The Venture Further Manifesto

We invest in disparate
talent-rich geographies

Building world-class businesses begins with world-class talent. That's why we focus on cities where significant pools of high-potential talent exist. Presently, we invest in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Mumbai and Pune.

We get in early as the first institutional investor

With founders and businesses we believe in, we typically join as their first and only venture capital partner. We are minority investors and target 25-35% ownership. We believe in actively partnering with management through board participation.

We become trusted partners by constantly adding value

We share best practices and leverage Guild's ecosystem solutions to actively assist companies in hiring talent, raising capital, generating actionable intelligence, and establishing communication strategies.

The Guild
Investment Blueprint

M1

Management

We love working with founders who have a strong thesis on why, how and what their companies are trying to achieve. We value their clear vision, willingness to keep learning, and ability to build a high-performance culture by attracting and retaining top talent.

M2

Model

We respect recurring revenues and high margins. We look for business models that can rapidly scale in a capital-efficient manner. Many of our consumer investments favor online paid-media customer acquisition and smart inventory models. Our enterprise business models often benefit from elite talent pools across the world.

M3

Market

We believe in businesses bringing industry-contrarian solutions to large addressable markets. In general, we prefer markets that are not ‘winner-takes-all.’ Sectors where we have invested recently include e-commerce, enterprise software and data science.

M4

Momentum

We are excited by businesses that have demonstrated early revenue. For companies yet to generate revenue, we look for other indicators of positive momentum, such as usage and customer satisfaction.

The Guild Ecosystem Solutions

Guild has created specialized service teams to assist in talent acquisition, branding & design, strategic communications, business intelligence, data analytics, and financial planning & accounting.

Become a partner

It is in these ways that we find and support founders who are building great companies. Tell us about your business.

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