WHO WE ARE
Bleu Capital is the venture arm of Jean-Pierre CHESSÉ's family office. For more than 5 years, Bleu Capital is investing in early stage companies in the US and Europe, founded by ambitious, humble, transparent and execution focused entrepreneurs. As early stage investor, we invest to actively support founders in their entrepreneurial journey (i really mean "actively" because this is our own money!). We do not bet on great projects and talk again in few years. We invest to be on your side and we will help you through challenges to ultimately build a fast growing profitable company.
Bleu Capital's Founder has built a zero to two hundred million dollar business in China, one of the toughest countries to succeed as an entrepreneur. Seven years after creating Sinodis, his company almost went bankrupted. However, he turned his business around by implementing best management practices with a team and culture driven by execution. This difficult yet successful journey helped him understand the enormous challenges a founder faces to construct a fast growing and profitable company. He has made all the mistakes that an entrepreneur will make. The objectives of Bleu Capital is to help you through this live-changing experience to develop a great company and transfer the lessons he has learned, without having to go through a near bankruptcy situation!
Jean-Pierre is a member of the executive committee of the French Tech New York, as well as the President of the Board of the Investor Club of FrenchFounders, a 4,000 member community of CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs around the world.
He is an active philanthropist, being the co-founder of National Sawdust, a non-for-profit music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is also a board member of Action Against Hunger.
OUR INVESTMENT PRINCIPLES
WE ARE INTERESTED TO INVEST IF FOUNDERS
Commit to transparency & monthly reporting
Want experienced entrepreneurs on their side
Are willing to share their challenges... and their successes
Consider a priority to implement best management practices and execution
Want to build a profitable business instead of achieving the highest valuation
Have strong unit economics
WE ARE NOT INTERESTED
Are only looking for money. We will not be the right partner.
Think they can make it alone
Only thinking about next round of fund raising
Do not have a team that complements each other
Do not already have "happy customers who pay"
Do not have a road map to profitability
BRING YOU TO PROFITABLE GROWTH
All founders need financially committed & active investors who have successful entrepreneurial experience.
Save you time and money
To listen but also tell you what you do not want to hear
Help you build great execution
Already did it before from scratch
A great business is not solely based on funding
It is all about Grit.
Great execution is far more important than fund raising.
Popular quote from successful founders: "I learn to efficiently manage when i was short of cash".
Before recruiting more and more people, work on your management discipline.
Having no cash can be a blessing, and having too much can be a curse.
Be focused and do one thing very well, before adding new verticals.
A CEO must implement efficient daily, weekly, and monthly routines that will create speed.
Manage your business as if you only have a three month runway
As a CEO, know your strengths and weaknesses.
Create a culture of transparency, candid dialogue, and accountability
Aim high but always be ready for the worst.