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Stage 1 Ventures works hard for companies that we partner with – our funding model demands it. We wouldn’t want it any other way – when Partner, Portfolio companies and Limited Partner objectives are aligned, great things happen.

Read on to learn about our current market targets and portfolio companies, or visit our track record detailing companies we’ve had the honour of working with throughout the years.

What we’re looking for

Stage 1 Ventures focuses on the following industry sectors:

Mobile Industry

Stage 1 Ventures Mobile Industry PortfolioWith over two billion mobile subscribers globally (1/3 of the worlds population) and 850+ million new handsets being deployed annually, the mobile phone has quickly become the third screen in our lives. We are particularly interested in capital efficient projects that have the ability to achieve hyper-growth, sometimes in partnership with tier-1 wireless carriers, other times standalone. These efforts focus on dramatically increase revenue per user and reduce customer churn via cutting edge content, applications, or infrastructure to deliver new data services. Key mobile sub-sectors for Stage 1 Ventures include:

  • Search and advertising
  • Consumer entertainment, including games, music, and video
  • Content management and distribution
  • Communication, including video sharing, SMS, MMS, and social networking
  • Enterprise and consumer applications
  • Productivity enhancement
  • Infrastructure to support all of the above

Portfolio members include:

Marxent offers market-leading expertise in the latest Mobile Augmented Reality technologies backed by over 50 years of combined marketing and software development experience.
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Based on its patented technology, OnePIN provides secure, permission-based solutions to help people manage and maintain relationships across networks and devices.
dondeEsta offers a complete set of mobile tracking tools to protect you and your family.
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BitPlay Today takes popular mobile games and turns them into a competitive arena where you compete to win Bitcoins against other players.
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WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
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Scratch Wireless is a free talk, text & data plan.
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Amino Apps create a connected community of a variety of different fan bases such as Dr. Who – a British television show – through numerous apps allowing fans to talk amongst themselves.
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Origin Wireless is a machine to machine services company providing solutions to various industries and verticals.
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Vivoom turns user content into branded mobile video marketing that converts at the highest response rates on mobile.
ReferralMob
ReferralMob makes it easy for you and your friends to find jobs.
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Golden Gate Games brings together Chinese publishing expertise and western development practices for the mobile gaming industry.

Consumer/Business Cloud

Stage 1 Ventures Consumer/Business Cloud Portfolio Forget Web 2.0. SaaS is a start. While current Web communications are conducted via the exchange of pages, the new software model will use distributed executables. Think peer to peer with a purpose. Now, intelligence is at both ends – resulting in a personalized, high-IQ, interactive, valuable conversation.

Portfolio members include:

Magnify.net is a video publishing platform that makes it easy for end users to integrate user-generated video into your website or create a video channel from scratch.
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Tesora brings the flexibility of cloud architectures to all dimensions of your database layer. ParElastic operates on one simple principle; database architecture should be flexible, scalable and cost effective without sacrificing one workload for the optimization of another.
Deep offers an innovative general purpose database that brings unprecedented scale, simplicity and speed to data-driven decision making at large organizations.
Vivox partners with many of the leading developers and publishers in gaming, virtual world and other online communities, to connect and engage users through voice – anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Luvo provides ambitious college students with the best online tutors and study materials they need to achieve academic success. Our learning platform enables the Luvo community to buy and sell high-quality tutoring and original study materials– 24/7.
Sworkit is a fitness app that takes you through 5-60+ minute strength, yoga, pilates and stretching workouts requiring no equipment. Additional options allows both novices and professionals to create and share custom routines from a growing library of over 170 different exercises.
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BitPlay Today takes popular mobile games and turns them into a competitive arena where you compete to win Bitcoins against other players.
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Amino Apps create a connected community of a variety of different fan bases such as Dr. Who – a British television show – through numerous apps allowing fans to talk amongst themselves.
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KiteDesk is a sales platform that combines CRM automation, social selling and sales intelligence in an easy-to-use web-based solution.
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Speedy Packets is a well-funded stealth-mode startup backed by private investors to improve the performance of fundamental network protocols such as TCP/IP over lossy congested networks.
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Origin Wireless is a machine to machine services company providing solutions to various industries and verticals.
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Vivoom turns user content into branded mobile video marketing that converts at the highest response rates on mobile.
ReferralMob
ReferralMob makes it easy for you and your friends to find jobs.
Smartvid.io
Smartvid.io is building a cloud-based platform to help AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) companies manage, collaborate and analyze their industrial video and photos
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Golden Gate Games brings together Chinese publishing expertise and western development practices for the mobile gaming industry.
Visage Payroll
Visage Payroll was founded based around a simple idea; Free payroll with cutting edge features for small businesses.
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Navut understands how stressful moving to a new area can be. We have created a stress-free, reliable process that will help find the best neighborhood for you..
Commerce Signals
Commerce Signals’ neutral data marketplace enables data providers and data buyers to collaborate with fresh 1st party data to make faster decisions in advertising and marketing measurement and effectiveness.
BlueShift Research
BlueShift Research offers a new, fundamental market research approach for investors, answering questions from Wall Street that are either very controversial, not being discussed or are new/unique ideas

Connected Car Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Connected Car Portfolio Perhaps the greatest potential for popular smartphone or tablet software and services is not in household appliances like TVs and refrigerators, or in wearable devices like wrist watches, but in cars. To state the obvious: Cars are inherently mobile. Additionally, many of the activities people do in their cars – listen to music, look up directions – mesh nicely with popular app-mediated activities on mobile gadgets. Americans spend an average of 1.2 hours a day traveling between locations and American commuters spend an average of 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.

If mobile apps and Internet-based services can shoehorn their way into the in-car environment, that means a great opportunity to expand their ability to engage consumers, absorb their attention, and gather data.

Portfolio members include:

PhantomAlert empowers GPS and smartphone-equipped motorists with the infomation and tools to avoid traffic tickets.
Autonet Mobile is an internet based Telematics and Applications service platform for the Automotive transportation market.
Openbay is changing the way people get their autos repaired and maintained.
Carvoyant provides drivers a trusted health record for their car and creating the largest automotive service history dataset in the industry.
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TriLumina is a semiconductor laser technology company which develops, manufactures and integrates among the fastest and most powerful semiconductor laser solutions in the world.

Pay For Performance Marketing / Advertising

Stage 1 Ventures Pay For Performance Marketing & Advertising PortfolioBack to the Future. Ten years ago, it was the internet that threw the telecom, media and marketing worlds into chaos. This time, it will be the mobile phone. Mobile media – be it sponsored ringtones, song downloads, promotional music videos – all require new marketing approaches to display, track and monetize the increasing demand.

Change is not limited to the mobile platform alone. Today, 20% of all media consumption is occurring on the web, yet only 4.5% of advertising dollars have migrated to the Internet thus far. With $65B in traditional Madison Avenue advertising dollars finding their way into new media delivery mechanisms, one could certainly project that there will be a land grab going on in pay-for-performance marketing industry.

Portfolio members include:

inStream Media provides innovative solutions to retailers and brands through targeted advertising and promotions at the point-of-sale in retail locations.
OwnerIQ creates new opportunities for advertisers by providing self-support information for common consumer products.
Promoboxx is a local brand-to-retailer marketing firm.
Ditto’s image-recognition technology reveals the truth about how people actually interact with your products and brands.
Mobee provides real-time store intelligence – collecting & analyzing data from customers visiting stores and packaging it into insights that improve business.
Sitewit provides a do-it-yourself search engine marketing solution using engagement marketing and predictive scoring to optimize website and paid search campaigns.
Coherent Path represents the next evolution of analytics for retailers intent on understanding and connecting with their customers.
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Zooppa is the world’s leading source of user-generated advertising, committed to the vision of real people and innovative brands working together.
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Viralgains puts your branded video in front of a targeted audience for maximum exposure, engagement and results.

Security Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Security PortfolioUbiquitous Internet connectivity has a dark side. Hackers and thieves have broken into the computer defenses of countless companies, putting millions of Americans’ personal data at risk. Disclosure of such events have become mainstream, thanks in part to state legislation requiring public admission of privacy breaches. End users are also targets – be it spyware, adware and phishing schemes, privacy is constantly under attack. Gartner predicts that the security market is currently an 8B industry, which will only get larger as vendors continue to expand protection from such attacks.

Portfolio members include:

Delfigo Security offers a risk based, multi-factor, identity management solution that enables compliance with regulatory mandates at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
DropFire is a leading software development company dedicated to the interoperability of public safety data across agencies and networks.

Innovator Portfolio

Stage 1 Ventures Innovator Portfolio Some companies break the mold. Fall outside of normal conventions. We embrace such solutions, and are proud to back those who run outside of the lines.

Portfolio members include:

Wing Power Energy Inc is an early stage company that develops small vertical wind turbines – a market projected to grow 10 fold by 2015 in the US market alone.
Banshee Wines is a négociant-éleveur crafting quality wines for discriminating buyers.
Newburyport Brewing Company is dedicated to producing a wide range of high quality craft beer to local and regional markets in the Massachusetts area.
Glanola provides an innovative beverage line cleaning solution to brewing and hospitality companies.
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WiTricity helps integrate efficient, safe wireless power transfer technology into your products and systems.
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Reticare is a sheet of eye protection that reduces emissions of short wavelength light when using screens.
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LivBlends is a smoothie delivery service that seeks to create a healthier and well priced alternative to fast food.
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ArtLifting is a low-profit limited liability company. The scalable art marketplace provides homeless and disabled individuals the opportunity to earn their own income.
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lumen.aero uses NDVI imagery (or the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) – a simple graphical indicator that analyzes remote sensing measurements, and assess whether the target being observed contains live green vegetation or not
talla.io
Talla is a stealth startup focused on the B2B Machine Intelligence marketplace.

Track Record

View our track record detailing companies we’ve had the honor of working with throughout the years.