Who We Are

We are a venture fund whose LPs are the most knowledgeable, respected and best connected service providers in the industry. These are people who work closely with startup companies on a day-to-day basis and include startup company lawyers, mobile app developers, real estate brokers, venture bankers, accountants, CFO consultants, web developers, employee benefits providers, HR consultants, patent lawyers, and executive search specialists, among others. We also have LPs who are serial CFOs, CEOs and company founders. The common thread among our LPs is deep experience growing startup companies and a total alignment behind the success of our portfolio companies.


Our Investment Approach

We co-invest in Series A deals led by institutional venture funds. We make our participation in deals painless. We don’t negotiate terms. We don’t ask for board seats or other special rights. We cover our own legal fees. We are responsive and timely with our signature pages and wires.


Our Value Add

What if you had the ability to leverage the connections and experience of the most knowledgeable, respected and best connected service providers in the industry, including the ones you haven’t actually engaged for services? This is what you get from our fund.

In addition to wiring money, we immediately increase your company’s reach with potential investors, customers and strategic partners through our LP network. If you want a warm introduction to a venture capital fund, a strategic partner, or a potential customer, our LP network can help make that happen. Our LP network also provides your company with access to relevant, deep expertise across numerous areas. If your company wants to reality check the terms on a proposed venture debt deal, our startup lawyer, venture lender and CFO LPs are ready to weigh in. Or if your company wants to reality check its customer acquisition strategy, one of our CEO LPs with relevant experience is ready to talk. With no strings attached. In short, at closing, our LP network aligns itself around the success of your company and becomes one of your most powerful resources.



Team


Brian Axelrad - Brian is a lawyer and partner at Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago where he co-leads HMB's venture capital and technology practice. He is also actively involved in the field of impact investing as Chief Investment Officer of Beyond Capital Fund and was recently appointed as an Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Ned Hill - Ned has over 25 years of experience with technology companies. He currently serves as Managing Director - Technology Banking for Square 1. He was previously a partner with early-stage VC firms Mercury Fund and Sternhill Partners, in operations management with BellSouth, a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and started his career at Broadband Technologies, a start-up that IPO’d in 1993.


Galen Mason - Galen is a lawyer based in Foley & Lardner LLP's Chicago office. He represents emerging companies, and private equity and venture capitalists involved in a broad range of industries. Galen co-founded Catapult Chicago, a leading Midwest co-working space.


Noah Pittard - Noah is a startup company and venture capital lawyer with Cooley LLP. Noah has a national legal practice, representing high profile startup companies and venture funds on both coasts as well as in the Boulder/Denver, CO and Austin, TX ecosystems. Since starting with Cooley in San Francisco in 2000, Noah has represented VCs and companies in hundreds of venture capital deals.


Jody Shepherd - Jody's experience spans all facets of early stage companies including investments, venture lending and operations. He currently serves as Managing Director - Venture Banking for Square 1. He previously worked as President of an early stage consumer products company and was a member of the investment team at Tango, a private investment company based in Boulder, Colorado.


Doug Spear - Doug Spear leads the Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice of Nelson Mullins, and has represented startups and venture funds throughout the Southeast for nearly 20 years. Doug is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches the Venture Capital Law course.



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