Pale Blue Dot: Tips & Tricks to Raise your 1st Climate Fund with Hampus Jakobsson

This is an EPIC conversation between two European Climate Tech fund managers. Hampus shares a TON of insights and opinionated views. You don’t want to miss out!

I thought it’d be a crime reducing the episode to 30min... So I kept all 58min of insights, covering:
- Fundraising for a fund vs fundraising for a startup
- How to do fundraising the right way
- Why smaller funds are better than large ones
- How they run investment decisions internally and invest when they fall in love with the founders

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Hampus Jakobsson is a General Partner at Pale Blue Dot, a Swedish seed-stage ClimateTech fund investing in startups that reduce and reverse the effects of climate change.
He was previously at BlueYard Capital, before that an angel with 100+ angel investments. And before that, a serial founder.

- The reasons why fundraising wasn’t actually that painful for them
- The importance of filtering out the wrong LPs up front
- Why emerging Climate fund managers need to specialize today to raise their fund
- How to steal deals from bigger brands generalist funds
- Why fund managers should actually ‘reverse pitch’ entrepreneurs to convince them they are good investors
- How they’ve designed an entire investment process around PASSION, PRIDE and LOVE
- The surprising simplicity of their investment decision process (with a voting scale: Hell Yes, Yes, No, Hell No) and the absence of Investment Committee
- Great founders have some super power and extreme skills to sell to anybody or build anything that makes it hard to say no
- Why Hampus thinks it’s way nicer to raise for a fund than to raise for a startup
- The gold question to help investors commit: ‘What can I do to help you decide?”
- The #1 tip to raise a fund: start small and show a track record as a fund manager
- The reason why emerging fund managers outperform
- Your fund size is your strategy and it’s important not to balloon your fund size
- Pale Blue’s ideal portfolio construction: 30 deals with 10% shareholding
- How Pale Blue opens up their entire DD process to founders via a Notion Page
- Why they originally intended to do a €40m fund and created two scenarios: €40m or €80m funds to test the market
- WHEN and HOW to do a fund announcement in the media
- Never announce when you’re not ready to absorb inbound (investors, media, job seekers, customers)
- Main advice to emerging fund managers: figure out your unique angles (niche, vertical, geography, belief system) and set up a hyper local or hyper verticalized fund
- Why fund managers should NOT be capital allocators and instead people that care about people and businesses

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