Category: Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: BHP Ventures



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to members of BHP Ventures.

From top left (L to R): Dr Brigid O’Brien, Josh Su, Natalie Cira, Alexandra Iljadica, Michael Buzzo, Susanna Campitelli, Jordan Mitchell

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

BHP Ventures is the in-house venture capital arm of BHP. We scour the globe to find and foster emerging, game-changing technologies with the potential to help make BHP’s global operations safer, productive, and sustainable. This complements and enhances the innovation already underway within BHP by forging new partnerships and creating fresh opportunities to strengthen our portfolio and lower our emissions.

For our partners, BHP Ventures provides the opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s largest natural resources companies. With more than 80,000 talented people working at top-class assets across Australia and the Americas to produce premium iron ore, copper, nickel, and metallurgical coal for global customers, we have a unique vantage point to support our portfolio companies. Our products are the foundation of energy transition. We understand how to navigate the entire value chain, and we’re experts at calling capital-intensive projects to bring products to the global market.

What defines your portfolio?

BHP Ventures targets game-changing technologies and teams to support future growth for BHP in:

  1. Driving innovation in our core operations (electrifying our fleet, low/no-CO2 fuels, and site-electrification).
  2. Growing our resource base in key commodities (new exploration and extraction technologies).
  3. Exploring potential (Read more...)

Member Spotlight: Fin Capital



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to Logan Allin, Managing Partner & Founder of Fin Capital to learn more about the firm.

Logan Allin, Managing Partner & Founder of Fin Capital

What makes your firm unique?

We are “FinTech Nerds with Capital” – all of us are former operators and bring decades of FinTech expertise to bear on a full life-cycle approach to investing in FinTech software from pre-seed to pre-IPO across three private fund strategies principally in the U.S. and UK/EU. As a growing team of 25, we bring a formal operating playbook in supporting our founders, driven by business and corporate development. We are also a UN PRI signatory and integrate ESG metrics into our company evaluation and ongoing reporting.  

What defines your portfolio?

We are broadly diversified in FinTech software, including embedded finance, asset management/capital markets, CFO Tech Stack, Blockchain/Web 3, InsurTech, and Infrastructure/Enabling Tech. We only back repeat founders focused on greenfields in FinTech software. We’re approaching 100 companies spanning all stages and diversified geographies, and our founders are deeply passionate about their thesis while also considering ESG principles and a durable longterm business model.

Tell us about the current VC landscape in your geography/region.

We are unique in our b2b/software orientation vs. b2c and b2smb oriented investors, but we find it to be highly (Read more...)

Member Spotlight: 500 Global



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to Christine Tsai, CEO and Founding Partner of 500 Global to learn more about the firm.

Christine Tsai, CEO and Founding Partner of 500 Global

What makes your firm unique?

500 Global is a venture capital firm that invests early in founders building technology companies with global potential. We have $2.7B in AUM, an expansive, diversified global portfolio of companies across multiple sectors, stages, and geographies (81 countries and counting), and a truly diverse team that earned recognition on The Information’s VC Diversity Index.

We began in Silicon Valley 12 years ago, but our investment thesis and overall mission were global from Day 1. Today, our team is located in more than 20 countries and brings extensive experience as founders, investors, and operators. Of the 51 companies valued at over $1B in our portfolio, nearly 40% of them hail from outside of the U.S.

As one of the first institutional investors that a founder brings into their cap table, we care deeply about building trust with our founders and supporting them throughout their journey. We continue to be active at the pre-seed/accelerator and seed stage because those are our roots. However, we’ve also expanded our investment strategy to include the later stages of a company’s growth – writing larger checks into companies, leading or co-leading rounds, as well as offering co-investment opportunities to limited partners. As (Read more...)

Member Spotlight: Airbus Ventures



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to Thomas d’Halluin, Managing Partner, at Airbus Ventures to learn more about the firm.

Thomas d’Halluin, Managing Partner, Airbus Ventures

What makes your firm unique?

At Airbus Ventures, we champion outstanding leadership, science, and engineering through financial investments encouraging founders of Seed to Series B+ ventures to make an impact that spans a multitude of aerospace and adjacent sectors on and beyond Earth.

We independently support startup companies set to shift the future of aerospace. Investing in a full spectrum of fast-accelerating technologies — including autonomous mobility, electrification, low-carbon economy, advanced materials, manufacturing systems, next-generation computing, sensing, and security — our firm uniquely operates internationally to transform technology designed to address our planet’s greatest challenges. Learn more about the vision and scope of the fund on our newly launched website.

What inspired the name of your firm?

Airbus Ventures is the autonomous venture arm of Airbus SE. Given our roots in aviation and passions for aerial flight deeply imprinted in our DNA, we proudly leverage the richly dense networks of our mothership Airbus and its supply chain, as well as the wider ecosystem of our Limited Partners (LPs).

The fund’s ecosystem includes multiple LPs – including Development Bank of Japan Inc., Mitsubishi HC Capital, Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd., and McKinley Capital – to foster a collaborative environment that better nurtures and enables our entrepreneurs to succeed.

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NVCA Member Spotlight: Merus Capital



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we profile the exciting work of our member firms. For this deep dive, we spoke to Sean Dempsey, Co-Founder and General Partner, at Merus Capital to learn more about his firm.

Sean Dempsey, Co-Founder and General Partner at Merus Capital

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

At Merus, we invest in early-stage enterprise AI companies. We believe that we’re at an inflection point in this sector given recent breakthroughs in model architectures, compute capacity, edge bandwidth, and training capabilities like federated learning.

From a team perspective, we’re the only venture capital firm founded by the former leaders of both Google and Microsoft’s M&A and Strategy teams. Before founding Merus, my partners and I led well over one hundred deals, including the acquisitions of YouTube and Android while at Google. Our team also combines deep operational startup experience as well as AI expertise from Google Research. It has been gratifying to leverage this unique blend of experience in our work with founders to help build companies from the ground up.

What defines your portfolio?

All of our companies are solving real economic problems for their customers across a variety of industries. They also have highly sophisticated technical teams – something that’s an important part of our investment thesis. We like to say we invest in technology that’s “hard to build, but easy to scale”. This often means that the product is technically complex enough to create a competitive moat, but (Read more...)

Member Spotlight: Woven Capital



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to George Kellerman, Managing Director at Woven Capital.

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Woven Capital is the $800 million corporate venture capital arm of Woven Planet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation committed to developing the safest mobility on the planet. Woven Planet plays a leading role in accelerating Toyota’s transition from a global automobile manufacturer to a global mobility company, and Woven Capital aims to broaden Woven Planet’s global reach and accelerate innovation through partnerships with exceptional growth-stage ventures.

We define “mobility” broadly. It’s not only the movement of goods and people. It’s also the movement of information that’s required for the social and economic ecosystems that help anyone navigate their daily lives safely and securely. We consider a range of mobility-adjacent areas, from food delivery and robotics to logistics and smart cities. Sometimes a company’s greatest advantage is how it masters the intersection of related industries and technologies.

Woven Capital and Woven Planet share a goal: discovering and developing groundbreaking technologies that will help people all over the world lead happier, healthier, richer lives. And we do that by helping the brightest minds in technology — the entrepreneurs and innovators — bring their visions to life.

What inspired the name of the firm?

The inspiration for “Woven” comes from the earliest days of the company that is (Read more...)

NVCA Member Spotlight: GM Ventures



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Kent Helfrich, President at GM Ventures to learn more about his firm.

Kent Helfrich, President at GM Ventures

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Founded in 2010 and serving as the venture capital arm of General Motors, GM Ventures strategically invests in startup companies that share GM’s vision of a world of zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion.  

We operate with an entrepreneurial spirit and common purpose to focus on strategic investments in breakthrough technologies that are helping to transform General Motors into a platform innovator and leading transportation technology company. 

Our team facilitates connections between startups and GM’s network of partnerships, iconic brands, technology talent, and manufacturing expertise to accelerate and commercialize innovations globally. These efforts expand and scale their technology throughout and beyond GM’s footprint, bringing industry-first advancements to market sooner.

Our portfolio companies develop software and hardware to power an all-electric, hands-free future, even beyond the personal vehicle. 

What inspired the name of your firm?

GM Ventures LLC is the venture capital arm of General Motors. While sharing a similar namesake, we are a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM. 

What defines your portfolio?

GM Ventures focuses on four main investment pillars including Electrification Ecosystem, Digital Enterprise, Connecting the Customer, and Autonomous Experience. While our four key focus areas guide and align our portfolio, we actively (Read more...)

Test From SEO Team



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Rebecca Gevalt, General Partner at Dcode Capital, to learn more about her firm.

What makes your firm unique?

Dcode Capital invests alongside top tier VCs in some of the best growth-stage, commercially successful tech companies that can help the federal government better serve and protect Americans. It’s not a riveting topic for many, but we’re experts in federal contracting and helping companies translate their commercial success into federal revenue.

Our success helping tech companies expand into the federal market has resulted in requests from the amazing founders we’ve worked with to join as investors. We’re a women-led fund with unique experience across tech, investing, and the federal government.

What inspired the name of your firm?

Dcode Capital is built on top of the advisory firm, Dcode, so we can’t say we got real creative with the name. We help companies decode the government….but if you’re going to work with startups you have to follow the trend and spell the word slightly incorrectly.

What defines your portfolio?

Tech companies we invest in have amazing commercial traction and the ability to solve some of the government’s toughest challenges. We also get to know our companies really well before we invest because typically we’ve already been working with them to build or grow a sustainable government business. I’ve heard others describe us as being able to pick (Read more...)

NVCA Member Spotlight: Decode Capital



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Rebecca Gevalt, General Partner at Dcode Capital, to learn more about his firm.

What makes your firm unique?

Dcode Capital invests alongside top tier VCs in some of the best growth-stage, commercially successful tech companies that can help the federal government better serve and protect Americans. It’s not a riveting topic for many, but we’re experts in federal contracting and helping companies translate their commercial success into federal revenue.

Our success helping tech companies expand into the federal market has resulted in requests from the amazing founders we’ve worked with to join as investors. We’re a women-led fund with unique experience across tech, investing, and the federal government.

What inspired the name of your firm?

Dcode Capital is built on top of the advisory firm, Dcode, so we can’t say we got real creative with the name. We help companies decode the government….but if you’re going to work with startups you have to follow the trend and spell the word slightly incorrectly.

What defines your portfolio?

Tech companies we invest in have amazing commercial traction and the ability to solve some of the government’s toughest challenges. We also get to know our companies really well before we invest because typically we’ve already been working with them to build or grow a sustainable government business. I’ve heard others describe us as being able to pick (Read more...)

NVCA Member Spotlight: Nationwide Ventures



Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Amelia Gandara, Principal at Nationwide Ventures to learn more about her firm.

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Nationwide Ventures is the venture capital team of Nationwide. In addition to investment, partnership is a key to the mutual success of the companies in which we invest. While we don’t need a signed partnership agreement to make an investment, we want to ensure we can add strategic value to our portfolio companies. Our goal is to protect and improve the financial security of Nationwide’s members by working with startups that help us live up to Nationwide’s mission of protecting people, businesses and futures with extraordinary care.

What inspired the name of your firm?

Being a CVC, we are proud to represent Nationwide in the greater insurtech, fintech and startup communities.

What defines your portfolio? 

Ultimately, we want to provide value for our portfolio and customers. From agtech space to fintech, if there is an angle that touches risk management and insurance, we would love to chat! We typically invest in early stage companies, and some of our focus areas include: 

  1. MOBILITY – Provide services for consumers or businesses utilizing new types of mobility, vehicle connectivity and telematics. 
  2. ENTERPRISE/DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE – Invest in the advancing infrastructure behind the insurance and financial services industries in the areas of underwriting, data & analytics, IoT, and (Read more...)