President of Panama-based iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV is responsible for the firm’s investments in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. A venture capitalist, Hilt Tatum IV also heads the company’s venture capital operations.
Not all venture capitalists are the same. If you are fortunate enough to secure venture capital, you will have to work with the VCs for a very long time. Therefore, it's important to know who you are giving an ownership stake in your company, and to perform your due diligence.
Many VCs today narrow their focus within a single market, geography, or industry. This is where they feel they have deep knowledge and expertise. Research VCs within your product or service niche. Find out which ones have an impressive track record in your particular market. Afterward, talk to executives in companies they have invested in to find out how involved they were in the businesses. How much value did they add to these firms? Did they take part in growing the company and providing solutions for some of its problems, or did they just hand out capital and become unavailable afterward? What about their business philosophy and preferred growth and execution strategies - do they match your own? What about any potential conflicts of interest - are they shareholders in one of your competitors?
Looking for a VC is like looking for a spouse - you have to court each other first before you sign on the dotted line. And when you do decide to pair up, be open and set clear expectations. Do not be vague about vital elements of the contract such as exit clauses. You want a VC who won’t exit at the first sign of a challenge.
With more than 10 years of investment experience, Hilt Tatum IV is the founder and president of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama. Hilt Tatum IV holds a postgraduate degree from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, which will hold its next Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford (SVCO) event on May 17 and 18, 2017.
For the past 14 years, innovative entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley have been participating in the SVCO event, in which they share ideas about starting, running, and scaling successful businesses. With a theme of augmented humanity, the 2017 SVCO event will offer several masterclasses and speed workshops as well as question-and-answer sessions with prominent entrepreneurs.
Speakers at previous SVCO events have included such figures as Bob Goodson, the cofounder of Quid; Leila Janah, the founder and CEO of Sama Group; George Burges, founder and CEO of Gojimo; Torsten Reil, founder and CEO of NaturalMotion; and Reshma Sohoni, cofounder and partner of Seedcamp. To learn more about the University of Oxford Said Business School and its upcoming events, visit www.sbs.ox.ac.uk.
Since 2006, Hilt Tatum IV has served as president and chief executive officer of iPoint Capital Partners, a Panama-based company through which he has founded more than 20 businesses. Also actively involved in the Panamanian community, Hilt Tatum IV founded Project Joy Panama.
Project Joy Panama aims to help rural Panamanian families in need by building schools and providing children with scholarships and school supplies. With a long-term vision, the project assists families for several years in an effort to help children graduate from college.
In addition to these year-round efforts, Project Joy Panama holds its Annual Christmas Charity. Through this holiday event, the Tatum family collaborates with community volunteers to host a Christmas Eve dinner and distribute food and toys to more than 100 families in need. The volunteers present the children with gifts such as soccer balls and dollhouses, and their parents take home rice, meat, and vegetables in order to better feed their families during the holidays.
Hilt Tatum IV serves as partner and president at iPoint Capital Partners. Since founding the company in 2006, he has placed investments in 10 countries. Under the leadership of Hilt Tatum IV, iPoint has worked around the world, undertaking endeavors in Europe, America, Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East.
Though iPoint operates from Panama, the company has a keen knowledge of the regulatory and business environments of countries around the world. Company leaders have more than three decades of combined experience in business fields like alternative investments and European banking.
The iPoint philosophy focuses on diverse holdings and building assets with the assumption that they will never be sold. As such, it operates without predefined exit mandates. This approach allows the company to become more familiar with the industries in which it operates and better serve stakeholders. This, in turn, helps it build greater value and stronger reputations for the brands with which it works.
As president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV is responsible for group investments and the analysis of new investment opportunities across the globe. Hilt Tatum IV supports a number of charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross.
Since 1881, the American Red Cross’ volunteer network has provided services both domestically and abroad. The organization utilizes a diverse group of people, applying their specific gifts and abilities to a broad range of needs.
- Experienced leaders can become board members and assist with fundraising efforts or marketing programs.
- Workers are needed to organize blood drives, recruit donors, and transport supplies and donated blood.
- Disaster responders who assist following fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters can help families in crisis.
- Instructors are needed to teach training courses such as CPR and first aid to community members.
- Writers and speakers can assist the organization by writing grants and speaking about the work of the American Red Cross.
- Administrators and warehouse workers can assist with managing supplies and office needs.
Local chapters of the American Red Cross organize and mobilize their own volunteer networks. Anyone who is interested in joining forces with the the Red Cross can contact their local branch and inquire about volunteer opportunities.
An international business leader, Hilt Tatum IV serves as president of iPoint Capital Partners. Outside of work, Hilt Tatum IV contributes to numerous humanitarian organizations, including the American Red Cross.
In addition to leading blood donation drives and providing training in first aid, the American Red Cross responds to a natural disaster every 8 minutes, which amounts to more than 65,000 disasters per year. With 95 percent of the organization’s disaster relief workers serving as volunteers, the organization relies on the support of donors to carry out its work.
For every dollar donated, $0.91 goes directly toward humanitarian efforts. Donations have helped the American Red Cross provide vital assistance following disasters such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the 7.8-magnitude Nepal earthquake in 2015, the 7.0-magnitude Haiti earthquake in 2010, the Erskine Fire in California in 2016, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
To contribute to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts, visit www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief.
The holder of a postgraduate business degree from the University of Oxford, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV is the co-founder of iPoint Capital Partners. A dedicated philanthropist, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV has donated to several organizations including the American Red Cross.
A month after a devastating storm hit Louisiana, thousands of people were still without food and shelter. The storm which pounded Louisiana with close to seven trillion gallons of rain destroyed over 40,000 homes.
In the wake of the storm, the American Red Cross launched a comprehensive relief operation that saw an estimated 3,700 Red Cross volunteers and 500 Red Cross staff from all over the United States descend on the state. One month after the storm, the organization had served more than a million meals to affected residents, provided over 73,000 overnight stays in shelters, distributed over 630,000 relief items, and offered health services to more than 35,000 affected residents.
Still maintaining an active presence in the state, the Red Cross is helping residents to apply for financial assistance from federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Financier Hilt Tatum IV heads iPoint Capital Partners, an investment firm for which he has organized several funds. Believing in giving back to the community, Hilt Tatum IV donates to humanitarian organizations such as the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross has developed contingency plans for many dangerous situations, including emergencies that arise on the daily commute.
Commuter safety begins with communication between family members. The first step is distributing information for reaching transit police and other law enforcement agencies, and designating an emergency family meeting place. Choose a family friend or an extended family member as your point of contact, supplying them with your contact information as well as the phone number and website of the airline, bus, or train company you are using.
In the event of an emergency on a train or bus, heed the instructions of the engineer or driver. Familiarize yourself with the exit procedures and locate emergency notices. When riding the train, know the location of other platform exits.
If you commute by car, learn alternate routes to avoid road blockages. Keep a local road map handy and take along a face mask, flashlight, and gloves.
A graduate of University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV is the founder, lead general partner, and president of Panama-based iPoint Capital Partners, an investment and venture capital firm. In his free time, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV has several hobbies including fishing.
Panama is regarded as a world-class destination for fishing, mostly because fishing enthusiasts have been known to reel in monster species such as blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, and swordfish. A popular fishing destination is Lake Gatún, where one can be assured of a catch within a few minutes of throwing a line. While Panama offers a great fishing experience the year-round, prized species such as marlins and tunas are more abundant between January and April.
For fishing aficionados, Panama is home to several fishing charters, which are available for day and multi-day excursions. Charters usually include fishing gear, meals, transportation, and a bilingual guide. They offer a range of services, from getting out of the water with the help of a fisherman to manning a trip organized by a competent operator
Oscar Hilt Tatum IV holds a postgraduate business degree from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Also the founder and lead partner at iPoint Capital Partners, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV steers the private equity firm in creating value in its portfolio companies.
Value is what attracts customers to a business and makes stakeholders eager to transact with a business. In many ways, therefore, value is not fixed or tangible but exists in the mindset of the client or stakeholder.
Businesses often seek an understanding of what value means to their customers, then strive to deliver it. Businesses can create value in three ways:
1) Create new value. This requires that a business break into a new sector. Businesses can create new value by going after a new market segment or tapping into a demand for a new product. For example, a business seeking to increase membership can create new value by opening a new category of membership to include vendors who sell in that industry.
2) Create more value. More value is created when the purchase price of a product or service is kept the same but more is delivered, when the purchase price is lowered but the same quality is delivered, or both. Here, the focus is on the quantity - such as added features in a phone or levels in a game.
3) Create better value. As the name implies, better value is based on pre-existing value. However, unlike more value, which focuses on increasing quantity, better value focuses on increasing quality. For example, journals create better value by launching an online forum to encourage discussion, and cleaning companies achieve this end by cleaning apartments beyond competitors’ standards, thus improving the quality of their service.
Hilt Tatum is CEO of Oxford Consulting Group - International business consulting