Our philosophy on entrepreneurial investing is that we provide more than money. A start-up's venture capitalist becomes a company's financial strategist, headhunter, investment banker, and corporate therapist, who provide support and confidence to a fledgling team. As a board member, we are active, and we have the energy, experience and contacts to help take the company to the next stages.
Entrepreneurs are extraordinary individuals possessing unusual intelligence, energy, vision and drive, and should have large stakes in their companies that can generate great wealth for those who make the early sacrifices. We understand that the credit for success justly goes to the entrepreneur. We bet on the ability of the founding team to develop their business, adapt to inevitable changes in their plans, and to grow with their companies. While we will often help the founders recruit additional executives for their team, we do not invest in any opportunity with the intention of replacing the founders.
At Zone Ventures, we look for entrepreneurs who are:
Passionate, Persistent & Profit-driven
Honest, and knowledgeable in his or her field
Highly energetic to run ahead of the pack
Resourceful in making use of limited resources
Creative in his or her approach to the business
Persistent, patient and persevering
Portfolio companies, with our help, will have a chance to develop complete teams and mature business plans that position them for growth and future financing (if it is required) and eventual liquidity. These companies are the heroes of American industry.
Investors have an excellent opportunity to achieve extraordinarily large capital gains on their investments, while participating in the initial capital formation process that is critical to the development of new technologies and services that are becoming the mainstays of the U.S. economy.
Relationships with friends, partners and industry contacts are our most valuable resources. Our development of a "value-added" network of Limited Partners is a powerful resource we can bring to bear in our efforts to help our portfolio companies succeed, and is instrumental in maintaining our excellent deal flow.