Rick Heitzmann is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at FirstMark Capital. He focuses on consumer and enterprise investments in media, advertising technology, gaming, mobile, and data services. Rick has led investments in market leaders in commerce (StubHub, acquired by eBay), gaming (Riot Games, acquired by Tencent), data services (First Advantage, NASDAQ: FADV; acquired by First American), advertising technology (TapAd), media (Pinterest), and more. Prior to founding FirstMark, Rick was an entrepreneur including being a founding member of the senior management team at First Advantage which he helped grow and sell to First American (NYSE: FAF). He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Venture Capital Association. Rick holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also serves as Board Member at Dashlane, Grid Mobile and Playnomics.
We set out to prove this concept in 2006, raising our first fund from many well-known corporate executives. That fund is now among the top performing venture capital funds of the last decade. The firm has repeated this success for the past eight years with the same mission.
We invest in technology companies that are innovating around real estate, finance, insurance and home services. We invest in companies with bold mandates and the ability to scale within, and expand outside of, these multi-trillion dollar markets.
We give our portfolio of investments unprecedented access and exposure to the Moderne Network: more than 300 executives and corporate leaders who provide industry expertise, strategic guidance and an opportunity for companies to earn their business.
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Companies must have established a product market fit and have a shipping, nationwide product or service. We like companies that are applicable in our industries and can scale into other verticals.
I'm looking to invest in founder-led Series A companies with early revenue, primarily serving enterprises. Currently focus on data services, cloud infrastructure, Consumerization of IT, SaaS applications, martech, and select e-commerce.
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I'm less excited about hardware, non-Series A stage
Partner at IDG Ventures. I like to back exceptional entrepreneurs in consumer Internet, ad infrastructure, and SaaS. 15 years in VC. Coded to pay for college.
Ankona invests in business end market SaaS companies "at the elbow" - companies with proven product/market fit that are poised for growth. We invest $5-$15M into companies typically generating $5-$15M in ARR.
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We don't invest in hardware, e-commerce, digital media, or consumer software.
Brian Mesic is a Co-Founder at Ankona Capital. Mesic is a Partner at Anthem Venture Partners. Since joining Anthem from McKinsey in 2000, Brian has led successful investments in pioneering companies such as Android (acquired by Google), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic), Planet A.T.E. (acquired by Intersil), Viewdle (acquired by Motorola) and Entropic Communications. He currently serves on the board of directors of Blurb, Card and StackIQ. He holds a bachelor's degree in Biology and Economics and an MBA from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business.
Michael Amar is a Co-Founder of Ifeelgoods and serves as its Board Member and Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded Daooda and also served as its Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded Agorad. Amar is a graduate of Institut Superieur de Gestion business school.