Culture Matters

Jason Portnoy
Sep 26, 2018 · 4 min read

Setting high standards

We have a saying at Oakhouse Partners: “We can not hold other people to a higher standard than we hold ourselves.” We work with CEOs who are harnessing large amounts of financial and human capital to build massive companies that play on a global stage. CEOs who build and run companies like this demand a LOT: They expect a lot of themselves, they expect a lot from their teams, and they certainly expect a lot from their investment partners (as they should). They have incredibly high expectations, and we understand that we need to show up at that level every day when we work with them. In order to succeed, we need to hold ourselves and our conduct to as high of a standard as the CEOs in our portfolio. Our internal goal is to set the bar for ourselves even higher.

A new archetype

A focus on culture points to something far deeper than age or experience. Operating experience at a hyper successful startup or direct venture capital experience are, without question, highly valuable assets for a venture capitalist. However, experience alone won’t solve the culture problems in our industry. Highly experienced venture capitalists who don’t build a strong cultural foundation can suffer from firm-level dysfunctions just as easily as emerging managers.

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Jason Portnoy

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Managing Partner at Oakhouse Partners

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Oakhouse Partners invests in companies that use breakthrough technologies to radically improve millions of lives.