You will work with Robin and Justin on all investments. This is the opportunity to see the entire process of investing, from sourcing to diligence to winning the deal. You will learn how to become a great investor from founders who have been investing here for a decade in some of the fastest growing companies.
Interested? Get in touch with us and start a conversation.
You will work with us on mocking up ideas for new startups. We have a lot of them, and they span the gamut from new consumer apps to healthcare. You should enjoy learning about new ideas and new industries.
Interested in learning more? Get in touch with us.
Our real passion at Goat is starting companies. We have spent our whole careers in startups, and survived every part of the startup journey, from four founders crammed in a two bedroom apartment that doubled as our office to billion dollar exits. We know that startups are a very painful but very accelerated learning process.
We are recruiting cofounders to start companies with us as CEO (and other cofounding positions).
What we bring:
Goat Capital is a fund that Robin Chan and I will use to do what we do best: incubate and invest in early stage startups.
We have been early investors in Twitter, Xiaomi, Bird, Uber, Square, Ginkgo Bioworks, Scale.ai, Cruise, Razorpay, Xendit, Equipment Share, Wave, Teachable, Semantic Machines, Rippling, Built Robotics and many other great companies.
We have also started our own startups. Most failed. A few were quite successful. We know what it is like at every part of the founding journey.
We called our fund Goat because we believe the goat is a hardy animal that exemplifies the qualities of good founders. …
After seeing startups from the inside and out, from seed rounds to billion-dollar companies, from board meetings and CEO dinners to coaching sessions and leadership retreats — I see three mistakes get made at companies time and time again:
I firmly believe that investors invest in (and employees join, and journalists write about) compelling stories, and your pitch deck is really just a vehicle for telling the story you want to tell. …
I decided to write this guide because I have been pretty happy recently. I would go as far as to say that I am the happiest I’ve ever been (in a sustained way) in my adult life, and completely independent of my external circumstances. This is how I’ve done it.
In our society today it is easy to get caught on the hedonic treadmill: the belief that happiness is just around the corner if one can only achieve the next milestone, or experience the next life experience. This is a trap. …
Jon O’Connell, head of the venture financing group at Atrium, explains how there’s never been a better time for raising startup capital, but that this also makes things increasingly complex for founders. I hope you enjoy his nine key takeaways from helping clients fundraise.
Venture financing is always evolving, and 2017–18 has been no different.
A company’s future — and the stake of the founders — can be made or squandered during this crucial period.
Given our unique insight into the startup fundraising environment, we wanted to distill and share our learnings for current and aspiring founders. High-level summary:
We’re excited to share insights from many influential startup leaders on the Atrium blog. For this article on startup investing, we’re excited to have an especially outstanding contributor: Ashton Kutcher. Ashton shares his philosophy and general criteria around startup investing — including what he looks for in founders. Enjoy!
A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups.
Stage? Revenue metrics? Sector?
I’m not proactively funding at different stages. I’m proactively funding brilliant people trying to solve hard problems.
Focusing on this simple goal of identifying and enabling amazing entrepreneurs to create a better tomorrow is the crux of my investment strategy. …
They haven’t figured out things like customer acquisition costs, unit economics, and other checkboxes that make a Series A viable. But they still want guidance on general fundraising, meeting investors, and calculating valuations.
They’re often in a good position to raise a seed round.
I’ve raised half a dozen seed rounds in my career as an entrepreneur, and I’ve invested in over 75 companies as an angel.
I’ve personally helped over 100 companies raise their seed rounds while I was a partner at Y Combinator. …
The key to finding and meeting VCs isn’t cold emails or playing a high-volume game — it’s all in the introductions. And anyone can get them.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have success in building technology businesses and have established great connections. This made our Series A process for Atrium much more straightforward.
To be clear, establishing yourself in Silicon Valley makes it much easier to meet investors.
But it’s also beside the point.
All too many founders say ‘I’m not connected in Silicon Valley, I’m not successful, so I’ll never be able to raise money for my business’.
Of all the common questions I get, “How do I meet investors?” ranks at or near the top. As a founder who went through an exit, and later invested in companies myself, I have experience from both sides of the table. …