Our Process

It’s no accident that we have only Partners at Inventus. We promise direct involvement of our best and most experienced, keeping things simple, frank and as meaningfully constructive as possible.

With three GPs our process is focused and expedient. We formed Inventus because we see many great Founders that don’t need the typically larger Series A rounds other firms require for their model to work. We want the Founder’s model to work, and we want to help lead that initial financing.  Our long and repeated experience is that too much venture capital, too early, works directly against the Founders’ focus, creativity, and more importantly against their ownership and ultimate level of success.

Innovative ideas and insights into big markets are certainly important, but the unique insight and drive of the Founding team is more paramount.  So we like to get to know Founding teams, often collaborate and help through the early phases prior to our point of investing, then lean in with conviction to lead the later Seed or early-Series A round.

Step 1: Share your Deck

Submit an overview of your business to us. Please find a mutual contact on LinkedIn as that opening reference point increases our attention and gives you priority.  We’ll review your deck within a week or less, and let you know if a meeting makes sense.

Step 2: Meet Us

We care more about the Founding team and motivations than the idea, so an in-person meeting of ~1hour is the essential next step.  We placed ourselves centrally in Silicon Valley for this reason.  We’re particularly interested in your a-ha moment that started the company’s journey, and like to get right to the core of the customer problem, how you solve it, and how you expect to defend the highly likely fast-followers.  We like to get into how you and your Founding team came to this initial product plan, how you’ve thought through pricing, and the key hires and next steps you’ve prioritized for the coming 18-24 months.  Great to bring backup slides on

  • The leadership of the company
  • Your product and preferably a demonstration
  • Your target customer and validation
  • The problem you solve for your customer
  • How you plan to reach customers
  • Competition and Industry landscape
  • Market opportunity
  • Your venture capital requirements
  • Product and Business Milestones with capital being raised

After the first meeting, we like to get back within a week or less with initial feedback and next steps.  If there is a potential fit, we’ll spend more time to better understand your Team as well as the business.

Step 3: Sign with Us

With our three-person team and flat structure the typical “Monday partner meeting” of larger firms often just naturally happens along the way.  All three partners evaluate the Founding teams and ideas, and this sets the foundation for all three of us to add value in building the company post investment.  This also speeds our process and keeps everyone focused on the key questions, not partnership logistics

Step 4: Close

The investment process and core diligence typically lead to our conviction to lead the financing within 3-6 weeks.  Then the documentation and closing are usually only 3-4 weeks after that.