We identify high growth (sometimes potentially disruptive) categories, and partner with exceptional founders and management teams who can become leaders in their space as early as possible and as long as possible. We are constantly striving to enhance our reputation as focused, deep research-driven, and fair/loyal long-term supporters of our portfolio’s management teams.
(a) Sector: We focus on investing in the AI/data and mobile sectors, which are generally less capital-intensive. We don’t invest in cleantech or bio/drug development companies (though also very important sectors), but do invest in the digital health space.
(b) Stage: Our investment sweet spot lies in early growth companies with $1 million to $5 million revenue run-rate. However, we are flexible and would consider both early and growth stages as well.
(c) Geography: We primarily invest in Silicon Valley-based companies. We will consider other companies on the East Coast, other areas on the West Coast, the Chicago area, and some companies in China (but our standards are usually higher).
At Eastlink we have an investment history in the AI/data and mobile sectors. Our team’s deep, domain knowledge and track record has extensive expertise and experience in:
We are looking for founders and management teams who share the following values with us:
Eastlink invests in teams that strive to be category leaders. We look for strong founders that are driven by their passion and desire to solve a big problem or “change the world”. When meeting with founders for the first time, we usually begin our discussions with the following questions:
Do you have a proprietary technology?
Having a patentable technology gives you a distinct advantage over your competition.
Are there technology barriers to enter your market?
Being 1 to 2 years ahead of the competition increases your chances of success.
Are you solving a big problem?
Companies that solve fundamental, critical problems.
Is your team focused?
Focus is everything when it comes to execution.
Are you passionate about what you are doing?
Commitment, dedication and a winner’s attitude are essential to success.
You and your team must have the necessary and technical skills to scale a business and understand your competition.
Are you a team player?
Teamwork is everything.
We add value to our portfolio companies through our domain knowledge, expertise in China, extensive network, and active involvement. This includes: