Software and big data sets are showing up in every aspect of our personal and professional lives, challenging existing business practices and models. Consumers now have access to more data, making their everyday decisions smarter and more efficient. Businesses are gaining visibility into their customers and partners while creating more touch points than ever before.
We are looking for innovative startups that have the potential to become disruptive forces; companies that are challenging long existing status quos by harnessing capabilities made available by cloud computing and mobile technologies to revolutionize offline markets in ways never previously imagined. LionBird invests in young companies capable of making it happen.
We look for passion and determination, enough to carry the team forward in the face of multiple obstacles. The core team should have extensive domain expertise, so they have the flexibility to create a good “Plan B” when needed.
The product must solve a critical problem in the target industry. Preferably, it won’t require fundamental changes in existing business models but instead streamlines existing practices by removing points of friction and inherent inefficiencies.
We evaluate the size of the market and its growth rate. We compare competing solutions, and assess whether the start-up can create meaningful differentiation and carve out a niche or capture a big market share.
We focus primarily on mature seed and early Round A investments within domains where we can add value. We look for companies that can get to revenue quickly with a limited amount of capital.
We’ll continue to focus on investments in the U.S. and Israel, but will also look for great opportunities in other locations in select cases where we have strong local partners. We look for the best companies within our investment themes, wherever they are located.
We look for startups that have the creativity and analytical discipline to stand out in the market. Generating “unfair advantage” in product distribution should be a core competency rather than an afterthought.
Startups that interest us elicit a reaction right away, and as our interest grows, so does our input. If you find that we are meeting regularly and speaking openly about your business, making introductions for you, and acting as unofficial advisors, it’s because we are getting interested in investing and want to get to know you.
Contributing in this hands-on way leads to a faster evaluation process, better diligence, and lower risk, for both sides. Once we are investing our time and expertise in your company, the financial investment grows organically out of that.
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