Being a founder of a startup is hard. At times, it can be terrifying and lonely. You spend most of your waking hours grinding through impossible problems, and there are not a lot of people you can confide in. You need strong supporters who will help you work through challenges, eliminate roadblocks, offer a different perspective, and cheer when some great news is delivered. We strive to provide that support to our founders.
No two startups look alike, so we don’t deliver prescriptive formulas on how to build or scale. We work with you one-on-one to develop a custom plan to help you achieve your specific goals — and we adjust together as often as necessary. We also bring resources from our network so you can talk to experts about challenges you are facing.
We are transparent and straightforward. Sometimes that means encouraging and supporting you to keep going; sometimes that means telling you a truth that might be hard to hear, but has your best interests in mind. We’ll also cheer for you and challenge you to do more when we think you have the potential.
We will help you raise smart money. We have spent decades cultivating trusted relationships with other investors. We pay close attention to changing trends, teams, and interests at other VC firms in order to help you pitch the right story to the right investors at the right time for your A, B and C rounds.
Your first few hires are among the most important ones you ever make. As a first-time founder hiring for positions you’ve never held, knowing what to look for can be daunting. Attracting the best people to work for your unproven startup is a tough sell. We help you scope, evaluate, and close candidates so you can scale your team with confidence.
The first 18 months of your company’s life are critical. It’s not just about surviving; it’s about learning a lot, fast, in a hyper-competitive environment to build the infrastructure of your future business — people, product, technology, processes. How do we know we’re making a difference? Our follow-on investors consistently tell us our companies have stronger foundations and fundamentals than many of their peers — giving them an unfair competitive advantage.
All startups — even the ones that become billion-dollar behemoths — have tough times. Lots of things can go wrong: a problem with your product eviscerates your release date; you and your cofounder disagree on the fundamental vision of your company; a rogue butterfly from China forces customs to hold up your shipping container; the US Postmaster General shows up to arrest you (in error) for shipping fraud... and on and on. When things go wrong, you need a trusted partner — someone you are comfortable telling all the gory details. We won’t walk away; we’re here to help you work out the kinks.