Four things

I get asked with regular frequency what I look for as an early stage investor.

For me it’s four things.

  1. Are the founders extraordinary
  2. Do I love the product
  3. Is the vision compelling
  4. If I wasn’t a VC, would I want to work for the founders at the startup

That’s basically it.

These four things have served me well. The times I’ve made mistakes in this business is when I’ve wandered from it.

We are currently in Adare, Ireland but I just received my medium format film scans from our travels to Spain. 

These photographs were taken in Picos de Europa National Park which is about 30km inland from the northern coast of Spain. I’m so grateful that we had an opportunity to explore and witness that part of the country. It’s a beautiful place and couldn’t recommend it more.

All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California. 

Ring of Beara, Ireland. August 2014

Yesterday afternoon we drove around the Ring of Beara. It took us about 3.5hrs but we could have easily spent all day exploring the ring. Every turn reveals something new and different. These photographs fail to capture what we saw today — it’s absolutely stunning. I’m hoping the photographs I made with the Hasselblad will do this place justice. 

This afternoon we will depart Kenmare. I wish we could stay longer but with a week left we have two more places to visit before heading home to the States.