As a privately financed venture capital investor with flexible long-term capital, we are looking for exceptional founders who are committed to building category leaders over 5-10+ years.
We invest in early-stage technology ventures with a focus on Real Estate, Finance & Insurance, Human Resources, Renewable Energy, Mobility, E-Commerce and Health. Picus predominantly makes initial investments in Pre-Seed, Seed and Series A ventures.
We follow a very long-term investment approach investing significant amounts throughout the lifecycle of a company. Our culture combines the discipline of a financial investor with the creativity and pragmatism of an entrepreneur. We have invested in over 140 companies to date.
Our Investment Approach
We are the lifelong sparring partner for entrepreneurs from the early days onwards – no matter whether the path is already clear or to be defined: From discussing new markets, opportunities & trends to sharing feedback & insights and finetune existing concepts. We create a unique environment for an iterative sparring process and offer value-adding support structures throughout various dimensions.
Seed & Series A Investing
Seed & Series A investing to us means to partner with exceptional founding teams who pursue daring technology business models in massive markets. Our value proposition goes far beyond pure capital commitments. By becoming one of the closest partners of our portfolio companies and by leveraging our industry and functional expertise, network access and HR support, we help to bring ventures to the next level and create a foundation for accelerated growth with the ambition to build international category leaders.
Empowering entrepreneurs to reimagine the way we live and work.
Picus works together with daring technology companies that are challenging the status quo and shaping tomorrow.
Our unique, privately-financed structure allows us to not only think like an entrepreneur but also invest like one: long-term and without any restrictions – from day one to IPO and beyond. We are not constrained by fund lifecycles, exit horizons or investment areas but are rather able to invest in any founder team, idea, and geography that excites us. It's all about the founders and the fundamental business opportunity. Therefore, we have very aligned incentives with, and the mindset of a founder, which is why we are able to engage with entrepreneurs as early as before the foundation of their companies without any constraints.
We are convinced that the most successful ventures are the ones that are able to hire and retain the best talent. To build a global category leader it's not enough to have rockstar founders and a stellar C-Level, but it requires finding, attracting, hiring and retaining AAA talents throughout the entire organization. Therefore, Picus runs its own HR department with extensive experience in bringing on board world-class management talent across different functions and management seniorities. Our entire firm - from interns to partners – supports portfolio companies with active recruiting and with valuable insights in how to set up scalable recruiting structures which also deliver results.
All of our team members have a distinctive industry competence or functional focus. We work closely together with portfolio companies to develop large and successful market leaders by leveraging our expertise and providing strategic advice. We consolidate and share best-in-class knowledge from other cutting-edge technology and facilitate global connectivity between our partner & expert networks and our founders.
Our global presence with investments across the world and offices on three different continents makes us a perfect partner for your international aspirations. We observe and learn from global technology trends occurring in different geographies at different points in time and deliver valuable insights to our portfolio companies. Having set up offices on multiple continents, we can guide you through the most efficient process, from filing required applications to hiring key members in a new geography. With our global and local networks, we can also connect you to first potential customers, partners and the local venture & investor ecosystem.
Our early-stage investment philosophy allows us to work closely with the best and most relevant investors in the world to lead investments in your later, larger financing rounds. While we keep on investing, we introduce our portfolio companies to a broad network of well suited investors throughout all company stages and across geographies. We are convinced that building the best companies requires the best investors, which is why Picus is proud to have built close relationships with the majority of the global top-tier investors – from venture capitalists, family offices, private equity firms to institutional players for both equity and debt.
We make customer introductions that matter! Our strong network of businesses and business leaders across a broad range of industries and geographies allows us to do so. We leverage our trusted relationships to establish valuable connections between our portfolio companies and startups, SMEs, and large corporations. The connections may be relevant to win (first) customers, to expand & scale existing client accounts, or to form strategic partnerships. By providing access to our thriving and diverse network we deliver immediate impact to our portfolio firms.
Our global team has tremendous experience in planning, structuring and executing IPOs with more than 10 IPOs and 2 direct listings successfully supported over the past decade. We support our portfolio companies in evaluating the appropriate timing, structure and advisor / bookrunner selection ahead of a potential IPO – including but not limited to primary vs. secondary capital structure considerations, valuation and pricing expectations, listing venues and the advisor RFP process. The Picus team will also help portfolio companies with their post-IPO readiness, incorporating reporting standards & investor relation functions, building a public company board structure and managing expectations of a public shareholder base.
We are driven by the quest for ten billion people living sustainably on our planet. Therefore, all our investments need to have a positive impact on society as such - whether it's about making HR management for SMEs more efficient to allow them to spend less time with burdensome HR processes and more time with their customers (Personio), about providing the African population with affordable healthcare insurance leveraging technology (Reliance HMO), or about bringing renewable energy solutions to the mass market in a cost-efficient structure (Enpal).
We care about the well-being of our colleagues beyond work
We identify ourselves with the work, achievements, and setbacks of the entire firm
We go the extra mile for our colleagues even if we are not responsible for their work stream
We are loyal to our colleagues and treat them with respect even in situations of disagreement
We seek what is in the best interest of Picus rather than what is in the best interest of ourselves
Loyalty is a two-way street – we earn it by giving it
We are entrepreneurs that approach any task like we are working on our own venture
We see the bigger picture and our contribution to the overall mission
We are fully responsible for accomplishing our tasks and obtaining the required resources
We are passionate about the ideas we are working on and the technological trends of tomorrow
We are not just ticking boxes but instead challenging instructions to find the best final outcome
We fight for our ideas and find solutions to obstacles
We ensure a sustainable work environment for ourselves by establishing work habits that work for us and the firm
We achieve the best outcome possible in terms of efficiency and quality
We set high and ambitious expectations for our work and the work of others
We appreciate the fact that great companies are built when they are able to go the extra mile
There is no such thing as “face-time“
We grow by dealing with ambiguity
We take calculated risks knowing that the biggest risk is stagnation
We move fast and iterate rather than waiting for the perfect solution
We focus on outcomes not inputs
We break down the larger vision into manageable steps
We don’t dwell on issues but strive for solutions
We don’t have to know it all but need to find the right resources to accomplish our goals
We act with courage and persistency
We look for paths to grow and work on improving every day
We take on challenges as an opportunity to learn
We coach others and learn from them
We value talent over experience
We can make mistakes but we can‘t make them twice
We have a hunger to become an expert in our field
We make sure learnings and best practices are applied throughout the team
Every day is day 1 for something new and we are responsible for its growth
We follow through on our internal and external commitments
We acknowledge that long-term success is built on trusting and reliable relationships
We conduct thorough analyses and research rather than jumping to conclusions
We improve upon existing processes to ensure an efficient working style
Even in stressful and emotional situations we behave professionally and respectfully
We do not talk about our success, but let our work speak for itself
We behave and communicate honestly and non-politically
We question decisions and behavior that are inconsistent with our values
We flag problems and mistakes openly and immediately to get them resolved together
We give direct but constructive feedback to all of our colleagues
We are in it for the long run
We do not sacrifice long-term impact for short-term gains
We identify ourselves with Picus’ values and vision
We focus on sustainable investment opportunities and business models
We think big and beyond the obvious
We constantly challenge the status quo and our current thinking
We think beyond what we are currently doing
We take an innovative approach to our work
We have an obligation to dissent if we are in doubt
We don’t blindly follow group think
The best argument always wins independent of our position in the firm
We have our own opinion but constantly reassess it based on other arguments and new information
We never hold back arguments and insights because of our position in the firm
We engage in discussions which are outside of our direct responsibility to help others come to the best results
We don’t sacrifice longer term relationships over short term gains
We don’t compete with our colleagues, but instead work together to achieve the best outcomes