Mark Hatch Talks About NSV’s Investment Strategy

Mark Hatch sat down to share why he thinks that Network Society Ventures’ investment strategy is unique and compelling, and why that drove him to join the firm.  The transcript of that session is below (emphasis ours).
My current mission is to attract capital, cognitive and financial, to the Maker Movement into the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that I have seen just evolve over the last 5 years or so.
And I’m really exited about Network Society Ventures on a bunch of different levels. One is…we are focused on Exponential Technologies. So these are technologies that we know have exponential curves associated with them: for functionality, for price, for access, in different, actually sometimes very different domains. But there are at least six of these that are very important.
On top of that we are not just looking in those particular segments. We are also saying: “What are the Network Effects? How is The Network Society that these technologies are being introduced into, going to help create competitive advantage for these particular companies?” You combine these two things, and you now have an unique investment hypothesis that…I’m not aware of anybody else that is actually focus on it. I’ve been told there may be two or three others, but what I’m pretty confident of…none of them are doing specifically the early stage piece, that we’re interested in doing.
Whether we are putting in $100,000 bets, $500,000 bets, we want to quantitatively create a pipeline of hundreds of startups where we’re doing very early stage investing. And the reason I think this is important is that at the moment the window of opportunity for hardware startups is the widest is ever been in human history. And we are going to see a plethora of amazing startups happen.
Rather than trying to identify the 10 or the 15 or the 20 biggest winners, I think the right play right now is to take a lot of small bets on people doing very interesting things. Through the lens of is it an exponential technology, and is it going to be impacted through a network effect of some kind. Those three basic components…I think they’re going to create a phenomenal competitive advantage for Network Society Ventures, as well as creating amazing opportunities for our investors.
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