We invest exclusively in profound companies led by U.S. military veterans. Military veterans are an exceptional talent pool of leaders with grit, determination, and fierce execution skills. While veterans represent only about 5% of the country's working population, they make up 9% of all business owners, contribute $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy, and employ more than 5.8 million people.
Our network of limited partners spans across diverse industries and expertise.
Our limited partners are our strongest asset and we leverage them heavily in support of our portfolio companies. With wide-ranging expertise from the C-suite of Amazon to the former Surgeon General of the Army, we have the ability to reach almost anyone in the US. We are actively involved with our portfolio companies providing strategic planning, operational expertise, and network access to ensure growth and success.
Our funds consistently outperform our peers.
We carefully vet opportunities and we stay disciplined in monitoring and supporting our portfolio companies. Our approach enables us to recognize early opportunities, capitalize on significant upside, and achieve outsized returns.
About Our Name
Hivers & Strivers was founded by Doug Doan, a successful angel investor and a 1979 graduate of West Point. Doan sought to leverage the qualities he saw in the highest caliber military veterans to create successful investments. “Hive” is a term used throughout history at West Point to describe an individual who consistently overachieves, is at the top of their class academically, and puts forth their absolute best effort to accomplish their goals. This term represents the genesis of the name Hivers & Strivers. Hivers & Strivers does not simply seek out great ideas for investment opportunities, but rather searches for a military veteran founder who exhibits the qualities of a “hive” and will do everything they can to push their team over the finish line. 10 years and 2 funds later, this founding principle of investing in only high caliber military veterans, has resulted in a 60+% IRR across all investments.