We're an investment company headquartered in a cool corner of
Helsinki, Finland, where it's hard to find a parking spot. We're incorporated in Luxembourg, Switzerland,
Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda and in the Cayman Islands with business networks in North America,
Asia and throughout Europe. Founded in 2003, Tristan Ventures has a valuable network of
relationships - relationships that allow us to source deals effectively and relationships
that benefit our portfolio companies. Our network is strong. Our client list is a diverse mix of
great companies and people. Our contrarian philosophy, global reach, and deep investment
and operational expertise set our company apart from other firms.
When we aren't playing foosball we're
busy evaluating investments based on in-depth strategic and financial
analysis, emphasizing industry fundamentals, competitive position and management
capability. We shield ourselves from distractions. We do not take sabbaticals.
There are no four-day weeks. Meetings start on time. We dislike filing cabinets.
We take our work seriously, and carefully choose the words to describe it. Terms like “deal”
or “exit” are forbidden. And while we’re sometimes called investors, that is not our frame
of mind. We don’t tout the amount of money that’s been placed in our trust (you will not
find it on this website).
We value teamwork over showmanship. There are no names of individuals on our front door or
on the top of our website. We are skittish about the use of the first person singular or
claims of individual bravado because they are not conducive to great teamwork. The team is
small. Our entire team shares one space - it's open, and it's compact.
Tristan Ventures' approach to investing helps us recognize value - or the
potential for value - where others cannot see it. This contrarian philosophy has delivered
consistent and outstanding performance, because we dedicate the right mix of
capital, time, and management and operational expertise to make
successful investment out of challenging situations.
We also believe that factoring in the downside of an investment is equally as important as
the upside potential in order to preserve capital and maximize value. This recipe has
helped us weather various global economic cycles.
Some Fun Facts
Each completed project makes us
even more hungry, hungry for more business ventures and
definitely some more Twinkies.
Tristan Ventures' recipe
has been formed with our own ingredients and flavored by thousands of
experiences. Our style is not for everyone. It is different. We push when
we see potential. We are direct. Most people, who know us well, like the recipe.
A few don’t – but we don’t pretend to be for everyone. Poseurs, ingénues and
get-rich-quick artists need not apply.
We try to change with the times without getting swept away by
hype. We share the sense of confidence and apprehension felt by every successful entrepreneur.
But we prefer not to dwell on the past, because life is about the future, and there are too
many examples of what happens to organizations that rest on their laurels. Having been
buffeted by the vicissitudes of life for years, we know the importance of fortitude and
resilience, especially in dark times. We always assume that anything is possible, while
simultaneously imagining that others want to put us out of business.
We also try to stay young at heart and very hungry. And we are always mindful of lessons learned -
some painfully - that are eternal truths. Here is a sample:
Few people are courageous enough to have conviction.
Outperformance comes from doing a few things better than others.
High margins cushion mistakes.
Believe actions, not words.
Listening beats talking.
Capital intensity usually produces nightmares.
Massive success comes from patience. We own shares we bought two decades ago.
Never sell shares before IPOs, at IPOs, or immediately after IPOs.
Teams, and gradual improvement of teams, are the secret to long-term success.
Nothing lasts forever.
Our Singular Focus
We're passionate about our work and intensely focused
on performing at the highest levels. To get there, we strive to out-think and
out-work competitors and find the best balance of risk and return across all
investment styles. Our investments span a wide range of industries and continents
in businesses large and small. We think long-term, pursue the highest standards
of excellence, and align our interests with those of all our investment partners
by putting our own capital behind our ideas.
The NSA already takes care of our social media profiles,
for everyone else who wants to get connected with us, do not hesitate, we
are waiting for you!
Tristan Ventures has a dedicated team of professionals and advisors
with extensive investing and operating experience across a broad variety of
industries and geographies who share a few common attributes:
Intuitive problem solvers, grounded by a fact-based approach but oriented towards stretch goals.
Deep roots in private equity, diversified capabilities, and an impressive track record.
Creative professionals able to adapt a foundational set of skills to unique situations.
Individuals who derive energy from driving and motivating change and have a transformative
mindset – in everything they do.
Hungry overachievers with a deep-rooted need to win.
Tristan Ventures has been
actively involved with philanthropic organizations since our founding. We have a longstanding
commitment to giving back. We dedicate time and energy to philanthropy that we believe can positively
impact society. Tristan Ventures supports philanthropy and provides charitable aid and donations through
the Tristan Foundation (TristanFoundation.org), which will launch in the near future. Working for this
great charity brings intense meaning to what we do. It gives us a heightened sense of responsibility.