2022: A Year for Remarkable Venture Opportunity
We feel confident that we will continue to manage for success and seize the exciting opportunities presented by this buyer’s market
When we started Alumni Ventures (AV) in 2014, we commonly heard comments like “will this work?” and “can you really scale this business?” Since then, we’ve built a venture investing engine that is unique, serving to substantially grow venture access for both accredited individuals and entrepreneurs.
Through AV, individuals can add a high-performing asset class in a smart, simple way, investing in a large, diversified venture portfolio. Entrepreneurs can tap our capital, connections, and CEO Services, leveraging AV’s 600,000-member network of innovation enthusiasts to help them grow their business.
For eight years, we’ve continued crafting and fine-tuning this engine on behalf of our stakeholders. And the results have been remarkable. We have raised more than $1 billion from 8,000+ individual accredited investors, who can choose from our product line of nearly 30 funds. And our portfolio now boasts 1,000 companies across all different stages, sectors, and geographies, invested alongside other well-established VCs.
Now 2022 is bringing new challenges and opportunities to Alumni Ventures. In terms of challenges, a correction in public tech stocks, plus rampant inflation mixed with recession threats, and geopolitical turmoil, have created a very unsettled market. On the opportunity side, we’re seeing a healthy return to reasonable valuations, founders managing their burn rates, and deal dynamics tipping in favor of venture investors.
We’re thoughtfully but forcefully responding to those changes. Like many companies, Alumni Ventures has examined our expenses to ensure we weather this turbulence. We’ve made adjustments so that we will continue to be — as we have been from the beginning — a cash-flow positive enterprise.
At the same time, we’re aggressively pursuing investments that are increasingly attractive. We have designed Alumni Ventures to consistently deploy capital into high-quality venture deals on behalf of our investors, no matter what the private or public markets are doing. We’re planning to keep up that steady pace, committing to both first-time and follow-on rounds in our most promising opportunities.
Not all venture funds or investors have the network, access, or capabilities to succeed in 2022. Alumni Ventures does. We feel confident that we will continue to manage for success and seize the exciting opportunities presented by this buyer’s market.
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