It sounds trite, but shared values are everything. And if you haven’t worked with us in the past, we want you to know who we are and where we are coming from.
We don’t believe in playing games.
We believe in honest, forthright communication and trust-based relationships. Anything else is a waste of time. Count on us to call a spade a spade if that’s the way we honestly see it. Building a business is a total roller coaster ride with great times and bad. It’s those tough times that require brutal intellectual honesty to confront and solve the problems facing the business. It is in those times that trust is essential. Trust that we can handle bad news delivered early, react calmly and start working with you on seeking solutions.
Our word is our bond.
If we say we are going to do something, we will deliver. And if we forget, we hope you as entrepreneurs will hold our feet to the fire.
We strive for balanced approach.
Many VC websites claim their investment teams are in total alignment with portfolio company management. Honestly, that’s a pipe dream. There are times where that will be true and we will maintain alignment. However, we all have other constituencies to serve: fund limited partners, employees, customers and other investors in the company. So our goal is to balance what is right and fair to as many of the various stakeholders as possible.