Red Sea Ventures

Paul Strachman

General Partner

Paul graduated with a BSC/MSC in engineering from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees in France and a MSC in finance and economics from the London School of Economics.

In 2002, Paul joined Bain & co. In his three year tenure, Paul focused on CPG and retail companies where he led both turnaround and growth projects. In 2005, Paul left France to pursue his MBA at the Stanford graduate school of business, where he graduated in 2007.

After Stanford, Paul moved to NY to join Equinox, where he led strategy for over five years. For the past few years, Paul has been an active angel investor in NYC and SF; he sits on several boards and serves as a mentor at future labs at NYU Tandon and StartX.

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Notable Investments

Convoy, AllBirds, Sweetgreen, Prose

Questions & Answers

Origin Story: In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?

After spending few years in consulting, I wanted to get my hands dirty and focus on smaller organizations. I spent 4 years leading Equinox's strategy and then joined a startup that I led to series A from proof of concept. Throughout those years, I advised few startups, angel invested and became Venture Partner for a French VC wanting to establish a US presence. I joined Red Sea Ventures as a Venture Partner 6 years ago and became a full time partner as we raised our second fund.

Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?

Passion, Grit and Hustle

What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?

One of our most valuable assets is the relationship we build with our founders. We have a "boutique" approach to supporting our founders: we make ourselves available when they need and we hustle for our founders for whatever they need (with a focus on Bus Dev, Marketing/PR and Strategy).

What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?

I fell in love with NYC at 11 years old when I visited the city (and the US) for the first time and promised myself to move here - so I'm personally passionate about NYC. We believe that the NYC ecosystem is one of the most exciting ecosystems because of its diversity of industries (especially as technology is eating the world) and with its ever increasing tech talent (from the existing startup ecosystem as well as the tech giants constantly expanding their presence).