Dot Capital is a leading New York City based boutique Venture Capital firm. Dot Capital leverages over 50 years of cumulative experience as professional investors in the Venture Capital industry to target investments in disruptive growth companies.
Venture capital minimums of capital and strategic and financial planning are just a part of what Dot Capital brings to its investment partnerships. Dot Capital feels perseverance and ingenuity are essential ingredients when building winning technology companies and it looks for entrepreneurs who demonstrate these qualities.
Investment opportunities are screened by filters developed since the principal’s entrance into the venture capital community in the late 90’s. Dot Capital will evaluate deals at all stages and it adjusts investment criteria based upon the situation. Referenced, management, technology and product are a must. Dot Capital’s principals have accumulated Board of Director experience across all target sectors and have established broad networks to source investment opportunities, management and business development relationships.
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Dot Capital (“Firm”) was formed by Joseph R. Saviano (the “Founder”) in 2012 after a two decade career in the private equity and venture capital. Dot Capital was formed with the goal to build partnerships that consistently produce top quartile venture capital returns for investors, entrepreneurs, management teams and founders. The Firm expects to generate the majority of its income from profit participation after investors receive returns of capital. Alignment with investors and teams is paramount when building partnerships and an enduring Firm. To help insure success, investments will be in growth sectors of the economy, in companies that have profitable operating business models with experienced, entrepreneurial management teams.
Since founding, Dot Capital has made eight investments. One in 2012, two in 2013, one in 2014, one in 2015 and three in 2016. The Firm has built a portfolio containing investments in the technology sub-sectors of; mobile marketing, SaaS, Internet of Things and Internet infrastructure. The Founder believes in each case, management, entrepreneurs and investors are excited to be working together.
Dot Capital has generated cash returns for investors through one realization. To date, the Firm’s portfolio has achieved total distributed capital to invested capital of over 20% and its carrying value to invested capital is over 2.8 times.
Larry Bettino joined Mr. Saviano in 2016. The Firm held an initial closing on its first institutional venture capital fund, Dot Cap VC Fund, L.P. in April.
Dot Cap VC Fund, L.P., (“Dot Cap VC Fund” or the “Fund”), is a venture capital fund that acquires equity positions in emerging technology leaders through direct investments in early stage companies and secondary stock purchases from founders and angels in late stage venture capital backed companies. Investments range from $500K to $2M per deal. This unique two prong approach aims to produce a portfolio with potentially quicker exit opportunities and reduced follow-on financing risk. The Founder believes that a mix of primary and secondary investments will produce a lower risk portfolio without sacrificing high return potential.
All target portfolio investments will operate in large growth markets where technology changes are disrupting the status quo. The Fund’s investments will operate in the SaaS, mobile, Internet infrastructure, Big Data, IoT and digital media sectors and Fund returns will be driven by revenue and profit growth of portfolio investments.
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Joseph R. Saviano, Founder and Managing Member, brings 25 years of private equity and venture capital investment experience to the Firm.
Mr. Saviano is currently the Managing Partner at Dot Capital, LLC, a New York City based venture capital firm he founded in 2012. Dot Capital is focused on investments in companies that disrupt and drive the digital economy. Wireless applications, software-as-a-service, big data, digital media and internet infrastructure are its current areas of focus.
Previously, Mr. Saviano was a Partner and CFO of Baker Capital, joining the firm in June 1997 to lead all administrative functions at the firm. In 1998 he became a Partner and in 2001 joined the investment committee and worked on the firm’s investment activities in the telecomm-media-technology sector. At Baker Capital, Mr. Saviano led investments in the software, mobile application, digital media and Internet infrastructure sectors.
Prior to joining Baker Capital, he was the CFO of Harvest Partners and from 1992 to 1996 he worked at Apollo Management. From 1988 to 1992 he worked at Bear Stearns.
Mr. Saviano has been a member of the Board of Directors of several private companies which successfully exited or been marked up: Dotster (a leading domain name registrar and web services provider); IQNavigator (a software-as-a-service employee relationship management software solutions for the contingent labor market); Offermobi (a leading mobile only performance marketing network); Humandemand, Inc. (a first mover in the mobile demand side platform, data management space); and Wine.com (the most trafficked wine retailer on the web). Current Board of Director roles include: Console (a peering provider that links networks to provide low latency high available inter-connect solutions); Statsocial, Inc. (a social media, big data analytics provider); and Crowded.com Inc. (a marketplace for on-demand labor).
Mr. Saviano is the Chairman of the ARC Angel Fund and is on the advisory committees of DEV (Digital Entertainment Ventures) and Funding Wonder, Inc., a small business lending portal.
Mr. Saviano received his B.S. in finance from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
Lawrence Bettino, Managing Director, brings over 25 years of private equity and venture capital investment experience to the Firm.
Mr. Bettino joined Dot Capital in April 2016 as an Associate Partner and brings extensive transaction expertise earned through his partner level experience at four private equity and venture capital firms.
For nine years, 2006 to 2015, Mr. Bettino was a Partner at StarVest Partners, a New York City based venture capital firm focused on technology-enabled business services that take advantage of next-generation internet and information technologies.
From 2001 to 2006, he was a Partner and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus and led the firm’s investment activities in telecommunications and information technology, and was a member of the firm’s executive management group.
For the five years prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was a founding partner at Baker Capital where he worked with Mr. Saviano. From 1989 to 1996 he was a partner with Dillon Read Venture Capital where he focused on technology and data communications investments. An experienced engineer, he held a series of technical and management positions at IBM.
Mr. Bettino is currently a member of the Board of Directors of TDAmeritrade and Validately (a leading SaaS provider of user experience, application testing), previously he has been a member of the Board of Directors of several public and private companies, including: IRON Solutions (a Data-as-a-Service provider and the largest farm equipment transaction information database); Accept Software (a solution for Innovation Process Management); Switchfly (a leading loyalty redemption platform and payments engine for travel); Transactis (a leading provider of electronic bill presentment and payment (“EBPP”) solutions); and Travora Media (a leading next-generation travel platform).
Mr. Bettino is a member of the Board of the Non-Partisan Committee of Bronxville.
Mr. Bettino received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Alex Krakoski graduated from Cornell University’s College of Engineering with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Entrepreneurship. He currently works with Centene on its Strategy & Growth team, where he is focused on growing Ambetter and leveraging emerging technologies to improve the patient and provider experience. His prior experience in launching his own consumer brand and helping early stage technology startups gain substantial traction as well as early stage venture capital exposure will help the Dot team continue to deliver outsized returns to our investors.