WE DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE SUCCESS RATE OF GLOBAL TECHNICAL FOUNDERS
Founder Partners (FP) is a team of serial entrepreneurs and M&A advisors who invest in and actively help great entrepreneurs build and exit their companies.
We actively work with you to scale your business and ensure appropriate financing.
We are proven serial entrepreneurs who work with only a small number of companies at a time, engaging alongside our founder CEOs every day throughout their journeys to profitability and beyond.
Since 1999, we have had a > 85% success rate at building companies, defined as profitable exits or on-going concerns.
We help CEOs of portfolio and client companies plan and navigate successful exits.
Our M&A advisors have operated on all sides of the table as senior Wall Street dealmakers, as seasoned corporate development professionals, and as CFOs.
We have closed >150 transactions representing over $100 billion in value.
WE PARTNER WITH YOU TO
Evaluate, brainstorm and iterate on your assumptions about the overall market and your product’s fit in it…to get you to the right product faster.
Coach you to become a great leader, help you set priorities, KPIs and OKRs, and build your financial model including budget and unit economic assumptions so you can track and manage your business.
Implement Go-To Market strategies to scale your revenues profitably and quickly. Identify and secure customers and strategic partnerships to help you build your revenues.
Secure additional seed, venture and/or growth capital as necessary.
Plan, navigate, and negotiate the sale of your company.
ON YOUR OWN
* According to many sources (Business Insider, Forbes, Wall Street Journal), start-up success rates are estimated at 10%.
WITH FOUNDER PARTNERS
** See Builder Track Record. FounderPartners has an 89% success rate. The FP team has co-founded and/or invested in 39 companies. Of these, 35 have been successful (18 exited, 17 achieved rapid growth and/or profitability), and only 4 failed.
Dusan Omercevic, Founder
My advice to CEE founders wanting to scale their company to the US: there is no one recipe, each business is different, there could be so many trajectories. However what one can achieve with FP is the geographical arbitrage, there is lots of technical talent in the CEE, and FP can bridge this technical talent with the business talent.
If you’re older than a 20-ty something, don’t join an accelerator, it is not worth your time.”
Andrew Laffoon, Co-Founder
Founder Partners were an early investor in Mixbook, and they have been incredibly helpful over the past 7 years. Without Brian and Greg, we would not be where we are today.
Yi Mao, Co-Founder
We wanted someone who understood us and what we were going through. With Brian and Greg, we found our perfect match. They were very honest, they let us know what they’re good at, but they trusted us to be in charge of our own destiny. They have their specialties that provide tremendous value to tech people like us, a very unique combination of qualities as compared to other investors. We liked their overall philosophy about the value of bootstrapping. I think we made the right choice.
WHO WE ARE
We are serial entrepreneurs who invest our own capital and work in the trenches to make you successful.
We've been in your shoes. We're former company founders and CEOs who have scaled many businesses from pre-revenue to $100M+ / year. We've collectively sold dozens of companies.
HQ IN SILICON VALLEY
With offices around the world, our center of gravity is Silicon Valley where many of our partners are based and portfolio companies have set up their US operations. This gives us easy access to companies based in the area, whether as partners or potential suitors.
We work with a concentrated portfolio of companies. We're at your side, whether to help set up and scale your global business operations or to manage a sell-side process when the time is right to capture the value in your business.
We're principal investors. That means we invest our own money. Very different from VCs/seed firms which live on management fees of OPM (other people's money, LPs). Investing our own capital as former entrepreneurs ensures full alignment. Our companies view us as minority co-founders.