Origin of The Full Ratchet
I’m Nick Moran and I created The Full Ratchet in early 2014. I started angel investing in 2013 and found the startup fundraising/investing process to be confusing, at best. The industry was a black-box with land mines everywhere. Yet, I observed that venture drives significant value across both public and private markets. And the most inspiring, thought-provoking people that I had interacted with were startup entrepreneurs.
After a year of coffee chats with VCs and Angels, it became clear that I could learn the most from conversations with the experts. And why not record the conversations to help others in a similar situation? A few months later The Full Ratchet was created; where I interview the investor experts on everything from “What is an Angel?” to “What ratios and monthly recurring revenue levels are expected for a Series A SaaS investment?” Thanks for visiting and shoot me a note if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions! nick at fullratchet dot net.
Nick is a co-founder and Managing Director of New Stack Ventures. He has held positions in Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy and Product Management. Nick has experience across a range of verticals, including Industrial Automation, Robotics, Aerospace and Defense, Renewable Energy and Water Analytics.
He holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Operations Management and Business Process Management from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
His path to venture began while working in M&A. He spent time employing a private equity-centric approach toward large-asset acquisition. This function, with aggressive bottom-line tactics, was not the ideal fit. Rather, Nick enjoyed the “Open Innovation” side of M&A, where early-stage technologies were cultivated and growth was the focus.
This led Nick to take a new role leading breakthrough product management. With funding and an R&D team of chemists and engineers, they set out to re-invent the water analytics workflow. Over the next three years, from ideation through launch, they developed a new system for drinking water testing. This hardware device + consumable + software solution (razor/razorblade+SaaS) automates the measurement of compounds in water. It went on to become one of the most successful products in the company’s history.
Since this experience, Nick has focused on investing in entrepreneurs tackling similar problems.
Our Investment Thesis
At New Stack, we invest in remarkable founders, creating markets at the intersection of Hardware and Software.
- TRACTABLE: Tools that give non-experts, expert capabilities
- DEMOCRATIZATION: Platforms that enable users to build & drive value
- ACCESS TO IDLE SUPPLY: Providing access to existing, inaccessible supply
- CUSTOMER EXPANSION: Increased usage can be increasingly monetized
- NETWORK EFFECTS: Product value & exit barriers increase as users increase
If you are a startup founder, looking for funding, click here.
More from Nick
Nick is interviewed on his thesis and investment philosophy on Bootstrapping in America:
Nick is interviewed by Matt Ward on The Syndicate Podcast: Why IoT is #1 and the Midwest is the best place for Startups
Nick is interviewed by Colin Keeley on Tech In Chicago: What a Startup Looks Like & Deal Sourcing with a Podcast
Nick delivers the Keynote at Startup Conference, SandboxLIVE: Demystifying VC & Building Startup Ecosystems
Nick is interviewed on the Angel Investing Podcast about Angels, Groups, Syndicates, and Funds: The Pros and Cons of Angel Syndicates
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