Silicon Valley VC Veteran BC Brant Joins The Founders Club as General Partner
East Gate Capital Managing Director Made a Personal Investment in the Club and will Lead Later Stage VC-Backed Equity Exchange Funds.
- (1888PressRelease) May 11, 2012 - Silicon Valley - The Founders Club, (www.founders-club.com), a unique venture capital equity exchange fund, announced today that BC Brant has joined the team as a general partner. BC will focus on managing exchange funds for later stage VC-backed companies. BC comes to The Founders Club from East Gate Capital where he is a managing director. During BC's 12 years at East Gate Capital in Silicon Valley he made growth stage investments in the TMT sectors. East Gate invests where it can help companies successfully bridge to markets and business relationships in Asia. East Gate's investment philosophy is based on bringing together visionary managers, transformational technologies and large addressable markets.
Andrew Romans, founding general partner, said, "I am delighted to welcome BC to our team as a general partner and cash investor. With over 12 years experience as an active value added VC in Silicon Valley, he is the perfect professional to manage our later stage equity exchange funds for VC-backed companies, expand the reach of our professional network and increase the value we bring to our portfolio companies. I encourage CEOs and founders to get in touch with us to set up a meeting or call with BC."
BC Brant commented, "I have known Andrew Romans for many years and watched the growth of this innovative sector. I firmly believe that it makes business sense for VC-backed entrepreneurs to leverage the value in their own business to become essentially prolific angel investors into a strong highly filtered portfolio of companies backed by the world's leading VC firms. From the perspective of a venture capitalist we would never consider investing 100% of our fund into one single company. Providing a balanced and diversified portfolio via our equity exchange fund products is a fitting solution for risk taking entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur should examine the opportunity to join."
André Jaeggi, chairman of The Founders Club and former fund of funds managing director at Adveq commented, "Having managed a fund of funds that has invested in hundreds of venture capital firms, fund manager selection is a key part of my business experience. With that perspective BC is a highly qualified general partner and complements the well-developed European and Israeli business networks of the existing team. Adding BC's Asian relationships will bring important value to the network of the club."
About The Founders Club
The Founders Club is an established family of funds where VC backed and now non-VC backed entrepreneurs agree to invest a percentage of their future equity returns into one or more of The Founders Club funds in return for fund ownership and membership in the club. There is no cash cost to join. Members only contribute cash from proceeds at the time they sell or liquidate their equity position in their company. Each fund comprises 15 high potential venture backed portfolio companies, thereby affording any single entrepreneur a strategy to create wealth while accomplishing portfolio diversification and reaping the rewards of a strong and relevant network. Global Funds pool equity interests from 100 to 200 high potential companies. Entrepreneurs accepted into the club have access to other members as well as the venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs serving on our advisory committees.
Richard Botley, Liberty Communications
Tel: + 44 7920 460375
rbotley ( @ ) libertycomms dot com
Andrew Romans, General Partner, The Founders Club
BC Brant, General Partner, The Founders Club
Tel: +1 (650) 475-6877
info [at] founders-club.com