Invest with Sumon Sadhu
$220.2K ($5K)
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Expected Deals/Year
172
Unique LPs have invested
Note from Sumon Sadhu

I am strongly thesis driven. I believe in human potential and the power of technology for the progress of the human species. I choose investments based on the psychology and the drive of the founders, and the proxy value of the market. If i like something i move first with no need of validation from others.

I invest on the following investment theses because these are absolute needs for the human species, leading to highly durable, long-term companies. All my deals are in these, so only back me if you believe in them. 

1. Economic enablers: Expansion of digital, physical and national economies (URX, WhatWeOrder)

2. Life Extension: direct or indirect enablers of the extension of human lifespan (Zesty, Benchling)

3. Intelligence Amplification: enabling extension of human intellectual or cognitive processing capability (Framed Data, Quid)

4. National Treasures: e.g. invest in the next Alibaba - companies with national monopolies of talent, awareness, and economy (ClearTax, Mobius Motors)

Phase Zero I am a phase zero investor. I am the opposite of passive. My job is to remove risk completely before bringing in upstream investors. I seek out founders who have a history of achievement, who haven't proven themselves yet. Once I find them I work with them to make the critical choices as close to incorporation as possible. Helping define their market choice, trajectory, initial product definition, positioning, as well as introducing the to upstream investors, customers and new hires. As they establish themselves, I act as a founder confidante and psychological protector, and support the strategic and operational choices for growth

I typically invest/advise pre YC, and pre-YC demo day and bring companies to a stage where they can raise from established investors who seek less risk. 

I have coinvested with Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Accel, Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, SV Angel etc etc I have a very strong track record in backing companies early, editing them and then enabling them to raise strong rounds led by the highest tier investors in the world. 

I am market and founder psychology focused. I am geography and sector agnostic. If they pass the test, I move very fast and with conviction.

I like

- premium businesses that generate free cash flow over the long term

i don't like

- fraction-of-a fraction business models

- cheap products

Dealflow
I will syndicate deals where syndication provides strategic value to the companies I support.
Sumon is a connoisseur of opportunities, ideas, and interesting individuals. He pays attention to the world, and can see which way it is heading, and he seems to know everyone who's going to take it that direction.
Contrarian. Disruptor. Free thinker. Never afraid to think in front of the herd. Market maker. Passionate. Excellent at market positioning and refining your pitch. Connector. Visionary.
Team
Sumon Sadhu
Angel
Investing in misunderstood monopolies. Early investor in @benchling @cleartax @labelbox @padlet @safegraph @xendit 4 exits. Imperial, Oxford and YC alum.
Investments
Syndicated
Exit
Acquired in 2018
Exit
URX
Acquired by Pinterest in 2016
Syndicated
Exit
Acquired by Certify in 2018
Exit
Acquired by Square in 2016
Syndicated
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LPs
Ron Bouganim
Angel
Founder and Manging Partner of the Govtech Fund: the first-ever venture fund focused on government technology startups.
Sundeep Ahuja
Angel
I've led 100+ Syndicates incl @mosaic @good-eggs @sandboxvr @notable-labs @livelyhsa @lus-brands; 3x Founder; Author; BS CS Stanford.
Raj DasGupta
Entrepreneur
Cloud Computing/SAAS at scale Author of The Icarus Prediction 80+ Angel Investments UMBC Alumni /Stanford AI Graduate Studies If you are in the DC area ping me
Brad Holden
Angel
Angel/Seed for AWS & Venture Partner @tomorrowventures
Tyler Willis
Marketing
Founder of @unsupervisedai — Investor in companies like @lyft, @patreon & @lambda-school.
Can help with
“I founded one of the top companies in the AI space and was exceptionally early (founding employee) at two successful startups — where I ran marketing,...more
Jeff Morris Jr.
Entrepreneur
Founder & Investor @chapter-one-ventures. Former VP of Product, Revenue @tinder. Led revenue team to #1 top grossing app.
Armando Biondi
Investor
Cofounder & COO @adespresso, acquired by @hootsuite in Feb 2017. Angel investor in 100+ startups. Guest Contributor, former Radio Speaker, proud #500strong
Jude Gomila
Investor
CEO@Golden. @Heyzap[Acq] $->200+ co: Gusto, ClearTax, Boom, Astra, Benchling, Ginkgo, Airtable, Carta, Ironclad, Superhuman, Mercury, Linear, Calm, Relativity
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Sumon is a connoisseur of opportunities, ideas, and interesting individuals. He pays attention to the world, and can see which way it is heading, and he seems to know everyone who's going to take it that direction.
Sumon is one of the best connected people in Silicon Valley. He bridges together the brightest young minds in entrepreneurship with the wisdom and capital of top investors. I can think of at least a dozen startups that can attribute their venture round to an introduction by Sumon. He is also...more
Sumon is a great and energetic advisor, with wide array of knowledge. He helped us a lot during initial stages of our company and is still very valuable because of his huge network and expertise in startup and sales environments. Overall he is smart, fast and puts a lot of effort in what he does.
Sumon is one of the most passionate people I met. He is positive thinker and inspiring personality. He is a great advisor, you can trust him - he is a man of his word. I would say he is the best advisor and investor I've met. And he will definitely be behind the next billion company to come....more
Sumon is one of the smartest and most driven people I've ever met. He has a rare talent for problem solving and strategy, he's super well connected and he's extremely generous with his advice. He's one of the best advisors you could ever wish to work with.
Sumon is genuinely a secret weapon to any ambitious, relentless founder lucky enough to align their vision with his vision for the future. But be warned, you must not be aiming for a mediocre outcome. Sumon has - or can obtain - expert understanding of virtually any market and if you are an...more
Of course, he's brilliantly smart. He's inspired and comes up with very interesting solutions.
Contrarian. Disruptor. Free thinker. Never afraid to think in front of the herd. Market maker. Passionate. Excellent at market positioning and refining your pitch. Connector. Visionary.
Sumon is one of the most useful advisors we've had at Framed Data, and has been instrumental in our ability to execute in our early days. His enthusiasm and intellect is a key asset to anyone looking to start a company with wide-range ambitions.
Sumon is by far one of the sharpest and most driven people I've met. I will happily invest in whatever he does.
Sumon is absolutely a guy you want in your corner. He is able to clearly see the vision, but also understand the steps we need to get there, and where he can help.

Very glad to have him on the team :)
Persistent, highly knowledgeable, brutally honest, and has a wealth of experience— all of which makes him a super product-focused thinker and a highly valuable advisor/investor amongst other things.
Philip Sebastian
For Sumon Sadhu's work with RecurPal
Sumon has been the most influential person in helping me orchestrate Labelbox's seed fundraise (from narrative to introductions to investors and conducting fundraise). He is super well connected, highly intellectual and has tons of wisdom to share.
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