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.
Right now I'm focused almost exclusively on running Seattle Angel Conference 18. If you are interested in connecting with the Seattle Angel Community, please express your interest here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=AJTmxvWtBkCyZ9vnP2NRYSFK-mror3pHoo6Vr4xKt6tUQzZSQU9SOUFVWFZRWUtFS09RMlRCRVBZNC4u and I'll get you plugged in.
➡️ Results-oriented CEO & COO technology executive. Managing Director at Startup Capital Ventures achieving top quartile returns. I serve, or have served, as a Director of numerous companies including PlayFab (acquired by Microsoft ), Xignite, TuneIn (acquired by Innovation Endevors ), Silvertail Systems (acquired by EMC), Interset (acquired by Microfocus ) and TagArray (acquired by Maxim Semi.). ➡️ CAPABILITIES: 25 years as CEO & Venture Capitalist from startup to exit & IPO. I’ve led and advised startups and Fortune 500 companies. My background as a BCG strategy consultant means I can quickly assess & coach what’s needed to achieve a great outcome.➡️ EXPERIENCE: Co-founder of Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) High Technology Practice.➡️ Founding CEO of WorldPages (NYSE:WPZ, later acquired by British Telecom), Co-Founder of Grassroots Enterprise, the first political technology platform (acquired by Edelman.)Stanford MBA & B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of California.Non-profit:I serve as Chairman of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaiʻi, and previously a founding Board Member of Reef Check Hawaiʻi. Sponsor of student membership in the Hawaiʻi Venture Capital Association (HVCA)Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the University of Hawaiʻi. . Avid sailor and cyclist.
VC firm that invests in Series A disruptive consumer internet technology companies. Leverages big data to help companies differentiate, scale, and become profitable. Helps companies succeed quickly by bypassing struggles early stage startups face.
First Round Capital is a venture capital firm which specializes in seed and early-stage investments. The firm invests in companies based in the United States, operating in the technology-based, distribution, marketing focused and advertising sectors. It was founded in 2004 and has offices in San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York.
FirstMark Capital is an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology and technology-enabled companies. The firm primarily seeks to make seed and early stage investments, but also invests in later stage companies and makes follow-on investments through their opportunity fund series. It was founded in 2008 and is based in New York, New York.
Julien Coustaury serves as Managing Partner and Founding Partner at Fil Rouge Capital. Coustaury is a Co-Founder and serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Acceleration Business City. He has over 20 years of relevant experience in manufacturing and services, much of it at CEO level. He has worked in more than 80 countries across five continents and participated in over $1.7bn of purchase, sale and financing transactions. More recently with his partner, he invested in more than 40 early stage ventures, mainly focusing on B2C software with some HW exception like H20Pal, the first hydration tracker on the market. As part of the founding team of Double Recall, Julien attended YCombinator S11 class. Julien currently serves on the board of Symvaro, H20pal and Europronet. He holds a master's Degree in Telecom engineering. He is also an Angel Investor.
Consumer technology that is reimagining the way we live. This includes how we shop (commerce infrastructure, creative shopping experiences, and digital native consumer brands), where we live (real estate, transportation/micro-mobility), and how tech can improve our health and wellness (fertility/reproductive health, aging, and mental health)
B2B SaaS with domain expert founders, as well as big idea/transformational consumer businesses. Founders must be both visionary and execution oriented. Must be well versed on how to appropriately fund their business (without overfunding), maintain quality capital throughout and attract an exit.
Also, really like MLM based businesses, but rarely see them.
Not Interested In
Pre-revenue businesses unless the founders have incredible domain expertise. No interest in unproven consumer apps unless it is VR/AR and has a clear roadmap.