We seek billion-dollar startups.
Seismic acquires and nurtures startups looking to disrupt the very core of their industries. Now, investing in venture capital is open to almost everyone.
We open the door to investors of all levels of income and wealth.
5/10: We have new content up now on our YouTube Channel which paints a picture of our vision and process to get there.
On our channel, you can also find answers to questions asked by past attendees including the role of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards, and who can invest in Seismic. If you are interested in investing with us you may have some of these same questions so we highly encourage you to check out the channel!
5/3: There are three ways to invest with Seismic today, you can visit our offering page to learn details about the size of our offering, our mission, leadership and more, you can visit our survey page to decide if Seismic is the right investment for you, or you can invest directly on DocuSign if you are already familiar with us and know you want to own shares. On our offering page you can find our SEC-qualified Offering Circular.
4/26: We’d like to congratulate our CFO Alice Neuhauser for being nominated for a Los Angeles Times 2022 CFO Leadership Award! To hear Alice talk about Seismic and early-stage startups shaking their respective markets, check out her interview on the Stocks for Beginners podcast.
4/23: The often-hyped world of cryptocurrency is currently experiencing a period of stagnation with all the major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ether, having found a new normal in markets, far below their peak valuations. Despite the decline, venture capitalists are on pace to pour a record amount of capital into the space this year. This kind of “groupthink” behavior does not characterize Seismic’s approach to venture capital. Rather than simply following trends, our founders and advisory board’s experience are leveraged to uncover what we believe to have the highest potential, then nurture them, partially by taking away the mundane, (HR, payroll etc.) and empowering our companies to focus on product and customers.
4/19: We believe that, partially due to the global pandemic, that innovation is evolving faster today than ever before. The environmental, public health, communication and other sectors are responding to unprecedented challenges that require solutions currently unseen by the public eye. This is another reason why we believe that the number of unicorns has been growing steadily since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite widespread economic downturns.
4/16: As two new “Unicorn” startups reach $1 billion evaluations nearly everyday, rarely has the time been better than now to consider investing in venture capital! We believe that, partially due to the global pandemic, that innovation is evolving faster today than ever before. The environmental, public health, communication and other sectors are responding to unprecedented challenges that require solutions currently unseen by the public eye. This is another reason why we believe that the number of unicorns has been growing steadily since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite widespread economic downturns. From 2020 to 2021 the number more than doubled with trends only going upward, 13.9% of total unicorns being minted since December 2021 alone.
4/12: It’s always nice to know that there are now more than 1,000 “unicorns” (i.e. startups valued at $1 billion or more) in the private market—and more joining the herd nearly every day. For a Venture Capital-type firm like ours, that tells us that our mission to find the next one may be well-timed.
What’s better, though, is that unicorn startups founded by women are also on the rise. Of the 595 companies that achieved unicorn status last year (a record number, mind you), 83 were founded or co-founded by women—that’s four times the count of 2020, and a record in itself!
This news affirms our perspective: startups that prioritize diversity of leadership and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance standards may be the next winners.
4/09: Our Chief Financial Officer, Alice Neuhauser, broke nearly everything you need to know about Seismic down in an exclusive interview with Stocks for Beginners on Monday. This one comes with our highest recommendation, and it’s as close as it gets to a definitive overview of Seismic’s unique, democratized approach to private investing. There’s not a minute wasted as Alice jumps from the current and future states of the private market, to our Regulation A+ offering that’s broken the barriers to Venture Capital investing, to the tax advantages that come with Seismic’s Qualified Small Business Stock structure, to so much more.
04/02: You can now make your investment through DocuSign.
Now, you can invest in Seismic using one simple online form. DocuSign is a platform many people have become accustomed to using, and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable with every step of the process.
Click here to invest using DocuSign: https://powerforms.docusign.net/4ec858c5-c6c7-4098-ba23-5b6b4a2eb33d?env=na3&acct=324f2c91-2ef9-4693-918c-84c8b82c1aea&accountId=324f2c91-2ef9-4693-918c-84c8b82c1aea
3/28: Alice Neuhauser, our CFO, sat down with The Business Journals to discuss the role of ESG in choosing the right startups to invest in. As Alice noted, we’re now at a point where ethics can serve to predict a company’s long-term sustainability. That’s why, for us at Seismic, ethical impact isn’t an afterthought—it’s at the heart of our investment process. To read what Alice had to say, check out “Mentoring Through Challenging Times: Knowing and caring about ESG” on The Business Journals.
3/12: Seismic CEO Steven Weinstein took to Crowdfund Insider to discuss the SEC’s recent proposal to change the definition of “accredited investor,” which would create even more hurdles for those looking to invest in startups. As you can probably guess from our “open for investment to all” structure, we’re not the biggest fans of the rule change—but we are offering a solution. To read Steven’s full thoughts, visit “Steven Weinstein, CEO of Seismic Capital, Shares Opinion on Accredited Investor Definition and a Possible Change to the Rule” on Crowdfund Insider.
3/9: Bloomberg published an article surveying the growth of startups nationwide as a result of increased venture activity. While metros like San Francisco and New York predictably topped the charts, the data reveals that regions all over the country have also benefited from the surge in startup investing—with some seeing gains upward of 400% over the past decade! To learn more about these booming startup ecosystems, find “The Post-Pandemic Geography of the U.S. Tech Economy” on Bloomberg.
3/7: Our CEO, Steven Weinstein, sat down with leading financial media portal Proactive Investors for an exclusive interview. In it, he explains how Seismic offers a democratized way of investing in Venture Capital in the face of the SEC’s plans to increase the “accredited investor” threshold to $10 million. It’s not just a great watch—it’s a quick one (under 7 minutes). You can find it on Proactive Investors at “Seismic Capital discusses implications for potential change in ‘accredited investor’ definition.”
2/16: Steven Weinstein, our CEO, wrote an insightful piece about equitable employment, and why it’s not just ethical but crucial to the sustainability of a company. As active managers, we facilitate a healthy work environment while our startups’ leaders focus on growth. One way we “keep the ship steady” is by fostering loyalty through the benefits we offer our employees (paid internships, always, and a student loan bonus model, to name two examples). To learn more, check out “Seismic and Equitable Employment in 2022” on our Medium.
2/14: Our CFO, Alice Neuhauser, offered some sound advice on startup investing. Among other things, she noted that finding the time and resources (let alone wealth) necessary to pick the right startups can be a difficult task for the average investor. That’s where Seismic comes in. Through our democratized structure, we’re letting most everyone (not just the most elite class of investors) add Venture Capital to their portfolio. Read what Alice had to say in “5 Experts Explain How to Invest in Startups in 2022” on Invested Wallet.
2/9: We officially hit the 1,000 unicorn milestone, meaning there are now 1,000 startups with a valuation of $1 billion or more. This pool continues to grow, with about two new companies now joining the “herd” every day. Given this, we think our odds are better than ever for finding the next unicorn while they’re still “in the garage.” For all the details, check out “There Are Now 1,000 Unicorn Startups Worth $1 Billion or More” on Bloomberg.
2/4: PitchBook released its Q2 2021 “Global Fund Performance Report” and 2021 “US VC Valuations Report.” The reports, which tracked data across private companies, revealed that Venture Capital returns on a one-year rolling basis surpassed 65% in Q2 2021 (the fifth quarter in a row of an IRR increase). Meanwhile, valuations continue to grow, creating more and more startups eager to exit. Both reports are available for free download on PitchBook’s website.
2/4: January continued last year’s trend of very strong performance for Venture Capital, with 45 startups achieving “unicorn” status and the buildup of venture-backed companies eager to exit continuing to grow. For more details on Venture Capital’s new year kick-off, find “What Slowdown? Strong Private-Company Funding Pace Continues Into 2022 Despite Market Turmoil” on Crunchbase.
1/24: Bloomberg published a piece explaining how Venture Capital shaped the world by prioritizing disruptive innovation. By providing startups with resources for growth while offering flexibility, Venture Capitalists advantageously operate as networks, with diverse portfolios boosting the chances of a “grand-slam” investment. Read the full article, “How Venture Capital Created the Modern World,” to learn more about the factors driving success in this asset class.
1/7: A study from PitchBook revealed that almost 700 Venture Capital-backed companies are poised for an IPO this year. That’s more than triple the figure for 2021, in large part because of a “decade-long buildup of venture-backed startups” that has led to a critical mass of eager investors. For more on how Venture Capital is priming startups for public exits, check out “You Thought 2021 Was a Big VC Year? Ha!” on Chief Investment Officer.
12/20: Our CFO, Alice Neuhauser, spoke with SheVentures Podcast to share a personal investing-related pet peeve: buzzwords. Using the phrase “serial entrepreneur” for example, she explained how predatory founders might prey on the inexperienced investor with industry jargon to mask potential shortcomings. For her thoughts as well as more investing insight, find “Key Pitching Tips from Female Investors” on SheVentures Podcast.
11/24: A report by EisnerAmper revealed that 2021’s third quarter alone saw a greater venture capital exit value (earned when venture firms’ portfolio companies go public or get sold privately) than the full-year exit values in every year from 2010-2018! In English, that means now is the time to keep an eye on venture-type firms like Seismic. For more, check out “How Well Is VC Doing This Year? Very, Very Well” on Chief Investment Officer.
11/22: Our President, Eric White, wrote about the value of investing in startups, particularly as a high net worth investor. At this crossroads of history, the private market is brimming with opportunities for new technologies and ideas, any of which could potentially create a lasting impact on their industries. Read his full thoughts in “Why High Net Worth Investors Should Invest in Startups'' on Worth.
11/1: One of our Advisors, Bruce Waxman, wrote a thoughtful piece on the changes in talent search and remote logistics that startups and big tech firms alike should anticipate as workers return to in-person offices. You can find the full article in the November 2021 issue of HR Future.
10/28: The end of the fiscal year saw a whopping 36.7% median return for the 40 university endowments with more than $1 billion in assets as of October 27. That’s nearly 10% higher than the equivalent figure for public pension plans—largely thanks to venture capital. It’s returns like these that motivate us to give everyone the chance to have venture capital in their portfolio. To learn more, check out “Private equity, venture capital turbocharge endowment returns” on Pensions & Investments.
10/27: Private equity and venture capital drove outsize returns for Bowdoin, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania in fiscal year 2021. At the top was Bowdoin, whose shift of its $2.72 billion portfolio toward private assets paid off when they yielded a remarkable 57.4% return. Now imagine if everyone could add venture capital to their portfolio. Read the full story in “Private Equity and Venture Capital Drove Outsized Returns at Bowdoin, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania” on Institutional Investor.
10/21: A recent study by Schroders revealed that a large portion of institutional investors plan to increase their allocation to private assets over the next 12 month, citing diversification as an incentive. They must realize the stage is set for venture capital to dominate this coming year. For all the details, find “Institutional Investors Double Down on Private Assets” on Chief Investment Officer.
10/13: Our CFO spoke with GOBankingRates about the novel investing priorities of Gen Z, and why now is the time to target diverse, inclusive companies making a lasting impact on their industries. Check out “Collaborative Investing and How It Could Improve Gen Z’s Wealth” on GOBankingRates for more.
10/12: Venture capital continues to prove its chops as an asset class, as new figures revealed a nearly 30% rise for the average college foundation investment portfolio in 2021. This is a huge gain for university endowments, and exciting news for venture-type firms like Seismic. Read the full piece at “Venture Capital Spurs Endowments’ Record Returns” on Chief Investment Officer.
9/25: Our CEO discussed our process of identifying, guiding, and building firms that we believe can make a “Seismic” impact on the world. If you want to check out the full article, “Steven Weinstein: CEO at Seismic Capital Co. Says They’re Interested in High-Potential Fintech, Edtech, Process Improvement Startups,” it can be found on Crowdfund Insider!
9/15: CEO Steven Weinstein wrote about the path toward accessibility of electronic payments for the 22% of Americans who are unbanked or underbanked. His thoughts were published in “How Startups Are Solving the Unbanking Crisis” on Payments Journal.
9/9: Benzinga recently featured us as a company to watch out for in their “Fintech Focus for September 10, 2021.” You can find the full article on their website!
9/2: Our CEO wrote about the prospects of digital financial services for those living in areas with a lack of physical banks. His expressed his thoughts in “FinTech investor interests shift to solutions solving our banking deserts” on IBS Intelligence.
Now, you can add venture capital to your portfolio.
Have you ever wanted to invest like the 1%, college endowments or big public pension funds? Venture capital as an asset class has been a fixture in sophisticated investors’ portfolios for years, providing the “sizzle” that contributes to outsized performance.* Are you interested in getting in on the next big thing (think Tesla or Coinbase)—well before they become big (or go public)**?
Right now, Seismic is offering this venture-capital-like opportunity to just about everyone, regardless of income or amount of investment experience. Our investment process seeks potential unicorns (private companies that reach a billion-dollar valuation before going public or being sold). We want to nurture ideas that can revolutionize industries. And now, you can be a part of what might be the next big thing.
Another thing: we only look at companies who meet Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards. More and more evidence shows that outperformance is closely tied with sustainable and ethical business practices.
Now you can own equity shares of Seismic Capital Company.
**”Private Equity and Venture Capital Drove Outsized Returns at Bowdoin, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania.” Oct. 27, 2021, Institutional Investor
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A diversified portfolio can help minimize risk:
We aren’t just looking for companies that will perform well—we’re seeking extraordinary firms that aim to disrupt the very core of their industries. We look for companies that understand that the status quo needs shaking, and possess the plan, skills, team, and product or service that are likely to achieve just that.
Your investment in Seismic is an investment in all the holdings we acquire—not just one. This diversification of companies, industries, and stages will be a strategic advantage for our shareholders, aiming to mitigate risk and maximize the probability of success.
what it MEANS to be SEISMIC
We focus on private early-stage companies that we believe will become the leaders, enablers, and beneficiaries of disruptive innovation.
CRITERIA for INVESTMENT
Becoming a Seismic company confers a high-end suite of benefits: enthusiastic, supportive, and patient capital for growth; mentorship; employee benefits; a network of supporters; and much more.
Seismic targets high-potential, extraordinary management teams and entrepreneurs intent on shaking their markets. We look for innovative disruptors with a potentially high probability of success who make us ask, “Why didn’t we think of that?”
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Tying the process together (the glue)
Seismic looks to support impactful companies focused on developing technology, building products, and acquiring customers. Our firms are laser-focused on all kinds of digital and emerging technologies, sustainability, education, and more, and all comply with the highest standards of integrity and accountability to promote and protect the environment and our communities.
We open the door to investors of all ages and income and wealth levels.
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