How We Run Our Process

Initial Information

We value the founders’ time and like to analyze information before taking your time. To streamline information gathering and to make sure we are responsive to everyone, we created a simple form, which takes about 3–5 minutes to complete. Once we receive this information, it is reviewed by at least three members of our investment team to determine if its is a fit. You can learn more about what we look to invest in here.

Pitch Invitation

Teams we are excited about (based on the review of the information above) are invited for a 20-minute video call with at least two members of our investment team. We’ve learned including a Partner in this meeting is an efficient way to respect founders time and continue evaluating the investment with conviction and sincerity. Unlike other funds, all members of our investment team are active members of our Partner meetings (twice a week).

  • Why is this team the right one to solve this problem or tackle this market?
  • Where are you in the company building journey? What have you learned about your customers or market need so far?
  • How can this company become category defining instead of incremental change?(we expect the founders to guide our vision)
  • What do you have to prove with this round of funding to raise the next? (helps us understand your execution philosophy, prioritization, focus, and approach)

Partner Meetings

Over 1–2 longer meetings, we dig deeper into the key areas with the founding team. This is an opportunity for us to see how we can work together and how the team thinks through challenges over time. These meetings help us build our conviction around a couple of areas before we move into confirmatory due diligence:

  • We will dig deeper into the previous questions from pitch call
  • Customer discovery journey
  • Current unique insights or hypotheses you are testing
  • Technological and product advantage
  • Market inflection points (aka why now?)
  • The speed of execution and iteration
  • Milestones and use of funds

Final Investment Meeting and Decision

We have a final meeting that includes every investment team member your team has connected with throughout the process. The discussion is a culmination of the work done by both sides in the conversations and meetings leading up to it. We typically get back to the team within 48 hours with our final decision and discuss terms of investment.

Process Timing

We value founders time and communicate with them where we are in the process and what we need from them to keep going. When our team finds we are not a fit, we communicate it quickly and with honest feedback. Every team is different and sometimes, we understand urgency might vary when teams are having multiple conversations at the same time. Ultimately, processes don’t drive decisions, decisions drive processes.

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Unshackled Ventures

Unshackled Ventures

An early stage venture fund for immigrant-founded startups