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 both 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, the creator of the original internet appliance called the iPhone, to Cisco. Ed then invested a year at NEA before taking on a new CEO role. Rick had recently founded and sold his company Flycast to CMGI and was making plans to start a new company called Adify. Rick later founded Playdom and worked with Ed to secure a $47m Preferred A financing for the company (which Ed also personally invested in). Playdom grew and was later acquired by Disney. During an eight-year period of angel investing, Rick made 40 investments. He and Ed  have also 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 an advertising and mobile technology company before developing an e-commerce portfolio at CrossCut Ventures. 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 of our 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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    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

Our first fund, formed in May 2012, was initially funded with partner capital. The firm is our own startup and our vision is to build it into a long-term franchise. Signia then raised capital from strategic investors in the entertainment community, along with leading CEOs and venture capitalists who have known us for many years. This network, as well as our cadre of EIRs and advisors to our fund, is committed to helping our entrepreneurs. We invest like it 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 with. 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.


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



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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Apple Pie Capital

Crowdfunding debt marketplace for franchise lending

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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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Blue Talon

Data security company making data accessible while maintaining privacy

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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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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

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

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Midverse Studios

Boosting user engagement across apps

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Location-based marketing platform.

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When the customer wins, the marketer wins.

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Scalable and automated native advertising platform.

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Peixe Urbano

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

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545 Middlefield Rd, Suite 210

Menlo Park, CA 94025


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San Francisco, CA 94105