We’ve Been There
As former entrepreneurs and operating executives, we know how hard it is to start and grow a business.
We understand that few businesses play out according to plan and that success is rarely achieved in a straight line. Equally important, we know that all companies ultimately succeed or fail based on the performance and commitment of their people.
Finding the right people, managing, motivating and leading them toward a shared vision is the cornerstone of entrepreneurial success.
The 5 Critical Company Building Processes
Financing / Capital Formation
GM Ratio / “Economic Moat”
Monitor / Report
Selecting A Venture Partner
When selecting a venture capital partner, consider the following:
Relevant Operating Experience
Management and operations experience is essential to providing guidance to entrepreneurs, from tactical advice to setting long-term strategic goals.
The Imagen team brings decades of experience as executives managing successful technology companies
We hold significant operating and investment experience in each of our target industries.
At Imagen, we offer a strong list of contacts with important technology companies, global business leaders, prominent venture capital firms and thought-leaders nationwide. These relationships help provide the foundation for customer relationships, strategic alliances, partnership opportunities, and idea sharing.
Ability to Commit Appropriate Time
We have designed our firm from the ground-up to maximize the amount of time our investment professionals can dedicate to working with entrepreneurs. In addition, our deliberate pace of investment ensures we can spend more time with each portfolio company than the majority of our peers.
Willingness to Be Held Accountable
Imagen is committed to providing forward-looking guidance and advice, and to taking on real responsibilities and delivering on our promises to our portfolio companies.
We invite every entrepreneur to really get to know us prior to working with us. And we encourage all entrepreneurs to check our references.
Our Review Process
As former entrepreneurs and operating executives, we are respectful of your time and are committed to providing continuous feedback throughout the review process. We typically start by reviewing the business plan, which leads to an initial determination of interest and fit.
Next, we meet the management team – we look for entrepreneurs who have direct insights and understandings of the markets they serve and the problems they seek to solve.
If all goes well, we work with the management team to identify the appropriate next steps and outline the due diligence process.
The due diligence process will include significant collaboration between the Imagen team and the prospective portfolio company. This collaboration will include a thorough review and joint reworking of the business plan with the goal of maximizing the company’s long-term prospects for success.
- Calling references (both from lists provided and our network)
- Conducting significant industry and competitive research
- Thoroughly reviewing all:
- Organizational documents
- Capitalization tables
- Stock option plans
- Financial statements
- Financial projections
- Marketing materials
- Sales pipelines
- Intellectual property
- Technical documentation
Tell Us Your Story
We are entrepreneurs at heart with proven track records, so if you desire seasoned business operators as partners and you seek to innovate, challenge, or transform the dynamics of new or existing markets — we should talk.
Let us know what you’re working on and/or what we may expect to see in the near future. Some brief introductory information is all we need to begin our initial assessment:
Problem Your Solving
Management Team Bios
Business Model Overview