We seek ideas that tackle the world’s greatest challenges and think on a grand scale. We ask what is possible now that was not possible five years ago, given breakthroughs in technology. We seek to identify the biggest gaps between this ideal state and reality. Of these gaps, we assess which will meaningfully improve how an industry works and target those where we are confident there’s an entrepreneurial path to success. 8VC is willing and motivated to tackle problem spaces with higher barriers to entry, like govtech or healthcare, to yield results as these are often bigger and more important gaps to fix.
We are rigorous in challenging assumptions, always seeking to look at a problem from first principles. That said, there is a tension between visionary and intuition-driven and evidence-based approaches. As Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t really know what they want until you show it to them.” Great entrepreneurs embrace the best aspects of both, and we are willing to take leaps of faith when our common sense and experience suggest something is right before the data has made it obvious.
We search for uniquely equipped individuals (“artists”) at the top of their discipline, trading the magnitude of their talent spikes for the breadth of generalist capabilities. With eyes wide open, these artists can be matched with teams with complementary skill sets, creating colonies of strength. This approach generates a dialectic organization, naturally cultivating highly diverse teams with a myriad of perspectives. By applying high rigor to the identification of these artists and composition of teams, 8VC Build ensures that the starting fabric of our companies is resilient, creative, and set up for success.
We identify individuals that marry rigorous thought, curiosity, and meticulous attention to the things that matter with a strong moral compass. Great Builders are constantly learning, growing, and seeking self-improvement hand-in-hand with their businesses. Starting with a purpose greater than oneself ensures that our companies intrinsically focus on the outcomes and values that matter, with leadership that can weather obstacles and navigate challenges along the way.