FI  Black Squirrel Partners

     Office Locations:

New York, NY



  • Early



  • Information Technology
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Sports & Entertainment



    Black Squirrel Partners represents the family office activities of Metallica and those close to the band. The firm is passionate about music, technology, the world and people. Black Squirrel was founded in 2020 by former Morgan Stanley executive Paul Donahue, Metallica and its in-house leadership team (Tony DiCioccio, Marc Reiter, and Vickie Strate), WG&S founder Eric Wasserman, and Artist Management firm Q Prime. Noted music industry veteran Rick Krim and Matt Janopaul, the former President and COO of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, are also partners of Black Squirrel.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Matt Janopaul Partner
    Paul Donahue Managing Partner
    Rick Krim Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

      Vault Comics
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