Nassau Street Ventures FAQs

The Most Common Questions from Our Investors

Venture capital is a high-risk, high-returns asset class and performance is only loosely correlated to the public market. Sophisticated investors like endowments and wealthy family offices typically allocate 5-15% of their portfolio to venture. Since VC returns aren’t strongly correlated to the stock market and your VC investments can perform well when other asset classes don’t, it’s a smart way to diversify your portfolio.

Our funds offer you a smart, simple way to invest in venture capital. We provide investors with diversified portfolios of venture investments and routinely co-invest with top VCs to access deals not available to most individuals.

Prior to our funds, venture capital was not broadly available to individuals. VC funds are not brokerage firms, and direct investing in VC funds typically requires very large investment minimums (~$10M), with less diversification than what we offer.

Yes. Our network of alumni and other VCs enables our co-investment strategy, and we regularly invest with top venture firms. Here are some firms we’ve invested alongside in the last year: Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Kleiner Perkins, Accel Partners, 500 Startups, Sequoia Capital, FundersClub, Y Combinator, General Catalyst Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Greylock Partners.

Most of our funds have a full-time team of two investment professionals — a Managing Partner and a Principal — with strong entrepreneurial and investing experience. They are supplemented by an advisory Investment Committee, a large network of alumni, and the investment department at Alumni Ventures Group. Our programmatically headed funds (investing in deals sourced by other actively managed AVG Funds) are often headed by a Senior Partner.

Our funds are private, for-profit, and not sanctioned or endorsed by any university.

When a fund experiences a liquidity event, we send distribution checks as soon as the company sends us a check. We can usually process this transaction within a few days.

Alumni Ventures Group is the management company for our fund. AVG also serves as the management company to all of our numerous sibling funds. This network of funds allows for cost sharing, but more importantly a bigger network to source deals.

Please navigate to our Portfolio page.

The SEC defines an accredited investor as someone who (a) has earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expects the same for the current year, OR (b) has a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence). Further details are available here.

Our funds source deals through research, referrals by other AVG funds, our international community of supporters (over 125,000 and constantly growing), and collaborative relationships with professional VCs. Currently, we review about 30 – 35 deals for every one that we add to the portfolio.

We start with a broad funnel (30 – 50 investment opportunities per month), allowing us to choose the best deals to invest in – if any. Normally, we select 2-3 deals per month to take to the Investment Committee, who advises on deals, before the fund managers chooses 1-2 to invest in. Key considerations: A lead investor with a good record in the space, team, market opportunity, moats, traction, attractive deal terms, and portfolio diversity for us.

Our fees are industry standard: a 2% annual management fee used to cover business costs each year of the 10-year life of the fund and 20% carry, which comes from profits (only applied after all of the original total investment has been returned to investors). There are no additional fees or expenses associated with investing through us. If you are investing via a trust or retirement vehicle, your account managers will likely charge you some fees for setting up and maintaining those accounts.

We offer a streamlined process and rapid funding, don’t take Board seats or negotiate terms, and can offer the connections and resources of our large community when the company has a need. Simply put: Low Friction. Large Rolodex.

Lead investors appreciate our involvement for several reasons: Our checks are helpful but not competitive, and we fund quickly if we decide to do a deal. We don’t dictate terms or take Board seats. Finally, we can help them by sharing deals and providing important contacts and relationships to the portfolio companies.

For most funds, our investment minimum is $50k and the maximum is $1M. The Managing or Senior Partner may make exceptions to those rules.

Yes. We work with a third party who sets up an IRA on an investor’s behalf and manages all administration. Monies can be transferred without penalty or without jeopardizing tax-deferred status and then invested in a fund “for the benefit of” the investor.

The portfolio is selected for investors by our full-time investment team and Manager.

We provide a K-1 by March each year and complete portfolio valuation statements twice a year.

You can access information about your portfolio 24/7 via our secure, online investor portal. There you’ll find details about portfolio composition, valuation (present and historical), and your statements and tax docs.

Yes. Institutions and large investors can put a fixed amount in every deal we do through our Total Access Fund. Institutions or family offices can also participate in our Focused Funds that specialize on a sector or stage.

We make venture investing smart and simple. Our Total Access Fund provides simple, broad exposure to this attractive asset class, and the investment minimum of $250K is very small compared to alternatives. Focused Funds also provide smart further diversification and exposure to high-interest categories within VC.

Entrepreneurs appreciate our streamlined, responsive process. In as little as 2-6 weeks, we can move from initial conversation to investor, with little extra work on their part. In addition, we don’t dictate terms or take Board seats. We can also offer our extensive network connections and resources such as Calls to the Network (appeals to our community for assistance to a portfolio company) and Resource Connector (fellow alums and investors offering business services). In some cases, we also bring sibling funds into our deals, raising additional money in a month or less.

We look for a strong lead investor with expertise in the sector, experienced team, market opportunity, moats, traction, attractive deal terms, and portfolio diversity for our funds. We also require an alumni connection (employee, investor, or Board member) for our Alumni Funds.

Checks are generally from $100K-$500K, with the opportunity for up to $2M or more when several of our sibling Alumni Ventures Group funds participate. Because our funds are raised on roughly an annual basis, we also occasionally make follow-on investments through a later fund.

Submit your information on the Alumni Ventures Group entrepreneurs page.

We welcome supporters who are interested in our work. Our greatest source of investor prospects, deal leads, and expert referrals comes from our global network of fund supporters. To stay in touch, we invite you to subscribe to our newsletters, mobile app, and podcast.

The Venture Fellow Program is designed for distinguished young professionals who want an inside look at venture investing and entrepreneurial careers. In exchange for a modest weekly time commitment helping the funds do outreach and research deals, Fellows get a valuable experience and entry point into the exciting but hard-to-access VC profession. The work is remote and on your own schedule. For more about the program, go to the Alumni Ventures Group Venture Fellow Program page.

Yes, we have internships available. You can read more at the Alumni Ventures Group Interns page.

The Resource Connector is a self-service database of alumni and fund investors who have listed themselves or their businesses as resources for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs can access the database, search for needed resources, and then reach out and start a conversation. The database is free and open to use by all alumni, undergrads, and fund investors. You can access the Resource Connector through the AVG Resources page.

Our management company, Alumni Ventures Group, is developing a program with introductory courses to VC for interested investors. The courses will be free, open to all, and aimed at helping investors better understand the asset class.

Please visit the fund’s Community page to learn more. We offer newsletters, mobile apps, podcasts, a VC University, a Resource Connector, and more.