This article by MOI Global instructor Scott Miller is excerpted from a letter of Greenhaven Road Partners Fund.
In the last two letters, I discussed the likelihood that we would seed an investment manager. There are many forms of seed investing. The core of most seed relationships is a sizable limited partner (LP) investment into a fund in exchange for a portion of the economics of the overall fund. To put it another way, in addition to whatever returns one would earn as an LP, a seed investor will also get a portion of the profits that the manager earns from management and incentive fees of the entire fund. If a fund is seeded at launch, there may be no other limited partners yet, in which case owning a portion of the overall fund would have no impact on returns. However, if the fund attracts other investors, the revenue share contributions can become quite substantial.
In the movie “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character is in the process of graduating from college and trying to find his way in the world. In one scene, one of his father’s successful friends tries to give him advice and boils the key to financial success down to “one word – plastics.” We all know that life is not that simple, but if I only wanted my daughters to be as wealthy as possible, my one word for them would be “GP” (General Partner). If structured properly, owning a small piece of a general partnership can be very asymmetric, with the rewards substantially outweighing the risks.
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About The Author: Scott Miller
Scott Miller is the Founder of Greenhaven Road Capital, a boutique investment partnership that seeks out off the beaten path investments, modeled after the early Buffett partnerships. The firm is built on the belief that a focused investment manager can outperform an index by limiting fund capacity and by concentrating exposure on a few great ideas over a long time horizon. Experience as an owner-operator of businesses influence Greenhaven’s approach towards partially-owning companies rather than merely picking stocks. Prior to founding Greenhaven Road, Scott co-founded Acelero Learning, serving in a variety of roles over a decade from CFO to CTO, to Chief Strategy Officer to his current role of Board Member. Acelero Learning has grown from three people in an office “cube” in New York City to 1,100 employees serving 5,000 children across four states. Additionally, Scott managed a manufacturing business, with responsibility for hiring, firing, planning inventory, negotiating with suppliers and acquiring customers at a reasonable cost. Scott holds an MBA and a Masters in Education from Stanford University.
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