Off the grid ventures
David is a Founder and Managing Partner at Off The Grid Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage venture capital firm. Off The Grid Ventures backs ''off the grid entrepreneurs'', i.e. women and foreign/immigrant entrepreneurs, in the B2B Tech and Fintech arenas. These entrepreneurs are underserved when it comes to early-stage funding, and yet the diversity of their teams lead them to reach great heights. Prior to founding Off The Grid Ventures, David was a Managing Partner at Arc Venture Partners and a Senior Principal at Cipio Partners, both secondary direct venture capital firms. In these capacities, he led and managed investments in successful companies such as Airtight Networks, Broadbus (acquired by Motorola), Continuous Computing (acquired by Radisys), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), DisplayLink, Fortemedia, Impinj (NASDAQ: PI), Polychromix (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB), Verimatrix, and Voltage Security (acquired by Hewlett Packard). Previously, David was an investment manager at the NESBIC CTE Fund, a pan-European early-stage venture capital firm where he notably led the firm’s investments in Outsystems and Oxxio (acquired by Centrica). Before becoming a venture capitalist, David started his career as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers in London and Banque Paribas in Sao Paulo. David holds an MBA from Wharton, a Masters in Applied Economics from the IEP de Paris, a BA in Business Law from Sorbonne University and a BA in Political Sciences from the IEP de Paris.
SEED Capital is Denmarks biggest venture capital fund within the seed segment and specializes in identifying, financing and developing competent and innovative entrepreneurial companies. SEED Capital also manages public funds via a strategic corporation with the innovation incubator Pre-Seed Innovation. Public funding allows SEED Capital to invest in start-ups in the early stages, and private venture capital is invested in the most successful companies in subsequent investment rounds. This business model allows them to invest earlier than most VC companies and to provide substantially more capital than most seed investors. SEED Capital invests in approximately 15 new promising growth companies every year. This is based on a screening of more than 500 business proposals every year and meetings with more than 100 of these opportunities to further investigate or advice on the suggested business ventures. Besides investment SEED Capital assists portfolio companies with value-generating activities such as management support, business development, organizational and strategic development, marketing, and ad hoc operational, financial, and legal assistance.
Shawn Carpenter is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Three Tree Ventures, an early-stage technology startup investment fund that backs exceptional entrepreneurs that are applying technology to market segments with high caps that have had a historically incorrect, ineffective and/or insufficient level of technology application. Additionally, Three Tree Ventures prefers to invest in startups as early as possible, has historically only invested in product companies, and prefers to invest in organizations with one or more U.S. military veteran founder(s). Shawn has also been an LP and Advisor to CrossCut Ventures (http://www.crosscut.vc/home) located in Los Angeles, CA, for over four years. Mr. Carpenter is a globally respected cyber security expert with a broad range of successful early-stage investments, including Compass, Privateer Holdings, Awake Security, GroupSense, White Ops, ThreatGRID (acquired by Cisco), RideScout (acquired by Daimler AG), InAuth (acquired by American Express) and Efflux Systems (acquired by NETSCOUT Systems). Mr. Carpenter is known for his acumen for advising early stage innovators. He has successfully helped Three Tree Ventures portfolio entrepreneurs and their companies raise capital for pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A investment rounds, navigate rough waters, acquire key talent and customers, and help develop short and long-term business strategies. He currently advises CrossCut Ventures, Trinity Cyber, TruSTAR Technology, Cybraics, AgentHero, GroupSense, uStadium and Netswitch Technology Management. He has held key positions at startups where he was an early employee — Principal Forensics Analyst at NetWitness, Chief Technical Analyst at iSIGHT, Chief Strategy Officer at Invotas, and Senior Vice President of Cyber at Cybraics. One of his passions is being the Technical Advisor for a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, and a close friend, Jessica Stern — Connect Our Kids (http://www.connectourkids.org). The organization is applying modern technologies like artificial intelligence and data science to the United States foster care system to improve outcomes. His experience and successful entrepreneurial background (e.g. NetWitness, iSIGHT Partners, Invotas) are coupled with deep technical skills honed while pioneering cyber security protocols for the federal government and working at NetWitness and iSIGHT Partners over the past two decades. Shawn is also a veteran of the US Navy, and qualified as a nuclear operator and chemist during his six years of service in the US Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPS Class 9203). Shawn also worked as a senior cyber security analyst for almost six years as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Sandia National Laboratories. He discovered one of the first documented penetrations of US Government networks. After joining NetWitness as one of the first employees, he helped architect, implement and stand up the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) — at the time the largest deployment of NetWitness gear for a federal client. Mr. Carpenter also worked as a senior analyst at the US Department of State's Cyber Threat Analysis Team (CTAD) from 2004-2007; he was a key member of the 2005 CTAD team that was awarded the prestigious Frank B. Rowlett Trophy For Organizational Achievement by the National Security Agency. Shawn has been tinkering with computers since he bought his first computer, a TRS-80 Model I, in late 1978 at the age of 10. He has been curious about almost everything since he was born, and enjoys playing slide guitar, banjo and trumpet, metal detecting with his kids, climbing tall trees, building forts high in tall trees, lucid dreaming, experimenting with brain/machine interfaces, building robotic banshees, and hacking all of the things. Mr. Carpenter has a particular affection for blues and jazz, and is an investor in a John Coltrane biography — ''Chasing Trane'' (https://www.coltranefilm.com). His investments span everything from being the first money in at Rumi Spice (https://www.rumispice.com), a sustainable saffron growing enterprise founded by three West Point graduates that served in Herat, Afghanistan, that three years later is the largest private employer of Afghan women in the world, with over 2000 women employees. In May 2017, Mark Cuban became an investor in the saffron startup. In September of 2018, Rumi Spice's saffron became available nationwide in all Whole Food Markets. Shawn is a native of Sioux Falls, SD, and credits his very patient wife -- Dr. Jennifer Jacobs, his Mother, his brother, Shane, South Dakota roots, and mentors and friends like Aaron Walters, Amit Yoran, Paul Garrett, Fraser Verrusio, Jeff Cesnik, Mischel Kwon, Kendall Millard, Gary Golomb, Paul Kurtz, Dave Haugen (his high school band director) and many, many others for his scrappiness, successes and ability to recover from failures.
Right Side Capital Management is a venture capital firm that focuses on making investments in the pre-seed stage. It invests in the United States and Canada based companies specializing in the technology sector. The firm was founded in 2010 and is based in San Francisco, California.
Ethan Batraski serves as Vice President at Venrock. He is an Angel Investor. Ethan joined Venrock, focusing on emerging technologies that rewire industries, including robotics, autonomy, space/aeronautics, decentralized systems, and agriculture, after 15+ years as a product & design executive. He sits on the boards of Osmo Systems and SkyRyse. Prior to Venrock, Ethan was a Product Leader at Facebook leading a $15B+ revenue business, and was a Partner at ProFounder, a pre-seed angel syndicate focused on deep technology breakthroughs. Previously, he was the VP Product & Design at Box, leading new products and growth from $150M to $400M ARR through IPO, the VP Product & Design at Adchemy through their acquisition by @WalmartLabs, and was the founding product & design leader at RiseSmart (acquired by Randstad) and Headcase Labs (acquired). He spent time earlier in his career leading the Search Business at Yahoo! and Consumer Products at Symantec. Ethan has 16 patents issued or pending across semantic search, recommendation models, and predictive syste
Extreme Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. The firm seeks to make investments in pre-seed and seed stage firms focused on big data, mobile, internet and technology sectors. It also provides acceleration program through Extreme Accelerators. It was founded in 2007 and is based in Toronto, Canada.
Sapna Shah serves as Principal at Red Giraffe Advisors. She serves as Board Member at Modalyst. She is a Board Observer of Stantt. She is also Advisory Board Member of TresseNoire. She is an angel investor, retail expert and three-time entrepreneur. Through Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna makes angel and early-stage seed investments in retail, fashion and consumer start-ups and offers advisory services to early-stage companies. Select investments include: The Wing, Message Yes, Stantt, Wondermile, Swoonery, Findmine, Modalyst, Monica + Andy and Iterate Studio. Sapna is also the founder of Retail X Series, a retail startup boot camp program for pre-seed stage founders who are revolutionizing the future of retail. Sapna has also served on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, one of the most active angel groups in the world. Prior to Red Giraffe Advisors, Sapna co-founded and led Retail Eye Partners, a successful independent Wall Street equity research firm for eight years. At Retail Eye, Sapna assessed the monthly and quarterly performance of major retailers in the specialty, big box and department store sectors through intensive channel checks and analysis. Simultaneously, in 2012, Sapna co-founded a menswear e-commerce retailer, Mind the Chap, and led the Marketing and Web Development areas of the company. She also has over eight years of experience working for retailers in the specialty apparel and home furnishings sectors. Prior to the founding of Retail Eye Partners, Sapna was Executive Director of Strategy and Customer Insight at Linens 'n Things, Inc. In this capacity, she was responsible for customer targeting and segmentation, market and consumer research, corporate strategic planning, new business rollouts and competitive benchmarking. Prior to Linens 'n Things, Sapna was Director of Strategic Planning & New Business Development at Ann Taylor, where she worked on launching Ann Taylor's e-commerce site, developing a color cosmetics line, visioning the store of the future and improving store operations. Sapna also has experience at Gap, Inc. Previous to her career in retail, Sapna worked in investment banking at Punk, Ziegel & Knoell and at Morgan Stanley as a credit analyst. Sapna received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Alain Rodermann is founder and managing partner of Expon Capital, a global VC firm started in 2015, based in Luxembourg and focusing on early stage exponentially growing digital ventures with a positive impact. Portfolio includes Catalyte, Spire Global, Itravel, Finarta, Wizata, Nannybag. He spent the first 8 years of his career in technical positions, leveraging his studies in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science. He understood in 1995 that Internet Technologies would revolutionize the entire IT industry and decided to be part of this revolution by joining the startups ecosystem. After an MBA in 1997, He joined Innovacom, the Venture Arm of France Telecom, invested in early stage companies and had notable successes with the IPOs of Netvalue, Integra and Lastminute.com, a company that generated $3 billion in yearly revenues just 6 years after inception. He became a Partner at Sofinnova in 1999, a leading Pan European Venture Capital Firm with a diversified early stage Life Science / IT strategy. He experienced the Dotcom boom and burst and the tough years that followed, for both start-ups and VCs. In this context, he managed to secure successes in Europe and the US (Email Vision, Maximiles, Atomz and Wyplay). He left Sofinnova in 2009 to start his own venture investments vehicle after 12 years of VC experience, 7 IPOs and having been through bear and bull cycles. Arenatis Capital was dedicated to pre-seed investments in Internet Services and Drug Development, his preferred sectors. The portfolio includes promising companies like Geneanet, Welovewords, Sirdata, and GMP Orphan. He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from, Supelec, graduated Summa cum laude from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) where he obtained an MBA. He also holds an associate Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.
Startup investor, entrepreneur and technologist with a passion for launching startups, both for-profit and non-profit in Silicon Valley. Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Grit Labs. Grit Labs believes artificial intelligence is changing the world. We fund pre-seed and seed-stage Robotics + AI startups that are disrupting major verticals like construction, transportation, agtech, and logistics. Grit’s founding team, Jennifer Gill Roberts and Kelly Coyne, have over 30 years of investment and hardware experience and combined, have served in executive roles in 10 deep tech start-ups. Grit is the result of the merger of a seed-stage fund and an AI Go-To-Market firm. Startups within the Grit community benefit from their seasoned guidance during every phase of the often tumultuous journey to market. Co-founded and served as Chair of the Watermark (fka Forum for Women Entrepreneurs) for over a decade. Watermark has 1000 + members including venture-backed CEOs, venture and law firm partners and senior corporate executives. Served on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Science at the University of Texas at Austin, the Stanford School of Engineering Venture Fund and a number of additional non-profit boards. Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Pre-seed angel investor in fintech, biotech and medtech. Evolving interest in Impact Investing.
Adam Rothenberg is a Partner at BoxGroup, a New York City based investment fund. BoxGroup invests in talented entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies and with visions to create the next generation of category defining businesses. BoxGroup is an investor in over 120 seed stage technology companies including Vine, GroupMe, Blue Apron, BarkBox, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Flatiron Health, DataMinr, Behance, Handybook, IFTTT, SmartThings and more. Adam Rothenberg is a Co-founder and Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based early stage venture capital fund. BoxGroup invests in pre-seed and seed rounds with the goal of backing talented entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies and with visions to create the next generation of category defining businesses. Investments include Blue Apron, Trello, PillPack, Flatiron Health, Sunrise, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Behance, Smart Things, Stripe and more. Adam was previously the Director of TechStars in New York City. TechStars is a mentorship-driven seed stage accelerator program. Prior to joining TechStars, Adam spent 4 years investing in the public markets at a hedge fund in New York City. Adam attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he concentrated in Finance and minored in Fine Arts. Adam is a native New Yorker.