Regardless of today’s hot technology or big new market, we select Founders first. We strive to understand the drive and capabilities of the teams we work with, and prefer those building truly hard innovations to disrupt big industries where they have unique insights. We still see “capital efficiency” as a big advantage for Founders and investors, and gravitate towards teams employing lean startup philosophies early, then scaling aggressively once traction emerges. We’ve seen this work time and again to produce category defining companies with steep growth – where the Founders still own a big stake. We like that economic alignment. We expect high commitment and execution, from Founders and ourselves.
We know business software, internet marketplaces, and the last few years have been at work in deep automation technologies (ML, AI, robotics, machine vision) with companies re-inventing and capturing massive market potential. This is a particularly exciting phase in technology. Automation is taking our Founding teams into vast industries where software has at best been a rudimentary part of the operating model.
Operating Experience, Founders’ Perspective
Having been entrepreneurs ourselves we understand the challenges. All Inventus GPs bring a unique value to the mix with our Founders, applying the firm’s full network and expertise from the earliest stages. Recruiting, customer introductions, distribution partnerships, follow-on financings, negotiating acquisitions or preparing for IPOs. We strive to be our Founders’ most proactive and constructive collaborators, not just investors. Earning their trust and confidence to be the first call talking thru the hardest decisions, and biggest opportunities.