vc investment thesis collection

Investment Thesis Collection from Venture Capital Firms

Tldr; Collection of VC investment thesis that has been made public

The VC world is murky. The innards rarely see light. I just had an advisory call with some chaps setting up a fund and they asked about fund structuring (not the first time). When I mentioned ‘This is not something you can Google.’ They laughed and said ‘yeah, we know!’ Every time I have a beer with a VC friend and chat about their fund structure the pattern is pretty much ‘It depends on where your LPs are, it’s complicated, talk to a lawyer.

The startup funding process used to be as opaque, but in the early 2000s bloggers such as Venture Hacks, Fred Wilson and the like started explaining everything including term sheets.

The VC/LP world has not taken to sharing with the other kids in the sandbox. Indeed, there are very few blogs from LPs. Chris Douvos’s is the only one I have found as of yet. He is very eloquent and I highly recommend reading it.

In an attempt to better understand VCs, I set out to read their investment thesis’ in 2015. One would think this would be the most basic thing.

VCs expect every founder reaching out to them to understand what they invest in, so surely they would do the service of spelling it out? Providing a veneer of academic rigour can easily be illustrated by displaying their investment thesis. Only, you would be wrong.

Having scoured the internet I have only been able to accumulate a handful. If I had this problem, I felt others no doubt would too. So like the VC pitch deck collection and startup pitch deck collection, I created one for VC investment thesis’.pitch deck

If you have one to share, kindly email me and I’ll add it. Cheers.

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  1. Hi, I am currently unable to locate where is the thesis collection. It does not state a ” click here for it” or any hyperlink for it

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      The 33 links load as images through a JS plugin I bought which lazy loads. You just click on the images. There should be no issues unless you have some cache/plugin issue.
      I hired a dev to help me improve the UI of my site for resource collections so hope to change all resource pages asap so the experience is better across the board.

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      Hey Adit-
      TBH, there are only 33 I can find which is pathetic. I mean there are some about pages with 20 words, but that’s a joke right?

      The reasons there aren’t more are multi-fold, but I will reduce to two:
      1/ VCs have no reason to share publicly
      2/ They are hard to write (So why share when you are embarrassed?)
      I don’t have filters because there aren’t enough shared. Duh…

      I can give you advice though to approach your own.
      1/ Start with the insurance industry -What’s going on?
      2/ What are the big issues you see? Structurally, why are there problems?
      3/ Why are the problems not being solved by incumbents?
      4/ Directionally, why are people reviewing “insurance” differently. How are attitudes changing?
      5/ Summarise the key areas of opportunity
      6/ Team
      7+/ Track record… team, value add, deal sourcing, fund terms…. bla

      Explain your specific thesis. Larger LPS are looking for specific exposure. Be logical.
      I have private VC decks, but yours will still be different and there isn’t that much to learn from others. I have a good one which really focuses on the history the two parters have, but that’s super specific to them. Right?

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