PitchIt Podcast #52: Alex Porto of Riverwood Capital

On episode 52, I talk with Alex Porto of Riverwood Capital. Riverwood Capital invests in high-growth technology and technology-related companies in need of capital and expertise to scale globally.

The growth stage has seen a wild ride over the last few years, especially in 2020 and 2021. The market accelerated to an incredible pace, with rounds happening faster and more frequently than ever.

Alex Porto of Riverwood Capital
Alex Porto of Riverwood Capital

Alex and I talked through this insane ride of the last two years, why Riverwood’s approach is different, why infrastructure is a big focus across their investment portfolio, the differences in investing across various markets like the U.S. and LatAm, board makeup, Formula One racing, valuations, and a whole lot more.

So without further ado, I present Alex Porto of Riverwood Capital. I hope you all enjoy the show and be prepared to learn:

  • Alex’s journey to Riverwood Capital
  • Riverwood’s investment thesis and companies they target
  • Why they like to invest in the “Office of the CFO”
  • How they invest in established markets vs. emerging markets
  • How the investing landscaped has shifted in the last two years
  • Why they lead rounds and join the board
  • Great “founding moments” are surfaced during turbulent times
  • Infrastructure is a core competency
  • 2020 – 21 is cause for some investment soul searching from founders and investors
  • Do no harm
  • Recommended reading: The Outsiders by William Thorndike  

Download a PDF transcription of No. 52 Alex Porto

  • Todd is the host of PitchIt: the fintech startups podcast, a weekly interview show featuring emerging fintech founders and leading venture capitalists. He is responsible for leading the content team which covers fintech through daily & weekly email newsletters, editorial, virtual events, and in-person conferences. He has been covering fintech, banking, and venture capital for more than 15 years, including speaking regularly at industry events.

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