From Kirsten Bischoff, Opalesque New York:
Hunting for seed money has always been an active part of asset-raising within the hedge fund community. Typically an investment space reserved for those familiar with and enthusiastic about developing promising talent, seed money often came from successful managers who helped startups spinning out of their own portfolio teams (ie, Julian Robertson's Tiger cubs). Over recent years seeding has also taken the shape of formal investment funds, with an asset base drawn mainly from high net worth individuals and family offices. However, in today's hedge fund environment these seed funds are finding investors outside their normal base are very interested in finding a way to fully participate in the industry as it begins to rebuild.
"The seeding model has gained mainstream acceptance," says Anthony Scaramucci, Managing Partner at SkyBridge Capital. SkyBridge, which launched in 2005 oversees the annual SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) Conference every May in Las Vegas, NV, and was most recently revealed in the WSJ to be in advanced acquisition discussions to purchase Citi's $4bn fund of funds business. (Source).
Seed funds have two specific factors on their side: current launch quality and added manager control
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