I was an early partner at 500 Startups and, after leaving the firm to move back to the DC Metro area, raised a separate $50M fund for slightly later stage investments. Scroll down to see a subset of the deals I've selected and many of the successful exits within those selections.
I drive across North America to visit the places that startups actually start (and grow) their businesses. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, I drove over 150,000 miles, visited 150 cities across North America, shook hands with 80,000 entrepreneurs, sat down with 4,000 early stage startups and invested in the best of them.
I invest roughly $25K-$50K per deal and I'll never be more than 20% of the overall fundraising round at the early stage.
I invest in traction rather than ideas, I prefer to participate in early rounds rather than "lead" them and I'm specifically looking for high-growth technology companies before they get on the radar of the typical VCs that are writing the larger seed/A checks.
* You can opt out of any particular deal without penalty
* Backers who have pre-funded their accounts will get priority in ultra-competitive deals.
* Be comfortable with risk and prepared to lose your entire investment without complaint
I'm syndicating all deals unless the founder / company explicitly prohibit me from syndicating.