Hipster–Hustler–Hacker . . . VC Style

I’ve spent time with lots of emerging venture capital fund managers recently. These managers are like the founders they invest in. Many of the same qualities required for a start-up’s success are needed for a fund to succeed. Today I met a fund’s founding team that had an interesting dynamic. They reminded of me of the hipster–hacker–hustler concept for creating an ideal team:

  • Hipster – The hipster focuses on the product being desirable to customers. They think about things like user experience and product design. They tend to be in tune with what’s trendy and cool. They have a unique customer-driven perspective.
  • Hacker – The hacker is a builder. Building new stuff excites them, and they can focus intensely on it. They’re driven by data and logic. They see the world as black and white and may not have much charisma.
  • Hustler – The hustler makes sure things get done. They relate well with people and are persuasive. They can hold people accountable to results, sell to customers, and rally people behind their vision.

The team I met today had all three: a hipster, a hacker, and a hustler. The complementary nature of this team shows. They’ve built a fund with a unique perspective and way of doing things in a relatively short time. I think this team will do well in the long term, and I’m excited to follow their journey and the journeys of the founders they support.