IMS Ventures was originally founded in 1995 to assist forward-looking companies in solving complex internet technology problems. Our near-term goal for helping our portfolio companies is to focus on the key elements for success: product development and marketing. We believe that IMS Ventures fills a void in the venture capital environment by taking an active part in the success of our portfolio companies.
As a venture capital investor, IMS Ventures selects which businesses present innovative and feasible plans. Our investment criteria are fairly simple. We invest $250,000 to $500,000 (more in subsequent rounds), plus our time and expertise, in return for 5% to 20% equity (in the form of preferred stock) in portfolio companies that have:
▣ At least two full-time executives that have put some of their own money into the company
▣ A product or service that can be demonstrated (alpha or beta) and marketed in 6 to 12 months
▣ And a business model that can reasonably demonstrate profitability in 2 to 4 years.
IMS Ventures invests in no more than eight companies each year. In this way, we can devote the time and attention that each company requires of us. IMS Ventures will invest in many different industry segments, but we prefer businesses with a tangible product or service that can differentiate them and provide an ongoing competitive advantage. We generally do not invest in internet content companies.
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