We are building long-term, healthy relationships. We are doing this by being transparent and intentional, knowing that everything communicates.
We think of this as living in congruence with our community.
As a venture capital fund, we’re happy to share the stage at which we invest, our average check size, and the industries, sectors and business models that we favor. However, if you want to know who we are as individuals and what we are hoping to accomplish as an organization, we invite you to explore our eight core values and determine for yourself whether GrowthX is a good fit.
Innovative products, disruptive technology, big ideas, and massive addressable markets all come second. People come first. We are drawn to the human connection. Building and maintaining those relationships far outweighs the returns of any single transaction. Rather than highlight the logos of our portfolio, we tell the stories of our founders.
Through our Market Acceleration Program, we are operationally involved with select portfolio companies far beyond the reach of most MicroVC and larger funds. Our commitment to homegrown innovation sets our sites beyond Silicon Valley, as we join founders in their communities across the U.S. and globally.
Our professional will fortifies us and drives our resolve to build an enduring company and to be of lasting service to our community.
Peter Diamandis famously explains the difference between linear and exponential thinking with a simple (and breathtaking) example: take 30 linear steps and you end up 30 meters away; take 30 exponential steps and you end circling the planet 26 times! This is the impact we are trying to make on the venture capital profession and the founders who we are fortunate to work alongside. We want the step that we take together with our community to have an impact that is double the previous generation.
Trust is the foundation of all of our relationships. We earn trust through each interaction, both interpersonally and as members of a community. We often refer to that community as a trust-network. We hug elephants because we want to foster an environment of open communications, risk taking, a diversity of perspectives and the willingness to share out.
Trust between GrowthX and members of our community manifests itself in our adherence to each of our other seven core values.
Respectful and Inclusive
We want everyone at GrowthX and every founder we meet to have equal opportunity to actively contribute and participate to their fullest potential. We take everyone seriously. We are aware of the pitfalls of an echo chamber. We listen respectfully and challenge disrespectful behaviors.
We treat every interaction with members of our trust-network as an opportunity. Therefore, we are grateful and we express our gratitude. By doing so, we remain mindful of our good fortune. Gratefulness reinforces our other core values and helps us stay true to them, even during challenging times.
Publishing our core values in this post – and prominently featuring them in our offices – is part of our commitment to transparency. We are open and obvious with each other and in all of our interactions, and we invite everyone to carefully consider whether we are congruous with their values, beliefs and professional goals. We are building long-term, healthy relationships by consistently communicating not only our decisions, but also our reasoning. In the process, we hope to be helpful (even when our investment decision is disappointing). Relationships between people develop over time as wavelengths, not parallel lines. Click To TweetTransparency fosters continuously healthy relationships, even through periods of incongruity. Click To Tweet
We acknowledge that we are owed nothing. Therefore, we are thankful for what we have. We are self-reflective and know our limitations. Humility fosters our growth mindset and helps us to recognize and appreciate that feedback is a gift. We are living in extraordinary times and we are humbled to play a role in each other’s lives and in the success of those we meet.
Our core values are not just published words. We are living and breathing them as we build GrowthX. You cannot teach core values. We are careful to nurture relationships with people who share our core values. We expect to be held accountable.