We are driven by a great respect for founding teams, coupled with a thematic approach to investing. Primarily, we are looking to back exceptional technical and scientific founders whose companies are based on sets of creative ideas or market trends that we believe:
- Have the ability to solve real and large customer problems
- Are on the cusp of widespread adoption; and
- Have the potential to drive cycles of innovation and company creation for at least a decade.
This approach enables us to focus on areas where we have experience, where our deal flow strengths lie, and in turn, saves entrepreneurs and ourselves lots of time. And while we will largely be guided by our thesis, we will not automatically pass on an outstanding opportunity because it does not quite fit.
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Our investment style is that of transparency and a two-way partnership. We like to back teams where there is mutual respect, two-way healthy debate, trust and ambition. If a team is just looking for money then we’re not the right investor.
Once we make an investment, teams get our focused attention and resources. We become an ally of the company, providing all the assistance we can. No job is too big or too small to assist with. We have a broad global network, can make customer introductions, help with key hires, assist with next rounds of financing, and act as a sounding board for strategy and tactics. The objective of our assistance is to help each company become leaders in their field.
We will invest predominantly in areas where we think there are strong market or technology forces about to unlock new capabilities, disruptive solutions and business models. Here are some of the things we are fascinated by.