Ringleader Ventures in a Nutshell

 
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1. David & Goliath, Inc. : Our investors are established, incumbent corporations who acknowledge their vulnerability to looming, startup-driven disruption. By investing with Ringleader Ventures, these "Goliaths" are able to partner with the emerging "Davids" and help promote (and profit from) their eventual successes.

2. We Lead with Need: Because our LP's are established enterprises, they have direct access to thousands, even millions, of customers. More precisely, they have access to those customers' insights: Their qualified, quantified wants and needs. By working with our LP's to collect and prioritize their customer insights, we can focus our investment search on those startups that best address them. Startups with solutions to problems worth solving.

3. We Fish in Different Ponds: Because we're issue-focused, not idea-focused, we can broaden our treasure hunt to adjacent sectors. The next great insurance startup might currently think they're a retail play. The next great healthcare startup might think they're an AI company; or maybe an education app. We work to see things in early-stage startups they don't yet see in themselves, which dramatically broadens our deal-flow.

 

For Enterprises

Harvard Business Review, in their October 2013 issue, explored the ins and outs of Corporate Venturing. The central premise of that article: Firms with an eye toward growth and/or improved margins ought to consider moving beyond traditional R&D, and toward the establishment of an internal venturing arm. That said, HBR is not the first to note that, for many reasons, internally managed venture arms are notoriously difficult to establish, and harder still to sustain.

Here's where Ringleader Ventures can help:

Ringleader Ventures is well-positioned to serve as your firm's outsourced corporate venturing partner. By leading with your (and your customers') needs, we ensure strategic alignment. We follow through with a focus on financial returns.

 
 
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EXPERIENCE

Our team has decades of experience at the intersection of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation. We specialize in separating signal from noise when it comes in today's crowded startup landscape. There's more "show" than "go" out there. We've lived the difference.

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Objectivity

"You can't read the label when you're stuck inside the jar." That's our way of saying that sometimes, your company's expertise actually gets in your way. Our civilian distance lets us think about your stickiest business problems from a critical, "outside the jar" point of view.

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Uncharted Territory 

Because we run in different circles than the typical enterprise executive, and for that matter, the typical VC, our team sees different things, and sees them differently. We pride ourselves in being able to discover non-obvious startup solutions to your stickiest enterprise challenges in the most unexpected places.

Interested in investing with RLV? Contact us at info@ringleaderventures.com

 

For Entrepreneurs

Are you a startup looking to change the world faster? Ringleader Ventures can connect you to established corporate investors with an itch you might uniquely scratch.

 
 

We get it...

You've built something special here.

Just as importantly, you've got the desire and the motor to change the world with it.

There's only one catch: Resources are tight, competitors are popping out of the woodwork, and no amount of midnight oil is going to change the fact that you could use some help.

 
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Here's where Ringleader Ventures comes in.

We don't think of ourselves as an investor so much as a catalyst, out to create a reaction between you and an established corporation that could turbo-charge your trajectory. Our founders are core team are not traditional investors. By contrast, we're proven entrepreneurs who've created and grown ideas, just like yours, into successful, innovative businesses. Given our background on your side of the table, we share a value that is simple, but surprisingly unorthodox: 

Success isn't about trading away your company for round after round of investment. The name of the game is, and always has been, developing a profitable business.

 
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The secret? It's not so secret:
Get traction with lots of satisfied, paying customers.

In our experience, the quickest, highest probability path to sustainable growth and profitability is to find a strategic fit with a big-time partner with an itch that you can uniquely scratch. Our business model is novel, but pretty straightforward: In addition to writing a check, we actively partner with you, for a limited period of time, to maximize your strategic relevance to established corporations whose cash and customers can help you change the world faster. 

Maybe you'll get acquired earlier than you thought. Maybe you'll land a significant strategic investment from a household name. Maybe you'll simply land a whale of a B2B customer, or a serious B2C channel partner.

In just about all cases, we think new ideas are at their strongest when they're addressing real problems, held by real players, with real pocketbooks. Drop us a line, and we'd be happy to see if there's an enterprise itch looking for a startup like yours to scratch it.