PURPOSE OVER PROFIT
The reason we set up silkstone partners was to make as big a difference as possible to as many lives as we can, starting with the entrepreneurs we help. If we do that, we believe that we will (accidentally!) make great returns for our partners and investors. We don't believe that purpose driven companies sacrifice profits, we believe that true profits can only come from purpose driven companies.
Purpose drives passionate people to achieve amazing things. People get out of bed in the morning to make a difference and try to make the world a better place. Of course some people do get out of bed in the morning just for money, but we don't want to work with those people.
HOW WE WORK
We find passionate people and we work with them to build great businesses together. We can help you make your idea better or come up with one from scratch. It is often easiest to start in an area you are an expert in. This can be something that annoys you about your job, or some problem your company can't seem to solve, or some waste that your company generates that you believe has value. Or maybe you just have a great idea that is nothing to do with your work and want to make it happen but need someone to help you.
We draw on our knowledge, experience, contacts and money to give you the best chance of starting and growing a successful business. We will work with you to create everything you need to secure funding for your business, which you will need to quit your job and work on your business full time. This is the only way it can happen. We know because we tried to build a business while we had a full time job and it doesn't work.
We sometimes invest directly in existing companies where we think they are doing the right thing and having a real impact.
TAKE THE LEAP
We hear over and over again that you aren't starting businesses because you haven't got a good enough idea, or its just not the right time right now, or that you just can't afford to not earn a salary. What you are really saying is that it is difficult to take that initial leap. Quitting your job and starting a company is very very hard. Often harder than running and growing that company.
People who take the initial leap and start companies can be and often are very different from people who grow companies. The problem is there are far fewer people who take that initial leap. At silkstone we find people we believe have what it takes to run and grow great businesses, and help them to take that initial leap. If we can fill that confidence gap, we can build amazing companies with great people.
Like the baby bird pushed out of the nest, you will fly. But sometimes it takes the mum bird to give you that push. We are the mum bird.
WHO WE ARE
Silkstone was founded by Luke Janssen, Oliver Palmer and Danielle Warner. We are exited founders not finance people. We know what it is like to start, grow and exit businesses, which is important because that is the adventure you are about to go on. We partner with Hatch Bali, the first company we launched, and work with Rebecca and launch other companies.
People we have invested in
Hatch makes the dream of starting your own company a reality. Our month long process with the first week in Bali validates and develops your idea and launches your company. Our focus is experienced women founders.
Bambu is a leading global provider of digital wealth technology for businesses of every size and industry, from finance to commercial or even new disruptors, transforming the digital wealth market.
Via is reimagining the future of transit by building products that make public transportation smarter, greener and more efficient.
Sasha’s farms finds small quality farmers, and brings their quality healthy food directly to your plate. We focus on branding and logistics so the farmers can focus on continuing to produce nasty-free food.
Having experiences is becoming a key reason that people travel. BeMyGuest’s Technology platform connects people with travel experiences across Asia.
Shazoos creates beautiful and sustainable toys in Indonesia, empowering the local female artisans in Java. Toys that your children’s children will play with because its time we stopped buying plastic crap for our kids.
Floodmapp’s real time predictive flood mapping saves lives and prevents devastation that comes from flooding; the world’s costliest natural disaster.
Get in touch
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