Our portfolio companies span a range of verticals, but they have one thing in common: they strive to eliminate waste. They create significant value out of under-utilized assets. They use precious resources efficiently, reduce overhead, empower individuals, put people to work and help communities grow. They enable more timely and relevant products and experiences, remove friction, and shorten the distance between supply and demand. They invent new business models that change the economics of an industry.
People expect instant gratification.
If something cannot be done on a smart phone then it cannot be done.
We want everything to be easy. One tap.
Social connections and ratings provide reputation and trust.
It’s now easy to connect based on specific mobile location.
Not your typical venture team. We’re a diverse team with
a vast set of complementary expertise rooted in entrepreneurial success. We have created and built companies that have been acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars. We’ve spotted the billion-dollar plus ‘unicorns’ with early investments in Uber and Salesforce.
With over 70 years combined experience, we bring ideas, guidance and support to our portfolio companies across a wide range of expertise including: Engineering, Sales, Marketing/PR, Science, Media/Entertainment, Law, Politics/Policy.
She attended Oxford University and NYU where she has also served as adjunct professor and Trustee.
Jillian sits on numerous additional boards including Box.org, Center for Investigative Reporting, Iggbo, Flyp, and College Track. She served seven years as Chair of The Woman’s Conference where she joined Maria Shriver to create the largest women’s conference in the world. 15,700 women, all “Architects of Change.”
As an active philanthropist, she created the Manus Family Foundation whose mission is “to create paths of safety and self-sufficiency for women and children.” The two primarily levers of investment for her are education and health.
After selling the agency, he played leadership roles in technology and advisory roles for Dell, NASCAR, F1, NFL, Qualcomm and Pixar. He currently is an advisor to brands and early growth-stage companies, angel investor, and he first joined as a Director, Portfolio and LP Community, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Structure Capital, and now is a Partner for the fund. Jacob stepped in as Chief Technology Officer for Copia during the Y-Combinator W’16 batch, a portfolio company.
Jacob proudly has a daughter in tech, currently in University studying Computer Science and Mathematics.
The special sauce we offer our portfolio companies is a creative branding experience called Brand Camp. The talented team of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (GSP) is our grand partner for Brand Camp, who is part of the Omnicom Group, the third largest global ad agency.
Together we distill, we craft, we create a truthful narrative of the brand, which is the foundation of the brand that these companies can build upon.
"It's Powerful, It Works, its Fast, It’s Fun. It’s the Future"
We look for founders who are fueled by ideas and ideals. They define success in terms of building value for investors, customers, employees, and their community. Both tenacious and empathetic, they’ll overcome any obstacle to succeed. These are the entrepreneurs that turn ideas into powerful brands with a purpose and a point of view.
When Jillian Manus was invited to be a judge on
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