Getting Started in Venture

Learn more about AVG's approach, team, and strategy for individual investors

Five Principles of Venture Investing

  1. Pick the appropriate allocation for you1
  2. Build a large venture portfolio2
  3. Own a diversified venture portfolio3
  4. Co-invest with established lead investors4
  5. Follow process-based investing


1. The appropriate investments for any particular investor depends on his/her own circumstances and he/she should make any investment decision in consultation with financial, tax, and other professional advisers.
2. Steven Crossan, “Modelling suggests rational venture investors should have bigger portfolios”
3. 500 Startups
4. PitchBook Benchmark, Private Markets Data Through 3Q 2018

Is Venture a Good Fit For You?

Part 1 of 5:

The Importance of VC When Building a Diversified Portfolio

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Part 2 of 5:

Five Compelling Reasons to Start Venture Investing

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Part 3 of 5:

Venture Returns Outperform Public Markets Over Many Periods

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hitting home runs in venture
Part 4 of 5:

Hitting Home Runs in Venture by Playing Early in the Game

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What Sea Turtles Can Teach Us About Venture Capital Diversification
Part 5 of 5:

What Sea Turtles Can Teach Us About Venture Capital Diversification

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How Do We Create Smart Venture Portfolios?

AVG's Deal Sourcing, Due Diligence, and Investing Process

Part 1 of 4:

Welcome to Alumni Ventures

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Part 2 of 4:

Investing with AVG in Three Easy Steps

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Part 3 of 4:

Oura: A Case Study of How We Access Deals

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Part 4 of 4:

Investment Strategy Series: Deal Awareness & Sourcing

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AVG Investment Professionals

AVG employs dozens of full-time investment professionals, including teams based in San Francisco, Menlo Park, New York, Boston, Austin, and Chicago, as well as a centralized Office of Investing staff

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Luke Antal
Chief Community Officer

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Michael Collins
Chief Executive Officer

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Andy Ervin
VP of Investment Operations

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Peter MacEwan
VP of Portfolio Services

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Tim McIntosh
VP of Sourcing

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Beth Obermiller
Chief of Staff

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Anton Simunovic
Chief Investment Officer

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Colin Van Ostern
Chief Operating Officer

Sample AVG Investments

We co-invest alongside leading venture firms and build diversified, professionally managed portfolios.

Sample deals only.

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