Root is the superuser in a *nix based system, capable of doing anything, and we love eliminating barriers.
Like Tree roots.
While out of sight, roots are an important source of growth. It’s how we choose to operate - never on the front page, always helping behind the scenes.
Our own roots.
Root is run by engineers. Everyone on the team has spent time in the engineering, development, or strategy side of a business just like yours.
* Don’t ask an Australian. Apparently in Australia they find the name of our fund hilarious.
Why work with US?
We're (over)eager to help.
Call / Text / Email / IPoAC anytime. Being an early stage startup can be lonely, and you can't possibly everything. We have a team of founders and entrepreneurs excited to share their experience.
We're your first employee—free of charge.
You got funded. Now it’s time to build a team. From finding a lawyer to reviewing code, to chatting strategy over beer (homebrewed, of course) or coffee (pulled on our hacked espresso machine, of course).
We don’t wait for others to invest.
We invest early, before your market is validated, while everyone else is wondering if your tech will even work. We do anything we can to help you feel ready, early.
Willingness to lead.
We are willing to commit in big ways. We don’t write small checks to a hundred companies; we invest in six to eight companies per year, and are happy to lead or follow in your first institutional round.
No one knows your business better than you.
Even with all the assistance and resources we provide, we invest in entrepreneurs, first and foremost. It’s your business to run, and we're only here to back you up.
Avidan is the Founding Partner of Root Ventures. Previously, he designed industrial robotics for Food Network's kitchens and was CTO of CIM Group, where he focused on industrial investing, and worked as an embedded application developer at Excite@Home. Away from work, he spends time cooking, glassblowing, and writing about coffee from around the world. Avidan has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Chrissy has spent the past decade developing and shipping hardware as an engineering manager at Apple and Square. She was a founding team member at Pearl Automation, a vehicle technology startup. She enjoys skiing, baking, and volunteering at an animal shelter. Chrissy has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and a BSEE from Rose-Hulman.
Before joining Root Ventures, Kane was founder and Head of Product at Brilliant Bicycle Co. He has also worked as an early-stage investor at RRE Ventures, a software engineer at Romotive, and a Project Manager at Microsoft. He also restores vintage film cameras, and trawls Kickstarter for promising indie video games. Kane has an AB in Computer Science from Harvard.
Lee was most recently CTO at Teespring, and has been angel investing since 2016. Previously, Lee was a mechanical engineer at iRobot, a software engineer at Pivotal Labs, Lead Engineer at SideTour (acquired by Groupon in 2013), and engineering manager for GrouponLive. He graduated from Olin College of Engineering with a degree in Systems Engineering.
Laelah has spent over 15 years in marketing for films, consumer products, and subscription-based services. Outside of work, Laelah an avid kickballer and board gamer. Laelah Reino has a BA in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Drexel University.
When we’re not soldering, writing firmware, 3D printing, developing slackbots, or machining in our SF workshop, we debate the future of autonomous manufacturing and wireless communication. We also build custom espresso machines for fun. We are a hard-tech, seed-stage venture fund, and we’ve been investing in the hardest hard tech since 2012.
Our five oldest seed investments:
Particle: the largest professional IoT development platform
Momentum Machines: hamburger making robots
Shaper: handheld CNCs
Skycatch: drone & data platform for the construction industry
Plethora: on-demand CNC manufacturing
We work at the intersection between engineering & business strategy. We obsess about the latest technologies, and how they will change industries. This is not an engineering job. This is not a strategy consulting job. It’s definitely not an investment banking job—more like chaotic space in between all of them. As member of the Root Ventures team, you will think about new technical developments and their business applications at the deepest levels. Empathy is essential, as you will be a part of every twist and turn our entrepreneurs go through, sharing in their pain, elation, disappointment, and success.
Your role will include identifying and analyzing potential investment opportunities, meeting with founders, conducting due diligence, performing market research and competitive analysis, supporting existing portfolio companies, and strengthening our network through hosting and attending events. You will act as a key stakeholder in every investment decision, and your input will be invaluable in shaping our investment thesis.
Everyone on the Root Ventures team, through both their education and professional experience, has a deeply technical background. We’ve worked in roles spanning enterprise IT, embedded systems, high-volume consumer hardware, and robotics. More importantly, we are technical as a passion, not a chore: we’re probably the only VC with a tools & materials stipend for employees.
We are looking for investment professionals at multiple levels of experience. The ideal candidate is willing to wade into the muck, deftly analyze the most complex of markets, and discover industry-changing entrepreneurs. Come for the professional growth; stay for the hacking on fun hardware and software projects!
Sound like a place where you'd excel? Please forward a resume and a short note (include any hobbies and side projects!) to firstname.lastname@example.org