The Band reviews more than 1,000 deals per year. In 2018, the Band members invested in 23 startups. Obviously this is a competitive dynamic. Nevertheless, our goal is to provide as much value as we can to all companies that pitch the Band. Many companies that do not progress further in our process still benefit from it; especially those that make it to a Deal Dinner presentation. Reflecting the diverse career expertise of its membership the Band invests in ALL categories of seed technology deals and life sciences. We do not invest in consumer products, real estate, restaurants, retail, or funds, but we do invest in aeroastro, agtech, blockchain, digital disruption, energy, life sciences/medtech, IoT, semiconductors, software, and wearables. Typically, the Band's investment is the first “organized” money into the company, either as a series Seed or Series A.