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
Industry
Website
Location
Front (company)

A software company making a workplace email communication platform for remote and office work.

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

Coder is an Austin, Texas-based developer of open-source tools and an enterprise platform to configure, secure and scale development environments.

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.

BetterDoctor, a technology company, delivers provider directory data and has a database that can be accessed through a responsive API.

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

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

Survata is a marketing research company selling brand intelligence.

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

Ubooly is a Boulder, Colorado-based company founded by Isaac Squires.

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.

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

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

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
SoftTech VC Breakout Fund I, L.P.
30,000,000
3,000,000
January 19, 2016
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

Jeff Clavier

Founder & Partner

Kat Dawe

Employee

Marc Ruxin

Investor

Michael Kim

Investor

Michael Tanne

Investor

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
August 18, 2020
WebWire
Flux, the internal mobility platform that helps employees grow their skills while contributing to business critical work, today announced its launch out of stealth and $3 million in funding, led by Uncork Capital and Amplify Partners. , , , , Due to layoffs and hiring freezes, companies are being forced to get the most out of the headcount they have. At the same time, employers are competing for top talent and finding themselves in costly, ongoing hiring cycles. In either case, existing "H...
Ingrid Lunden
August 10, 2020
TechCrunch
Angel funding, seed investing and generally focusing on earlier stage investing is a huge business in the world of startups these days -- it helps investors get in early to the most promising companies, and (because of the smaller size of the checks) allows for even the less prolific to spread their bets. There was [...]

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