Blue Ivy Ventures

Smart, Simple Venture Portfolios with Community


What Is Blue Ivy Ventures?

 

A smart, simple way for Yale alums and friends of the community to add venture capital to their portfolio. We are also…

  • A full-time alumni investment team
  • An Investment Committee with broad professional, investing, and entrepreneurial experience
  • 26k subscribers and community members
  • Private, for-profit, and not officially sanctioned by the university

 

Follow the Fund

“My portfolio is in good shape: I had stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and even some real estate investments.  But I had a big hole when it came to venture investing. Through a classmate, I learned about AVG’s approach, and it just made sense. It feels good to know that I’ve got this part of my portfolio covered too.”

Fund Investor

“I had a large nest egg in my retirement account. AVG was the perfect investment vehicle to do something new, alternative, and to further diversify my personal portfolio. I also appreciate the secure online investor portal that provides me with interesting details and news on the companies which I’m invested in.”

Fund Investor

Why You May Want to Add Venture Capital to Your Portfolio

 
  1. VC returns have been strong over many periods1
  2. VC returns are largely uncorrelated with other asset classes2
  3. A great way to be an impact investor

Footnotes:
1. Cambridge Associates, Venture Capital Benchmarks
2. Top Tier, The Inverse Correlation Between Venture and Public Markets


Investment Strategy

Smart, Simple Venture Investing

Diversified Venture Portfolio

~20 – 30 deals per fund, diversified by stage, sector, and geography

Co-Invest with Strong Lead Investors

We exclusively invest alongside established VC investors

Deal Access via Alumni Connections

Entrepreneurial teams desire our investment because we are a meaningful check, low friction, and have a large rolodex

Co-Invest Alongside Leading Venture Firms

Invest In Deals Most Individuals Never Know About or Get Access To

  • Accomplice

  • Andreessen Horowitz

  • Benchmark

  • Bezos Expeditions

  • Blackrock

  • Breyer Capital

  • Comcast Ventures

  • CrunchFund

  • Drive Capital

  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson

  • First Round Capital

  • Flybridge Capital

  • Fontinalis Partners

  • Founders Fund/Thiel Capital

  • Goldman Sachs Ventures

  • Google Ventures

  • Greylock Partners

  • Highland Capital

  • Index Ventures

  • IVP

  • Khosla Ventures

  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

  • Lux Capital

  • Magic Johnson Enterprises

  • Menlo Ventures

  • New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

  • Omidyar Network

  • Sequoia Capital

  • SV Angel

  • Y Combinator

AVG has invested alongside the firms listed above, but they are listed for illustrative purposes only. There is not guarantee that a particular fund or deal will invest alongside one of the firms listed above.


How does Blue Ivy assemble a great portfolio for me?

  • Full-time investment team wakes up every morning dedicated to delivering a diverse portfolio to investors
  • An Investment Committee with broad professional, investing, and entrepreneurial experience
  • We use our alumni and broader AVG network to access deals that simply are not available to most individuals
  • We only invest in deals with a strong lead investor, often combining their due diligence with our own
See Blue Ivy Portfolio

“I am in technology in SF, so I have a pretty good venture portfolio around things I know well.  I don’t see much outside of the Bay Area and my sector however.  My alumni fund was a great way to get a more diversified portfolio, and I enjoy being part of a group of classmates investing together.”

Fund Investor

“We’ve been really lucky and participating in the fund was a great way to pay it forward. Both of us were helped by fellow alums at many key points of our lives. And frankly, we just need more people out there creating solutions to society’s key problems. I feel an obligation to do my part.”

Fund Investor

The AVG Syndicate

 

Syndications are opportunities to invest in single asset funds that give you more exposure to a specific company you may be excited about and in which one or more of our AVG Funds will also be investing.

 

How it works:

  • Investors can opt into Syndication as they wish.
  • Opportunities are sourced by our 40+ full-time investment professionals and our Office of Investments.
  • All opportunities have passed our diligence process and are being invested in by one or more of our funds.
  • Minimums are typically $25K per opportunity, or $10K for Venture Club members.
  • Typically, only about 5-10% of our investments are offered to our Syndicate - normally when we are able to acquire a larger investment allocation.

RECENT DEAL

Rigetti is a full-stack quantum computing start-up. It focuses on designing and manufacturing superconducting quantum integrated circuits, building software to enable quantum computing, and integrating its systems into a cloud infrastructure.

Co-investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, and Y Combinator.

 

RECENT DEAL

Tembo Health provides a telemedicine platform connecting nursing home residents with specialized care providers through an intuitive video chat platform. This enables patients to access convenient, high-value specialty medical care at a safe distance.

Co-investors include Bloomberg Beta Founder and General Partner Karen Klein.

AVG regularly hosts webinars (~1 per week) on a variety of topics that are designed to appeal to both new and seasoned venture investors.