We are a small group of investors who are determined to change the landscape for investing in San Diego. We will talk with you like we talk with our friends. We will ask you hard questions. We will laugh over drinks. If you can handle our candor, we'd like to meet you.
We invest in early stage companies with disruptive technology that need both capital and additional business insight to achieve their next milestone. We seek out startups with passionate founders and a bold vision who also understand their true strengths. Ultimately we invest when the combination of SSD’s capital and intellectual value can combine to measurably move the company forward. SSD’s funding strategy is to lead Series Seed or Bridge to Series A.
We are looking for great San Diego based companies!
Submit Application- This is the first step and typically the most frustrating for Founders because it can feel like a black box. Don't worry, we don't use robots. One or more of our leadership team considers each application in detail to determine whether there is a fit. If there isn’t, we will let you know quickly.
Screening Meeting- OK! So you made it past the application and are on a roll. This is where we get to know you and your company. We are honest and, at times, very direct, with a well honed BS meter. Most of the time it's very clear what next steps look like at the end of this meeting.
Whiteboard Session- This is where we discuss how to empower your greatness. This includes but is not limited to capital investment, other resources and suggested additions to the team. You should come with a high-level plan and be prepared for an active conversation. During this meeting we typically bring in industry experts that align with the problem you're solving. The end result is a comprehensive plan on how to move forward.
SSD Partners Meeting- Subject to the outcome of the Whiteboard Session, the SSD team gets together to discuss capital requirements and other internal/ external resources needed to make the plan happen. This will form the basis for our offer and includes all SSD obligations.