Philosophy & Values

We believe in resilience borne from service

Being Part of a Mission

We believe in resilience borne from service. Service unlocks tremendous opportunities for individuals to learn and grow. When one comes of age in a mission driven environment where monetary rewards are limited, the stakes are enormous, information is ambiguous, and creative solutions are required, then one builds entrepreneurial muscles.

Mission driven leaders discuss objectives with their hearts and minds acting as one.
They acquire critical thinking skills, humility and a passion for lifelong learning. And they take a team-of-teams approach to achieve their goals. In essence, they become highly entrepreneurial leaders that can wear many hats, rally a team, set priorities, handle pressures, and accomplish the mission over and over again. This continuous improvement mindset translates to resilience. Only one organization on Earth performs this training at scale: the U.S. military.

Today, less than 1% of the U.S. population volunteers to serve in the U.S. military.Those who do join the mission in their formative years when cognitive abilities, such as decision-making and judgment, are at critical phases of development. Unlike any other entry-level role, these volunteers subject themselves to countless hours of arduous training – mental, physical, professional – emerging as resilient leaders.

When accomplished and proven military leaders return to civilian life, they face an immediate translation problem.Because the civilian-military-public service divide keeps growing, most business leaders and investors have little frame of reference for valuing their experience and the entrepreneurial environments in which they have led and operated.

We believe that backing domain-expert, resilient founders who have put service first is the best approach to early-stage investing.When resilience is borne from service, these founders have dedicated themselves to a mission, honed their abilities in a dynamic environment, and come ready to do whatever it takes to succeed as a team. We are there for them – we are their task force.

Our Values

Never Stop Learning, Never Give Up

Perseverance

We never, ever give up. There is always a way if you continuously work the problem.

Integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest standard with the utmost transparency and honor. No exceptions.

Purpose

We are network-driven and reliable mentors and partners. We do right by doing good and back companies who seek to make a positive impact.

Empathy

We respect entrepreneurs and the sacrifices they make to create a better tomorrow. We’ve done hard things ourselves and value that sacrifice.

Curiosity

We, like the entrepreneurs in whom we invest, are constantly curious about solving the critical problems that surround us, and we believe we are entering an era where the opportunities to address problems are just getting started.

Discipline

We work tirelessly to separate the signal from the noise in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world. We believe in being fact-based, holding ourselves and others accountable, and operating in a consistent manner in all that we do.