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.
I'm particularly interested in the intersection of food and digital technology, both consumer-facing and B2B. This includes cutting edge media and advertising plays, grocery-tech, new restaurant technology, especially for back-of-house management, consumer data investments, food waste and packaging innovation, and supply chain management / logistics.
I also am interested in exploring travel-tech investments, both on the consumer and enterprise levels.
➡️ 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.
Christopher Shonk is the Co-Founder and serves as Partner at ATX Seed Ventures. He also serves as a Board Member, Advisor and Investor at Everfest and IdealSpot. He also serves as Board Member at Incent Games. He served as Managing Director of Liahona ventures. He co-founded an investment bank, and has operated, advised, and invested in consumer service and tech companies for over a decade. He is a graduate of the Acton School of Business.
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.