Investors

Every Investment Is A Technology Investment.

Investors with access to seasoned technologists who have led tech products and operations through rapid growth and scaling enjoy a huge advantage. We offer the best of both worlds — a dedicated relationship with a fractional technologist-in-residence who has that experience.

Model 1

Partners have hyperscale experience — A16z, Khosla

Pros

Always-on access, institutional knowledge, continuity, participation

Cons

FTEs with this background will only go work for the largest funds. Mostly, they launch their own

Model 2

VCs hire tech expertise — technologist-in-residence

Pros

Always-on access, deep engagement, continuity, experience as CTO and VP of Eng.

Cons

Expensive. A very small pool of suitable candidates and the best do not want to work FTE for VC

Model 3

Build a formal network (carry/pay for smart people)

Pros

Low cost, diverse body of expertise

Cons

Unreliable, transactional, high maintenance, little institutional continuity and knowledge.

Model 4

Informal network — ask / find contacts as needed or contract with Expert Network like GLG

Pros

Low cost, flexible

Cons

Transactional, hard to maintain quality, zero institutional knowledge, no alignment of interests

Core questions to ask of every potential investment:

  • Is the technology vision of the company realistic?
  • What are the technology, product or operational execution risks?
  • Can the CTO / VP Engineering handle current and future needs?
  • Are the product and engineering organizations well designed?
  • Are the most critical ICs in the technology team happy?
  • How quickly can the team iterate and ship product?
  • Is the technology team spending money wisely?
  • Can the technology team, tech operations, and product scale up?

We can help you answer these questions and improve your investment decisions.