Our philosophy on entrepreneurial investing is that we provide more than money. A start-up venture capitalist becomes a company's financial strategist, headhunter, investment banker, and corporate therapist, who provides support and confidence to a team.
As a board member, we are active, and we have the energy, experience and contacts to help take the company to the next stage and beyond.
At Draper Triangle Ventures, we believe that our:
Entrepreneurs are extraordinary individuals possessing unusual intelligence, energy, vision and drive, and should have large stakes in their companies that can generate great wealth for those who make the early sacrifices. We understand that the credit for success justly goes to the entrepreneur. We bet on the ability of the founding team to develop their business, adapt to inevitable changes in their plans, and to grow with their companies. Successful founders will surround themselves with the best people they can. While we will often help the founders recruit additional executives for their team, we do not invest in any opportunity with the intention of replacing the founders.
Portfolio companies, with our help, will have a chance to develop complete teams and mature business plans that position them for growth and future financing (if it is required) and eventual liquidity. These companies are the heroes of American industry.
Investors have an excellent opportunity to achieve extraordinarily large capital gains on their investments, while participating in the initial capital formation process that is critical to the development of new technologies and services that are becoming the mainstays of the U.S. economy.
Friends, partners and industry contacts are our most valuable resources. Our development of a "value-added" network of Limited Partners is a powerful resource we can bring to bear in our efforts to help our portfolio companies succeed, and is instrumental in maintaining our excellent deal flow.
At Draper Triangle, we have developed, and will continue to develop strong relationships with intelligent, hard working, influential people. These relationships provide a strong base for success in the venture capital business. We believe that an active venture capitalist with a strong network of influential people can effectively fund and develop companies with far greater success than a passive investor.