SoftTech VC

A Palo Alto-based venture capital firm that invests in e-commerce, mobile services, and SaaS companies

Uncork Capital, also known as “SoftTech VC”, is a venture capital firm in Palo Alto that invests in companies within the e-commerce, mobile services, and SaaS sectors. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Clavier in Palo Alto, California, the firm invests in debt, early stage ventures, late stage ventures, and seed stages. This firm usually invests in Series A, Seed, Series B, and Series C rounds. The notable investment portfolio of Uncork Capital includes Vidyard, Huckleberry, Memfault, DroneDeploy, and Loft Orbital.

Uncork Capital typically invests $500K to $1.5M in seed-stage startups within three years. As of January 2020, Uncork Capital has made 417 investments and 113 exits.

Timeline

2004

Founded

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Top Hat (company)

Top Hat is a company founded by Mike Silagadze. Top Hat produces software aimed at increasing engagement in students. The software allows users to integrate videos and graphics and customize interactive textbooks.

A technology company making a air purifier using nanotechnology to destroy pollutants.

Fab is an e-commerce company founded by Jason Goldberg.

Vidyard is a company providing a video marketing platform for businesses. It participated in the S11 cohort of Y Combinator.

SendGrid is a cloud-based email delivery platform for delivering transactional and marketing emails. Founded in 2009, it IPOd on the New York Stock Exchange in 2017 and was acquired by Twilio in 2019.

Tulip Retail is a Canadian enterprise software company that develops products for retailers, focusing on mobile applications for store workers. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Kitchener, London and New York City. Retailers using Tulip include Mulberry and Kate Spade New York.

Isocket is an advertising company.

Gigwalk is a San Francisco-based company founded by Ariel Seidman.

Shippo provides a multi-carrier API and dashboard to help merchants and platforms get real-time rates, print labels, automate international paperwork, track package delivery, and verify addresses.

OnboardIO is a company providing a hiring platform for businesses.

Self-service platform to create machine learning applications

Visual.ly is a San Francisco-based company.

Movieclips is a Los Angeles-based company.

Phil is a mobile commerce company founded by Deepak Thomas.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Jeff Clavier

Managing Partner

Andy McLoughlin

Partner

Ashley Cravens

Director Of Operations & Head of Platform

Caden Jennings

Office Manager

Charles Hudson

Venture Partner

Lisa Cohen

Executive Assistant

Stephanie Palmeri

Partner

Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Bigfinite

Crossbeam

DroneDeploy

Fountain

Huckleberry

Human Interest

Koan

Loft Orbital

Memfault

Messari

References

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