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What Abdiel does

Abdiel generally invests in publicly traded companies that are likely to gain market share over long time periods. We prefer businesses that have recurring revenue and that are managed by people with a large share of their net worth in the stock. Our ten largest investments frequently comprise more than 75% of invested capital. We started in 2006.

 
What we want for our investors

Returns that are good on an absolute basis and that outperform the market, measured over 3-5 years.

How we value companies

We estimate the return a company’s cash flows would deliver to someone who bought the entire business at the available stock price and held it permanently.

What we look for “under the hood” of companies

The same thing we look for in our own. Leaders who care viscerally about the quality of the products they sell. A corporate culture in which people thrive. Coincidence or not, in our experience we make more money with companies we admire than with those we don’t.

What we want Abdiel to add to the world

Work done well and with pleasure. The craftsman is a better person for his efforts, and so is anyone who notices. Moreover, good investment analysis helps companies raise the world’s standard of living. Enterprises work best when they have access to capital priced to reflect the value they can create. Index funds, by the way, do not price capital; they only mimic the actions of those who do.

What Abdiel does

Abdiel generally invests in publicly traded companies that are likely to gain market share over long time periods. We prefer businesses that have recurring revenue and that are managed by people with a large share of their net worth in the stock. Our ten largest investments frequently comprise more than 75% of invested capital. We started in 2006.

What we want for our investors

Returns that are good on an absolute basis and that outperform the market, measured over 3-5 years.

How we value companies

We estimate the return a company’s cash flows would deliver to someone who bought the entire business at the available stock price and held it permanently.

What we look for “under the hood” of companies

The same thing we look for in our own. Leaders who care viscerally about the quality of the products they sell. A corporate culture in which people thrive. Coincidence or not, in our experience we make more money with companies we admire than with those we don’t.

What we want Abdiel to add to the world

Work done well and with pleasure. The craftsman is a better person for his efforts, and so is anyone who notices. Moreover, good investment analysis helps companies raise the world’s standard of living. Enterprises work best when they have access to capital priced to reflect the value they can create. Index funds, by the way, do not price capital; they only mimic the actions of those who do.