Headquarters: New York, NY
Sectors: cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, hardware, drones, enterprise cloud software, and crowdfunding
Description: ff Venture Capital was founded in 2008 and since then has invested in 90+ companies and helped to create aggregate market value exceeding $4 billion. They were founded by John Frankel and Alex Katz, who are general partners at the firm, Alex also serves as CFO. The firm’s other general partners include David Tenten, Michael Faber, and Adam Plotkin. Their team of over 25 people actively works with founders to develop products, target markets, and accelerate growth.
Their funding criteria seeks out those who create new technologies and build upon the expanding capabilities of technology to develop new markets, change behaviors, and solve important problems. They are looking for new ideas and business models before they become established themes, not once they have become mainstream. They want game changers and believe the best companies define their own categories. A few examples of their consistent investing themes include: deep software stack that enables new functionality, efficiencies, and cost savings; Low-cost/High-value networks that tend to gain new users at low marginal cost and improve the user experience with each marginal user.
ff Venture Capital does not only provide capital but, every company receives support of their Acceleration Team, which provides hands-on and comprehensive guidance and resources to each of their portfolio companies’ management teams. With them they provide a team of expertise in communications, marketing and branding, recruiting, product engineering and strategy, financial modeling, account and budgeting, community management, and strategic and partner development. In all of their guidance they provide, ff Venture Capital’s main focus is to keep value over valuation.
- Socure $13M / Series B
- Dashbot $2M / Seed (Lead)
- Estify $6.3M / Series B
- cielo24 $1.07M / Convertible Note