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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Litigation funding provides investments to businesses seeking to litigate a lawsuit. 

Lawsuits come from businesses suing other businesses, tenants suing landlords, startups defending their intellectual property claims, and more.

The one pressing the lawsuit needs funds to carry it through the courts. 

Investors receive a return when the business wins the lawsuit and pays the investor back from the settlement.

Private equity raises funds from investors and then applies them to various lawsuit cases.

These funds charge a management fee and carry to the fund.

The fund follows the venture capital model. 

They only pay the investors in the event they win the case.

The fund sees hundreds of lawsuits, but only backs a small percentage of them.

Each lawsuit must payout at least five times the original investment.

To join these funds, the investor must be accredited.

Crowdfunding could also be used to source funds for litigation funding.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Dr. Raymond Levitt, Operating Partner at Blackhorn Ventures LP.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Blackhorn Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in companies using breakthroughs in engineering and science, coupled with the infrastructure of the information revolution, to redefine resource productivity. They have three funds: an early-stage seed fund, an early growth fund that invests in A Rounds, and the Blackhorn Select Fund that makes larger investments of growth capital for its most successful portfolio companies. 

Raymond was nominated to this year’s BuiltWorlds Mavericks List in the Investor Category because, along with his partners at Blackhorn Ventures, he has become one of the most prolific investors in built environment startups. Ray and his team at Blackhorn Ventures have made at least twenty investments in an impressive array of “built environment” startups, including Agorus, ALICE, Briq, ClimateAI, CoFi, Drawboard, Dwellsy, Foresight, FutureProof, Hive Technologies, Humatics, Hyperframe, Manufacton, Modulous, Near Space Labs, Pype, QuoteToMe, Safehub, Safesite, Toggle, Ultra High Materials, and Veerum.

He traces his work on digital technology applied to the built environment back to the mid-eighties when he spent a sabbatical leave from Stanford as an intern at IntelliCorp, which was then commercializing an early software platform for rapidly developing AI solutions. During that period, he collaborated with Dr. John Kunz to develop PLATFORM, the first application of AI to the management of construction and other projects.

Ray serves as President of the Farmers Investment Club, a group of Stanford-linked angel investors that was an early investor in Plangrid, eSub, Kahua, Aurora Solar, and dozens of other early-stage startups.

Ray advises entrepreneurs and investors and shares some of their challenges. He discusses what excites him now in the industry and how he sees it evolving.

You can visit Blackhorn Ventures LP at, and via LinkedIn at

Ray can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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