#47 Rokas Peciulaitis & Tomas Kemtys, Contrarian Ventures
Today we're talking to Contrarian Ventures’ founding partner Rokas Peciulaitis and GP Tomas Kemtys. Contrarian focuses on Energy tech and smart mobility at the seed-stage and by doubling down on community their reputation and brand has far outgrown Fund 1’s modest 12.5 M€ AUM allowing them to punch far above their weight class and raise for a many times bigger Fund II. We have to say, this episode is an amazing inspiration for any emerging manager thinking about new ways to cement their presence in European VC.
In this episode you'll learn:
- How Rokas & Tomas has built a brand and community that far outweighs their fund size.
- How Contrarian balances investing in the notoriously difficult interface of hardware and software & what they think about solving for frontier VC verticals
- How Contrarian plans and builds the fund narrative to go from a tiny fund I to a many times bigger fund II and how they prepare for the changes it will bring to the firm.