WE OFTEN LEAD THE INVESTMENT ROUND, PROVIDING MOMENTUM CAPITAL TO HIGH-GROWTH COMPANIES WITH ANNUALIZED REVENUE RUN RATE BETWEEN USD 2 AND 12 MILLION.
AFTER INVESTMENT, WE REMAIN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN ALL OF OUR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES BY SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATING CREATIVE AND ANALYTICAL STRATEGIES TO THEIR EXISTING CREATIVE VISION AS WE BUILD THEIR BRANDS FROM THE GROUND UP.
DO WE BELIEVE IN THE VISION AND POTENTIAL OF THE FOUNDERS AND MANAGEMENT?
ARE WE PERSONALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE PRODUCT?
DOES IT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE?
DOES THE BUSINESS MODEL MAKE SENSE?
Boisson, founded by Nick Bodkins and Barrie Arnold, is a brand that specializes in non-alcoholic options for the modern drinker. With a thriving web business and a rapidly expanding brick and mortar presence on both coasts the company is poised to be the premier destination for discovering new and inventive mocktails and alcohol-free spirits.
“Exasperated by the pandemic’s side-effects on drinking habits, the current alcohol-free movement gained space to grow, and even become mainstream, with restaurants prioritizing mocktails on their menus and the sober-curious extending dry months beyond the traditional ‘Dry January.'”
Material Kitchen is a cutting-edge cookware company that specializes in aesthetically-pleasing and high-performance tools for the at-home chef for an affordable price. This marriage of form and function is the brainchild of co-founders Eunice Byun and David Nguyen, both seasined retail executives before starting the business in 2018.
“Our approach has consistently been: How can this feel like a practical indulgence? And that’s something we hold true and try so hard with every new product, and it shows in the way we’ve built our assortment that we aren’t a one trick pony.” Eunice Byun
Quip is the first ever subscription-based oral health service. Named one of TIME magazine’s best inventions of 2016, this electric toothbrush has revolutionized the industry through its incredible product design and transparency on oral health education
“A simple, affordable, battery-powered toothbrush that works like its counterparts from Oral-B and Sonicare—a two-minute timer vibrates every 30 seconds, reminding users to switch positions—but looks and feels like something you’d find in an Apple store; customers can also opt for a matte metallic finish.”
Eight Sleep is a revolutionary technology company focused on helping people live a healthier life via the understanding and optimization of their sleeping habits. They create both complete mattresses as well as mattress covers, among other bedding accessories. These products are app-connected for you to have a total image of one of the most important parts of your life – sleep.
“The company invented a system that tracks time awake, breathing rate and number of tosses and turns through a mattress cover embedded with sensors. An app then “grades” user’s sleep, allowing them to adjust their sleeping habits.” – NYTimes
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream started in Spring 2008 with a single ice cream truck and a dream to create the best ice cream from the simplest ingredients. Since then, they’ve expanded to a factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that creates all of their Classic and Vegan flavors for their stores and trucks in NYC and LA. From humble beginnings to a mini ice cream empire, Van Leeuwen is quickly expanding to more grocery stores and locations.
Cleancult is throwing away the conventional cleaning model and building a better system from scratch. One that’s good for you, your home, and our world. Along the way, they’ve discovered sustainable design, zero-waste packaging, and real, coconut-based ingredients that actually do the dirty work..
Co-founders, Ryan Lupberger & Zachary Bedrosian, set out to rethink every aspect of cleaning. Conventional cleaners contain untested, potentially toxic chemicals, and even some natural cleaners still use plastic bottles that end up in landfills, while others don’t produce a powerful enough clean. A shipment from Cleancult arrives in fully-loaded, evergreen glass bottles, and your refills are delivered in eco-friendly packaging like milk cartons.
“Back To The Roots” is a start-up that aims to change the way the next generation views and experiences its relationship to everyday foods. Founded by two eager and dedicated Berkeley grads, this company wants to introduce families, especially urban families and kids, to the sources of their food, and provide a template for healthier eating, especially in underserved and low-income communities.
Like so many of the progressive companies created by millennials that are springing up across the social and economic landscape, this one is fueled by creativity and powered by passion. Chasing the almighty dollar without conscience or concern has become passe; chasing down values with an emphasis on workable models is the new norm. The conscience of an emerging generation has fused with technology and business savvy to create a new paradigm, and one that is sorely needed and decidedly admirable