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About Us

Momentum is both an accelerator and seed-stage fund located in San Francisco, CA. As a firm, we are laser focused on growing and investing in mobile-first startups. It’s what we know, who we know, and how we have helped twenty-one mobile companies gain the necessary market traction and relationships to raise $40M+ in follow-on funding. Below are some of the reasons why Founders choose to partner with us.

Mobile Focus

Every resource we have is tailored to fit your mobile-first business and to help you solve the specific and unforeseeable problems you’ll encounter with your business.

Funding

As a Momentum company, each Founder has open access to leading Micro-VCs, Angels, and Strategics that invest in early stage mobile. Between our twenty one companies, $40M+ has been successfully fund raised to date.

Enrichment

We produce private and public workshops taught by industry leaders on mobile-related subjects that Founders find topical.

Mentorship

We have over 100 active mentors that have experienced huge milestones in mobile technology successes. Between this network there has been a total of over 20 exits in mobile. They dedicate their time and advice to teach you how to learn from their mistakes.

Community

We are the epicenter of the mobile startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley and have access to over half a million developers, executives, and founders throughout the world because of our partnership with Mobile Monday. You receive access to deal opportunities, venture capital, strategic alliances, and long-term advisors.

Hands-on Support

Each managing partner works intensely with our portfolio companies throughout the three month program and continues to stay as involved as you’d like thereafter. There will come a time that you will feel confident and won’t want your hand held forever, until then we are here for you regardless of program timelines.

Portfolio

Buzzstarter

Platform for optimizing online distribution on emerging channels.

Digify

Track & Protect Documents

EveryPost

Redefining Social Media Publishing.

Madefire

Delivering the most innovative reading experience for iOS.

Orange Chef

The smart food scale that visualizes nutrition.

GoodLabs

Enabeling donations at checkout.

Xendo

Work effectively across your clouds.

FiveRun

Bridge the online shopping experience we love, into the physical retail stores we know.

PocketMath

The world's largest mobile demand-side platform for real-time bidding.

Wyldfire

The network where ladies are the gatekeepers.

LynxFit

Your wearable device can now do more.

Soccer Without Limits

Bringing together soccer fans from around the world.

Parrable

The most powerful mobile-focused programmatic platform.

Locomizer

A geo-behavioral analytics platform to power user matching, targeting and recommendation services

VOIQ

On-Demand Mobile Callforce

PixelPin

PixelPin replaces passwords with pictures. A memorable, secure and accessible cross platform experience.

MapJam

Beautiful Branded maps - The easiest way to share a Map.

Accelerator

The Momentum Accelerator is a 12-week intensive program hosted in San Francisco in the Spring and Fall for selected startups. Spring Applications are now open!

The Investment Model:

  • AMOUNT: We invest $40K for the equivalent of 5% equity in your startup
  • FOLLOW ON: Momentum structures an option to invest additional funding in your next round from our follow-on fund.
  • INVESTMENT STAGE: You should already have a live product and market traction with customers. We love great ideas, however our expertise lies within connecting you with opportunities that can be initiated immediately so we need you to have your stuff together, at least a little bit.
  • VOLUME: We only invest in a handful of companies per class (Spring & Fall) where we can have the highest conviction and tightest alignment with Founders. This allows for us to give that hands-on support that we’re known for- which is critical in the early stages.
  • TEAMS: We are not hunting for unicorns, but we are looking to work with developed teams that have exceptional technical prowess, domain expertise, and/or success in building a startup as a founder or early employee. We understand you may not have all three, but Ideally you will have one of the three.
  • GEOGRAPHY: Seed stage can be most crucial for success and our hands-on approach will require you to be based out of San Francisco- at least part-time. We love a global perspective so if you fit the aforementioned, please apply!

When do I apply?

NOW! We have two batches graduate a year. Our next program begins Spring 2015 - March 15th to be exact. If something doesn’t work out between us this round, we encourage you to apply for the next which will be Fall 2015.

Who is required to come to the Program?

Momentum is designed specifically for the founders, but whole teams are welcome to join based on space. A founder must be present for a majority of the program to participate.

Will Housing be Provided?

Housing is not provided. We estimate it to be $1,500-2,000/month/person for short term rentals. If you are out of state or country, we can help you go through options-once accepted.

Can you help an international startup with a Visa?

If you require a Visa, we will provide you with a support letter. We also have an immigration attorney if you need to speak with one.

Team

Managing Partners

The core team has 50+ years of experience within and around the mobile industry, community, startup ecosystem, and investment arena. Each managing partner will be the lead for 2-4 startups during the program in order to drive connections to the Momentum community, keep up to date on progress, and provide strategic advice when asked.

Mario Tapia

Mario Tapia

Managing Partner

Ryan Bloomer

Ryan Bloomer

Managing Partner

Todd Parker

Todd Parker

Managing Partner

Mike Rowehl

Mike Rowehl

EIR

Partners

Our partners believe in our mission to make entrepreneurs’ dreams a reality and support us and each founder in the process of doing so. Weather this is in the form of discounted services, exposure, or access to conferences and events, the Momentum partners are here for the companies.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber

Silicon Valley Bank

Mobile Monday

Mentors

Our mentors are genuinely interested in helping our companies achieve success. Weather it’s quality introductions or growth, engineering, and design advice you’re needing - one of our mentors will guide you through it.

Adam Grenier

Director of Mobile Marketing, Uber

Alex Green

General Manager, Playmob

Alex Linde

SVP of Monetization, Weather Company

Anamitra Banerji

Partner, Foundation Capital

Aaron Avery

Business Development Consultant

Andrew Romans

General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital

Anne Frisbie

GM North America, Inmobi

Beth Rogozinski

Founder, Match Factor

Charles Wu

Mobile Program Manager, Twitter

Chris Dury

Director, Amazon AWS

Curtis Sasaki

SVP Innovation, Samsung

Carlo Cardilli

SVP, Truaxis (Mastercard)

Dale Larson

Founder, Startup Happiness

Dan Dzuban

Director Innovation, Sony Mobile

Dev Gandhi

Founder, Nexage

Diana Vincent-Galvan

PR Consultant

Fergus Hurley

Strategic Technology Group, Google

Frank Barbieri

SVP Corp Development, YuMe

Greg Ovalle

Founder, Gaming Stealth

Greg Prosl

GM North America, Rightster

Hansmeet Sethi

Founder & CEO, OnSkreen

Isaac Babbs

CEO and Founder, Handmade Ventures

Jason Silver

Sr. Design and Innovation Catalyst, Intuit

Jeanine Becker

Adjunct Professor, Stanford Law

Jeff Wallace

Practice Lead, Cognizant Mobility

Joe Jasin

Managing Director, DNA Partners

Jonathan LeBlanc

Global Head of Developer Evangelism, PayPal

Lisa Oshima

Business Development, Strategy & Marketing Consultant

Marco Flavio Marinucci

Sr. Interaction Designer, Practice Fusion

Mark Silva

Founder, Kite

Michael Ludden

Developer MK Google Play, Google

Michael Oiknine

Founder & CEO, Apsalar

Mike Rowehl

CTO, Meta Resolver (Acquired by Millennial Media)

Niren Hiro

CEO, SearchMan

Peter Baldwin

GM Americas, Smaato

Peter Farago

Marketing, Flurry

Pragati Rai

Mobile Technologist & Evangelist, PayPal

Raj Singh

CEO, Tempo AI

Richard Titus

Co-Founder & CEO, Promptly

Robert Henley

Director, J. Moore Partners

Roger Royse

Attorney, Royse Law Firm

Seamus McAteer

CEO, Metaresolver (Acquired by Millennial Media)

Sid Maestre

Platform Evangelist, Xero

Stephane Delbecque

Head of Mobile, AXA

Turner Kirk

Field Marketing, Smule

Ambassadors

Momentum was born out of Mobile Monday, the largest mobile entrepreneur community in the world. It operates in over 140 cities in over 50 countries with a reach of 500,000+ mobile professionals including developers, founders, VCs and press. We have partnered with the following chapters and their leaders to build our global ambassador network. They provide referrals and due dilligence for Momentum and provide market advice and soft landing for any portfolio companies entering their markets.

Ben Bickford

Australia

Enrique Ortiz

Austin

Norbert Sagnard

Belfast/Dublin

Matt Gross

Boston

David Harper

New York

Ofir Leightner

Tel Aviv

Stefan Rust

Hong Kong

Zac Jacobs

Australia

Martin Restrepo

Sao Paulo

Jo Rabin

London

Lars Cosh-Ishi

Tokyo

Mark Wachter

Germany

Sheena Chandok

Seattle

Ed Pimentel

Atlanta

Eli Calderon-Morin

Los Angeles

Michael Novikov

St. Petersburg

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