a board member for StartOut Austin and is a lead organizer for StartOut’s annual HackOut LGBTQ startup weekend. Taylor is an advocate and defender of privacy, consent, and inclusion.
Taylor graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied business, theatre, computer science, and digital art & media. Since 2012 he has worked at enterprise-scale, hyper-growth technology companies including: Duo Security, WP Engine, Indeed.com, Bazaarvoice.
When not advising companies or speaking at conferences about technology, Taylor can be found geeking out with the latest Apple gadget, skiing, or enjoying the expansive Austin art scene. He also enjoys volunteering with local human rights and LGBTQ organizations around central Texas as well as mentoring young technologists looking to start careers in the tech.
We can't wait to help.
Let us know what you're working on and how you're changing the world. Every project is different, so our involvement looks different between projects, from angel investments to advisement, we're here to help.