When people ask me why Flyover and why now, it’s a simple answer – we want to play a part in solving one of the most talked about challenges that tech entrepreneurs face in the region: early stage funding. Ultimately, it is time to fill the void and enable founders and teams to build the next generation of successful tech companies across the region.
Mike, Tom, Keith, Marty – my partners in Flyover Capital – and I have known each other for years. We have all walked in similar shoes as many of the founders we talk to that have put blood, sweat, and time into building and launching products and services. We’ve had our fair share of winners and losers and understand what it takes to start, build, grow and exit successful technology companies.
So when we sat down together, we believed we could bring together the right team with the right mix of operating and investment experience – and frankly, the scar tissue from in our past – and could create a venture investment firm with the potential to leave a long lasting impact. We knew if we could address the funding gap in the seed and early stage space and do it in a way that was helpful to all entrepreneurs, whether we invest in them or not, we’d be onto something.
Fast forward to today and we’ve already made three investments – Opendorse, Innara Health and Bulu Box – and working through our pipeline daily. We’re still at the beginning stages of the journey. However, what excites the partners and me is the ability to provide capital to promising founder-driven companies at a time when they most need it then being able to work hand-in-hand with those teams to build great companies.
“Hand-in-hand” isn’t just a phone call, but frequent dialogue and rolling up our sleeves to help our founders get from point A to B. Ranging from strategic positioning to talent acquisition to customer growth and partnerships, we’re a combination of sounding board, guidance counselor and, when needed, a provider of straight-talk.
At the end of the day, we want Flyover Capital to play a role in creating the next generation of tech success stories in the region and, in turn, provide a scalable, disciplined way for investors to participate in the rapid growth of technology companies in ‘flyover country.’