Paul Saunders, The James River Capital Executive’s Advice on Investment Funding

James River Capital is one of the companies that have built their brands in the investment industry. The company opened its doors in 1986 operating as KP Futures Management Corp. Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. used KP Futures as an alternative venture before the latter became independent in 1995 rebranding to James River Capital. Kevin Brandt and Paul Saunders initiated the change after buying KP Futures Management Corp. from Paine Webber, the investor that bought kidder. James River Capital operates under CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator. It also serves the same institution as an advisor for the commodity-trading portfolio.

Additionally, James River Capital offers investment advisory services under the SEC umbrella. Paul Saunders is an expert in financial matters after spending the better time of his career in the trading and investment banking sectors. Paul acquired the skills from the Virginia and Chicago Universities. The B.A. and M.B.A degrees from Virginia and Chicago respectively helped him get employment opportunities from renowned companies before purchasing James River Capital.

His tenure at Warburg Paribas Becker as the company’s Corporate Finance sector and A.G. Becker’s Commodity sector honed his financial and management skills significantly. Before joining KP Futures Management the president, Paul worked at Kidder, Peabody, and Co. as the Commodity Funds and Managed Account director. The financial guru offers advisory services through James River Capital to startups in different ways of funding their businesses. 

According to Paul Saunders, many budding investors fail because of inadequate funding of their ventures. He advises them to look for funds that would sustain their new businesses and investments beyond launching. He points out that not every investor is lucky to have a new company that starts making a reliable profit from the first day of launching. One of the best ways of funding a business is through bootstrapping. The investor funds the venture either by personal savings or from the support of friends and family members. 

The James River Capital Chief Executive Officer notes that the investors could get funding through engaging their friends and selling them the business idea. The crowdfunding method works well if one has reasonable friends and the ability to sell the ideas professionally. Paul gives an example of Oculus Virtual Reality Headset that raised $2.4 million through crowdfunding. An investor bought the company for $2 billion at its prototype stage through Facebook. Learn more:

If the two methods fail, the investor has no other alternative other than consulting the funding companies, banks, and groups, among other financial institutions. The lenders provide business and local loans that attract interest and demand excellent credit score or collateral. The other alternative is to look for venture capitalists and angel investors that fund investors for better returns after an agreed period.

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