Founder Collective Is New Cambridge Seed Stage VC Focused on Lean Startups

by Giuseppe Taibi on December 17, 2009

This sounds like a group of investors to keep in Verbela’s radar screen:

The firm is made up of a group of successful entrepreneurs who have been backing each other’s startups for ages before coming together as Founder Collective. David Frankel, the firm’s other managing partner along with Paley, was a seed investor in Brontes as well as partner Chris Dixon’s startups SiteAdvisor and Hunch, for example.

[...] The firm’s sweet spot in terms of investment sizes is between $50,000 and $1 million, Paley said, but they can invest in companies that need up to $2 million. Perhaps most distinctive is that the firm only invests at the seed stage. (Dixon wrote about the investment philosophy on his personal blog last week.) Focusing exclusively on the seed round means that Founder has an incentive to help entrepreneurs increase the value of their companies before they seek later rounds of venture financing.

Source: Founder Collective: When Entrepreneurs Form Their Own Seed-Stage Venture Firm | Xconomy

Relevant for Verbela is also Hunch.com, an online decision making tool.

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