Brown Venture Associates, BVA, was founded by Jerry Brown, a former operating executive/officer at both Texas Instruments and IBM. Jerry’s concept was to combine C-level recruiting with the capability to invest in the client company. If we perform well, BVA might be allowed to invest, becoming a partner in the ongoing growth and success of our clients. Modeled like venture funds, we use industry advisers to expand our reach, provide domain expertise, and give us the credibility to find and land the very best candidates.
So how has this worked out? Over the years, Brown Venture Associates has invested in over 50 companies with 20+ liquidity events.
In addition, we manage an incubator (BVA Incubator). This greatly expands our network as we do due diligence, staff these companies, and help get them funded. To our knowledge this model is unique in our industry. Recent examples include Cabulous and Element Energy which were funded in 2012: Jerry placed both CEO’s, and BVA is an investor in both companies.
BVA has completed over 200 searches in the past twenty years. With corporate general management experience, diverse backgrounds, huge networks of contacts, and advisers’ expertise, we can manage the complexity inherent in the more difficult searches. Some describe these searches as complex, lots of moving parts, tricky, and challenging. This is our specialty.
What do these searches have in common? The common denominator is they tend to be leading edge technology, often hard to explain, and they are very time consuming searches. Our combination of operating and investing experience has proven to be a significant advantage.
Why do we focus on these searches? We do it for the opportunity to invest in our clients, to help them grow and maintain long term relationships. Over the years our investments have yielded multiples of our consulting fees. We are uniquely aligned with our clients’ interests.
This is why we do what we do so well!