European companies that successfully launch in the US experience a step change in value and one of our investment strategies at DFJ Esprit is to be part of that process. We provide capital to finance the expansion and our networks and experience of how to do it right increase the chances of success.
These thoughts are in my mind right now because I’m sitting on a plane to New York for a three day trip during which my diary is entirely filled with meetings related to a number of our portfolio companies (barring one dinner with a venture partner at our sister fund DFJ Gotham). I think this is the first time I’ve been on a trip that is so dominated by our portfolio. It’s only a short trip, but I take that as a sign we have an increasing number of companies doing interesting things in the US.
We put a lot of work into being able to identify and help companies that can successfully launch into the US, including joining the DFJ Network back in 2007, and its pleasing to see we are executing well on this part of our investment strategy.