Building Better: Revolution & Tala

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the nation. For today’s Building Better, we spoke with Steve Murray, Managing Partner at Revolution Growth, and with Shivani Siroya, Founder and CEO of Tala, a Revolution portfolio company. Learn about their partnership in the Q&A below! 

Revolution: Steve Murray

Give us some background on Revolution: How did the firm start, what is your mission and how does the firm strive to meet its goals?

Revolution is an investment firm, based in DC, founded by AOL co-founder Steve Case in 2005. We work with entrepreneurs across all stages and have three funds: Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed funds, Revolution Ventures, and Revolution Growth. I lead our later stage fund, Revolution Growth, along with Steve and Ted Leonsis, founder and owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

We work hand-in-hand with our founders to build and scale category-defining companies and have nearly $1B under management. A common thread across our firm is the focus on venture communities in high-potential geographies outside of Silicon Valley. Emerging cities offer compelling costs and lifestyle benefits and more recently, have had the opportunity to attract high-demand talent with the tech flight from some of the more traditional venture hot beds.

What does Revolution look for in a partner when choosing to invest in a portfolio company? What does Revolution value? What do you value in the Tala team (Read more...)