Ubiquity Ventures
Ubiquity Ventures is a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on “software beyond the screen” — turning real world physical problems into software problems.

I woke up this morning to the very exciting news that both Rocket Lab and Spire have just announced that they will become public companies via a SPAC process ( Rocket Lab news, Spire news). This brings back many memories from my 6 years at Bessemer Venture Partners where I co-led these investments (Rocket Lab in 2014, Spire in 2015). Here I’d like to reflect on what drove these early investments, what I learned from these great entrepreneurs, and how this inspired me to eventually launch Ubiquity Ventures 3 years later.

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With Peter Beck in April 2015 at the Space Symposium as he unveiled to the world Rocket Lab’s rocket and its Rutherford engines with its all-important electric turbopumps (one of these is visible in red).

One item to note upfront: Rocket Lab and Spire…


Originally posted on December 17, 2020

In this series, we’re putting the spotlight on founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup. Meet Eugene Johnson, Founder/CEO of Revi (formerly ZYRL), a technology startup that helps fast-casual restaurants to digitize their in-store experience. Ubiquity Ventures led the $2 million seed round that the company just announced this morning.

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Can you sum up what Revi does?

Revi helps restaurants deliver fast, personalized, and safe in-person and online experiences…


Originally posted on December 1, 2020

In this series, we’re putting the spotlight on founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup. Meet Josh Benamram, co-founder of Databand, an AI-based observability platform for data engineering teams. Ubiquity Ventures backed Josh and his co-founders Victor Shafran and Evgeny Shulman in their seed round in early 2019. This morning, Databand is announcing their new Series A financing led by Accel.

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Can you sum up what Databand does in just one sentence?

We…


Originally published November 10, 2020

In this series of founder spotlights, we’re putting the spotlight on founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup.

Meet Haytham Elhawary, CEO/Co-founder of KINETIC, a smart hardware startup reducing workplace injuries for industrial workers. This morning, KINETIC announced their $11.25M million Series A round led by Crosslink Capital. Ubiquity Ventures is excited to be partnered with Haytham!

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Can you sum up what your company does in just one sentence?

KINETIC has developed a wearable device…


Originally published October 28, 2020

In our work and in our personal lives, I don’t believe a person can master anything until they’ve done it 1,000 times.

Using piano as an example, the first few times playing a new piece of music are stressful! I read through the sheet music, figure out how the notes from on the page map to the black and white keys of the piano, and then clumsily start playing a few bars. …


Originally posted on October 6, 2020

Exciting news today as Dr. Andrea Ghez has just won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her pioneering work on black holes. As a professor of astronomy at UCLA, she has spent the last 25 years trying to understand black holes and determine if one sits at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. A few questions emerge — if black holes are black, how can you possibly see one? If a gigantic black hole (4 million times the mass of our sun) is in our own galaxy/backyard, how could we just now…


In this series of founder spotlights, we’re highlighting founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup.

Meet Srinath Kalluri, CEO/Co-founder of Oyla, a video startup offering the most accurate analytics and deepest scene understanding with their intelligent camera (color+depth+ML). Ubiquity Ventures backed Srinath in his pre-seed round of funding.

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Can you sum up what your company does?

Oyla makes mass market “4D” IP cameras (3 color video + depth) along with video analytics software. Oyla’s fusion of…


Recently, the Ubiquity family came together for a very special event. With the global pandemic and quarantine having worn us down for the past six months, I wanted to break up the monotony with a change of pace. So I had one of the world’s greatest magicians, John George, perform just for our Ubiquity family (the teams and family members that power our 20 Ubiquity portfolio companies, as well as the technical experts that comprise the Ubiquity Extended Team).

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In this series, we’re putting the spotlight on founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup.

Meet Kevin McNamara, founder and CEO of Parallel Domain, a data generation platform for autonomy. Ubiquity Ventures backed Kevin and Parallel Domain in their 2018 seed round of financing.

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What does Parallel Domain do?

Our platform generates synthetic data for the faster and safer development of computer vision and artificial intelligence.

Here’s a snapshot from Parallel Domain’s Batch…


In this series, we’re putting the spotlight on founders who leverage software beyond the screen to build exciting startups. Each founder has their own nerdy background (we define nerdiness as having a deep obsession) and their own path to arrive at the founding moment of their startup.

Meet Arye Barnehama, founder and CEO of Elementary Robotics, a company transforming manufacturing with their intelligent robots that automate quality assurance and traceability. This morning, Elementary announced their $12.7 million Series A round led by Threshold (formerly DFJ). Ubiquity Ventures backed Arye and Elementary Robotics in his September 2018 seed round.

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Can you sum up what Elementary Robotics does in just one sentence?

Elementary Robotics…

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