Francisco Partners. Lvov S. Nagornov A. Parkhomenko A. Why FP? Why separate fund?. Investment – they really try to avoid loosers
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Targeted on ICT companies, which have more predictable returns and future than typical a VC fund, investing in ICT start-ups. So the whole idea of FP is to find good companies in ICT, which have a good predictable market position. This is a crucial difference with the VC funds, where selection of ICT companies is quite random, because no one can predict whether a company will succeed of fail
Expertise – Are they capable of picking up winners?
All the founding partners of the firm have a broad experience in technology investing activities as well as in specifics of technology business. These skills and knowledge of the partners will ensure that Francisco Partners enters the market in the right time, invests in profitable portfolio companies, harvests high returns on the investments, and exits in the right time, making sure that both investors and the firm itself benefit the most.
Might be a credible signal to investors and market that fund is not oversubscribed and attracts money in accordance with deal flow, not flow of investors’ money, which can be subject to herding. FP cannot be a large fund, limited by the availability of deals; most of the companies FP is going to invest are quite small and not market leaders. That insures FP does not need a lot of capital (more $5 billion a year).