Waterman Ventures

Smart, Simple Venture Portfolios with Community


What Is Waterman Ventures?

 

A smart, simple way for Brown 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
  • 15k subscribers and community members
  • Private, for-profit, and not officially sanctioned by the university

 

Follow the Fund

“I always assumed that investing in Venture Capital would be out of reach for me. Waterman offered a feasible opportunity to invest alongside people way smarter than me and diversify outside of the volatile public markets.”

Jesse Bull '05

When I was contacted about investing in Waterman Ventures, part of the Alumni Ventures Group, I was immediately intrigued. Venture Capital investing is something I thought only the big fish could do. But as I learned more and spoke at length with Ludwig Schulze, it became clear to me that there was an opportunity here that I could avail myself of to swim with the biggest of fish, all thanks to my connection to Brown. I believe in diversified portfolios and this investment represents a sector never before in my mix. I’m excited to see which leading edge thinkers, new technologies and up n’ coming companies will populate the fund.

Debbie Irwin '79

My wife and I are both alumni of Brown University and I have spent most of my career in venture capital and private equity. Waterman Ventures is a great way to stay financially and practically connected to the entrepreneurial environment without having to commit a lot of time to the activity. I believe Waterman has great deal flow and has put together a portfolio that will provide strong returns for its LPs. I’m excited about the progress and momentum to date.

Steve and Janet (Pendleton) Kahn '79

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

  • 3M New Ventures
  • 500 Startups
  • Accel Partners
  • Accomplice
  • Alsop Louie Partners
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Arena Ventures
  • Aspect Venture Partners
  • Atlas Ventures
  • Benchmark
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Bezos Expeditions
  • BlackRock
  • Blockchain Capital
  • Borealis Ventures
  • Comcast Ventures
  • CrunchFund
  • DFJ Capital
  • Drive Capital
  • Flybridge Capital
  • Elephant Partners
  • Founder Collective
  • Foundry Group
  • F-Prime Capital (Fidelity)
  • General Catalyst Partners
  • Golden Seeds
  • Goldman Sachs Ventures
  • Google Ventures
  • Greylock Partners
  • Highland Capital
  • Javelin Partners
  • Khosla Ventures
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Link Ventures
  • Maveron
  • Menlo Ventures
  • ML Capital
  • New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
  • Nokia Growth Partners
  • Norwest Venture Partners
  • NXT Ventures
  • Obvious Ventures
  • OrbiMed
  • Pelion Venture Partners
  • Relay Ventures
  • Resolute Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Summit Partners
  • Space Angels
  • SV Angel
  • Thiel Capital
  • Venrock
  • Winklevoss Capital
  • 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 Waterman Ventures 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 Brown alumni and broader Alumni Ventures Group 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 The Waterman 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.