We invest in bold technology businesses.

Real businesses make products and sell them for a profit. They focus on customers, revenue and profitability not investors, valuations and the next fundable milestone. Real businesses prioritize their customer’s needs over their customer’s eyeballs. They have a functioning business model, not a believable financial model. Real businesses want to stay in business, not run for the exit. They create their own source of funding and don’t have to ask anyone for permission to exist. We believe real businesses make really great investments.

We typically look for early stage technology or technology-enabled businesses that have been in operations for at least a year or more, have a little revenue (minimum $10k, ideally $20K, as high as $100K anually), and have a high quality team in place.

We like founders that focus on sustainability, unit economics and path to profitability first over reckless and mindless growth. We ideally come in when you have a product launched, and have few customers paying for it.

Companies we've built

How do we invest?

We aren't your typical investor. We won't force you to flip your business in 3-5 years. We won't lock you into golden handcuffs or push complex deal terms. We won't ruin your life with weeks of unnecessary due diligence. We won't renegotiate and grind you on terms and we don't take a board seat.

We keep things dead simple. We'll make an offer within 7 days and close in 30. We wire you the funds the day we sign the contract. We started HackerBay Ventures to create an investor we wished we had when we started up.

We sign SAFE's. We usually sign a SAFE at this stage of the business - it's fair to both founders and us when critical valuation conversations are deferred to a priced round.

The companies we invest usually fall into three buckets:

If you're concerned your business doesn't fit the bill, feel free to send it to us anyway. We'll take a look and let you know within a couple days if it's a fit.

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