Craig Swanger

About me

Craig is our Partner at Stoic VC (Stoic Fund II). Craig has decades of investment experience, across 14 countries, building financial products, leading investment teams and managing billions of dollars. After 15 years at Macquarie Bank, which culminated in the combined roles of Chief Global Investment Officer and Chief Innovation Office. Today Craig is an experienced start-up founder, adviser, venture capital investor and Non-Executive Director on the boards of two listed companies.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Investments) from the University of Queensland, as well as Honours in Portfolio Theory from the University of Adelaide.

Area of focus

Agriculture, Equity Efficiency, Climate and Hardware

Get to know Craig

What advice do you live by?
Intentional or otherwise, everyone lives by a plan. And when it comes to investing – personally into your life or into financial assets – it is vital to understand the outcomes are yours regardless of who is involved in the decision-making process. Investing is intuitive and the best way to improve outcomes is through confidence, focus, risk mitigation and reducing unnecessary cost.

I am fascinated by…

Reducing waste (including fund managers themselves!)

What I enjoy about being a VC?

Being able to add exponential  value more, and faster, than in any other asset class.

Favourite spot in Sydney?
The Hawkesbury – anywhere!

A great founder…

Sees what the end user needs, long before they do, understands the limitations of existing solutions, and boldly dares to imagine a better world. The best founders balance big vision with pragmatism, and the tenacity to deliver outcomes which defy common sense.

What makes me excited about tomorrow?

There’s always more to learn.