New Age Funding Mystery Solved

Nin Desai, CEO, NIN Ventures LLC

NIN.VC is a unique and first of its kind Crowdfunded venture capital fund that offers membership interests pursuant to Rule 506(c) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund is available to accredited investors who can invest in our fund with a minimum amount of $100,000 using multiple investment options like 401k, Defined benefit plan, or digital currencies (E.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, & Dogecoin).

NIN.VC invests $ 1 -5 million in Series A & B rounds of disruptive technology companies in the 3D printing, the 4th industrial revolution, cloud computing, virtual reality, financial services, education software, etc.and other disruptive technology companies within the United States.

At NIN.VC it all begins with an entrepreneur. We invest in an entrepreneur because entrepreneurs build companies and not the other way round. Being an entrepreneur is the hardest job in the world and entrepreneurs face varied challenges when it comes to taking their disruptive technologies to market. The few attributes that we look for in an entrepreneur is the ability to dream big, experience and expertise in their industry, ability to communicate with the team and outside, flexibility to adapt to a fast changing environment, and certain personality traits like being focused, dedicated, disciplined, and working hard to accomplish their goals.

We follow a strict due-diligence process at NIN.VC before making an investment and it all starts with a disruptive technology. A disruptive technology is an innovation that changes an existing industry and also helps create a new market and value network, displacing an earlier technology or a way of doing business.E.g. 3D Printing. There are about 123,851 people currently on the organ recipient list in United States, that lists grows at an average of 12 percent annually. On the other hand organ donor increases about 1-2 percent and 21 people die every day because they cannot find a right organ. What if 3D Printing tissues can help save some of those lives?

Every sector at some point is up for disruption. Another sector where we see disruption is the media industry. The trillion dollar worldwide advertising market can be broken into two main categories: marketing and media, media which dominates the marketing-services disciplines and willcontinue grow digitally as the consumer behavioral pattern changes.

The Internet has changed the way consumers absorb information, as people spend more time on their personal devices, whether it’s their phone, tablet, or PC reading news, watching TV or browsing apps. People now spend an average of three hours daily on their personal devices, and this is the first time, time spent on mobile devices have surpassed time spent even watching TV. Also, about 58 percent of American households have tablets, which is the preferred choice of reading / watching on demand content, even non-branded (or apps). This trend of viewing personalized content will further fuel digital advertising that will eventually surpass television advertising, making programmatic advertising the dominant player especially with mobile devices. The rise of new industries like virtual reality will also help boost digital advertising especially when it comes to video games (or education technology).

Now add an amazing team, solid revenue model, good understanding of the competitive landscape, and an execution strategy to this disruptive technology and you have a great business plan. Given we are Crowdfunded, I often get asked, when should an Entrepreneur approach Crowdfunding as a funding option? Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.If you are an entrepreneur looking for funding (seed / angle) to take your idea / product to market, Crowdfunding is a great option – reward or equity. It acts as a proof of concept for an entrepreneur before they spend their valuable time or approach a VC. On the other extreme, if you are an experienced or serial entrepreneur looking for capital, Crowdfunding again is a good alternative as long as they can avoid a messy capital table.

However, if you need someone to add value to your business, NIN.VC and Venture Capital is the way to go. If you take the top few billion dollar startups and average the age of those entrepreneurs at the founding, its less than 30 years when they embarked on the journey of changing their industries. At that stage, an entrepreneur needs lot more than just financing, for example, domain expertise, PR & marketing, recruiting, an exit strategy, and NIN.VC or VC’s in general are able to provide them all that with the help of our network of partners; which may not be the case with Crowdfunding.