San Francisco, California
$500k - $20.0m
$3.0m
Early-stage technology startups with proven product traction and scientific invention as key competitive advantage (revenue is good to have but not a requirement) Examples: Artificial intelligence / neural networks Autonomous vehicles / self-driving cars Deep tech Cannabis (hemp) Silicon / new chips / edge computing Video processing on the edge Innovation for oil and gas / metallurgy / coal and other "old" industries Consumer financial services (scoring, credit, factoring, freelancer financing)
Not interested in technologies that (1) hard to scale (2) require a lot of capital to win (3) I don't understand (4) evil Examples include: - Vertical marketplaces (too expensive to scale, CAC>LTV) - Tobacco/vaping (evil) - Blockchain for X (too early) - ICOs
CompanyDeal TypeAmountDate
People.aiSeed Round$120KAug 2016
Cherry LabsSeed Round$900KApr 2016
Diamond FoundrySeries A$100MNov 2015
Kiana AnalyticsConvertible Note$1MApr 2015
FiscalNoteSeries A$7MNov 2014
PixleeSeed Round$1.5MOct 2013
ToonboxSeed Round$100KAug 2009
Managing Partner GVA Capital2015 - Present
General Manager, Consumer & Online - Russia Microsoft2009 - 2011
Country Manager - Russia & CIS Adobe Systems2006 - 2009
Country Manager, Russia & CIS Siebel Systems2004 - 2006
Director Sputnik Labs2001 - 2004
CEO Actis Systems1997 - 2000
Stanford Continuing Studies Continuing Studies Degree Creative Writing, A
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Computer Science
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) BS Computer Science in Global Ecology
Moscow School #5 (1230) Master of Science (MS) Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
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