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VenTree is a “Venture Builder”, a venture-founding company, a parent company that organically creates, forms, and launches its own startups, each operated as its subsidiary.
VenTree is a founder, not an incubator or an accelerator. Incubators and accelerators, in exchange for a small share of equity, help third-party founders who are starting out in the process of launching their startups. “Venture Builders” like VenTree, are founders that conceive, form, create, and own their own startups.
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VenTree is a startup factory and we need your help in running it efficiently and effectively.
Why join one startup when, instead of “putting all your eggs in one basket”, you can earn ESOPs in 40 startups and counting?
VenTree is currently working on a pipeline of three dozen startups, all majority-owned subsidiaries of VenTree. We are hiring senior and co-founder C-Level experts as well as quality startup ‘foot soldiers’.
Our team of senior and co-founder level experts will include CTOs, DevOp and DevSecOps Software Engineers, Chief Engineering Officers (electronic, mechanical, aviation), Executive Project Managers, Chief Funding Coordinator, Chief HR Director, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, etc. These executives will be in charge of orchestrating the affairs of dozens of startups, hiring professional staff (some shared, others startup-specific), and guiding the staff in implementing our founders’ vision and the direction of VenTree’s shareholders.
If you see yourself contributing to our team and our startups, drop us a note and share your vision with us! Please email your CV to .
VenTree is an international, remote-friendly, equal opportunity employer, proud of our commitment to building a respectful, supportive, and diverse team, culture, and company, free of any discrimination or harassment. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. VenTree does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under US federal, state, or local law.
VCs (including incubators)
v. Venture Builders (VBs)
VCs (and incubators) skim through third-party pitch decks and often invest in startups based on arbitrary principals and impulses.
VBs don’t invest in third-party startups but rather act as founders or majority co-founders.
Familiarity with the startup’s vision and strategy
The familiarity of a VC with the PortCo’s vision and strategy is limited to information derived from short pitches and occasional reports and communications.
VBs, as co/founders of their PortCos, participate in the conception, development, and evolution of the PortCo’s business models, vision, and strategy.
Familiarity with the PortCo’s daily operations, expenses, and traction
VCs only receive sporadic general updates from the founders and often learn of problems when it is too late to correct them.
VBs are intimately involved with every decision and are integrated with the executive teams of their PortCos.
Hiring and firing decisions
VCs have very limited sway with regard to hiring and firing decisions made by their PortCos.
VB have absolute and exclusive control of all hiring and firing decisions made by their PortCos.
Efficient use of resources
Shortly after being funded, VC PortCos must invest time and resources to recruit a large and expensive team and secure office space.
A VB startup gradually ramps up its use of resources. The VB lends its PortCos software engineers, executives, marketing, and other personnel on a “fractional” time-sharing basis. As the VB’s PortCo grows, it can hire and build its own dedicated team without pressure.
Risk to invested capital
One of every two VC PortCos, 50% of them, completely fail. VCs hand significant capital over to their PortCos and typically have no recourse when these PortCos fail.
VBs invest small sums as the startup grows and only if and when necessary and justified. VBs are thus able to cull failures and cut losses without risking significant capital.
Through multiple rounds, founders and CEOs of VC PortCos typically spend significant time seeking and pitching to potential investors.
VBs manage the entire fundraising process for their PortCos, leaving their PortCos’ executive teams free to focus on the PortCos’ business.
Say in management of PortCos
VCs have a very limited role in the management of their PortCos.
VBs manage or oversee the management of their PortCos.
Say in exit-path plans
VCs have little-to-no influence over the exit plans and routes of their PortCos.
VBs have full and absolute control over the exit plans and routes of their PortCos.
Equity in PortCos
While VCs write bigger checks to their PortCos than VBs do, VCs receive only single-digit percentages of their PortCos’ equity. VCs’ equity in their PortCos is also subject to significant dilution unless they pay-to-play at exponentially increasing valuations.
VBs invest in their PortCos smaller amounts than VCs do and in smaller increments. VBs, as co/founders of their PortCos, own a majority Founder-Stake in each of their PortCos. VenTree, for example, holds a non-dilutable 51% Founder-Stake in each of its PortCos.
VCs invest in each round (Seed, A+) as part of a syndication. The syndicate, as a group, receives a small portion of the PortCo’s equity (typically 10%-25%) and participating VCs receive a pro rata fraction of the equity acquired by the syndicate in the round.
VenTree, as a co/founder of its PortCos, holds and maintains a majority (51% non-dilutable Founder-Stake) in each of its PortCos. Rather than having to share a small slice of the pie with syndication peers like VCs do, VenTree owns a majority of the pie.
VCs have to compete with thousands of other investors, resulting in a “seller’s market” for startups and runaway valuations, which increase the VCs’ risk exposure.
VBs, as co/founders and holders of majority Founder-Stakes in each of their PortCos, only stand to benefit from these rapidly increasing valuations.
Direct LP co-investment
VCs can offer their LPs direct or Side-Car investment opportunities in their PortCos but only Pro Rata to the VC’s limited equity investment in specific rounds in which the VC participates.
VB’s, as co/founders in control of their PortCos, have expanded discretion to offer their investors direct or Side-Car investment opportunities in current and future offerings (rounds) made by their PortCos. Investing in VenTree is akin to investing in a growing portfolio of co/founders (Founder-Stakes) and, simultaneously, in an open-ended Side-Car investing in a growing portfolio of PortCos.
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