Origin of The Full Ratchet
My name is Nick Moran and I launched the first Venture Capital podcast, The Full Ratchet, in May of 2014. I started angel investing in 2013 and found the startup fundraising/investing process to be confusing and opaque. The industry was a black-box with little transparency. 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 required 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 the founder and General Partner of New Stack Ventures. He has held positions in Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy and Product Management.
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.
Prior to New Stack, Nick worked for Danaher (NYSE: DHR) in M&A and Product Management. There he developed one of the most successful products in the company’s history — an analytical device for testing compounds in drinking water. In addition to investing, Nick founded the 1st Venture Capital podcast, The Full Ratchet.
Our Investment Thesis
At New Stack, we invest in the exceptions. Our startups often don’t look like what’s commonly funded in Silicon Valley. The standard formula of Stanford educated, Google trained, Bay Area-located is NOT what we’re looking for. We believe in mission-driven founders with an irrational commitment to their cause –regardless of location or circumstance.
New Stack leads rounds at the angel, pre-seed, or seed stage. We typically invest between $500k and $1.5M into startups that are pre-revenue, in pilots/PoCs, or early Commercialization.
Themes that we look for include:
- TRACTABLE: Tools that give non-experts, expert capabilities
- UGV: Platforms that empower users to generate value
- ACCESS TO IDLE SUPPLY: Activating idle capacity
- TROJAN HORSE: Targeted beachhead provides access to broader opportunity
- NETWORK EFFECTS: Value increases as users increase
- BD INNOVATION: Customer acquisition strategy is as novel as the product
- COMPETING W/ NON-CONSUMPTION: Turning non-consumers into consumers
- MOUNTING LOSS: As individual usage increases, switching costs increase
If you are a founder, looking for funding, you can submit your deck by emailing us: team at newstack dot vc
If you are an investor and would like to input, send Nick an email at nick at fullratchet dot net. Nick has worked with over 50 investors and investor groups on their:
- Evaluation process
- Standard Deal Docs
- Creating a Syndicate
- Dealflow Strategy
- VC Fundraise Strategy
- Building an Investor Brand
- Launching a Blog or Podcast
- 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
- Elizabeth Kraus interviews Nick on Fund81 Episode #3: The Generalist vs the Specialist VC with Nick Moran
- Nick is interviewed on FactFruit about what Venture Capital is and how it works: Part 1 (interview starts at 5:18 after news segment), Part 2 (interview resumes at 4:09)
- 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