I build software to help venture capitalists source deals, here are the ones I wish I hadÂ done
Over the past few years Iâ€™ve made a handful of personal angel investments in founders who I think are incredible, and I am proud to be a small part ofÂ InternMatch (Andrew and Nathan), Bitnami (Erica and Daniel), LE TOTE(Rakesh and Brett) and Estimote (Jakub, Lukasz and Rafal).
I have two themes I am passionate about:
- Software Developer Productivity (Bitnami & Estimote)
- Actualizing Ourselves as â€œGrown Upsâ€ (Internmatch and LE TOTE)
Both themes come from my own experiences, as a software developer / developer marketing for Twilio and as a 20-something making my way from kid to adult. Iâ€™ve been fortunate to know the founders of these companies, and how I came to invest in each one is its own story for another time. 3 of the 4 are still pre Series A, and I am looking forward to watching them grow.
There are many startups I wish I had invested in, whether they fit into these themes or not. Much respect to the folks who identified how awesome they are early and made a deal happen. Hindsight is 20/20 but many of these companies still have many funding rounds to go. As it stands, Iâ€™m a happy paying customer of several of them:
RelateIQâ€Šâ€”â€ŠBest CRM Iâ€™ve ever used, hands down. I am a paying customer and it is actually starting to replace email for me as well (see me rant about how much I love them as far back as June 2013). Our entire company uses.
Instacartâ€Šâ€”â€ŠIâ€™m healthier with fresh food, and use it several times a week. (Much love to my YC batchmates!) We use it both for personal and work.
DigitalOceanâ€Šâ€”â€Šwhen developers love it, it has to be good (first made this call in June 2013). Simple cloud hosting is awesome.
Product Huntâ€Šâ€”â€Šwell they donâ€™t actually have any funding, yet. Ryan?
Magistoâ€Šâ€”â€Šmobile video editing is hard, this is awesome and magical so I pay for it.
It would be easy to just list all the fastest growing or biggest exits Iâ€™ve heard of, but thatâ€™s not really the point. Mark Suster wrote a post about the importance of falling in love with the founders as an investorâ€Šâ€”â€Šand in all these cases Iâ€™ve fallen in love with the experiences these products enable.
Thanks to these companies for being awesome and useful, and hopefully Iâ€™ll catch you next time!
Who would you put in your fantasy VC portfolio?