Global Venture Capital

Early-stage venture capital provides investors with unique exposure to pioneering innovation and the potential for breakout returns. The Aberdeen Global Venture Capital team has the experience, relationships and perspective to invest in this highly inefficient asset class.

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Experience

Aberdeen has been investing in early-stage venture capital since 1995, committing in excess of $3 billion to 300+ venture capital funds and serving on more than 90 fund advisory boards. The senior investment team has nearly 80 years of combined investment experience within venture capital, providing a well-informed perspective developed over multiple market cycles.

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Access

Early-stage venture capital is a highly inefficient asset class with a wide distribution of performance. Manager selection is critical, and the Global Venture Capital team has a deep network of relationships that helps it source, diligence, and access leading firms. We construct strategically concentrated portfolios comprising highly access-constrained franchise managers and select emerging groups that we believe have the potential to become the leading firms of tomorrow.

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Deep resources

The Global Venture Capital team operates as a specialized boutique with access to the broad resources of a large global investment platform. The ability to leverage ASI’s legal, finance, operational due diligence and dedicated client services capabilities allows the Global Venture Capital team to spend more time finding the best investment opportunities for its investors.

Strategy highlights

  • An early-stage information technology emphasis, which offers the greatest potential for outsized performance, is complemented by select growth-stage and life sciences exposure.
  • Tactical portfolio construction of primary commitments, co-investments, and secondary investments designed to shorten the duration of the funds and optimize returns. All investments are made from the same vehicle with a consistent fee structure, eliminating potential conflicts.
  • Global exposure with up to 30% allocated to innovation hubs outside of Silicon Valley. Innovation is global today, driven by the plummeting cost to start a company, a more prevalent entrepreneurial mindset in Europe, and demographic tailwinds in Asia.

What we offer our clients

primary investors

Primary investments

Primary investments are commitments made to venture capital funds. A portfolio of commingled primary fund investments gives investors access to the expertise of multiple fund managers and a diverse group of underlying companies through a single allocation. Our tenured experience as a primary investor allows our clients to benefit from the following:

  • A rigorous, highly informed and time-tested evaluation process
  • Exposure to access-constrained managers that have historically achieved top-tier returns, as well as best-in-class emerging managers
  • More than two decades of relationship building

If you are a potential investor, fund manager, or intermediary and would like to learn more, please contact us.

secondary investments

Secondary investments

Secondary investments involve the buying and selling of pre-existing investor commitments to venture capital funds. We are well-placed and active in the secondary market, where our deep relationships, strong reputation and network of intermediaries give us a distinct advantage and allow us to offer our clients excellent access to this market.

If you are a potential investor, an intermediary, or secondary seller and would like to learn more, please contact us.

co-investments

Co-investments

Co-investments are direct investments into companies that are made alongside General Partners or independent sponsors. We principally seek opportunities in expansion- and growth-stage companies within the IT sector that have exhibited meaningful growth and strong operating metrics.

We have spent decades developing relationships with General Partners and independent sponsors resulting in a unique sourcing model that allows us to access high-quality direct investment opportunities. We then apply a disciplined process to identify and execute on the most attractive ones.

For our investors, we believe that there are many benefits to co-investing, including the ability to gain exposure to attractive investment opportunities. For sponsors, we seek to build a lasting relationship and be a reliable and efficient co-investment partner.

If you are a potential investor, fund manager, or independent sponsor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

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Strategically managed accounts

The Global Venture Capital team typically makes its investments through its core multi-manager funds. For clients with requirements that are not met by those vehicles, the team will develop tailor-made solutions that provide venture capital exposure while meeting a client’s specific risk and investment criteria.

If you are a potential investor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

  • primary investors

    Primary investments

    Primary investments are commitments made to venture capital funds. A portfolio of commingled primary fund investments gives investors access to the expertise of multiple fund managers and a diverse group of underlying companies through a single allocation. Our tenured experience as a primary investor allows our clients to benefit from the following:

    • A rigorous, highly informed and time-tested evaluation process
    • Exposure to access-constrained managers that have historically achieved top-tier returns, as well as best-in-class emerging managers
    • More than two decades of relationship building

    If you are a potential investor, fund manager, or intermediary and would like to learn more, please contact us.

  • secondary investments

    Secondary investments

    Secondary investments involve the buying and selling of pre-existing investor commitments to venture capital funds. We are well-placed and active in the secondary market, where our deep relationships, strong reputation and network of intermediaries give us a distinct advantage and allow us to offer our clients excellent access to this market.

    If you are a potential investor, an intermediary, or secondary seller and would like to learn more, please contact us.

  • co-investments

    Co-investments

    Co-investments are direct investments into companies that are made alongside General Partners or independent sponsors. We principally seek opportunities in expansion- and growth-stage companies within the IT sector that have exhibited meaningful growth and strong operating metrics.

    We have spent decades developing relationships with General Partners and independent sponsors resulting in a unique sourcing model that allows us to access high-quality direct investment opportunities. We then apply a disciplined process to identify and execute on the most attractive ones.

    For our investors, we believe that there are many benefits to co-investing, including the ability to gain exposure to attractive investment opportunities. For sponsors, we seek to build a lasting relationship and be a reliable and efficient co-investment partner.

    If you are a potential investor, fund manager, or independent sponsor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

  • strategically managed accounts

    Strategically managed accounts

    The Global Venture Capital team typically makes its investments through its core multi-manager funds. For clients with requirements that are not met by those vehicles, the team will develop tailor-made solutions that provide venture capital exposure while meeting a client’s specific risk and investment criteria.

    If you are a potential investor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

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Prospective investors

As one of the world’s leading managers of private markets assets, we can provide our clients access to unlisted investment opportunities worldwide.

We offer investors extensive access to opportunities across all key private markets asset classes. We manage $90.4 billion across private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private credit, real assets and private market solutions. We are truly global in our reach, with more than 400 professionals dedicated to private markets, based in 19 offices around the world.*

All of our activities across private markets are driven by three core beliefs:

  • High-quality research and fundamental investment understanding underpin sustainable outperformance
  • Connected, collaborative teams deliver better private markets investment outcomes by harnessing their collective expertise
  • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing into the investment process is key to being an active and engaged manager of private markets assets

By adhering to these three principles, we look to generate positive, reliable and sustainable outcomes for our clients throughout all market and economic conditions.

If you are a potential investor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

* As of June 30, 2020

current investors

Current investors

fund managers

Fund managers

ASI has been investing in global venture capital for more than two decades. With a core focus on early-stage information technology, ASI has committed to more than 300 funds since 1995. We are an engaged and value-add investor and have served on more than 90 limited partner advisory boards.

If you are interested in speaking with the Global Venture Capital team, please contact us.

intermediaries

Intermediaries

As the private investments landscape has evolved in recent years, independent sponsors have become a more meaningful part of the broader ecosystem. In our effort to identity the best and most innovative global venture capital investment opportunities, we have partnered with independent sponsors on direct investments and secondaries. Our senior team is led by professionals with deep venture capital experience allowing us to bring a unique perspective and distinctive diligence capabilities to independent sponsor-sourced investments.

If you are interested in speaking with the Global Venture Capital team, please contact us.

  • fund managers

    Prospective investors

    As one of the world’s leading managers of private markets assets, we can provide our clients access to unlisted investment opportunities worldwide.

    We offer investors extensive access to opportunities across all key private markets asset classes. We manage $90.4 billion across private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private credit, real assets and private market solutions. We are truly global in our reach, with more than 400 professionals dedicated to private markets, based in 19 offices around the world.*

    All of our activities across private markets are driven by three core beliefs:

    • High-quality research and fundamental investment understanding underpin sustainable outperformance
    • Connected, collaborative teams deliver better private markets investment outcomes by harnessing their collective expertise
    • Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing into the investment process is key to being an active and engaged manager of private markets assets

    By adhering to these three principles, we look to generate positive, reliable and sustainable outcomes for our clients throughout all market and economic conditions.

    If you are a potential investor and would like to learn more, please contact us.

    * As of June 30, 2020

  • current investors

    Current investors

  • fund managers

    Fund managers

    ASI has been investing in global venture capital for more than two decades. With a core focus on early-stage information technology, ASI has committed to more than 300 funds since 1995. We are an engaged and value-add investor and have served on more than 90 limited partner advisory boards.

    If you are interested in speaking with the Global Venture Capital team, please contact us.

  • intermediaries

    Intermediaries

    As the private investments landscape has evolved in recent years, independent sponsors have become a more meaningful part of the broader ecosystem. In our effort to identity the best and most innovative global venture capital investment opportunities, we have partnered with independent sponsors on direct investments and secondaries. Our senior team is led by professionals with deep venture capital experience allowing us to bring a unique perspective and distinctive diligence capabilities to independent sponsor-sourced investments.

    If you are interested in speaking with the Global Venture Capital team, please contact us.

Our team

Kirsten Morin

Kirsten Morin

Co-Head Global Venture Capital

Kirsten oversees the Aberdeen Venture Partners program alongside Peter Lawrence and has been focused on the Aberdeen Venture Partners program since joining the firm in 2005. She has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, and has been particularly involved in screening the emerging manager ecosystem for investment opportunities. Kirsten also plays a central role in manager due diligence and oversees junior team members in the investment and fund monitoring process. She has worked on the AVP funds for the last sixteen years and was a Principal at FLAG Capital Management prior to its acquisition by AAMI in 2015. Prior to joining FLAG in 2005, Kirsten worked for IBM in a variety of analytical roles. Kirsten holds a BS from Babson College. She has over 16 years of venture capital experience.

Peter Lawrence

Peter Lawrence

Co-Head Global Venture Capital

Peter Lawrence oversees the Aberdeen Venture Partners program alongside Kirsten Morin and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. As a co-founder of FLAG Capital Management, Peter has focused principally on venture capital fund investments and also serves as a member of the Aberdeen Real Assets and Bonaccord Capital investment committees. Prior to co-founding FLAG in 1994, Peter spent twelve years managing both direct and indirect venture capital and private equity portfolios as Executive Vice President of the Marshall Field family office. He has over 30 years of experience in the private equity business. Peter holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Trinity College.

Peter Mooradian

Peter Mooradian

Senior Investment Director

Peter Mooradian focuses on the Aberdeen Venture Partners program and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. Peter joined ASI in 2019 following a 15 year career at Cambridge Associates where he served as Managing Director, Private Investments Research and co-led the venture capital and growth equity research practice. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Peter devoted his early career to increasingly senior private equity and technology-related strategy and corporate finance roles at such firms as The PrivateEdge Group, a division of State Street Corporation. Peter holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Colgate University.

Joseph Sindelar

Joe Sindelar

Investment Manager

Joe Sindelar is an Investment Manager focused on Aberdeen’s Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture Capital team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm’s existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Joe was an analyst at FLAG Capital prior to its acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2015. Before joining FLAG in 2014, Joe was an Analyst at Rocaton Investment Advisors where he was responsible for client portfolio monitoring. Joe graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013 with a BA in Economics.

Greg Bellman

Gregory Bellman

Senior Analyst

Greg Bellman is an Senior Analyst focused on Aberdeen’s Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm’s existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Greg joined Aberdeen through their Graduate Business Analyst program in June 2014 and has held positions with the North American Equities, Fixed Income, Private Equity, Product Development, and Marketing teams in the Philadelphia, New York, and London offices while on the program. Greg graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2014 with a BS in Finance.

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Senior Analyst

Mark Edwards is a Senior Analyst at Aberdeen Standard Investments, focused on the Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm's existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Mark joined FLAG Capital Management in 2012, where he held the role of Senior Analyst - Performance Analytics prior to its acquisition by Aberdeen in 2015. Previously, Mark spent three years at Energy Services Group as a Wholesale Energy Analyst. Mark holds a BA from Brandeis University.

Danielle Nevins

Danielle Nevins

Executive Assistant

Danielle Nevins is the Executive Assistant to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Global Venture Team. Danielle joined Aberdeen in 2015 from FLAG Capital Management where she was Executive Assistant to the Real Assets Team. Previously, Danielle worked for her family's businesses, Osetra Restaurant and Grande Harvest Wines. Prior to that, Danielle worked for Fidelity Investments as an Executive Assistant, and Participant Coordinator at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services (FIIS) and Pyramis Global Advisors.

  • Kirsten Morin

    Kirsten Morin

    Co-Head Global Venture Capital

    Kirsten oversees the Aberdeen Venture Partners program alongside Peter Lawrence and has been focused on the Aberdeen Venture Partners program since joining the firm in 2005. She has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, and has been particularly involved in screening the emerging manager ecosystem for investment opportunities. Kirsten also plays a central role in manager due diligence and oversees junior team members in the investment and fund monitoring process. She has worked on the AVP funds for the last sixteen years and was a Principal at FLAG Capital Management prior to its acquisition by AAMI in 2015. Prior to joining FLAG in 2005, Kirsten worked for IBM in a variety of analytical roles. Kirsten holds a BS from Babson College. She has over 16 years of venture capital experience.

  • Peter Lawrence

    Peter Lawrence

    Co-Head Global Venture Capital

    Peter Lawrence oversees the Aberdeen Venture Partners program alongside Kirsten Morin and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. As a co-founder of FLAG Capital Management, Peter has focused principally on venture capital fund investments and also serves as a member of the Aberdeen Real Assets and Bonaccord Capital investment committees. Prior to co-founding FLAG in 1994, Peter spent twelve years managing both direct and indirect venture capital and private equity portfolios as Executive Vice President of the Marshall Field family office. He has over 30 years of experience in the private equity business. Peter holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Trinity College.

  • Peter Mooradian

    Peter Mooradian

    Senior Investment Director

    Peter Mooradian focuses on the Aberdeen Venture Partners program and is a member of the strategy’s investment committee. Peter joined ASI in 2019 following a 15 year career at Cambridge Associates where he served as Managing Director, Private Investments Research and co-led the venture capital and growth equity research practice. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Peter devoted his early career to increasingly senior private equity and technology-related strategy and corporate finance roles at such firms as The PrivateEdge Group, a division of State Street Corporation. Peter holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Colgate University.

  • Joseph Sindelar

    Joe Sindelar

    Investment Manager

    Joe Sindelar is an Investment Manager focused on Aberdeen’s Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture Capital team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm’s existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Joe was an analyst at FLAG Capital prior to its acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2015. Before joining FLAG in 2014, Joe was an Analyst at Rocaton Investment Advisors where he was responsible for client portfolio monitoring. Joe graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013 with a BA in Economics.

  • Greg Bellman

    Gregory Bellman

    Senior Analyst

    Greg Bellman is an Senior Analyst focused on Aberdeen’s Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm’s existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Greg joined Aberdeen through their Graduate Business Analyst program in June 2014 and has held positions with the North American Equities, Fixed Income, Private Equity, Product Development, and Marketing teams in the Philadelphia, New York, and London offices while on the program. Greg graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2014 with a BS in Finance.

  • Mark Edwards

    Mark Edwards

    Senior Analyst

    Mark Edwards is a Senior Analyst at Aberdeen Standard Investments, focused on the Global Venture Capital strategy. He is responsible for supporting the diligence and investment activities of the Global Venture team by analyzing and monitoring the performance of the firm's existing fund managers and underlying portfolio companies, as well as screening new investment opportunities by participating in meetings with fund managers and conducting due diligence. Mark joined FLAG Capital Management in 2012, where he held the role of Senior Analyst - Performance Analytics prior to its acquisition by Aberdeen in 2015. Previously, Mark spent three years at Energy Services Group as a Wholesale Energy Analyst. Mark holds a BA from Brandeis University.

  • Danielle Nevins

    Danielle Nevins

    Executive Assistant

    Danielle Nevins is the Executive Assistant to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Global Venture Team. Danielle joined Aberdeen in 2015 from FLAG Capital Management where she was Executive Assistant to the Real Assets Team. Previously, Danielle worked for her family's businesses, Osetra Restaurant and Grande Harvest Wines. Prior to that, Danielle worked for Fidelity Investments as an Executive Assistant, and Participant Coordinator at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services (FIIS) and Pyramis Global Advisors.

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