Doug Renert

Doug Renert

Spent years building tech businesses before starting Tandem to help others build their own mobile startups with our funding and muscle behind them. We invest in 12 disruptive businesses each year.

San Mateo, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since October 07, 2011
Startups don't build character; they reveal it Quote_down
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Investor interests
Type of investor Incubator
Typical investment size $100k - $250k
Typical investments in a year 12
Investments partners Many VCs, seed funds and angels
Categories of interest
Credentials Accredited Investor, Qualified Purchaser
Princeton University , BA
UC Berkeley , MBA
UC Berkeley , JD

I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Dropbox, Flipboard, Playhaven

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Seeing people use and love something that you built is as good as it gets. Trying to get others to see the vision before it's realized is a fun challenge and requires LOTS of energy and persistence.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Taking the advice of others too quickly even when it goes against their gut instincts.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Expect and embrace change
2. Surround yourself with great people only
3. Discover your business before you aggressively grow it

Full bio

Doug Renert is a co-founding partner of Tandem Capital, Silicon Valley's mobile industry incubator.  Tandem backs 12 early stage mobile startups each year with its brand of "muscle capital," a powerful combination of funding and hands-on support. 

Prior to Tandem, Doug built businesses as an operating executive at Oracle and as CEO of telecommunications startup Tello.  He started his career as a corporate attorney at the firm now known as DLA Piper.