Uncork Capital

Uncork Capital

Uncork Capital is an early stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. The firm was formerly known as SoftTech VC.

Uncork Capital (formerly known as SoftTech VC) is an early stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. Backed primarily by institutional investors.

The firm invests across B2B and B2C opportunities including SaaS, software infrastructure, developer tools, marketplaces, consumer services, and hardware. Notable portfolio companies include Vungle, Fitbit ($FIT), Sendgrid ($SEND), Eventbrite, Wildfire (acquired by Google), Mint (acquired by Intuit), Postmates, Poshmark, Front, LaunchDarkly, Molukule, Shippo, Hired, ClassDojo, StyleSeat, and Vidyard.

Founder Jeff Clavier started making angel investments in 2004. In 2011, the first SoftTech VC fund of $15 million was raised; representing one of the original institutionalized super angel funds.

Team

  • In 2010, Charles Hudson joined as a Partner. He later left the firm in 2016 to found his own Venture Capital Firm: Precursor Ventures
  • In 2011, Stephanie Palmeri joined the firm as a Senior Associate. In 2016 she was promoted to Partner
  • In 2015, Andy McLoughlin joined as a Venture Partner. In 2016 he was promoted to Partner

There are three investing partners at the firm - Jeff Clavier, Andy McLoughlin and Stephanie Palmeri.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

Vungle (Vungle, Inc.) is startup which powers video advertisements inside of mobile apps and games.

Human Interest (formerly Captain 401) is a company that participated in the S15 cohort of Y Combinator. It offers 401(k) retirement plans for small businesses and startups. It was founded in 2015 and is located in San Francisco, California.

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

Survata is a marketing research company selling brand intelligence.

Wonderschool offers a platform where people can start infant and toddler programs and preschools out of their homes.

Ubooly is a company founded by Isaac Squires.

Crossbeam is a collaborative data platform that helps companies build more valuable partnerships.

A deep learning company that develops and builds OS for Brick & Mortar Retail

Use Coder Enterprise to eliminate time wasted configuring, securing, and powering development environments. Let developers focus on the product.

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.

Tempo Automation is a software-driven factory using data, analytics and automation for prototyping in hardware development environments to manufacture printed circuit board assemblies.

Huckleberry is a San Francisco-based insurance company.

Fritz is a Boston-based company founded by Dan Abdinoor.

Pared is a San Francisco-based restaurant company founded by Dave Lu.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Description
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed

35,000,000
14,525,000
January 5, 2011

100,000,000
January 19, 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Alon Rotem

Attorney

Andy McLoughlin

Partner

Ashley Cravens

Director of Operations

Ben Smith

Investor

Caden Jennings

Office Operations and Community Manager

Charles Hudson

Former Partner

Hans Swildens

Investor

Founder & Partner

Kat Dawe

Employee

Marc Ruxin

Investor

Michael Kim

Investor

Michael Tanne

Investor

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