In this episode, Hall welcomes Matt Johnson of Johnson Venture Partners, a micro VC fund investing in high-growth startups in the Southeast. Matt’s curiosity about the founding stories of successful companies led to a passion for early-stage investing. While JVP is sector agnostic, Matt points to his particular interest in machine learning, cognitive computing technology, and early-stage innovation in general. Matt also emphasizes the opportunities in using network effects to build teams of investors to source deal flow.
For startups, Matt advises that founders get to know the investor and understand their goals, regardless of the type of funding you’re after. Matt also talks about some of the platforms and tools available to assist investors to unlock crucial data. Matt discusses his fund’s thesis and highlights some of the companies he’s worked with. Finally, Matt talks about the importance of discipline and focus, whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur.
You can find Johnson Venture Partners at jvpfund.com
Matt can be reached on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/mattjohnsonlinkedin
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