The First Word
Funny enough I love technology and I love entrepreneurs even more, but I’ve never maintained my own blog. I’ve remained relatively private when it comes to sharing my thoughts publicly even though I believe firmly in the concept of transparency. But after a solid year of investing in amazing people & their companies and sharing my perspectives one on one, I’ve decided it’s about time I start putting a few words down. Over the last year I’ve invested in twenty companies and roughly forty amazing individuals who will shape our world.
So here goes – I promise nothing profound in this first post and really this is a “getting to know you / getting to know me” kind of post. So probably the best place to start is “Getting to know me”
Getting to Know Me
I love entrepreneurs – I love the startup world and nothing beats being in the ring fighting to grow a great company, product and team. I like to invest in women and men who want to change the world one URL at a time. If you’re smart, passionate and know how to get shit done please talk to me.
My favorite investments fall into two areas: Entertainment & Social Data. Entertainment is easy to understand. I don’t invest in content but I will invest in platforms and tools that allow consumers to create, share, discover and engage entertainment in new ways. Social Data is a little harder to describe and sometimes it’s like porn – “I know it when I see it” – but basically I love companies that are riding the wave of transparency. If you’re collecting, storing, analyzing and leveraging streams of social data I want to talk to you. While these are my focus areas I’m always ready to talk – if you’re passionate and building a great consumer facing product please reach out to paigecraig at youknowwhat dot com.
What else should you know? First, I’m pretty active in every company. Talk to any of the founders and they’ll probably tell you (hopefully) that I’m always available even when I’m traveling the world. From Amman to Timbuktu, I try to stay in touch and make myself useful. Investing is far more than a check – it’s a mental & emotional commitment to support founders as they grow these companies.
Second, I make decisions relatively quickly. If you have something hot I can usually make my mind up in 24 hours or less.
One final thing – I don’t mind meeting early. If you’re at the concept or wireframe stage hit me up. I love to invest early, take a big risk and help you as you put things together. On a similar matter, I don’t invest in companies if I’m not involved in the seed round.
OK, that’s it for this first post. Like I said, nothing amazing here, just a quick introduction and hopefully more interesting posts to follow.