Our Investment Sectors
Many of our investments are on the demand side of energy markets and involve applying IT to better management and intelligent decisions about energy consumption, distribution and storage. Similarly, we look for IT-driven opportunities in resource efficiency and value reclamation – often involving eliminating inefficiencies or converting waste, discarded or underutilized assets into something of value. We also see potential in advanced materials and product companies in energy markets so long as substantial technical challenges can be overcome early and products can be commercialized in a capital efficient manner.
Representative Investments: Adura Technologies, Alphabet Energy, Clean Power Finance, ecoATM, EcoFactor, Energy Cache, Project FROG, and Sentilla.
We look for companies that enable better healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes at dramatically lower prices. Many businesses we fund are capitalizing on the revolution occurring in medicine driven by the convergence of genomics and Moore’s Law. This theme is driving enormous opportunities in genomics, diagnostics and online patient and provider centric services. We strongly prefer products that can be delivered to market with minimal regulatory approval.
Representative Investments: AssureRx, Fluxion Biosciences, Gene Security Networks, Geneweave Biosciences, and Tibion.
Payments, Commerce and Online:
We look for companies connecting people and capitalizing on data to disrupt existing industries and enable new services. In particular, we love companies finding the “signal in the noise”, empowering consumer and individuals, creating new business models around payments, and developing online and mobile approaches to revolutionizing commerce.
Representative Investments: Billeo, Clean Power Finance, EcoATM, Lefora, Property Bridge, SmartZip, and Sociogramics.
OUR INVESTMENT STAGE
Our first investment is typically alongside angel investors or in a company’s initial round of venture finance. Our strategy is to lead this round and continue to provide strategic and financial support throughout a company’s growth. We help entrepreneurs build strong investor syndicates along the way who can help expand the resources and expertise to enable successful transitions through each phase of growth.
ACTIVE, EARLY INVESTORS
We know what it takes to build a company—we’ve been there. As early-stage investors, we take a hands-on approach to help our portfolio companies sharpen their strategies, develop their technologies, create alliances and establish the elements of a successful, sustainable business. We build strong mentoring and partnering relationships with every entrepreneur we support.