Atman Capital, a year-old early-stage enterprise agency partially backed by about 20 founders, is sweetening the deal for these particular person restricted companions.
It guarantees to offer credit score to any one among them who refers a profitable deal to the enterprise agency within the type of some carried curiosity within the agency’s personal income.
It’s an attention-grabbing twist for the agency, based final 12 months by Brazilian-born Pedro Sorrentino and Pedro Dias and that’s investing in startups within the U.S. and Latin America. In a tightening capital market wherein Atman has closed on $9 million for a fund focusing on $30 million, the additional enticement — atop the 80% in income that LPs sometimes obtain from profitable outcomes — can also be sensible.
“We spoke with over 100 founders, asking them what they needed and what was essential to them. The most typical reply was the will to leverage their private community, as all these founders — by partial secondaries — are very energetic angels,” Sorrentino instructed TechCrunch. “That is after we got here up with the mannequin of paying them carried curiosity within the fund whereas doing offers collectively as a group.”
Dias spent seven years at JP Morgan and one other couple of years at Riskified earlier than teaming up with Sorrentino to discovered Atman. In February 2021, Sorrentino left OneVC — one other cross-border agency he based — to concentrate on constructing out Atman Capital.
To this point, the brand new agency has six portfolio firms — Pipefy, Streetbeat and Aestuary within the U.S. and Bamboo, a stealth fintech startup and LoopiPay in Latin America.
“Investing in each geographies makes us higher traders, and it makes us a way more attention-grabbing worth proposition as a agency as a result of now we have a presence in each areas,” Sorrentino mentioned.
The fund plans to take a position on the pre-seed and seed phases with checks averaging from $750,000 to $1.5 million. It’s eyeing B2B, software program, commerce, shopper and fintech startups. LPs are a mixture of ultra-high-net-worth people, household workplaces and establishments along with founders.
To this point, Atman additionally has greater than 20 founder LPs that make up its “Egregore,” which suggests a collective of people that share values and rules with pores and skin within the recreation. Presently, 70% are from LatAm and 30% are from the U.S. The founders embrace John Sung King — founding CEO of publicly traded Five9; Alexandre Liuzzi, co-founder & CSO at Remessa On-line, which was acquired by EBANX; Adhemar Milani Neto — founder & CEO at KOVI, and Doug Storf — founder & CEO at Swap, amongst others.
The benefit to turning into an LP of Atman versus persevering with angel investing, the pair say, is that these founders have a “protected” place to bounce concepts off of their friends.
“There’s a restrict for the honesty that we will carry to the desk along with your board, and even along with your government crew, so we’ll attempt to simply make it possible for we’re one of the snug locations for true mental debate whereas we’re additionally earning profits collectively,” Sorrentino mentioned. “It’s a fund that’s powered by the group.”
It’s additionally a matter of comfort, the pair say.
“Plenty of the founders are nonetheless working firms and don’t wish to develop into VCs,” Dias famous. “There’s lots of K1s, their tax state of affairs turns into messy. This fashion, we deal with operational effectivity.”
The agency’s funding thesis, in keeping with Sorrentino, is to focus on firms run by second- or third-time founders who search to reduce money burn with a plan towards profitability.
Atman, the pair say, needs to again pre-seed and seed-stage startups which might be “working as if they’re Collection A.”
“They shouldn’t be afraid to have troublesome conversations and care about investor updates whereas managing money in a way more conscious manner,” Sorrentino instructed TechCrunch. “We imagine the [fundraising] atmosphere will develop into a lot more durable over the subsequent one to a few years. We don’t suppose that now we have seen all of the ache that’s about to come back.”
Regardless of the enterprise slowdown, VC corporations in Latin America proceed to lift funds. Brazilian influence investor Positive Ventures too is focusing on a $30 million fund, of which it has to this point raised $20 million. Its latest fund, Constructive Ventures DIF II, was designed to spend money on the earliest phases of tech firms “defying huge international south challenges,” in keeping with co-founder and co-CEO Fabio Kestenbaum.
In August, Constructive Ventures introduced the primary funding made by the brand new fund. It co-led alongside Collaborative Fund the pre-seed spherical of Ruuf, a Chilean market connecting owners, photo voltaic panel installers and lenders. They had been adopted by Juan Jobet, Chile’s former Minister of Vitality, who additionally joined the board, and Harvard Innovation Lab in that funding.
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