A Californian who has lived in a variety of beautiful locations up and down the Pacific Coast, Brandon Colker’s entrepreneurial endeavors reflect many of the values the overwhelmingly majority of his fellow Californians hold most dear. In his most recent entrepreneurial pursuit, Brandon serves as the CEO of Sustainable Venture Capital, a firm guided by the desire to advance early-stage projects aimed at improving access to or enhancing existing forms of sustainable or alternative energy. As CEO, it is Brandon’s goal to ensure access to capital is available to these early-stage projects and that capital cost is eliminated as a potential barrier.
With a degree in economics from the University of California-Santa Barbara as well as over two decades of practical experience across a number of successful entrepreneurial ventures, Brandon has accomplished a great deal throughout his professional career. Known for his analytical approach and his exacting manner, Brandon has cited his ability to see the big picture while so closely analyzing every last detail regarding the projects seeking funding through Sustainable Venture Capital. In every circumstance, Brandon has emphasized the importance of remaining open to all ideas and evaluating projects according to merit.
Brandon has long recognized the serious and immense potential for growth in the sustainable and alternative energy industry, but his rationale for being involved with Sustainable Venture Capital as its CEO is simply due to the opportunity to contribute something of value to a worldwide issue in desperate need of as many innovative and immediate solutions as possible.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
It was more than 15 years ago that I bought a house up near the mountains in Santa Barbara.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
I was actually splitting time between a few friends who lived up and down the coast. As I was getting started with my professional career, I often spent time in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, so it wasn’t all that convenient to buy or rent in any one place at the time.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
My business began to take off and I felt secure in its future, so it was time to buy a permanent home.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
Even though most of my savings went into getting my business off the ground, I was able to generate enough earnings to afford a relatively small down payment.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
The idea of stability was most important to me at the time, and I was mostly focused on building my business back then.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The property had only been cleared just enough to build the home, so there were these great big trees that framed a far-off view of the Pacific Ocean. The previous owners had actually planted redwoods and citrus trees, plus the door was hand-carved and showed Apollo pulling the sun over the sky in relief.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
I was concerned about the possibility of mudslides and wildfires endangering the property, and there have been quite a few close calls over the years.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
No, but the deck had to be replaced a few years after I bought it.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
My car broke down at the base of the steep road up to the house about a month or two after I moved in, so while I was trudging uphill one of my neighbors stopped and offered me a ride. Suffice it so say that I was surprised to discover that my neighbor was quite well known for his lengthy acting career. He was an absolutely wonderful neighbor and would bring me avocados when he wasn’t off filming in some far-off tropical setting.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
My work in venture capital has taken me away from there for the time being, so I’m currently using it as a rental property.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
Take the time to learn everything you can about the neighborhood and the surrounding area before actually buying the home.