ABOUT US
 

We lead post-seed rounds for enterprise and consumer technology startups and work hard to help them scale to a successful Series-A or acquisition

 
Our Approach to Post-Seed Investing
As a team of operators who have founded multiple startups and grown them to the point of meaningful exits, we’ve lived in your shoes and faced many of the same challenges that you are experiencing. 

We recognize that startups are almost always resource-constrained. As companies transition from the seed stage (finding product-market fit) into the Series A stage (early scaling), the faster they can fill skill gaps and accelerate growth with capital and by implementing best practices, the greater their likelihood of success. Small improvements in the right metrics while going into a Series A raise or M&A process can have an outsized impact on valuation. We built our Platform Team and playbooks to help with these transitions and be a force multiplier on the founding team.

 

 

Our on-demand platform team is a resource to help our companies accelerate topline growth, alleviate resource bottlenecks, and increase founder productivity. The talent and skills we bring to the table help our companies implement best practices in sales and marketing, move more quickly by freeing up founder bandwidth, and make smarter, data-driven decisions with business and data analytics and modeling. Using our team isn't a requirement of our investment, but most of our companies use our team extensively. See what our CEOs have to say about us. 

 

SECTORS

We are (almost) industry and technology agnostic.

VC investment trends change so quickly that we don't limit ourselves to any specific theme except that we always pay attention to business fundamentals- team, strategy, sustainable differentiation, and market dynamics. That said, we don't invest in healthcare or life sciences companies.

INVESTMENT STAGE & FIT

US-BASED OR PREPARING FOR US MARKET ENTRY

POST-SEED / SEED2 / PRE-SERIES A

POST-LAUNCH WITH PRODUCT-MARKET FIT

We invest in seed-stage companies raising post-seed rounds. Companyon looks for capital-efficient companies that have launched product and have early evidence of product-market fit. We lead post-seed rounds for startups with a strong syndicate of seed investors who plan on pro-rata participation.

B2B

Companyon looks for companies that have launched product and have early evidence of product-market fit. For B2B companies, this usually means annual recurring revenue (ARR) of at least $500K, but can also be demonstrated by other metrics such as user growth, pilot customer conversions, and renewals.

Consumer

For consumer companies, we need to feel passionate about the problem you’re solving and the product you’ve built. We also look for evidence of passionate users, defensible core technology, and an efficient B2B2C distribution and customer acquisition model.

CO-INVESTORS

We lead or co-lead post-seed priced rounds. To align interests and help create a supportive investor syndicate for founders, we look for pro-rata participation from existing seed investors.

“Our approach is based on my experience as an entrepreneur and the type of investor that had the most impact on our success: high value, low maintenance.”

 

—TOM LAZAY, CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER, COMPANYON VENTURES

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