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The iSelect Focus: Resource Efficiency

Energy is an incredibly complex sector. There's an abundance of conventional fossil fuel available that is relatively inexpensive, but it is meeting with consumer revolt at some level on the basis of its impact on climate change. You've got essentially three primary...

What Is the Future of iSelect?

When I conceived of iSelect I conceived that it would initially be a series of small, individual funds focused on individual communities. We would go and set up maybe iSelect St. Louis, iSelect Kansas City, iSelect Cleveland, and we'd have a small portfolio that we...

What Is the iSelect Diligence Process?

Our diligence is pretty extensive. It's about a 60-day process. We have a dual path of both business and legal diligence. From a business standpoint, once the internal review's over and we made a decision to go forward, we engage an outside group of advisors....

What Is the Appeal of iSelect to Investors?

I spent my career representing companies that were raising capital and funds that were investing capital in those companies. And, I think the key thing that was the light bulb that came on for me, for iSelect, and what was the fundamental discovery that gave rise to...

iSelect and Agriculture: Why We’re Investing

So we're focused on four sectors: agriculture, healthcare, energy, and technology. We've picked those four because we really do think that they have the ability to be game-changing globally for the world. If we look at agriculture, we are at one of the most complex...

Why Is Now the Time to Invest in Venture Capital?

Some people sometimes ask why is now the right time for venture. The answer is now is not explicitly the right time. Venture is something we need in our economy at all times. Now is no better than any other particular time. The question is, why ever stop? If we look...

Inside the iSelect Fund Product

  iSelect is a very unique product, but when you break it into it's parts it's fairly easy to understand. On the front end, we're a traditional venture capital fund. We have a diligence process, we have an investment process, we have certain categories of...

The Role of Diversification in Venture Investing

A key component of venture capital is diversification. Some people have made investments in startups, and they’ve taken off for a while, and then failed. If you invest in one or two companies, you have a high risk that you are going to lose your money. If you look at...

What Role Does Venture Capital Play in a Portfolio?

Venture capital is exciting, for one thing. People like it, and shows like “Shark Tank” have proven it on television. But the real reason you want venture capital in your portfolio is that it's consistently, for the last 35 years, been the highest returning asset...

How iSelect Got Its Start

I conceived of iSelect the day that Congress passed the JOBS Act. What the JOBS Act said is that, in the past when people were raising money for private deals for new startup companies, they couldn't advertise or solicit to broad audiences. You had to have a...

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