Santo Politi is a Co-Founder and serves as General Partner at Spark Capital. He has led Spark's investments in eToro, Convert Media, Genie, Oculus, Orchard, Qriously, Storenvy, Triggit and Zazma. He also led Spark's previous investments in Adap.TV (acquired by AOL), Admeld (acquired by Google), CT-100/CNET (acquired by CBS), IPWireless (acquired by General Dynamics), KickApps (acquired by KIT Digital), Lexity (acquired by Yahoo!) and OneRiot (acquired by Walmart). He served as a board member of 5Min (acquired by AOL) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast). He was previously a Partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire). Prior to Charles River Ventures, he served as President of New Media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI). He also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL). He previously held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments. He holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He serves as a Board member at Qriously, PreVeil, Uncommon and Lightmatter.
Khailee Ng is the Co-Founder and serves as a Chief Executive Officer at SAYS. He serves as Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Previously, he served as Director at iMoney Group. He is also the co-founder of GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon), SAYS.com, a Social News Network in Southeast Asia.
Max Gazor serves as General Partner at Charles River Ventures. He also serves as a Board Member at Respond Software. He brings deep enterprise domain experience spanning M&A, strategy and business development. Prior to CRV, he led acquisitions and investments across enterprise and emerging technologies for Cisco's Corporate Development team. Before Cisco, he was responsible for business development within Oracle's Server Technologies division. He served as a Board Observer at OneLogin. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in EECS from MIT and a B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley.
Boston Massachusetts - New York City - Cambridge Massachusetts - Social mobile - with an additional office in, U.S.A.
Software (Web Marketplace Saas..) • Businesses Solutions • Online Social
Eric Paley is the Co-Founder and serves as Partner at Founder Collective. He also serves as a Board member at Blissfully Tech, Embark, 10% Happier and New England Venture Capital Association. He also co-founded Brontes Technologies to market innovative technology to dentists. He also serves as a Board Member at Integral Ad Science. Previously, Eric was the CEO and a co-founder of Brontes Technologies, which was acquired in 2006 by 3M. Investors in Brontes included David Frankel (Founder Collective), Bain Capital Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Flybridge Capital Partners. Eric is an angel investor in a number of companies including Magazine Radar, OPOWER, and TrialPay and also served as a senior advisor to Flybridge Capital Partners. Eric was previously co-founder and CEO of Abstract Edge, a web application and marketing company in New York. Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College and with High Distinction, as a Baker Scholar, from the Harvard Business School.
Any company who has a significant technology barrier to their business. Software, hardware, B2B, B2C, healthcare, etc.
Not Interested In
While there's nothing wrong with companies which don't have a strong technical moat, it's not where our expertise lies. So if the business is purely network effect and user-based growth without technical barriers, we don't focus on those companies. We also do not do pharma or therapeutic biotech because we don't have expertise in those areas.
Samir Kaul is the Founding General Partner at Khosla Ventures. He serves as a Board Member at Vicarious Surgical. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Calera as well as Sakti3. Previously, he was a member of Flagship Ventures, a venture capital firm, from 2002 to May 2006. Prior to Flagship, he worked at The Institute for Genomic Research. He currently serves on the board of directors of Amyris and on the boards of directors of several private companies. He focuses on sustainability investing including food and agriculture. He has been a leading investor in Hampton Creek Food, Sand Hill Foods, OSCAR Health, Soraa and View, among many others. A number of Samir's investments have achieved significant results including Ausra (acquired by AREVA) and NanoH20, acquired by LG Chem.
Investing in Businesses Solutions • Gaming (... Seattle Washington , ..., U.S.A.
• AWS Elemental:
$15000000 (Series D)
• AWS Elemental:
$13000000 (Series C)
• AWS Elemental:
$7100000 (Series A)
• Rio SEO:
• Ubix Labs:
$1100000 (Seed Round)
• Blue Box:
$1500000 (Series A)
$8200000 (Series D)
$8000000 (Series C)
$7000000 (Series B)
$2000000 (Series A)
$1300000 (Seed Round)
$2500000 (Series A)
$16000000 (Series B)
• Enli Health Intelligence Corp.:
$6600000 (Series C)
• Enli Health Intelligence Corp.:
$7100000 (Series B)
Seattle Washington - Washington D.C, U.S.A.
Businesses Solutions • Gaming (& eSports)
early stage VC
Erik Benson serves as Partner at Voyager Capital. He is a Co-Founder and serves as Board Member at Lighter Capital. He focuses on market-changing technologies and disruptive business models, concentrating his efforts on working with seed- and early-stage companies based in the Pacific Northwest. He also serves as Advisor of Chirpify. He serves as a Board Member at SheerID. He currently represents Voyager on the board of directors of Act-On Software, Anova Data, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Rio SEO, SheerID, Shiftboard , Make.tv and SkyWard. He was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI) and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts). Prior to Voyager, he was a seed investor for Seattle-based WRF Capital after holding leadership roles at Mimix, a pioneer in the area of motion capture and animation software. He started his career in New York for a predecessor bank to JPMorgan Chase, advising and financing private equity clients. He received a BA in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University in 1990 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.
Investing in Businesses Solutions • CleanTec... Truckee California , ..., U.S.A.
$8300000 (Series B)
$31000000 (Venture Round)
• Novalith Technologies:
$10000000 (Seed Round)
• Living Carbon:
$21000000 (Series A)
$15000000 (Series A)
• Boundless Mind:
$1200000 (Seed Round)
$2800000 (Seed Round)
• Gowalla (acquired by facebook):
$8300000 (Series B)
Truckee California - San Francisco Bay Area - Los Angeles California - Montana, U.S.A.
Businesses Solutions • CleanTech • A.I. (& Big Data) • Developer tools • Local commerce • Online Social • Consumer
Christopher Sacca is the Founder and serves as Chairman at Lowercase Capital. Sacca is an Angel Investor. He served as Software Engineer at Ellucian. He managed a portfolio of over fifty consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. While primarily known for its investments in seed and early stage technology companies like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter, Lowercase has quietly become one of the largest venture funds in the United States. Previously, Chris served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, among other responsibilities, he founded and headed up the alternative access and wireless divisions. His most visible projects include Google's 700MHz and TV white spaces spectrum initiatives, the company's groundbreaking data center in Oregon and Google's free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, CA. Chris also spearheaded many of Google's business development and M&A transactions and was on the founding team of the company's New Business Development organization. Before joining Google, Chris held a number of executive roles at one of the world's largest streaming and digital media distribution companies, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies), and was ultimately responsible for their legal and corporate development efforts. Prior to Speedera, Chris was an attorney with the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West where he handled venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and licensing transactions for technology clients such as Macromedia, VeriSign, and Kleiner Perkins. In 2012, Chris continued his work as a National Finance Committee member, a host of the technology roundtable series, and as a Co-Chair of Tech for Obama. The Wall Street Journal cited Chris as "possibly the most influential businessman in America." Chris graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer law review and was honored as the school's Philip A. Ryan and Ralph J. Gilbert Memorial Scholar. He also graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was an Edmund Evans Memorial Scholar as well as a Weeks Family Foundation Scholar. He is an an Angel Investor. He also serves as an Adivsor at Lookout. He is an Investor at Docker.
David Arcara is a Co-Founder and serves as Managing Director at Laconia Capital Group. He serves as a Board Member at Ocrolus. He served as a Member at New York Angels. He is the co-managing member of the General Partner and the Management Company. Arcara has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and general manager of young high-growth and turnaround media and marketing businesses, both digital and traditional. Arcara has raised, either as lead entrepreneur or as part of the founding team, nearly $100 million dollars of angel and venture funding. In 2010, Arcara founded Rubber Soul Ventures to contribute his personal capital and operational expertise to emerging digital technology companies and entrepreneurs. Rubber Soul Ventures currently has a portfolio of over a dozen early stage ventures based primarily in the Northeast corridor including LeagueApps, LocalVox, Page Science and Wymsee. Arcara was also the co-founder of TalkSix, a consumer facing interactive streaming video start-up with a significant B-to-B component. Arcara has also served as General Manager of Imaginova Corporation's digital publishing division, including the flagship property Space.com, founded by CNN's Lou Dobbs and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Earlier in Arcara's career, he co-founded Alliance Custom Communications, to create custom content for marketers seeking to enhance their brands' customer engagement. Arcara was ultimately approached by Random House Publishing to re-launch and lead the business as Random House Custom Media. Arcara was also a co-founder of UGO Networks, which ultimately consisted of over 500 independent affiliate web publishers reaching over 15 million users a month and became one of the nation's largest 18 to 34 male-targeted online entertainment content networks. The UGO founding team was among those pioneering the concept of an online ad-supported publishing network. Arcara served as UGO's Executive Vice President and led multiple operating functions including affiliate network development, sales, and marketing. UGO was purchased by Hearst Corporation in 2006 for approximately $100 million. In 1992, Arcara formed DJA Media, Inc., which focused on turning around underperforming radio stations by improving product and sales. In 1996, DJA Media formed Radio Enterprise, Inc., a joint venture with Clear Channel Communications, through which Clear Channel provided financing to allow Radio Enterprise to expand to a total of four stations under Arcara's leadership. Radio Enterprise was sold to Clear Channel in 1998 after more than doubling its asset value at the peak of government-deregulated consolidation. Arcara is a member of New York Angels, one of the country's leading angel investor organizations, as well as Harvard Business School Angels. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he earned a BA in Philosophy, and holds his MBA from Harvard Business School.