Gui Costin, Founder and CEO of Dakota Funds | #71


Gui Costin is the authority on effectively selling to Millennials. A seasoned entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and author of the book Millennials Are Not Aliens, Gui is constantly looking for ways to innovate within his profession. To date, he has founded two successful companies with an eye towards the investment industry’s future. Gui is the founder and CEO of Dakota, an investment services company that provides a full suite of products, services and technologies to help small to mid-size investment firms grow their businesses.
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Gui’s latest venture is Stage Investor Network, a digital content platform for investment firms to create and post content about their investment strategies. This platform’s goal is to provide institutional investors with high-quality, due diligence content that they can consume on their own time. Stage Investor Network makes it easy and efficient for institutional investors to find, research, and track investment strategies all within one password protected platform. The one thing Gui is most proud of is his team: “Without the longstanding, extraordinary people we have at Dakota, we’d be a fraction of our current selves. It’s all about the people you have on your team and how you treat them.”

Prior to the start of his entrepreneurial career, Gui earned his Bachelor of Science in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia. He then worked in the real estate business from 1989 to 1997 before going on to raise capital for an institutional real estate investment firm in Chicago. In 2001, he relocated to Philadelphia, working for a number of firms in the area before founding in 2006, what is now Dakota.

Gui currently lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with his wife Susan; their three kids, Mac, Cate, and Will; and their three dogs, Rocky, Bobby, and Buddy.

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