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Welcome toLateral Capital!

Located in Sarasota, Florida, Lateral Capital is a Micro Venture Capital Limited Partnership. We have invested in more than 100 Early Stage companies across the U.S. since 2003.


We invest in Early Stage companies led by paranoid optimists of impeccable character with these characteristics:

  • A completed product or service with compelling Benefits – and ideally one customer.
  • Proprietary technology with issued or filed patents – to protect the company while it grows.
  • Logical strategic buyers who will want to buy the company – in the next 5-7 years.
  • Business models which lead to cash flow breakeven - while the company waits for a buyer.
  • Contribute to the Greater Good – businesses which can help to “save the world” profitably.

Lateral Capital has made investments in a wide range of technologies... across 23 states

Lateral Capital has made investments in a wide range of categories – from health care to industrial products; from specialty B2B software to a cure for Alzheimer's. We do not invest in distribution-driven categories like food and beverage, location-dependent businesses like restaurants or startups of any kind.

Most investments are made in conjunction with Angel groups across the U.S., including Band of Angels (Palo Alto), Seraph Group (Atlanta), Golden Seeds (New York), Gopher Angels (Minneapolis), Tamiami Angels (Naples), Central Texas Angels (Austin), Tech Coast Angels (Southern California) and companies which have presented at the annual BIO, SXSW and the Angel Capital Association events.

Lateral Capital is run by long-time Procter & Gamble executive and former Pillsbury Company CEO, John Lilly. Now investing its Sixth Fund, Lateral Capital is supported by a group of accredited investors in a Limited Partnership structure. This group includes CEOs, CFOs, investment bankers and other investors who target consistent financial returns, with gross returns around 2.5X their money (MOIC) with a rate of return around 20%.


Why Is Lateral Capital Here?


Who We Are


What We Have Invested In


How Lateral Capital Works


Where We Find Investments


What Makes Lateral Capital Different?


What We Have Learned as Investors


Investments We Didn’t Make


Investments We Won't Make


What Entrepreneurs Say About Lateral


What People Often Ask (FAQs)

Useful Perspectives For Early Stage CEOs

For years, we have collected quotes from history's great thinkers, perspectives that speak to the challenge, frustration and exhilaration of being an Early Stage CEO. Some are serious, others funny and most fit well into company presentations or investor pitches.


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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER – This material is presented for use by CEOs of Early Stage Companies, Limited Partners in Lateral Capital Funds (together with Lateral Capital affiliates, the “Funds”) and others associated with various Lateral Capital entities. This material is being circulated for informational purposes only. It is not a prospectus or offering memorandum for any securities and does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities of the Fund. The material here is reasonable in the view of the Fund’s management at this time, but it is not legal, accounting, financial or strategic advice and should not be taken as such. Financial information presented herein may come from companies in which the Fund(s) have invested, is unaudited and is not necessarily prepared in accordance with GAAP. All material is believed to be accurate and reliable to the best of the Fund’s knowledge; however, this material is provided “as-is” without warranty of any kind and the Funds make no representation, express or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of this information. Any use or distribution of this material or its contents except as specifically authorized by the Fund is strictly prohibited. By providing links to websites or other content, the Funds do not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available from these sources. (Updated 220801 JNL)

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