Signia Venture Partners is an early-stage venture fund dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs build impactful world-changing companies. Our goal is to be the most helpful investor an entrepreneur will ever have.

Early-stage venture capital and a partnership with experienced operators

We focus on companies that use mobility and data to disrupt large markets or create new ones. In either case, we are looking for mission-driven founders that are solving a huge pain point for their customer. We actively help our entrepreneurs build both consumer and enterprise technology businesses in industries such as media, entertainment, health, finance, gaming, analytics, and commerce.

Our Team

Signia’s team is comprised of only entrepreneurs who have a track record of success at every stage of growth. Together, we have founded companies, managed both venture-backed and public companies, and partnered as investors in dozens of successful outcomes.

We aim to not only be just helpful to our portfolio companies but to the whole start-up ecosystem as well. Some of the ways we hope to give back are by providing honest feedback, helping start-ups get educated on best practices and tools, collecting industry insights (check out our Meet the Operators series), and lending our point-of-view where it makes sense.

Investment Team

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    Ed Cluss

    Ed is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, investor and CEO mentor. He has been CEO of several...

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    Linus Liang

    Linus Liang is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in technology, medical devices, and social enterprises.

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    Rick Thompson

    Rick is an entrepreneur and investor with a passion for identifying new technology, consumer trends, and investment opportunities.

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    Sunny Dhillon

    Sunny has been an entrepreneur, investor, and business development executive in digital media prior to his career in venture.

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    Zaw Thet

    Zaw has been at the forefront of technology innovation as an entrepreneur since since the age of 19.

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Operations Team

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    Anagha Raje

    Anagha Raje is a finance executive leading finance and accounting functions, with 24 years of experience in Silicon Valley, 16 of them with start-ups.

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    Gina Domizio

    Gina is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the team.

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    Prior to joining Signia, James was enjoying semi-retirement. For James this means he was only running 3 ventures instead of 5.

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Our Fund

We started Signia because the venture capital industry has grown too large to serve the needs of early stage entrepreneurs. We plan to change this paradigm by showing that being more selective and by working with fewer entrepreneurs, we can produce better outcomes. At Signia, we have redesigned venture with the Founder as our customer. Everything we do is focused on enabling our Founders to realize their dreams.

Our normal investment size is between $500,000 to $2.5mm and we are almost always the first investor in a company. Our deals are simple and clean, with a large amount of our funds reserved for each company. This means that while our initial check sizes are small, we can still be a powerful financial partner for a growing and successful company.


The companies listed below are representative of investments we have made initially as angel investors and more recently as Signia Venture Partners.



8i is building a consumer media platform that lets users create, experience and share the most immersive 3D video of real people, for virtual reality, augmented reality and the web.

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The leading technology-driven integrated internet advertising platform in China.

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Acquired by Cox Communications for $300M in 2008.

Online ad network.

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Artillery Games

Console quality games in the browser

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IPO in 2012

A SaaS company that turns social media into social commerce.

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Cie Games

Acquired by Glu Mobile for $100M in 2014

Develops and publishes top ranked social, mobile and online games.

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Autonomous highway driving

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Dynamic Signal

Leading the People Powered Marketing revolution.

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Flycast Communications

Acquired by CMGI for $2.3B in 2000.

Online ad network.

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Acquired by GREE for $200M in 2012.

A leader in developing breakout social games.

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Grow Mobile

Acquired by Perion for $42M in 2014

Mobile advertising and optimization platform.

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Acquired by Atlassian in 2015

Enterprise communication and collaboration.

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Idle Games

Acquired by GSN in 2015.

100% cloud based, unshared, synchronous social gaming platform.

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Midverse Studios

Boosting user engagement across apps

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When the customer wins, the marketer wins.

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Peixe Urbano

Acquired by Baidu in 2014

The first and largest Brazilian local commerce company.

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Phoenix Labs

Core gaming studio

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Millions of GIFs and videos. The quickest way to send from your keyboard.

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Slice Living


Acquired by Rakuten in 2014

Keep track of everything you buy online.

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Acquired by Twitter in 2014

Tools to edit, share, and archive live video/TV in the cloud.

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Acquired by Avira in 2012

State of the art online parenting tools to monitor kids internet safety.

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Udemy helps students make moves.

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A continuous care platform and health marketplace for consumers and businesses

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Acquired by Rakuten for $200M in 2013.

"The global Hulu" -- a global video streaming site.

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Wild Needle

Acquired by Zynga in 2012.

The next generation of incredibly fun, incredibly social, mobile games.

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Mobile apps search and recommendation engine.

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Contact Us

Menlo Park

545 Middlefield Rd, Suite 210

Menlo Park, CA 94025