Category: Investing

Enough money can solve any problem, including saving the planet.

Money can solve a lot of problems. Maybe not ANY problem, but it can solve a LOT of problems. In many ways, I am a gatekeeper between people who want to solve problems and people who want to invest in having these problems solved. Our startups are passionate about solving major built environment challenges to […]

Teaching Venture Capital to LPs

When I was first exposed to it in the mid ‘90s, venture capital was a different business. Back then, the mystique surrounding a venture capitalist was minimal. VCs were mostly successful tech entrepreneurs who decided they wanted to do something a little different. They weren’t following some sort of thesis that involved “odds,” they weren’t […]

ESG, OPM, and Startups

In many industries, the use of OPM (other people’s money) to fund growth is the norm. As a venture capital firm, that’s obviously our job. We deploy our limited partners’ capital into startups via a fund in order to deliver a return. While we have our own capital in the fund, the majority of the […]

A Brief History of Corporate Innovation

sk anyone under the age of 25 today “who invented the mouse?” or “who invented the graphical user interface (GUI)?” and you may get a lot of blank stares and fun wild guesses. These two inventions were the sparks that launched the personal computing revolution, and both were invented by Xerox. What a great illustration [...]

Navigating selling your startup. Panel from Lat59 Estonia

With M&A increasingly becoming the likely outcome for most startups, what are the things that you—as a founder—need to know in order to generate acquisition interest in your company, navigate to a close and how to maximize the outcome? Moderated by K.P. Reddy, The Combine (Atlanta) https://youtu.be/WVLmS0Y7Dm0

Why BuiltTech, why now? My talk at Lat59 in Estonia.

https://youtu.be/gYkvV_r47pk

Things to think about when investing in a Venture Fund.

1. You must be an accredited investor. Meeting one of the accredited investor definitions (i.e., US$200K in income or US$300K joint income with spouse for the past two years, or US$1M net worth) 2. Meet Capital Call requirements. If you commit to $250k on a 5 year investment period, that means you have to write a check [...]

“Every Angel Investor Should Have an Investment Thesis” (Part 1 of 3)

You’re an Angel investor What kind of investments have you made? What kind of investments do you want to make? Why? Talk to any successful Wall Street investor or real estate investor, and they will tell you that they have a specific investment strategy that works for them. Angel investing is no different. Angel investing [...]

7 Reasons why Family Offices are Investing in Startups

This week I was at a Family Office conference. It was a great group of family and multi-family offices. There was a great appetite for private investments and specifically early stage. 1. Active Investment- FO have historical been passive investors and allocated high-risk:high-return through classic venture funds. The trend has shifted away from investing in [...]