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Welcome Raanan!

Today marks what may be my proudest and most exciting day in the brief history of Resolute Ventures – the opportunity to welcome Raanan Bar-Cohen as my Partner.

The founding and launch of Resolute has been a true labor of love, with all the requisite moments of doubt, frustration, pride and joy.  I am immensely proud of the group of founders and businesses that consider themselves part of the Resolute family.  But much more than this, I am thrilled by the prospect of what lies ahead. We have only just begun, just a couple short steps along the path to building a lasting firm and a multi-generational community founders who impact the world and each other.  It’s going to take a ton more work, and at least as much good luck.  But the other thing I know I need is an awesome partner who shares the vision and is fired up to convert that vision into reality.  And that partner is Raanan.

I have had the opportunity to work closely,  and just hang with, Raanan over the last 7 years.  I was a seed investor in Automattic, and Raanan was one of our very first additions to the team.  Since then, Raanan has played a critical role building out the business side of Automattic, seeing and doing just about everything there is to see and do along the way from a seed stage company to the company behind  one of the Internet’s most important platforms and which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars.  In the process, Raanan and I have gotten to know each other well, and to appreciate many similar views on startups, founders and entrepreneurship, and work and life more broadly.  We both know this stuff is hard, have an authentic empathy for the founder’s job, share a passion for helping where we can (and staying out of the way where we can’t).  And, we need to enjoy both what we do and the people we do it with.

Raanan’s post on joining Resolute is here.

I could not possibly be more thrilled that Raanan has chosen to join me in building Resolute – from what in many regards is a seed stage project today, into that something special I know it can and will become.  I know he will be an amazing resource for the founders we work with.  And I know we’re all gonna have a lot of fun along the way.

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Resolute Is Hiring a San Fran Rockstar!

Yup, you heard it here. We are looking to hire a Resolute Rockstar (aka, Principal), based in SF,  to assist with facilitating our founder community, enabling the sharing of knowledge and best practices amongst founders, and managing our imminent (sorta) Seed to Series A blog.

The Role: The Resolute Principal will play a central role in building out our program for effectively distilling and imparting startup knowledge, advice and best practices.  You will have two primary and closely related roles:

  • Resolute Portfolio:
    • Interface with Resolute Portfolio founders to monitor progress, assess needs for advice/guidance, and discern areas of expertise that can be shared with others;
    • Interface with (and further develop) the Resolute Network to develop an ongoing corpus of knowledge/best practices;
    • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and advice between the Network and portfolio founders.  In addition to facilitating individual connections between founders and the Network, the Principal will help organize and manage various events designed to bring relevant knowledge and expertise to the Portfolio.
  • Editor, Seed to Series A:
    • Work closely with us to determine topics to be covered;
    • Assist with identification/recruitment of founder-experts on various topics;
    • Manage interviewing of founder-experts and drafting of content;
    • Manage production of blog generally

We are looking for someone who really is kick-ass.  Some more standard adjectives would look something like this:

  • Be highly independent self-starters;
  • Be action and results oriented;
  • Possess superior writing and editing skills;
  • Be highly analytical and capable of integrating disparate information into well structured, easily digested content pieces;
  • Possess superior “people” skills and able to foster strong relationships with startup founders;
  • Be intellectually curious in general, and in particular have a strong interest in startups and the startup ecosystem;
  • Be an avid user of social media.

We aren’t overly preoccupied with any one particular background — it’s more the person than it is the specific experience. That said, here are some things we are looking for:

  • Have 5 years+ experience in the startup ecosystem;
  • Have meaningful experience writing and editing;
  • Experiences which are considered valuable background for this role include founding or working at an early stage startup; management/strategy consulting; and earning an MBA degree.  None of these is necessarily a pre-requisite, however.

If interested, please contact me at mike@resolute.vc!

The Women I’ve Backed

The tech world surely has a ways to go to achieve gender equality, but I’m here to tell you there are some awesome founders out there right now who happen to be women.   Hopefully, the abundance of high caliber women founders will lead to more gender-neutrality in VC investing.  It has for me.  Continue reading…