In 49 BC Julius Caesar took a risk and crossed the Rubicon River with his army violating Roman law, which stated that no head of troops could command an army inside of Italy. The Rubicon was the border between Gaul and Italy.
Caesar at the head of a single, but loyal legion successfully crossed the Rubicon and took command of Rome. As he crossed the river Caesar uttered the famous words “alea iacta est” – the die is cast – symbolizing passing the point of no return.
At Rubicon Venture Capital we began by grouping our own army of successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, lawyers, bankers, headhunters, senior executives at technology titans and other important members of the venture capital entrepreneurial ecosystem. These successful executives invested their own money into our venture capital fund and they do not like to lose. As such we add value as a group to our portfolio companies. Beyond these very important operational investors we raise additional capital from institutional investors adding to the base of capital we can deploy to support technology startups.
This powerful and diverse network generates a unique supply of high quality deal flow. After we invest from our VC fund we typically open what we call “sidecar funds” giving our LPs the option to invest additional capital on a deal-by-deal basis. Utilizing this unique approach enables Rubicon to provide additional capital and support from individual investors via sidecar funds that add strategic value to our startups ensuring their own investments do well.
We invest and support companies that, like Julius Caesar, think big, address large markets, have assembled their own army or base of power, core technology or strategy to transform a large industry and “cast the die” building empires. With primary offices in Silicon Valley and New York City, we can actively invest in companies across North America and Northern Europe. Our investors are located globally and many play an active role as Venture Partners. Rather than our General Partners taking board seats in every company we invest in, our Venture Partners, most of who are successful VC-backed entrepreneurs themselves, take board seats on behalf of our fund. All of our investors seek to add value to our portfolio companies with a common goal for Rubicon Venture Capital to be “super-smart money” supporting the largest future technology companies in the world.
Our strategy is to invest in the later stage seed rounds of 50 technology companies and then invest multi-million dollar amounts of capital into roughly 15 companies as part of their series A and B financing rounds. Every time our fund invests we open a sidecar fund to invest more ranging from later stage seed to series B rounds. After that point we support our portfolio companies potentially investing in every financing all the way to IPO or M&A exit via our sidecar funds. Each later stage seed investment is risky, but adjusted by the fact that we invest in a diversified pool of 50 companies over a 5-year period in varied geographies. Risk is further mitigated by the fact that 80 to 90% of our fund dollars go into series A and B financings typically co-investing alongside tier I VCs. Lastly, our VC fund is paid a slice of the economics from each sidecar fund thereby increasing the returns for investors in our core VC fund.
As a dual meaning, the Rubicon Trail also happens to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth located not far from San Francisco in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe and begins in Georgetown, California, a hamlet in California’s Gold Country.
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