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've built and sold two companies
*I've raised $10M as a founder and invested $30M as a VC
*I've spent the last 5 years in San Francisco and around the globe working with startup accelerators, including Google for Startups and 500 Startups, watching the entire startup lifecycle occur again and again
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 source startups from my network and I syndicate all of my investment opportunities.