We are experienced tech entrepreneurs that founded a new technology investment fund in 2010. Our passion is to help fast growing internet and mobile startups to scale and expand globally.
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Many venture funds can provide investments to companies today. However, money is only one instrument out of many necessary to successfully scale a startup. Very often cash cannot solve immediate growth problems. You need working technical solutions, proven business models, clear product vision and many professionals to accelerate your growth.
When we invest in companies they immediately benefit from all our knowledge, technological assets and professional people.
Our approach is based on three keywords: Experience, Technology, Investments. We offer startups our professional tech team, proprietary technology and financial funding. This helps young companies to scale and expand globally much faster than their competitors.
For the last 10 years, as founders of Forticom, we have been building four of the largest internet companies in Europe: odnoklassniki.ru, nk.pl, one.lv and one.lt.
Right from the very beginning we personally worked through every development state pushing these companies forward. During this time we have learned what it really takes to scale a business organizationally and technologically. Today our experience is very tangible and practical. It saves our startups time and protects them from many critical mistakes.
As entrepreneurs we were fortunate to work with the best investors in the world who provided the funds necessary to fuel our growth. However, they could not solve our technological problems. Those we always had to tackle ourselves. This required time which we did not have since our number of users grew exponentially. Technical issues were a constant threat.
Therefore, as investors we develop proprietary, high performance and platform independent set of tools, so that our startups can solve any technical bottlenecks.
Every day highly talented software engineers and system administrators of our fund work to help accelerate the growth of many young companies.
Scaling Odnoklassniki.ru, the second largest social network in Russia, was our most exciting experience. When we invested in Odnoklassniki (as Forticom), it was a small, but already growing startup. During the due diligence we quickly realized that we would have to change the entire hardware and software platform for this service to survive. In the short period of only three months we did exactly that. The user growth exploded as we switched to our new platform.
Our most recent publicly announced investment is Ask.fm, a truly social questions and answers service. We especially like this case since the founders also come from Riga, Latvia. We made our first investment in December 2011. At that time the service had already attracted а few hundred thousand daily unique active users. Although it was pretty clear that this startup created an original and appealing product, its future was burdened by many technical problems and the technical team was too small to conquer them. The founders urgently needed our help. Their growing service was on the edge of breakdown.
Immediately we focused our technical team to tackle the most critical problems. Only a few months later we fixed almost all major issues, moved to a dedicated sever hosting centre and introduced a longterm scalable software platform. As a result, the number of active daily users grew 12 times in just 12 months. Today the product continues to grow rapidly in more than 150 countries worldwide.
In our fund we hate bureaucracy. We do not have investment committees. We do not require long business plans. We make decisions and invest very fast. However, we stay very focused and true to our investment policy.
Only startups with proven user growth get funded. Location of your venture does not matter. We invest internationally. The usage numbers do not have to be in the millions right away. They could be as low as a few hundred. All we need to see is that users clearly like your product, return on regular basis and invite their friends.
As a principle we invest only into businesses that we can understand, thus we can add value. We do not pretend to be specialists in everything. Most of our experience comes from building consumer oriented internet and mobile companies. We also favor only certain areas like communication, content sharing, social media and crowd sourcing. Creative new ideas in these areas are set to produce the explosive user growth.
Are you the founder of a promising and growing startup that needs help? Are you an experienced software developer, system administrator, designer or product manager who wants to work with startups? Are you the manager of an IT outsourcing company that wants to offer its services to us? Or maybe, you are an investor that needs a technical partner?
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