The Answer Is
Filling a void? Changing an industry? Saving time and money? Is your product/service a “nice-to-have” feature or a true game-changer? We hope you’re thinking as big as we are and the answers are ‘yes’.
Adapting to What
You can win on product or execution. And sometimes, it’s a bit of both. We tend to invest in a lot of applied technologies, so execution is incredibly important. It’s never a straight path from point A to point B (or Series A to Series B, for that matter), but we look for founders who can react to the unexpected and adapt to what works (and we’re here for you – we’ve seen our fair share of pivots along the way).
While once in a while we are so impressed with the founders that we invest in an idea scribbled on a napkin, there is nothing that speaks to your ability to execute than your performance in getting your concept off the ground. Where is your website? Proof of concept? Alpha or Beta version? Traction is a relative term – but we’d like to see something to understand the vision and where you’re going.
This question is as important as us asking you about your business. If you just want a check, you probably aren’t in the right place. We look for opportunities to provide substantial value to the entrepreneurs that we partner with, and we’re big proponents of entrepreneurs getting to know their investors. We have a lot of operational experience among our team, but we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have everything for everyone. If you can pinpoint areas in which you need help from partners, advisors, and investors, then we can figure out how we can help. Since we’ll be spending a lot of time together – let’s make sure we have good chemistry.
We want to work with kick-ass entrepreneurs, and (in most cases) we believe the team is more critical to the success of the company than the product and/or market. The team starts with a founder and we look for the ones who are self-aware and resourceful. Of course you think your business is great, but understanding and admitting where the weaknesses are (or where you could use some help) is what allows us to add value to your mission and sets you up to build an amazing team. And hey, if you think you’re perfect, that’s great too, but no billion dollar business is a one-man or woman show.