My syndicate differentiates in three ways:
1 - I only invest in founders that I'm extremely passionate about, and who I believe are smart, ethical leaders.
2 - Thus, founders offer my syndicate better terms and early access. I also offer lower carry and minimum investments than most syndicates.
3 - Finally, the companies not only have exciting growth, but are also bettering the world.
I focus on companies in these areas:
1 - Experiences - travel, vices (e.g. sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll), and other experiential companies.
2 - Creativity - empowering the creative class through content, art, music or otherwise.
3 - Frontier Tech - the future of technology. Think AI/machine learning, AR/VR, drones.
4 - Marketplaces - distributing power. This includes the sharing economy.
I invest in, and get early access to, founders who are genuine and know how to hustle in markets that I know well. I also coach every founder I invest in on fundraising and growth, and bring many ex-founders to invest with me who know the industry. Sometimes I get better valuations, too.
*I have one exit (SocialEarth), and have raised money as an early stage startup founder (Storefront: ~$10M).
*I'm an Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture Partner at 500 Startups where I've supported over 200 portfolio companies with hands-on mentorship and $22M in funding.
*I also know accelerators/incubators well, and took Storefront through the fifth AngelPad class.
Thus, my selection process is carefully made as I look for startups that have legit and growing traction, a solid vision, and big potential. I'm opportunistic, what can I say.
Join me in partnering with founders who want to build movements around their companies.
More on me: tristanpollock.com
I'll syndicate all of my investment opportunities.