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Signia Venture Partners is an early-stage venture fund dedicated to helping passionate entrepreneurs build impactful world-changing companies

Early-stage venture capital and a partnership with experienced operators

We focus on companies that use mobility and data to disrupt large markets and create new ones. We actively help our entrepreneurs build both consumer and enterprise technology go-to-market businesses in industries such as media, entertainment, health, finance, gaming, analytics and commerce.

Our Team

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

Rick and Ed first met in 2004 when their sons were attending the same preschool. Ed had recently sold InfoGear, creator of the original internet appliance called the iPhone to Cisco and then invested a year doing venture capital with NEA, before taking on a new CEO role. Rick had recently founded and sold Flycast to CMGI and was making plans to start a new company, Adify, in the adtech space. Rick founded Playdom a couple years later. Ed worked with Rick to secure a $47m Preferred A financing for Playdom and also personally invested in the company. Playdom grew and was acquired by Disney. Ed and Rick made a joint investment in early 2010 in Cie Games and both served on that board until its acquisition in 2014 by Glu Mobile. During an eight-year period of angel investing, Rick made 40 investments. He and Ed co-invested and collaborated on a dozen of these companies during the three years leading up to the formation of Signia Venture Partners in May 2012.

Zaw and Sunny complete the rest of our investment team and have been active with Signia since the beginning of the fund. Zaw previously co-founded advertising and mobile technology companies and developed an e-commerce portfolio while at CrossCut. Sunny joined Signia as a senior associate and has since been promoted to Principal. He is very active with deal sourcing and works closely with several portfolio companies.

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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    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

    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 Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the team.

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    Patrick Mork

    Patrick was previously global head of marketing for Google Play where he led the re-branding of Android market and was responsible for overall marketing strategy.

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Our Fund

Our first fund, formed in May 2012, and was initially funded with partner capital. This is our own startup and we plan to build a long-term franchise. Signia raised capital from strategic investors in the entertainment community, along with leading CEOs and venture capitalists who have known us for many years. They are all willing to help our entrepreneur partners, as are a cadre of EIRs and advisors to our fund. We invest like this is our own money – in fact one third of the fund is our own money, so we are extremely aligned with both our entrepreneurs and limited partners.

We target to make two to three careful investments each quarter. We like to invest before a company is hot and being chased – often with a team we already know or have had time to build a relationship. We also are not “spray and pray” investors. When we invest, we do so like a founder, fully believing we are committed to long-term growth and success. We often lead investments and like to play a supportive and engaged board role to help shape a company early in its life. Our typical first seed or Pref A investment ranges from $500,000 to $2 million dollars. By reserving 65% of our fund’s capital, we have the ability to substantially increase our follow-on investment when the opportunity arises.

Signia now has an active portfolio that has begun to generate liquidity events for our limited partners. In venture-speak, we believe we have several companies that will become fund makers. That is the advantage when your fund size is small and you actively partner with great companies. We have rolled up our sleeves - whether it’s to help refine the mission and culture, tune a scalable business model, recruit talent, help with PR, assist with business development, analyze customer acquisition and retention, raise new capital, brainstorm, etc. We tell our entrepreneur partners to call our cell phones anytime. If we are sleeping, we turn them off. We desire a trusting, transparent, and open relationship with our entrepreneurs because we have been in their seat, are cognizant of the challenges, and are always ready to help. If you are an entrepreneur who doesn’t already know us, please find others who do, as our fund relies heavily on our network to source new opportunities and assist our portfolio companies.

Companies

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

Adchina

AdChina

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

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adify

Adify

Acquired by Cox Communications for $300M in 2008.

Online ad network.

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apple-pie

Apple Pie Capital

Crowdfunding debt marketplace for franchise lending

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a

Artillery Games

Console quality games in the browser

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ba

BazaarVoice

IPO in 2012

A SaaS company that turns social media into social commerce.

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blue-talon

Blue Talon

Data security company making data accessible while maintaining privacy

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cie

Cie Studios

Acquired by Glu Mobile for $100M in 2014

Web, mobile and social applications for businesses.

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dtmedia

DogTime Media

Vertical media community focused on pet owners.

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dynamicsignal

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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funzio

Funzio

Acquired by GREE for $200M in 2012.

A leader in developing breakout social games.

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grandcru

Grand Cru Games

Revolutionizing mobile and social gaming.

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growmobile

Grow Mobile

Acquired by Perion for $42M in 2014

Mobile advertising and optimization platform.

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hall

Hall

Enterprise communication and collaboration.

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iddi

Iddiction

There's got to be a better way to find the right app!

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Idle Games

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

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Kihon

Social / mobile games developer of casual & core games

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midverse

Midverse Studios

Boosting user engagement across apps

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momentfeed

MomentFeed

Location-based marketing platform.

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Monetate

When the customer wins, the marketer wins.

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Nativo

Scalable and automated native advertising platform.

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peixeurbano

Peixe Urbano

The first and largest Brazilian local commerce company.

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phoenix-labs

Phoenix Labs

Core gaming studio

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redrobot

Red Robot Labs

Mobile gaming studio.

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rumble

Rumble

Our mission is to create the most engaging and fulfilling online game experiences on the planet.

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Slice Living

Slice

Acquired by Rakuten in 2014

Keep track of everything you buy online.

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snappyTV

SnappyTV

Acquired by Twitter in 2014

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

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socialshield

SocialShield

Acquired by Avira in 2012

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

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udemy

Udemy

Udemy helps students make moves.

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vida

VIDA

A continuous care platform and health marketplace for consumers and businesses

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Viki

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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xyo

Xyologic

Mobile apps search and recommendation engine.

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Contact Us


Menlo Park

545 Middlefield Rd, Suite 210

Menlo Park, CA 94025

650.614.5800


San Francisco

156 2nd Street, Suite 402

San Francisco, CA 94105

415.702.0120