Look, life is too short. Ask Nic Fouquet. Vaux focuses on opportunities that match well with our simple realities, and have the following attributes:
Domain Expertise: People that know people, identify problems and believe passionately in the viability of their solutions have a leg up to get things done more effectively.
Stage agnostic, but something new to talk about: A new product, market, or acquisition that will propel the company to the next level, and requires capital and teambuilding to do so.
Limited baggage: Basically, that means most or all of the equity held by the founding partners. This speeds decisions and minimizes headaches for us all.
Local Company, Global Vision: We like U.S. or UK headquarters and a desire to expand activities worldwide. We like doing things we understand like marketing driven companies, those that touch the consumer in some way, and most areas of tech. We're not so jazzed on life sciences. What is that anyways?
Hits our sweetspot: We have invested as little as $100,000 and up to $2,000,000 in prior deals, though in new media deal sizes are trending on the low side of that.
For Angel Investors: Vaux invests with a small group of angels, which is great work if you can get it. The selection criteria for these are basically people that have domain expertise in the areas we focus on (digital media and consumer to start), have the resources to invest consistently over the long run, and share a venture philosophy consistent with the Vaux core values. Knowing one of our angels or entrepreneurs sure helps as well.
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