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Our Investment Philosophy
We’re living in an amazing time of rapid change.
As in several prior pivotal times in history, the convergence of new technologies are allowing innovators to introduce novel, yet simple to use solutions to age old real-world problems across all industries. New tech, or combinations or new tech allow for improvement in almost any and all aspects of life and business, large and small.
We’re seeking out and investing in these companies, as well as those which are inventing the next generation of new technologies.
80/20 split: We are targeting an approximate 80% companies using current tech to solve/improve existing problems or processes, vs 20% invention of the next generation of new technologies (i.e. true deep tech).
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Emerging Ventures Fund 1 made 26 investments in approx. 18 months, and is closed.
Fund 2 is live as of 4/1/2021, and targets to invest in 60 -75+ companies during the 3-year investment period. Median check-size is targeted at $150k, with most, in the $100k-$250k range. Typically investing into pre-seed, seed, or seed+, and Series-A rounds where the company is raising $500k-$3MM+, and there are solid commitments from other VC firms and angel investors with whom we are co-investing. Focus on Southern CA, however we have deal flow from, and have funded companies throughout the US, Canada, and Israel. Over 50% of Fund 1’s portfolio are outside of CA.
We invest into startups which we believe are “venture back-able”. Where we see strong possibility of them raising a large institutional venture backed round in 12-24 months at a significantly higher valuation.
Current Emerging Tech
“Ideas are cheap and all founders are smart.” is my one profound take-away from seeing thousands of startup pitches. As I see it, It all comes down to execution.
Another quote attributed to a famous leader, which I whole-heartedly agree with and is one of my guiding lights in startup funding selection is: “I’d take an “A” team with a “B” strategy anyway over a “B” team with an “A” strategy”. Most startups will pivot several times before they figure it out. I’m much less concerned with the current business model than the team, their process, and the way they operate and think.
“Early-stage” is not R&D or “idea” stage, but solid companies with “real” product and some form of traction. In most cases they have actual revenue, and therefore, have proven “product/market fit”.
Our goal is to provide funding to budding “venture back-able” start-ups so they can scale and reach the milestones to raise a large venture funding round at significantly higher valuation within 12-24 months.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TECH STARTUP ECOSYSTEM
There are more university (and non-university sponsored) research labs, start-up accelerators and incubators in Southern California than there are in Northern California, and likely more than any other region in the US, but they garner much less attention than their counterparts in the north, particularly in deep/emerging tech.
By focusing time and attention on the Southern California programs, monitoring the research, and talking to the members of each cohort of program companies, we maintain a pipeline of prospective start-ups, into which we can invest at the right time – once they show some traction and have a solid business plan with product.
Prior to his current career in venture capital, Mr. Mandel built, operated and exited 4 different successful businesses in the Insurance and Finance industries over a 28-year period.
Much of the success of these businesses is attributed to his logical systems thinking, aided by his technical training and advanced Mathematics and Computer Science education, which he used to create and evolve unique perspective and, and models for underwriting, pricing, risk selection, etc., while always taking a fresh outsider’s approach to each venture.
While Mr. Mandel has been a life-long investor, starting in 2014 he took a strong interest in the technology start-up ecosystem, and is now applying his thinking to this endeavor.
Mr. Mandel is a very active angel investor. To date, he has invested in over 500 early-stage technology start-ups. He is an active member of several prominent angels groups, a frequent judge and panelist at start-up pitch events, and is considered a thought leader. Follow Mr. Mandel’s Blog at DavidMandel.Blog and on Social Media.
Mr. Cole is a 30-year financial services industry veteran with extensive experience in investment banking, capital markets, and investment management.
After founding the investment banking firm FalconBridge Capital Markets, LLC in 2005, Bennett oversaw the organization’s activities for more than 15 years and guided it to several top national rankings in its sectors of expertise. Previously, he held leadership positions and sat on management committees at CSG Investments, Inc. (an $8 billion AUM investment management company), Raymond James & Associates, Wells Fargo Securities, and Bank of America Securities.
As a technology investor, Mr. Cole has been involved in myriad start-up investments and acted as a limited partner in several venture capital and private equity funds over the past decade. In addition, Bennett serves as an advisor to technology-focused angel funds and seed-stage investment clubs.
Mr. Cole is a graduate of the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BS) and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (MBA).
Investing in tomorrow’s technology, today.
Current fund portfolio companies.
Fund 2 Portfolio
OptimizeFT is a modern payment card solutions provider that is developing and managing next-generation credit, debit, and prepaid card programs for its corporate clients. The payment card industry is undergoing a major transformation as payment card functionality moves beyond simple account access. Many corporations are now using payment cards to streamline business processes, accelerate payments, optimize workforce efficiency, maximize customer engagement, and generate new revenue streams. This transformation is driving a significant market expansion that will generate $130 billion in 2021 revenues (U.S. market alone). This market expansion requires modern new technology platforms and vendors optimized for next-generation payment card products. OptimizeFT is addressing this market with an unmatched modern solutions platform that includes advanced card processing, innovative value-added features, full turnkey solutions, and optimized program management.
HQ Location/ Main facilities: Southern CA
Moodbit is the Snowflake for the Employee Experience. Using AI, we improve Employee Engagement, Productivity, and Retention, without the need to use surveys.
Moodbit is a powerful HR Tech platform allowing companies to track employee sentiment in real-time. The system integrates with an employee’s daily workflows by appearing as a chatbot on multiple thirdparty collaboration apps. Once available on the platform, it garners real-time data on employee emotions via clear mood indicators. The bot also offers useful hacks such as calming music and timely break alerts, significantly boosting engagement, productivity, and overall employee health.
Apera’s AI-powered 4D Vision Technology is a software solution to the 3D vision-guided robotics problem. Our software turns low-cost and off-the-shelf 2D cameras into the fastest and most accurate 3D vision solution in the market for industrial robots enabling them to perform complicated tasks like assembly or sorting that are otherwise performed by human workers.
Tensorfield Agriculture is pioneering the commercial adoption of thermal micro dosing for weed control in vegetable crops. Based on research from the University of California, Davis and the University of Bonn-Landtechnik, the firm eradicates weeds using only heated vegetable oil.
Tensorfield’s machines operate semi-autonomously, with each machine plus operator equal to the throughput of a 40-person hand crew. The company’s mission is to build the next generation of agricultural machines with a focus on specialty row crops in a post-herbicide world. Based in the California Bay Area, they are a small founding team of highly specialized computer scientists and engineers trained at Stanford, Cambridge, Imperial College and SFU. The Tensorfield team has over 40 years of combined best-in-class industry experience working on robotics, integrated circuit design and computer vision with deep learning. The firm’s deep ties with the Shenzhen China manufacturing ecosystem via the SOSV/HAX Accelerator gives it unparalleled speed of execution to deliver working machines in an expeditious manner.
Zippity is solving the thorny and unresolved problem of poor customer interactions in the onsite service industry. Despite many software players existing in the home services space, there are few, if any, that are focused on the problem of service day customer experience. Consumer service marketplaces manage lead generation while traditional field service companies manage back office organization. However, the actual act of engaging with consumers (from scheduling through service completion) is still mostly an offline and frustrating process. Zippity solves this with its unique Service Empowerment Platform that enables customers and technicians to self-service and engage directly. This is a dramatic break from the status quo, solves a pressing problem in a unique way, and enables any service business to offer “on demand” convenience to its customers.
DepoDirect is a dynamic, remote deposition management platform, digitizing legal justice and accelerating the transformation of an archaic and inefficient workflow. DepoDirect combines AI based, real-time transcription and a secure legal video conferencing system, which increases overall efficiency and reduces customer costs by up to 75% compared to legacy services. The company’s platform provides a white-glove, concierge service whereby their technicians/reporters host clients’ depositions and operate all aspects of the platform for them, including video recording, IT support, live transcript editing, testimony playbacks and exhibit management.
Short Explainer video: https://vimeo.com/438094433
Gaudium is a generative AI company leading the development of a goal-driven and multi-model deep language engine with a focus on marketing, advertising, and sales. More specifically, the company’s proprietary AI engine (“CHARLIE”) is used to automate copywriting generation for sales and marketing. CHARLIE has the capability to create human-quality language that can be adjusted for many inputs such as tone, brand voice, and emotion. Using deep learning and natural language generation, CHARLIE can write creative messages in seconds, generate human-quality text, incorporate users’ keywords, and adjust for specified length and desired tone.
Drift is democratizing genetic sequencing for microbiology by building the best analysis software for the job: the Databricks of microbial genetics. They are building a system to replace the status quo with easy-to-use, fast, and highly automated systems that are engineered better than what exists today. They have already signed a first LOI and signed a testing agreement with a major microbiology lab at the University of Chicago.
From the company: “Right now, genetic sequencing analysis is a manual process with custom pipelines, open source projects, and expensive subject matter experts, which is a major bottleneck for adopting sequencing. We’re solving that by making software that’s scalable, easy to use, and performant so that anyone can buy and use a genetic sequencer without having to hire an expert just to get started.”
Neuronix AI Labs reduces computer-vision AI cost and power consumption by more than 95% making large-scale cloud & edge deployments cost-effective and enabling computer-vision applications on end-devices with limited compute or battery power.
The unique solution is the result of a multi-disciplinary approach combining the team’s deep expertise in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Video Compression, Parallel Computing and FPGA/ASIC design.
Neuronix has a prototype on AWS that proves the technology benefits are real and is working with top Compute technology & Cloud companies on integrating the technology onto their offering as the first step to market.
SipScience is an analytics company servicing the beverage alcohol industry. Our solution is a consumer app that enables contactless payments at bars & restaurants and offers a subscription model for 50% discounts on drinks – it’s the only platform with regulatory approval to offer on-premise alcohol discounts nationwide and is free of charge to venues. SipScience has successfully tested this platform ahead of conducting paid pilot projects with prominent alcohol brands.
Micromobility has the potential to transform urban mobility, making our cities safer, cleaner, and human-focused. Trailze is well-positioned to empower micromobility to take over all aspects of car-centric mobility, from mass-market ridership, through urban delivery networks, to autonomous micro-vehicles and beyond.
Otis AI is an AI-driven digital marketing platform that allows small businesses to run effective marketing plans to reach and engage with their customers and acquire new customers, integrating with first party data to facilitate data-driven targeting and attribution.
Qase grows law firm revenues by instant-booking leads and automating fee collection. Our proprietary SaaS platform supports the full client acquisition lifecycle, incorporating search, messaging, document exchange, video chat, and payment. Qase is the only booking, intake & payments solution for both bar association referral services and the 250,000+ solo practitioners and small law firms in the US & Canada. Our goal is to build and monetize the world’s largest legal referral network, increasing access to justice for clients while improving the bottom line for lawyers and legal organizations.
Minerva CQ is the only solution that optimizes the interactions between customers and brands by augmenting the human touch with the power of Artificial Intelligence. Minerva makes any agent your best brand ambassador.
“We enable our clients to listen and respond more accurately to the voice of their customer,
Resulting in happier customers, more effective support teams, and ultimately, higher financial returns.”
DigiBuild is the first construction blockchain software solution.
Digibuild merged construction management expertise with blockchain to create the world’s most revolutionary technology bringing risk management and visibility to construction projects.
The system comprises of 3 separate modules. Customers can implement the entire suite or specific product modules:
find, order and trach materials.
verifiable timeline and source of truth.
automate and accelerate contracts and payments.
DigiBuild employs 3-tiered business model:
⦁ SaaS subscription model creating a recurring revenue model
⦁ Incremental services such as charging for credit reports
⦁ Fees on transaction volumes and data
“We assess the health and performance of plants, one plant at a time, with deep learning and cameras.”
Continuous AI inspection digitalizes the health and performance of every plant from seed to harvest.
Bloomfield technology is an innovative, easy-to-use and cost-effective combination of ground-based image capture and deep learning-based processing to help growers precisely, efficiently, and affordably assess every plant.
Allstar is a fast growing early stage consumer tech company based in NYC focused on gaming content (Twitch meets TikTok).
We’re in good company, co-investing with Mark Cuban, among others.
Revolutionizing the design of MEMS devices in three dimensions. It’s a manufacturing process that could transform the $18 billion MEMS device market.
The founding team hails from Lumedyne, which was acquired by Google, and includes a hardware lead on quantum computing at Google and a Google X and Tesla manager. If the next generation of software is going to eat the world, it’s going to need a lot of hardware and sensing technologies to first understand it. That’s where Omnitron comes in. This is one of our deep-tech R&D type startups which are inventing the next generation of tech, which we sprinkle into the portfolio.
“AI-driven crop visibility tools to improve the performance of every plant in your farm.”
Adaviv is an MIT spin-off developing hardware-enabled, predictive-analytics for indoor farming. The company has developed systems to capture plant-level information and translate it into actionable insights for growers to prevent losses and continually improve the growth of each plant. For example, the company’s high-resolution machine vision and sensors continually search and detect plant stress, disease and vigor invisible to the human eye. The company’s software can then convert this type of plant-level data into useful key performance indicators (KPIs) and root-cause analyses.
KEY is a curated marketplace offering vetted vacation rentals, quality in-home services, and bespoke local experiences to make life easier and moments special, whether you’re traveling or at home.
The rapidly growing short-term rental industry offers an exciting alternative to traditional hotel lodging. However, because this young industry is still developing, discerning travelers haven’t had a single, trusted brand to book vetted vacation rentals, quality in-home amenities, and curated local experiences. Furthermore, after returning home, busy locals with high standards but limited time and attention are hard-pressed to find an integrated platform to book curated local services that make life a little easier and moments special
Eva connects the most important aspects of your Amazon business into a single intuitive dashboard. AI-Powered price management, restocking, reimbursements, and analytics. With Eva, you can focus on what’s important: growing your business and enjoying your freedom.
In 2014, Skyfront was founded by of team of physics PhD’s from Princeton to solve the flight time limitation and unlock the true economic potential of unmanned aerial vehicles. Service providers demanded a system that had the same range, endurance and function as a manned helicopter as well as reduced the cost of aerial data by 10X and maintained similar safety standards as in manned aviation. After months of research they arrived at hybrid-electric propulsion as the foundation for such a system.
After many iterations and tens of thousands of hours of research and development, the Perimeter was forged. It holds the unofficial world record for endurance among commercially available multirotors. Off the shelf, it can fly for 5 hours and carry up to 4 kilograms of payload, all while maintaining the same simplicity and ease of use that made the multirotor popular in the first place. With the Perimeter, missions that used to take days can now be performed in a single flight, enabling entire industries to scale their drone operations with ease.
Founded by Paul Allen, former founder and CEO of Ancestry.com. In 2018, he received funding from top investors to launch Soar–the next leading platform for human development. He built a dream team of coaching experts, software engineers, business leaders, digital marketers and AI strategists and thought-leaders, who all share a passion for the greatness of human Strengths. While they have some solid early traction with several large national associations, and over $50k in MRR (Monthly recurring revenue), this is a case where it is a play on an industry veteran with a big ideal and the credibility to pull it off. I must admit I would have blown this off if was any first-time founder, and am mostly investing based on Paul’s credibility.
Pixel Canvas is redefining digital events with their 3D immersive venue SaaS platform. By combining the best of physical and digital worlds, professional exhibitors and corporate event organizers get higher ROI and greater engagement (which impacts top line) than 2D solutions like Hopin ($6B) or Filo. And the events market is just the spearhead in an inevitable evolution of virtual venues impacting retail, entertainment, tourism, et. al.
Our first investment in the health-tech space. After several years of seeing many permutations of health-tech startups and passing.
Overview: Health Hero has built an AI-driven telehealth service that solves people’s needs (Social Determinants of Health). Supporting 3,800+ organizations around the world, $91K MRR, landed a DoD contract. We sell to employers, providers, and payers via a freemium + partner co-sell model. Distributing top-down via Microsoft, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic & their top system integrators/resellers. Minority-owned business with empathy & focus on the underrepresented. Co-investors include: Sequoia Capital (Scouts), Portfolia, 412 Venture Fund, a Crosslink Capital partner, & One Planet VC.
Matchbook AI is an enterprise data integration, governance and management solution that delivers clean and relevant data across the enterprise. Matchbook AI is a SaaS platform deriving revenues based on annual subscription, implementation size, and features, in addition to a secondary revenue source from reselling commercial data that is accessed or sold through the platform. Our current SaaS licenses range from $45,000 – $250,000 per year.
Freatz provides growth recommendations to foodservice operators based on AI-driven analysis of extensive customer feedback. After successful launch and growth in Brazil, Freatz is now launching in the US. I was really impressed with both the background of the co-founder (Attorney and data scientists) and the sophistication, yet simplicity of the dashboard for restaurants, with the seamless incorporation of AI into the product.
Zenus leads the development of Ethical Facial Analysis. Our technology captures impressions, demographics, dwell time, and positive sentiment in any physical or virtual environment. We deploy our proprietary AI models on custom-made IoT devices that minimize bandwidth requirements and protect people’s privacy.
Marketers obtain live analytics to understand their audience and develop predictive models to forecast trends. They may also influence behavior in real-time with adaptive content at the point of purchase without crossing the privacy line. Our technology is loved by marketing professionals across the spectrum – from retail brands to business events and international airports.
Used by thousands of landlords across US & Canada, SingleKey is a digital platform that helps landlords make more informed decisions when selecting a tenant and managing their risk. SingleKey protects landlords by offering (i) a Tenant Credit & Background Check Report to screen prospective tenants, and (ii) a Rent Guarantee program that guarantees rental income to landlords for up to 12 months when tenants don’t pay, covers property damages up to $10,000, and all legal fees related to an eviction. SingleKey offers landlords peace of mind and financial stability while saving thousands in tenant delinquency costs.
Acquicent provides turnkey solutions for the issuance and trading of blockchain tokens that attach to digital and real-world assets. The company helps brands and asset owners obtain liquidity and new revenue from their assets while offering entirely new forms of ownership for enthusiasts and investors.
ABCS Insights make media more valuable. Publishers are hurting today because of low accountability. Instead of real-world outcomes, media is sold based on signals. When media is sold based on outcomes, advertisers are willing to pay more. ABCS helps publishers maximize revenues through transparency. ABCS owns one of the largest single-source data panels in the US.
Fund 1 Portfolio
Trubify is an award-winning, disruptive live music streaming technology platform. The app’s features focus on building community through fan engagement to generate revenue across the user base. Á la carte income streams empower artists to make money by making music. For music lovers, Trubify puts a front-row live music experience in the palm of every fan’s hand.
EventHub is an event sponsorship platform with a virtual expo. Customers comprise mass participation events such as marathons, festivals, fairs, expos and trade shows, sporting events, and venues. Tens of thousands of sponsors use the platform to match with those customers’ sponsorship inventory, and events streamline partnership management with a best-in-class tool-suite. EventHub’s virtual expo offers an intuitive and rich engagement experience for attendees paired with powerful built-in digital sponsor assets, with features including live streaming, breakout sessions, and multimedia rich sponsor booths with built-in video chat.
Elude is a spontaneous travel search engine that allows users to discover and book unique travel packages based only on budget.
“Think: Where can you go for $800 dollars next weekend?”
Nimbus is the next evolution in city transportation, addressing an opportunity we see at the intersection of urban mobility and electric vehicles – reducing traffic, parking, and emissions while offering a superior driving experience. They have developed an enclosed 2-passenger autocycle that provides the maneuverability of a moped with the benefits of a car (steering, safety, cargo). This expands motorcycle-size vehicles to all drivers with a car license while removing weather and safety concerns. These vehicles are extremely affordable ($6400, $99/mo) and equipped for autonomous capability. All at half the price and size of early EV autocycles, Arcimoto ($750M) and Electra Meccanica ($620M).
Keela is a world-leading CRM solution for nonprofits. Affordable, built for the sector, and powered by intelligence tools to help guided decision making, Keela helps thousands of nonprofit professionals, every day, make enlightened data-driven decisions.
Contact CI is a haptic human computer interaction company based in Cincinnati, focused on extending the hands’ sense of touch into VR, AR, and Telerobotic applications. Maestro, our first product, is a multi-force lightweight haptic wearable and SDK product that enables high fidelity simulations of tangible interactions. Hands-on learning from simulation training with spatial computing and tangible remote robotic interactions are not able to reach their respective incredible potentials without haptic interfaces that equal the compelling quality of audio and visual immersive simulation. Contact CI is working on solutions throughout the full stack of haptic human computer interaction to extend our hands capabilities into our physically unreal digital interactions
AllTheRooms (“ATR” or the “Company”) is the leading provider of Short Term Rental (“STR”) data and data analytics solutions. Our mission is to empower our customers, short term rental hosts and our enterprise clients, through the use of our data and insights.
An electric vehicle (EV) charging software platform that manages all EV charging operations for property managers in a way that makes the chargers profitable instead of a cost center. Smart, gritty, and fast-moving co-founders. Significant IP including patents on proprietary algorithms. In the LACI (Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator) program and has multiple active paying customers
Seatrec offers a family of energy harvesting technologies to power underwater robots (ocean floats and gliders), platforms, and sensors in support of ocean research, national defense, and commercial industries.
Daanaa developed an integrated circuit based power transfer system that eliminates all wires, cables, and connectors. Its first vertical: integration into solar cells and panels to produce >25% more energy, especially in sub-optimal conditions and reduce O&M costs by 50%. Daanaa targets Tier 1 Manufacturers.
Open Platform Video Surveillance And Cybersecurity Products. Opportunity to invest at a very reasonable valuation into a later stage (series C preferred shares) of a more mature technology company with top tier corporate and government clients. Company has gone thorugh some recent restructuring and is raising a round to enable the next stage of growth
Genecis patented technologies convert food waste into biodegradable plastics and other high value materials. Amazing smart Canadian team. Total full time team of 15, including several PhD’s. Co-invested in competitive seed-round. Founded in 2017, now on second, much larger Pilot and with $55MM in LOI’s, the deal is much de-risked, and a great valuation.
The Iowa-based startup developed SmartGuard, a farrowing platform for swine houses that monitors all things pregnancy and piglet related. The company’s technology is designed to monitor and analyze data around sow health and to identify any signs that trouble is brewing with her impending brood. This could be anything from a flux in temperature to signs that labor is imminent.
Real-time surface monitoring, machine learning, and AI for process optimization of membrane-based water treatment (for large industrial and municipal water treatment plants). Proprietary technology developed at UCLA. Highly experienced executive team. Great testimonials from large municipal clients. SAAS model (recurring revenue on 1-3 year contracts) $500k in 2019 revenue, solid pipeline projecting $3.5MM in 2020 revenue.
World’s first unmanned warehouse inventory drones. GP co-invested with another angel investor a small amount in late 2018 in the seed round. Company has made tremendous progress, and is preparing for a large series-A later in the year. To accelerate growth, they are raising a seed-extension at this time. The valuation is just slightly above the 2018 seed round, despite the progress which de-risks the investment, and has favorable conversion terms into the next priced round.
The first and only Cargo Drone built on AI. Operate in places that are hard to reach Danger to people Costly transportation High-volume logistics needs Fully functional, fully autonomous, contract with US air force and major corporations, over $1MM in revenue. Opportunity to invest in small round prior to larger A-round planned for later this year, at steep discount and favorable terms.
“One platform for all your online orders” The Your Fare platform helps manage all 3rd party delivery services. Integrates all the orders into one simple user friendly platform. Mr. Mandel invested in prior round. Company was preparing to raise a larger series A later this year, however due to COVID-19 and the lockdown, sales pipeline overflowed and they decided to raise a quick and aggressively priced bridge round to hire sales and implementation staff to deal with the demand surge. We took the opportunity to participate.
Saasuma lets you search across your clouds and devices from a single search box on web, mobile and desktop app.
Process Bots for the CFO organization Opportunity to invest in early round at very attractive initial valuation of a startup which is gaining amazing traction with enterprise clients in a competitive space of process automation. World-class founding team and product, as evidenced by the initial traction. Tremendous potential to grow to a very large company really fast. This one could be a “rocket ship”!
At YBVR, we deliver where it matters! We provide premium quality CR 360 video streams of your LIVE events in REAL-TIME over any bandwidth! We invested in a bridge round along-side Verizon ventures. They have contracts in place with NBA teams, The Australian Open, and others. While YBVR officially lists itself as a “Silicon Valley” business, the team is actually in Spain, with significantly lower labor costs, and has made extraordinary progress on a much tighter budget than many other A/R and V/R startups, which have raised and burned significantly more money from investors to accomplish less.
A platform for next-gen mobile games, Artie’s technology serves high-quality, Unity-made games from the cloud and them as the edge on players’ phones inside of apps like Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Top-flight mobile games can now circumvent app stores and their 30% fees and be delivered directly to consumers where they naturally discover content. Our platform enables optional next-gen gameplay features – voice, texting, and camera input – to drive deeper emotional engagement than ever before and to blur the lines between players and games. Our team includes AI scientists, engineers, and interactive storytellers from Activision/Blizzard, Infinity Ward, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Snap, Mozilla, and Facebook. Early Investors (including Emerging Ventures) include Scooter Braun’s Raised in Space, WnderCo, Founders Fund, Warner Music Group, Shrug Capital, Chad Hurley, Cyan Bannister, and executives from Twitter, Amazon, and Square.
Authenticate offers a unified authentication experience for enterprises by providing a complete all-inclusive solution. Our products include a smart door reader, a smartphone app, security software, and an administrative portal. Local So-Cal distributed team, base on eight years of post-doc work including research at the MIT Lincoln labs, by Ph.D. founder, Chad Spensky, as an expert on Smart-Phone based computer security. He holds patents for the underlying tech he developer, and them builts to commercialize the product.
Homebound is the first homebuilder to overhaul the building process and create a new experience that is designed entirely around the customer. We personally advocate for our homeowners at every step of the process, bringing together everything you’ll need to build under one roof and leveraging modern technology to make building a custom home dramatically simpler, more transparent, and human.
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For Start Ups
Our fund is actively investing in early-stage Emerging Tech startups.
If you are a co-founder of an innovative startup creating or using emerging technologies to solve real-world problems, have an MVP, and some solid initial traction, then you may be a fit for our portfolio, and we’d love the opportunity to review.
Verticals we invest in include but are not limited to:
- Ag-tech (agriculture)
- IoT (Internet of Things/ sensors)
- Autonomous vehicle tech
- AI/ML (Machine Learning)
- VR/AR (Virtual and Augmented reality)
As former operators, we are always founder-friendly, respectful, and responsive.
You may use the inquiry form to submit your current pitch deck for review and consideration.
You will receive an email reply within a few days and a possible request for a follow-up call/meeting.