C2 Ventures is an early-stage investment platform. We bridge the gap between founders and capital through content, connections, and experience.
In addition to making direct, venture investments, C2V supports its companies through capital raises, exits, commercial scaling, financial and operational support, and advice, and promotional content.
To-date, C2V has provided advice and support for more than 25 companies, raised more than $20 million in seed and later-stage funding, and has supported 3 of its 8 portfolio company exits.
Early-stage Approach -- Early-stage venture capital funds consistently outperform both late-stage venture funds and public markets. Risk-adjusted returns dramatically favor Seed vs Series A entry points, with seed-stage investments offer 4x valuation discounts. Beyond that, the real value in early-stage investments is having a truly differentiated asset class.
Location Advantage -- Popular start-up cities like San Francisco are highly crowded but offer worse investments. New York and the East Coast are long on promising startups and short on early-stage venture funds. By focusing on these areas, and other underserved US markets, we see better traction, terms, and valuation at seed.
We engage a rigorous and highly selective due diligence process, resulting in funding only 2 - 3% of deals we see. We focus on two primary themes:
Enterprise Productivity Tools:
Overall US productivity growth has been in steady decline. Many “old economy” sectors are experiencing zero or negative growth, while new, rapidly growing sectors are in need of infrastructure and efficiency tools. We see this as an opportunity to replace outdated or non-existent software with new SaaS platforms, replace tasks that meet the “Three Ds” (dirty, dull, dangerous) with robotics, and build critical infrastructure platforms for “new economy” sectors. We look for products that provide immediate, positive ROI via improvements in productivity, capital efficiency, and profit margins.
Clean-Tech/ Sustainability Products & Solutions:
With sustainable products growing at 7x the overall consumer market, sustainability is no longer just an ideal, it's an economic powerhouse. We selectively invest in sustainable products and clean tech solutions with defensible IP and clear and obvious use cases.
We believe the 75% failure rate of startups in their first two years is a statistic,
not an inevitability.
C2V Core Beliefs
Most failures are due to basic execution mistakes.
These mistakes are avoidable.
Experienced advisor engagement is an effective mitigant.
Keys to Our Approach
Hands on Advice and Support Focused On:
Driving revenue growth and market traction
Execution, growth and cash management modeling
Avoiding common early-stage management mistakes
Identifying & executing on pivot/exit opportunities
Broad portfolio company exposure
Accelerated brand awareness and product adoption
Increased C2V appeal & differentiation for top founders
What Others are Saying
As a founder and an early stage investor myself I can say without hesitation that C2V are the perfect VCs, full stop. They are committed, focused, move quickly and have their own conviction vs simply pattern matching and following the herd.
They leverage and provide access to their incredibly impressive LP base with regular LP-Portfolio meetings and follow ups to ensure amazing outcomes for founders. Lastly they demonstrate the exact balance of insightful, knowledgeable support across detailed operations, finance and legal strategies but without any micro-management, that every founder dreams of in their investor group.
Whether you're a prospective LP or a fundraising entrepreneur, know that Chris and Matt will quickly become a critical part of your journey and impact.