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Matt Crowe is an Entrepreneur – first and foremost – a Venture Capitalist second. He’s been building businesses since the age of 16 and he reflects regularly at Matt’s blog – business and philosophy. He’s also a columnist for Real Business Magazine, a blogger for the Star Tribune, published Author and host of an online talk radio show called The Matt Crowe Show.
So, what is a Huckleberry already?
“A problem in need of a solution” says Mr. Crowe, Founder and Chairman of Huckleberry Ventures, an emerging Minneapolis, MN Venture Capital firm.
Huckleberry puts an explicit emphasis on building companies through their “holistic” model compared to that of a more traditional Venture Capitalist approach. The difference? Huckleberry integrates their “brand of ideas” into a methodical process of discovering real problems, pooling (multiple) teams/talent and creating a competitive environment centered around guidance and support…all before injecting the capital. Whereas Entrepreneurs and CEO’s typically pitch investors with their products and plans, Huckleberry aims to (first) go directly to consumers using their own hybrid crowdsourcing technology, ideation engine and diligence tools to uncover what large scale problems markets are facing. Next, they gather results and push out “Huckleberry’s” to the Entrepreneurial community across the country in the form challenges that will culminate in a Minnesota-based competition known as the “Huckleberry Harvest” featuring a prize in the million-dollar range. What’s more, is that Huckleberry will also function as a fund, exclusively focused on consumer products and services. Their target investment is “Post Angel, Pre-VC”, but they “have the means to last into the VC Stage of single digit millions.”
“We’re trying something different and new with leveraging technology,crowdsourcing and an event..this is like the combination of Virgin, the X-Prize, Y-Combinator, Sequoia, Techstars – all combined into one…” – Matt Crowe