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

You’re invited to this upcoming Ubiquity Ventures public event to celebrate last month’s landing of the Mars Perseverance rover. We will explore how its mission to find signs of ancient life on Mars is accelerated by “software beyond the screen” and machine learning. This event features Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute and Hannah Kerner of the Ubiquity Extended Team.

“Mars and the Search for Life beyond Earth: How machine learning and ‘Software beyond the Screen’ fits in”

Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00am US Pacific Time by Zoom

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Join us for this very special Ubiquity Ventures event open to the public. On Wednesday, March 31st, we will celebrate the recent news of NASA’s Perseverance…


Last week was a $12 billion week.

Auth0, Rocket Lab and Spire just announced exits totaling $12 billion. While at Bessemer Venture Partners, I co-led each of these initial investments in the 12-month timeframe between July 2014 and June 2015 (I left to launch Ubiquity Ventures in mid-2017).

  • The Auth0 founding team of Eugenio Pace and Matias Woloski and former CEO Jon Gelsey grew their developer tools startup to a $6.5 billion purchase by Okta that was announced last Wednesday, March 3. While at Bessemer, I partnered with this team at the seed stage in June 2014 by leading their…


In June 2014, while at Bessemer, I had the privilege of partnering with Jon Gelsey, Eugenio Pace, and Matias Woloski by leading the first $2 million seed round of financing in Auth0. This afternoon, the Auth0 announced its sale to Okta for $6.5 billion. It’s incredible that this team of identity and authentication nerds has been so effective at realizing their vision and achieving today’s amazing milestone. Under the leadership of CEO Eugenio, CTO Matias, and former CEO Jon, Auth0 has transformed from a 5-person startup in 2014 to the world’s leading platform for identity and authentication today.

As Auth0’s…


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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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…

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