Alumni Venture Group’s Basecamp Fund provides a unique investment opportunity for accredited individuals seeking a diversified pre-seed and seed venture capital portfolio. Learn more about the fund from the Basecamp team that will deliver that portfolio in a roundtable discussion with host Senior General Manager, Luis Santiago. He’ll explore with our Managing Partners how the team sources and vets promising deals, constructs the portfolio, and monitors performance.
Our panel will discuss the strategy and tactics of building the broadest, most diversified seed stage portfolio available to accredited investors. Topics include:
- How does this team source deals?
- How have their experiences (as investors and operators) shaped the types of companies they pursue?
- How do they “sell into deals?” What makes Basecamp an attractive investing partner?
- What’s their vetting and winnowing process?
- Why is geographic distribution of the team important?
- What considerations go into building the portfolio?
- How do they think about reserves?
- How do they monitor performance and stay in touch with portfolio companies?
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*You must be accredited to invest in venture capital
Andrea Funsten, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Andrea is a Managing Partner at Basecamp Fund who has worked with early and growth-stage companies both as an investor and an operator. She focuses on investments in b2b and enterprise companies as well as fintech, though looks at any company with a disruptive business model. Prior to Basecamp, she was an investor at Fika Ventures and Expa, the venture studio started by the founder of Uber. At Expa she helped manage the firm’s early stage practice investing in both consumer and b2b companies such as Statespace, Sleeper and Radar. Prior to venture, Andrea was on the other side of the table operating at technology companies both large and small. She was an early employee of proptech company VTS before founding Loop, a two-sided marketplace allowing tenants of multifamily residential buildings to leverage their collective buying power when purchasing services and products for the home. She started her career in commercial real estate at CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company and the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Catherine Lu, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Catherine is a Managing Partner at Basecamp where she looks to back high-performance, high-integrity founders. Prior to Basecamp, she was the Senior Principal at Spike Ventures, AVG’s fund for Stanford alums. She has also been both an operator and founder. Previously, she was Director of Product at DataVisor (backed by NEA and Sequoia), an enterprise company offering an unsupervised machine learning fraud solution; during her tenure, she helped the company grow from less than $1M to over $8M in ARR. She also co-founded Fancy That, a retail AI company which was acquired by Palantir in 2015. Catherine received a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford, graduating with distinction and focusing on artificial intelligence.
Matt Scott, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Matt is a Managing Partner at Basecamp based in NYC where he looks for companies led by passionate, mission-driven entrepreneurs with an acute understanding of the markets they are looking to disrupt. Matt has a particular interest in consumer applications and b2b SaaS companies but keeps an open mind to opportunities in even the most esoteric categories. Prior to joining Basecamp, Matt was an experienced founder and operator of multiple venture backed businesses: Integral Ad Science (acq. by Vista Equity Partners), enterprise SaaS platform Suzy (backed by The Foundry Group, Tribeca Venture Partners) and a direct to consumer brand (backed by Lerer Hippeau). Earlier in his career Matt was a member of the corporate venture practice at Nike and an investor at Coriolis Ventures. He began his career as an innovation strategy consultant for Procter & Gamble. Matt holds an MBA from NYU Stern and BA from Tulane University where he majored in American Literature.
Wayne Moore, Managing Partner - AVG Basecamp Fund
Wayne has held positions in both successful startups and thriving tech firms and brings a wealth of operational experience building teams, executing deals, and developing clients. He is committed to the growth of the venture and tech community in Chicago, serves as an advisor to a number of startups, and is a founding board member of Great Lakes Academy Charter School. Previously, he led analysis, negotiation, and deal execution for the global content acquisition team at Netflix. Before that, he was VP of Business Development at Silver Chalice Ventures, a digital media startup owned by the Chicago White Sox. Wayne began his career in the US Navy, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Kellogg.
Hosted by: Luis Santiago, Senior General Manager - Alumni Ventures Group
Luis is an experienced strategy, operations, and sales leader who joined Alumni Ventures Group in 2018. Prior to AVG, he held several positions at Liberty Mutual, including roles in corporate strategy and customer experience. Most recently, he served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, where he led large-scale projects across Liberty Mutual’s 8,000-person U.S. Claims organization. Earlier, Luis led business development and client relationships operations in the Northeast US for BCA Research, a firm serving traditional asset managers, RIAs, and hedge fund managers. Luis holds a B.S. from Boston College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.