Philosophy

Philosophy

Our Modus Operandi.

In our hearts we are operators, and we bring this lens to everything we do. We believe great investing means battling alongside our entrepreneurs to overcome every obstacle in their path.

  • Think big

    “Make no little plans” is our motto — a mandate to support revolutionary (not evolutionary) ideas that transform industries and benefit society.

  • Be technology agnostic

    Rather than chase the hottest trends, we seek to understand vexing market problems, and partner with driven entrepreneurs building the best solutions.

  • Make a difference

    We believe innovation and entrepreneurship are the most powerful catalysts of positive change, from making healthier foods more affordable, to lowering the cost of renewable energy, to diagnosing diseases earlier, to improving healthcare outcomes.

  • Take the Viking approach

    When Vikings attacked, they burned their own ships on the beach — it was do or die. We take the same approach with our companies; we invest early and stay for the long-haul.

  • Get our hands dirty

    Our style of in-the-trenches venture capital doesn’t scale. We make fewer than ten new investments per year so we have time to roll up our sleeves with each team in our portfolio. Our job is to help provide experience, insight, and relationships that accelerate our companies’ success.

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”

— Daniel Hudson Burnham