We're the earliest investors you'll ever meet, and never pass because you're 'too early'. We embrace the pre-seed.
We are hot on Voice, Market Networks, Industrial Tech, NewSpace, and anything Frontier -- wonky enough for us to spend the time to learn and ramp up with you.
We seek founders with Deep Market Insights - you know the problem cold and the solution is bursting from you.
Not Interested In
No discovery apps. No FinTech. No consumer (except for marketplaces). No international, please.
No Seed Prime, Post Seed, Series A rounds.
Investing in Media • Retail (& E-Commerce) &... California , Menlo Pa..., United States - U.S.A.
$55100000 (Later stage VC)
$8540000 (Early stage VC)
$8000000 (Series A)
$40000000 (Series B)
• Symbio Robotics:
$15000000 (Series B)
$3800000 (Seed Round)
$500000000 (Private Equity Round)
$500000000 (Venture Round)
$13000000 (Venture Round)
$1200000 (Seed Round)
$1200000 (Seed Round)
• Maker Studios Inc:
• FanLib, Inc./Take180 (Sold to The Walt Disney Company):
• Piper Jaffray:
• ACME Capital:
• IonQ Inc.:
• Uhnder, Inc.:
• Phoenix Labs:
• DraftKings, Inc.:
• Glu Mobile:
• Vocera Communications:
• Board Member:
• GGV Capital:
California - Menlo Park - San Francisco investing in founders with disruptive business models that can capitalize on current platforms as well as those founders that are building breakthrough technologies, United States - U.S.A.
Media • Retail (& E-Commerce) • A.I. (& Big Data) • Gaming (& eSports) • Robotics
San Francisco California - Palo Alto California - Sunnyvale California, United States
Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) • IT (& TMT) • Hardware (& Manufacturing) • A.I. (& Big Data) • Mobile • Mobility
Partner at ngp capital.
John Gardner serves as General Manager of Wealth at SoFi. Also, he is a Co-Founder and served as Board Member & Chief Financial Officer at LearnVest. Gardner spent his career working for companies on the forefront of investment management and advisory solutions. He began his career at SEI Investments as an Equity Analyst and as a Director of Product within its Wealth Network. He served as a Director of Product Strategy at Finaplex. he was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Cabezon Capital Management. He studied at Lehigh University where he double-majored in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Investing in Education • A.I. (& Big Data) &... Palo Alto, California..., U.S.A.
$4000000 (Seed Round)
$2600000 (Seed Round)
• Play Piper:
$2100000 (Seed Round)
• Volley Labs:
$2300000 (Seed Round)
Palo Alto, California - AI - Impact - Parenting/families, U.S.A.
Education • A.I. (& Big Data) • Human Resources • Impact
General Partner at Reach Capital
General Partner in Reach Capital (an early stage venture fund for edtech startups). Started in edtech industry in 2013 as Executive Director of co.lab, an accelerator for ed-tech startups leveraging the power of games to improve educational outcomes
Former co-founder and CEO of social game developer Atakama Labs. Based in San Francisco and Santiago, Chile. Developing next generation social games on mobile platforms.
Acquired in Oct 2011 by the DeNA Group (TYO:2432). After acquisition I became VP at DeNA with roles in Studios, corporate development and as Head of Alliances.
Previously co-founder and CEO of Wanako Games, a console, PC and online videogame development company that pioneered in leveraging Latin American talent for the design and production of videogames. Wanako earned numerous awards including Game of the Year 2006 for Xbox Live by IGN.com.
After Wanako was acquired by Vivendi Inc (Paris: VIV) in December 2006, I was VP of Business Development at Sierra Online.
Previous to Wanako I had worked in the VC, Private Equity and Investment Banking industries.
Investing in A.I. (& Big Data) • Robotics Palo Alto California ..., U.S.A. - India
• Ottonomy Inc:
$1300000 (Pre Seed Round)
• Evo Foods:
$950000 (Pre Seed Round)
$700000 (Seed Round)
• PRECILY, INC.:
$770000 (Seed Round)
$160000 (Angel Round)
• Leverage Edu:
$500000 (Seed Round)
$220000 (Convertible Note)
Palo Alto California - New Delhi - New York City - New York New York, U.S.A. - India
A.I. (& Big Data) • Robotics
Founding Member and Legal Advisor, Excelerate at Excelerate
Anil Advani is the Founder and serves as Managing Partner at Inventus Law. He also serves as an Advisor at Eventerprise. Anil Advani specializes in the representation of early stage startup companies, venture funds, institutional angel investors and many prominent angel investors in silicon valley, India and other startup jurisdictions around the world. In the last 17 years practicing law in Silicon Valley, Advani has represented more than 2,000 startup companies and numerous founders, venture capital investors, angel investors, investment banks and venture debt investors in silicon valley and across the world, on issues relating to formation, founder issues, consulting and advisory arrangements, capital structuring, angel financings, venture financings, debt financings, leasing, strategic licensing and customer arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions. Advani has represented clients in more than 300 financing and M&A transactions valued at over $2 billion in the aggregate. He also has an active practice representing: (1) U.S. based public companies, investment banks, financial institutions and venture funds on acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions in India, and (2) companies from New York, Los Angeles, Arizona, Chicago, India, Singapore, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Croatia, Iceland, Czech, Hungary, Romania, South Africa, the U.K. and other world jurisdictions in setting up operations in Silicon Valley. Prior to starting Inventus Law in September 2009, Advani was Of Counsel and Head of India Practice in the Menlo Park offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Before joining Orrick, he was General Counsel and Vice President of SemIndia, a pioneering effort to establish semiconductor manufacturing in India. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating with the Government of India in formulating a comprehensive semiconductor policy for India as well as with the State of Andhra Pradesh in structuring Fab City in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Prior to joining SemIndia, Advani was a Senior Associate in the Silicon Valley offices of Cooley Godward where his practice focused on representing emerging companies and the venture funds and banks that finance those companies. Advani started his legal career practicing in the High Court of Delhi, India. He is licensed to practice in California, New York and New Delhi, India.
Investing in Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) &b... New York New York ; S..., U.S.A.
$3660000 (Early stage VC)
• Court Buddy:
$6000000 (Series A)
• Court Buddy:
$1000000 (Seed Round)
• The Riveter:
$4800000 (Venture Round)
New York New York ; San Francisco California ; New York ; California - U.S.A., U.S.A.
Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) • Energy • IoT (& Wearables) • A.I. (& Big Data) • HealthTech (& Fitness) • Blockchain (& Cryptos) • AR/VR • Future Of Work • Human Resources • Impact • Nanotechnology
General Partner - Rebel One - RBL1.com | Venture Capitalist | TEDx Speaker
**Founders seeking investment:
Sergio Marrero is an investor and serial entrepreneur who graduated from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked at Gotham Ventures, PepsiCo, Teach For America, and Deloitte Consulting. While in graduate school he conducted his thesis on venture studios and accelerating impact innovation at the intersection of business and government. He set up operations for two emerging venture capital funds each seeking to raise $100M, produces a VC and CEO LiveStream Series called RBL1 Live, and is Founding Partner of Rebel One - a double bottom line investing fund and investor network accelerating rebel founders innovating for a better world.
-Leading program and project management activities for teams of 100+ people
-Orchestrating hackathons, accelerator activities, and training sessions related to new venture creation
-Conducting field research to identify insights and white spaces for new business development
-Facilitating UX/UI (User Experience & User Interface) design sessions to go from concept to prototype
-Rapid prototyped to test concept desirability, viability, and feasibility
-Created financial models to analyze return on investment (ROI) of new ventures
-Integrated startup frameworks into a cohesive and continuous process
(including human centered design (aka design thinking) and lean startup methodologies)
-Authored research on the emergence of startup studios as new vehicles for venture creation
(aka foundries and company builders)
-Published articles and podcasts on disruption theory to identify future trends across industries
-Created due diligence and portfolio management processes for venture identification and selection
-Advised startups and Fortune 500 companies on corporate venture creation strategies
(including accelerator structure, team formation, initiative selection, incubator setup)
Sample research areas:
Higher Education, eSports, Oil & Gas, Fashion, Cryptocurrency (Blockchain & Bitcoin), Future of Work