A Silicon Valley venture funded company that delivers innovative technologies to enable safe autonomous airborne operations. The company is privately held and backed by multiple investors.
Signia Venture Partners | Ed Cluss
Ed is an experienced executive, investor, and mentor. He has been the CEO of several Silicon Valley venture-backed companies and collaborated with NEA for over 15 years as a venture advisor. Ed was CEO of InfoGear Technologies, a company he sold to Cisco in 2000. InfoGear developed and launched the original “iPhone” in 1997. This internet appliance provided consumers with telephony, email, web browsing and e-commerce, along with localized news, sports, and weather.
Earlier in his career, Ed was at Aspect Telecommunications serving as the VP of Marketing and Corporate Development. He helped Aspect become the 2nd highest appreciating public stock company during his final 5 years at the company. Ed has built, acquired, and managed product development, sales, and operating organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.
Ed currently serves on the boards of Blue Talon, Kurbo Health, MomentFeed, Nativo, and Pepperdata. He received his B.S. and M.S. engineering degrees from MIT and graduated with highest distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, where he also received the McKinsey award in Marketing. Ed serves as a trustee at Sacred Heart Schools Atherton. He is working on his golf game and enjoys beating his business partner Rick at tennis.
Signia Venture Partners is a unique early-stage venture fund dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs realize their vision and build impactful, high-growth ventures. Our team is made up of proven entrepreneurs with a track record of success and experience at every stage of growth and with a hands-on approach to technology investing. More at www.signiavc.com.
Data Collective Venture Capital | Matt Ocko
Matt Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. Matt’s current investments on behalf of DCVC span from computational drug discovery and synthetic biology to robotics, AI, and large-scale enterprise platforms including quantum computers. In addition to large IPO outcomes, many of Matt’s prior investments were acquired to become core capabilities of companies like Illumina, Cisco, Google, IBM, Amazon/AWS, VMware, Netapp, and Akamai.
His venture investments prior to DCVC include Couchbase, Ayasdi, D-Wave Systems, Uber, AngelList, Fortinet (FTNT), Xensource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), Facebook (FB), and Zoom.us. Matt founded and was VP of R&D of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users worldwide prior to its acquisition. Matt holds a degree in Physics from Yale University, and he is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as virtualization, fraud detection, and AR.
Matt has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He still writes code and builds robots for fun with his kids, but admits to liking Erlang better than Clojure, and Fischertechnik better than Lego Mindstorms.
Boeing | HorizonX
By leveraging the power of the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing HorizonX applies its momentum to new business ventures to unlock the next generation of game-changing ideas, products, and markets. From investment capital to technology commercialization and market access, Boeing HorizonX turns new ideas and businesses into reality.
Mubadala Investment Company
Mubadala is a pioneering global investor, deploying capital with integrity and ingenuity to accelerate economic growth for the long-term benefit of Abu Dhabi. As Abu Dhabi’s leading strategic investment company, Mubadala is active in 13 sectors and more than 30 countries around the world, creating lasting value for our shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi. More at www.mubadala.com.
Manifest Growth makes minority investments in technology-enabled services and software companies out of our $50 million fund. The majority of the fund is reserved for investments in growth-stage companies where there is a proven management team and a need for both capital and strategic support. A portion of the fund is reserved for strategic earlier-stage opportunities. More at www.manifestgrowth.com.