The Venture Further Manifesto
Ever since we started Guild in 2009, we have been dedicated to venture further than conventional Silicon Valley-based VC patterns to look for growth-stage teams who can evolve into great companies.
Building world-class businesses starts with world class talent. This is why we
focus on select cities where significant pools of high-potential talent exist.
Presently, we invest in Chicago, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Pune and
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
If the only value-add we bring to an investment is money we will not invest. In
addition to board participation we offer specialized teams to support our
partner companies with hiring talent, raising capital, generating business
intelligence, and establishing communication strategies.
Over the years, we have identified the areas where we can add the most value to a company. As such, we are selective about the teams we get invested with. We use the following 4M blueprint to check if we are the best investors for the company to go ahead with.
The Guild Investment Blueprint
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 A+ talent.
We believe in businesses that are bringing industry-contrarian solutions to
large addressable markets. In general, we prefer those markets, which are
not ‘winner-takes- all’ in nature. Sectors where we have invested recently
include internet commerce, enterprise software and data science.
We have absolute respect for recurring revenues and high margins. We look
for business models that can rapidly scale in a capital-efficient manner.
Therefore, 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.
We are excited by businesses that have demonstrated early revenue. For
companies who are yet to generate revenue, we need to see other forms of
momentum such as usage and customer satisfaction.
For early stage companies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Pune, we regularly offer active incubation support during our first 90-180 days of working together. In recent years we have had the pleasure of working side- by-side with teams including Home Chef, Catch Co and Mail Control during their early days.
Regular meetings covering all aspects of the business
Setting up KPI reporting to enable data-driven decision making
Active support in recruitment of culture setting elite hires
Access to our accounting, legal and data science teams
Facilitating introductions to our network
Co-located office space with our team
Beyond the incubation period, we continue to add value through weekly
standups, active board participation, assisting with business strategy, talent
acquisition, strategic communications and future capital raising.