Outlook Ventures strategy is to invest
in early to growth stage industry-transforming information technology
companies, then support the management teams to build businesses
with lasting value.
For a firm to be considered for investment by Outlook Ventures,
it must first meet our core Investment Criteria. We then evaluate
business concepts relative to several Characteristics of Sustainable
Businesses, which we believe are necessary for businesses to achieve
The following summary offers an indication of the types of emerging
information technology companies that Outlook Ventures targets
for investment consideration.
Company Stages: Early Stage to Growth
Geography: Western U.S.
Industry Focus: Software infrastructure,
applications, and services companies addressing consumer and/or
of Sustainable Businesses
Outlook Ventures partners believe certain characteristics are critical
for a software business to be sustainable. Therefore, when evaluating
potential investment opportunities, we apply the following criteria:
- Market: The business should
be pursuing an emerging opportunity that has the potential to
become at least a $1 billion industry.
- Competition: The market should
include a limited number of established or potential competitors.
- Barriers to Entry: The business
concept should be based upon a defensible technology or intellectual
- Leadership: The founding team
should have deep relevant experience, have built a prior sustainable
business and have shown that it can make significant progress
on prior funding or sweat equity.
- Exit Strategy: The company
must be IPO-bound and be able to achieve profitability independently.
Outlook Ventures may be the sole investor in a small round or we
may co-invest along with other venture capital firms in a larger
- Early Stage: our initial investment
is typically $1 to $3 million.
- Growth Stage: our initial investment
is typically $3 to $4 million.
- Follow-on Rounds: Outlook Ventures
reserves roughly 60% of its fund for participation in follow-on
rounds such that its total investment in each company is typically
$3 to $10 million.
Submitting Investment Opportunities
To submit your investment opportunity, please first confirm that
your investment opportunity fits the criteria outlined above
and then submit your business plan or concept to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include in the email the following: your
name, company name, contact information (phone, email and mailing
address) and how you learned about Outlook Ventures.