Entrepreneurs often need a small amount of capital to get their idea to a Series A milestone. At AMV, we believe in helping founders who have a big vision develop some of their core technology and get to a state where they can raise a larger round of financing. We prefer to see this as an equity round but will fund with a convertible note in certain situations.
With our early stage investments the AMV team use their past entrepreneurial experience in an active role to help founders tackle typical early stage problems around hiring, strategic focus, technical development, sales channels and business partnerships. This is a stage where our companies begin to accelerate in growth and scale. AMV often partners with other top-tier venture firms in the Series A and B financings.
We are seeing several fundamental drivers of disruption, and therefore opportunity, in the broad technology markets. As the cost of processing and storage rapidly decrease and as companies continue to make improvements in miniaturization and integration, the cost of starting revolutionary IT companies has decreased dramatically. AMV is focused on areas that can capitalize on these changes:
- Mobility: The next generation of devices, operating systems and business models has greatly disrupted the value chain.
- Cloud Computing: Delivering applications in a high-availability, device-agnostic and location-agnostic manner, with substantially lower total cost of ownership.
- Digital Media: Video entertainment migrating from relatively few scheduled broadcast/cable TV channels to an enormous on-demand body of content accessible anywhere.
- Big Data: The generation and storage of digital data continues unabated. The management and analysis of these data will be transformative in numerous markets.
Health Sciences Technology
AMV views Health Sciences Technology (HST) as the application of technology to healthcare markets, a burgeoning opportunity that will likely exceed a trillion dollars over the next few decades. Although we focus on opportunities that avoid or mitigate FDA regulatory risk we see the scope of the HST opportunity to be quite broad and the underlying technologies to be multidisciplinary in nature. Some areas of interest include:
- Electronic Health Records
- Mobile Health and Communications
- Personalized Medicine and Genomics
- e-billing and Insurance
- Informatics, Data Mining and Simulation
- Web-based Social Media
- Novel Therapeutics
- Monitoring and Compliance