We scout for secondary market technology ventures & disruptive seed startup companies.
Based on the Isle of Man, we are a privately held firm which seek to discover and invest in startups which delight customers, create culture, build brands and disrupt industries.
Argadnel offers startups liquidity to their founders, advisors and employees during their accelerated growth phases, in exchange for an equity stake in their company. We use SecondMarket, SharesPost and Angel List to execute transactions on our behalf.
We don't act like a big venture capital firm and don't make bold statements on how our experience will develop a business. We simply provide the liquidity companies require when they need it most, and allow it to continue growing.
Argadnel does not seek to influence the operations of the companies it invests in; we aim to hold stakes in revenue generating businesses through to an IPO or acquisition. If you have a great team, a disruptive product and plan to execute your vision, we would like to hear from you.
What We Seek
Argadnel invests across a number of key technology market segments including online retail & services, cloud & infrastructure, social media, mobile and content. We don't just study our markets; we are active users of the products in which we invest.
Partnering with stand out entrepreneurs and their teams is our main objective. We offer post-seed funded companies liquidity to their founders, employees, advisors and investors. We do not look to upset the existing dynamics of the company; instead we look to hold our investment through to an IPO or acquisition.
We constantly seek committed entrepreneurs, who are not afraid to pass on an acquisition offer in order to build their vision. Argadnel looks to develop strong partnerships with other investors and trusts management teams to deliver a return on the investment.
What We Focus On
Argadnel is focused on startups that are disrupting the following verticals:
> Internet of Things> Social/Mobile/Local Applications> Big Data> Mobile Commerce & Payments> Enterprise Solutions> Web Based Infrastructure> Healthcare Applications> Consumer Hardware Devices
The criteria's on the left outline what you can expect during our investment decision-making process.
We look to both the size of the available market for a product or service and the timescale taken for it to develop. Given that we mainly invest in post-seed companies, we consider businesses that address markets that are beginning to ripen instead of those that are several years away.
We believe users eventually find the market leader. We look to invest in a product or service that retains its users and improves their experience.
There will always be competitors but we look to companies that can back up their brand with a product or service that is unquestionably 'best of breed'.
We are looking for companies that make economic sense long into the future. The business model must take advantage of barriers to entry to sustain high margins and set out a path for continued growth and long term profitability.
Management & Talent
Since we take a 'hands-off' approach to our investments, we look for well rounded management teams which have built their product from the outset. These teams believe that their continued vision can take the company further. We see value in Founder led businesses, instead of share-holder pleasing CEO's.
We expect key members of the management team to posses the core skills and attributes to work from shop floor to boardroom. A company which invests time and money in attracting a talented workforce is a priority to us.
Ideally we look for 'first-mover' companies that achieve rapid growth due to low barriers in brand development and viral network opportunities.
We particularly like 'left-field' companies that are radically changing how a traditional industry operates.
Naturally, our objective is to deliver a high yield on our investments. Since we look to invest in post-seed companies, we monitor the surrounding market to see synergies that others may miss. Such synergies may lead to cross market acquisitions or management buyouts.
Our preferred route is to hold our investment through to an IPO and beyond. We expect that the companies we invest in will be acquired or publicly list within 2 to 3 years.