My passion has been building a community of awesome entrepreneurs, first at Dogpatch Labs and now through Resolute. Partnering with me means partnering with the 50+ founders who make up the Resolute Community. Having been a VC for 12 years, I also can bring a lot of help raising your Series A.
I'm looking for founders who combine exceptional talent with a particularly compelling vision/passion. Not just a very good idea for building a business, but a consuming need to pursue their vision, achieve their dream, fulfill their vision, etc. Repeat and first time founders both welcome.
I would recommend Mike as an early stage investor and a great lead investor / board member during the seed stage. Mike is helpful in pulling together a group of strong investors, overall company strategy, and with introductions and strategy that leads to a successful Series A round of financing. In addition, the Resolute portfolio and the way Mike connects all of us is extremely helpful and powerful. I'd highly recommend Mike as an early stage lead investor.
I have worked with dozens of different investors and Mike is what I always imagined a great seed-stage investor should be. He is more a member of our team than he is an outsider. He works hard, he hustles like we do, he has a huge network and if we need a door opened where he doesn't have a connection, he finds one.
When you're a seed-stage startup the last thing you need is to have formal board meetings or to spend time creating decks to report to your investors. We don't do this with Mike and instead, it's an honest, helpful, supportive relationship.
Personally, as a CEO, I feel I have both a friend and a coach in Mike. He is there when I want to brainstorm or blow off steam. He is there to remind me to focus on something I may be missing. He is there to suggest I connect with someone who could be helpful.
Mike's an investor who will help you when you need it. He spends the time to understand your company and help in both good times and bad. One of the most entrepreneur focused early stage investors I know. Ask anyone he has invested in, they'll tell you how supportive he is.
Mike goes all out for his portfolio companies. What we like most about Mike is his hunger to want to succeed. For an early stage company and a first time founding team, mike can really help you think through the strategy to go from a Seed to a Series A. Plus, he's a wonderful person and friend. We'd highly recommend Mike if you're looking to raise money.
Mike has been amazing to work with. His experience in the industry is obvious, and he has a good balance between pushing and supporting his entrepreneurs. He also focuses extensively on connecting his portfolio companies so entrepreneurs can help each other.