Our Mission

We want to exercise every vested and exercisable employee option grant.

Leveling the playing field for unicorn employees.

Our vision is to help unicorn employees thrive in the new private market

Nikkl provides capital to unicorn employees, so that employees can exercise their vested options to purchase shares, significantly reduce their taxes, and gain near-term liquidity.

Nikkl was founded in response to the rising financial risks of holding equity in a successful startup company. Many unicorn employees take huge financial losses due to expensive upfront costs, tax complexities and long exit windows. The more successful the company, the more complex these risks can become. Nikkl is here to help inform unicorn employees about the new private market and to help them keep the equity they have already earned.

Meet the team

Nikkl is led by Dan Siciliano who is the Chair Elect of Federal Home Loan Bank Council and was formerly a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. Dan was also the co-founder and CEO of LawLogix, a global software technology company ranked several times as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the US, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 lists for 2010 and 2011.

  • Dan Siciliano

    Dan Siciliano

    Chief Executive Officer

    • Chair Elect of the Federal Home Loan Bank Council
    • Co-Founder, CEO & Executive Chairman, LawLogix
    • Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean, Stanford Law School
  • Mike Matousek

    Mike Matousek

    Chief Revenue Officer

    • Founding Team Member of Quid Capital, which pioneered lending to unicorn employees
  • Mike Huskins

    Mike Huskins

    Chief Legal Officer

    • Twilio
    • McKinsey
    • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Jesus Ancheta

    Jesus Ancheta

    Chief Administrative Officer

    • Vice President, Services and Operations, Hyland Software
    • SVP, Finance & Administration, LawLogix
  • Gus Figueroa

    Gus Figueroa

    Chief Technology Officer

    • Chief Software Architect / Interim CTO, Offerpad (first employee)
    • Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Nerdino
  • Cathy Siciliano

    Cathy Siciliano

    Chief Marketing Officer

    • SVB
    • eBay
    • Minted
    • Elance (now Upwork)
    • MBA, Harvard Business School