WHO WE ARE
We believe in entrepreneurs using advanced technology or unique market insight to tackle massive challenges in the real-world, across themes like resource efficiency, human health, urbanization and more. We invest at a stage when institutional capital in our focus areas is often in short supply. We look for mission-driven founders with deep domain expertise, we believe diverse teams drive stronger outcomes and we know intensely product-centric cultures are essential to redefine a large market or create an entirely new one.
WHAT WE DO
We invest early - making our initial investment in a company’s seed or pre-seed round with additional capital reserved for follow-on. We typically lead or co-lead our investments, but we're happy to join a syndicate of high-quality investors when we have a shared vision and bring complementary value. We take an active, hands-on approach to supporting our founders through this formative period of building a great team, crafting an early strategy, finding product/market fit and ultimately preparing for a larger institutional financing.
We back missionaries, builders, and free thinkers who are diverse, authentic, and relentless.
They build & ship technology-driven products that are compelling, scalable & market-defining.
Together, we aim to tackle high-impact problems worth fighting for in large, real-world industries.
OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES
SELECT PRIOR INVESTMENTS
We're proud to have led very early investments in a number of unconventional pioneers.
OUR MANAGING PARTNERS
Our strategy is based on personal conviction and the experience gained by investing across these themes for over a decade.
NEWS & UPDATES
Mammoth Biosciences – July 31, 2018 (TechCrunch)
OpenInvest – July 26, 2018 (Benzinga)
OpenInvest Secures $10.4M In Series A Round, Led By QED Investors and participation from A16Z, Wireframe Ventures and YCombinator
Misty Robotics – May 2, 2018 (TechCrunch)
Mammoth BioSciences – Apr 26, 2018 (WIRED Magazine)
Mammoth BioSciences was founded by a team of researchers from Stanford and UC Berkeley, including the inventor of CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna; the company is pioneering the use of CRISPR's "genetic search engine" capability to power a new class of diagnostics.
Level Ten Energy – Jan 22, 2018 (Bloomberg)
LevelTen Energy has lined up more than 800 clean-energy projects for an online clearinghouse designed for small and mid-sized companies to buy renewable power