Adam was a guy who loved to learn. A former investment banker (don't hold it against him), Adam racked up a JD (another thing you shouldn't hold against him), a MBA (another thing...), a BS and a CPA. He is also, perhaps, the most goal-oriented guy I've ever met. Adam, along with his co-founders Perry Wallack and Steven Seymour founded Cornerstone in 1999. I would be willing to bet that the day Adam, Perry and Steven incorporated Cornerstone, Adam set his mind on building a public company.
1999, I don't need to tell you, was a crazy time. Despite everything happening around them, Adam and his team put their heads down, built a fantastic product that their customers needed, and didn't raise a dollar from institutional investors. That is, until I introduced Adam to my colleague Byron Deeter (who can resist?). The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Cornerstone went public on the Nasdaq at a $13.00 price per share and closed 47% up at $19.07, a $885m market cap. What an amazing ride.
Joel Cutler of General Catalyst, whom I had the pleasure of seeing in action on the Board of Bessemer/General Catalyst portfolio company OLX (acq by Naspers), likes to say that investors are "invited guests" at a company. We try to be helpful where we can, but at the end of the day, it's the team that lives and breathes their company 24/7 and determines the ultimate success of a company. So a big thank you to the Cornerstone gang for letting us join them for this ride, and a big congratulations to my colleague Byron on such a fantastic investment.