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We cannot predict the future, 

BUT WE CAN INVENT IT

Notimor:

A Venture Studio For Fear

Notimor is a first-of-its kind venture studio focused on removing fear from everyday life. I started Notimor after reading the Chapman University Survey on American Fears and realizing that innovators were doing too little to tackle persistent problems.

The first project created within Notimor aims to remove the "fear of not having enough money for the future" by providing a private market solution to universal basic income (UBI). Put another way, we provide non-predatory, targeted loans to help ensure income continuity for the newly unemployed. It is our hope that never again will losing a job mean extreme anxiety and a ruined financial future.

(Notimor = Latin, No Timor (tr.) = No Fear)

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The Founder

I have long lived by the adage, if you can't find a job, create one. I founded my first company (UnBuyThat) at 24-years-old and I haven't looked back. From there, I developed the first-ever video news service for Silicon Alley (AlleyWire), and an insurance technology firm (Thrice). Today, I operate fear-focused venture studio Notimor, conscientious management consultancy NES Impact, and the private members' society, The Corsair. Man, I am extremely tired.

While I do some angel investing, I very much consider myself a founder and operator first, and an investor second. 

I have been incredibly fortunate to create and lead a half-dozen companies, and have helped operate or co-found a half-dozen more. But let's take a moment to recognize that I could not have done this without help from a lot of people. In that way, my success is shared, and from a place of privilege. Still, I have learned a lot, worked with some incredible human beings, and I hope that I have left the world a bit better than I found it.

I've had some amazing partners, and today, this grizzled veteran shares his wisdom with rising (and generally underrepresented) founders. Most importantly, I use my position as "Founder" to invent a future that removes the fears of economy, risk, and failure wherever possible.

SEEK OUT THE MOST COMPLEX AND SOPHISTICATED MINDS,

put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.

To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge,

 
 

O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea/Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free/Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam/Survey our empire and behold our home!

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The Corsair Society

I founded The Corsair in 2010 as a place to convene friends in one time and space. It has since grown well beyond that to a closely-held global membership organization of "interesting people doing interesting things."

 

We meet in small private salons throughout the world with a simple rule for admission: you must be willing to utilize your means and/or your mind to materially alter the world around you. The Corsair's goal is to put humans within proximity of one another who, normally, would not tread in the same room. Then we step back and watch what transpires.

The name is borrowed from J.P. Morgan (the person, not the bank), who had a similar society for his friends and confidantes. Unlike Mr. Morgan, our gatherings are highly diverse and inclusive, but with a similar intention to gather those together who have the influence and agency to shape tomorrow. Admittedly, The Corsair is a bit mysterious, with intent, but we are not secret, merely private.

 

A lot of people complain about yesterday.

We have no power to change yesterday.

But this very day, 30 years later, is what we can control and decide.

1. Social Venture Acceleration: We conceive, launch, and operate high-impact startups on behalf of ideators

 

2. Values-Driven Growth: We design novel and ethical (data and tech) models for maturing businesses

 

3. Impact Experimentation: We imagine and develop new brands for established businesses and nonprofits that prove doing good = doing well

We often consult on avant-garde ways to invest, divest, model, and track social impact investment strategies. During our work with the Child Safety Pledge, we proudly created the first-ever model for social impact investment/divestment centered on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention.

We also assist with capital introduction and fundraising, where appropriate, and may invest alongside or in tandem with larger family office partners. 

 

Recent clients include Humanified, Make Some Noise: The Museum of Sound, The Child Safety Coalition, Romio, and Cater2.me.

NES Impact was founded in 2010 (then called NES Consulting) to provide a vehicle for my consulting work. Today, NES Impact has grown into a highly-sought management consultancy and launch accelerator, working with some of the most prominent family office principals and founder-led ventures around the world. We take on select engagements, ranging from three months to three years, where the mandate has social improvement at its core. Our current mandates focus on:

NES Impact: 

A Conscientious Consultancy

 

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal?[...]

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,

because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

President John F. Kennedy, Rice University Moon Speech (1962)

Past Startups

Between 2010 and 2016, I started four companies—running two to profitability.

UnBuyThat: A peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and reselling hotel rooms

(2010-2013)

AlleyWire: A pioneering and award-winning video news service covering Silicon Alley

(2013-2016)

AW|CS: This was AlleyWire's in-house branded content studio, it still operates today

(2013-Present)

LRS Tech's Thrice Platform: An early insurtech SaaS play in the property and casualty commercial real estate brokerage space

(2016)

 

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison

Other Ventures

Over the years, I have been involved in some incredible business partnerships; whether as an early employee or founder of a new department. All of these businesses are still operating today, and I'm honored to have made a small imprint in the sands of their shores. I have recently served in the following roles:

 

President, Karma Impact & Cicero's Own (Both subsidiaries of Timeless Media, where I also served as President) — Social impact media network and brand studio developed alongside Hinduja Single Family Office

Chief Growth Officer, Vestorly — Venture-backed, artificial Intelligence-powered marketing SaaS platform

Director of Marketing, Shepherd Kaplan Krochuk — One of the largest independent investment advisors in the U.S.

It is the excitement of becoming—

always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again—

but always trying and always gaining..."

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Inaugural Address (January 20, 1965)

 

Impact Investor, Advisor, & Mentor

I am an equity-holder, investor, and advisor to several established startup ventures. I also mentor moment-of-inception companies through Yale's Tsai Center for Innovation (CITY) and serve as a judge for several venture competitions, including the NextGen Summit. I'm also a graduate of several accelerator programs, including serving as a venture fellow at Yale's CITY (then called the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute) through UnBuyThat (2012) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP through AlleyWire (2014).

 

My investment mandate is broad, but there must be an impact component. I am currently involved with several early-stage startups, many with underrepresented founders, including:

ScholarMe: The common application for scholarships (Y-Combinator)

 

VirtualApt: Robot-enabled virtual real estate tours and videos (Seed/Series A)

Palgo: Peruvian-focused point-of-sale financing app for merchants (Seed)

 

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is—

EVERYTHING AROUND YOU THAT YOU CALL LIFE, WAS MADE UP BY PEOPLE THAT WERE NO SMARTER THAN YOU.

And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. 

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N.B. Regarding certain quotations used on this site: I recognize the modern controversy following some of the quoted figures. I further recognize the potentially harmful beliefs these figures held in their time. In quoting them, it is not my intention to glorify or demonize. Rather, I cite their discrete thoughts, which represent a moment of interesting thinking, as separate from their total biography.

© Neil St. Clair, 2020-2025

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