What We Do
There are 17,000 startups in the U.S. and if you’re one of them, you’re either trying to disrupt a traditional industry – transportation, energy, health care, education, insurance, finance, hospitality, alcohol, beauty, gaming – or create an entirely new one. If we know one thing, it’s that politicians and entrenched interests typically don’t thank you for the disruption, they punch back.
That’s where we come in. We protect startups from politics.
We believe that knowing who’s coming at you, why, when and how you handle it is just as important to your success and survival as your UI, your customer acquisition costs, or your next round. In fact, we know it is: getting the politics right is what allowed Uber to make ridesharing possible in every city.
We are one-part venture capital firm, one-part political strategy firm that deploys both capital and political expertise to help startups break through regulatory barriers and operate at full speed.
Our diverse team of regulatory and political experts take on entrenched interests and politicians trying to stifle innovation so our companies don’t have to. Our unique model provides startups with access to political, investment and operational expertise that is second to none.
We got our start as Uber’s first political advisory firm back in 2011 and since then, have worked with over 30 different startups on a wide variety of issues – communications, legislation, regulations, grassroots organizing, opposition research, partnerships, procurement – at every level of government and virtually every market in the United States. And for white spaces like crypto, drones, cannabis and autonomous, figuring out a regulatory structure that works for you – and getting that structure enacted in law – is equally critical.
Working with Bradley and his team was indispensable during Lemonade’s early days. Their know-how and execution are paramount.
Cofounder & CEO, Lemonade
Nobody else does what we do.
We are the first and only venture fund dedicated to working with and investing in startups in regulated industries. We combine politics, technology and investing in a way that’s never been done before.
Tusk Venture Partners.
Tusk Venture Partners (“TVP”) is the firm’s dedicated venture capital fund that invests financial capital in high-growth technology startups operating in regulated industries.