Replied Nov 19
We continue to believe that innovation at the earliest stages is a great place to put long-term capital. Early-stage venture (traditional seed) will be a focus for us. We have and will invest in pr... Show more
We agree that Israel offers an exciting investment opportunity and we have partnered with multiple firms there that we are excited about. We also continue to be interested and excited about the opp... Show more
Replied Nov 17
We've done a lot of direct deals on the early-stage side, some funds on the later-stage side, and everything in between. Our initial idea, in 2012, was to plan for seed-stage venture to be 5% or 10... Show more
As COVID-19 continues to reshape traditional business practices, how can LPs and GPs work together to establish trust in new partnerships?
Replied Nov 10
LPs could generate good will with GPs by committing early, and building real partnerships, rather than waiting to commit until the final close.
Climate change is not only an area of interest to social impact investors; climate-related startups have also been attracting funding at higher rates than other startups. What areas of VC look attractive to you as an impact investor with a focus on the environment?
Replied Nov 08
Climate-related startups have a real opportunity to capture secular growth as the realities of climate change become more and more apparent. Whether involving technologies focused on climate mitiga... Show more
As a foundation investor, what kind of governance structures are you looking for in the companies in which you invest directly, and what kind of support are you able to offer them?
When underwriting any new investment manager we always evaluate the firm's governance structure and are specifically looking for a strong alignment of interests between management and investors. If... Show more
The University as a whole took it seriously early on, because we were in touch with the hospital systems in Boston. Brandeis spent the first six weeks making sure everybody wound things down safel... Show more
We believe people will still want to travel, which is why we think there will be value in certain hotels. We believe that people will continue to want to go out and be with other people, so we thin... Show more
Replied Oct 29
I agree with Ed and his first sentence. The key words are "as possible." Every foundation must overlay that private asset strategy growth with the liquidity needs for its particular mission. We are... Show more
Replied Oct 29
At DDCF, we have a collaborative environment that has been a great advantage in diligencing impact investments. I do my best to stay well informed about the work being done by our excellent grant-m... Show more