Our work at the beginning of the investment process — the courtship phase — is largely to help protect the investor. If it’s their job to take the risks, it’s our job to help calculate them first.
But once a company becomes part of the portfolio, the investor strategy shifts, from protecting themselves to protecting their investments.
That’s where having a technical partner can provide added value. For instance, Dualboot can step in to provide technical support to a portfolio company or even spearhead that company’s technology development as a fractional CTO — like when the CTO of one of Brandon’s portfolio companies left and that company needed a stop gap.
It was Brandon’s first experience working with a hybrid onshore and offshore team, and it sold him on the value that model can create.
“The feedback on their developers is really high,” Brandon said. “They’ve known the team offshore for a decade, and you appreciate the fact that they have invested in their assets overseas at the people level.”