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Is there a resource or site for reaching family investment firms interested in IP investments?

Diane Bernard Chief Digital Marketing & Growth Officer For Hire, CEO, Virtual CMO for Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Consumer

April 3rd, 2016

I was talking with a new start-up today who was looking for investors who are interested in doing IP investments. This company has over 62 patents, so hence their interest. One of them was the inventor of QR codes. So its a little bit of a big deal.

Bruce Jackson M&A; private placements; builder of management and financial infrastructures for young companies

April 4th, 2016

I have been involved with a couple of similar situations in the past so let me share what those clients learned. In and of itself, IP has no value. Its value emerges when a good team uses the IP in an attractive market (good margins, strong growth, etc.) to build a business. So investing in a portfolio of IP is tough; hence, many, perhaps most, investors tend to shy away from this type of deal, and this would include family offices.

Chicke Fitzgerald

April 4th, 2016

Diane - I don't know of any resource for this but would certainly be interested in what you find on this.  What area are their patents focused on?

Karl Schulmeisters Founder ExStreamVR

April 4th, 2016

This is the Angel community.  Typically Angels are HyperLocal so that they can stay on top of their investments.  I would reach out to local startup orgs to get hooked up.  Because Angels come in and out of the market since they tend not to have the depth of fund assets that VCs do, any such resource would be "out of date" fairly quickly

Mark Spolyar Managing Partner at Almanac IP Advisors LLP

April 4th, 2016

Hi Diane,  

Despite the current state of the IP markets in the U.S., there are a number of patent-intensive investment firms out there.  Some specialize in debt financing backed by the company's IP. (This can be pretty expensive money).  Others are more focused on partnering with the company and monetizing the patents--either through sale or licensing.  I'd be happy to spend a few minutes to discuss this with you.  Ping me if you are interested.  

John Currie ITERATE Ventures - Accelerating Science & Technology Ventures www.iterateventures.com

April 7th, 2016

Diane,  IP by itself is (usually) pretty far away from "cash".  I believe that the ability to build a business is what most investors look for.  The value of a patent is so subjective .... it really lies in the hands of those who know how to execute and extract its value.  Extracting its value usually has nothing to do with the IP.  Sorry to be a naysayer re: IP - just don't want to see you spend a lot of time on a wild goosechase.

Chicke Fitzgerald

April 7th, 2016

I have a slightly different angle Diane.  I am a "builder" of businesses. Given the right IP and a team with technical talent, I'm willing to look at what they have and see if it is worth the effort.  If I believe in it and it fits with my sweet spot, I'll help with the business plans and bring together the acting leadership team to get it off the ground. 

Chris Gorges Managing Director, Infinia Group // Founder, Biddlist

April 7th, 2016

This seems like a great question for askwonder.com if you have $30 to spend on the research.

Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

April 18th, 2016

I'm trying to get something going in Hong Kong.  The problem is that family offices in this part of the world will absolutely never tell you what they are looking for, or even who they are.  Inevitably, you are working through some gatekeeper, who will not tell you wait the family office wants because they often don't know.

What I'm doing is to just put together a pitch book with as much one page investments as I can find, and then send them to the gatekeepers.

One thing about family offices is that they generally do not want to do any work.  What they will expect from a pitch, is for you to explain to them how you propose to make money from an IP portfolio.