Investments

I’ve worked with several venture funds and accelerator programs over the years managing 100+ investments. Through that work, I have personally deployed over $15,000,000+ USD in funding to early-stage startups.

These days I’m not day-to-day active in any venture funds or accelerator programs. So please don’t email me your bad startup pitch. 😅 Here are a few funds I’ve previously worked on:

Previous Funds

Spring Capital (Estonia)
Fund I ($3.2M)

Spring Capital is an Estonian-based seed-stage venture fund investing in both the Baltics and Scandinavia. I was a Partner in this fund and remain an advisor to the portfolio.

Notable Fund Investments: Bolt, Monese, Wolf3D, Turing College, Outfunnel


The Nordic Web Ventures
Fund II ($1.5M)

The Nordic Web Ventures invests in ambitious pre-seed Nordic startups. I’m a small LP investor in the second fund from Neil Murray.

Notable Fund Investments: PortalOne, Technebies, Butter


Katapult Accelerator
Multiple Funds ($25M+)

Katapult is a leading impact-tech accelerator located in Oslo, Norway. I helped to establish the program and have served as a program teacher and mentor.

Notable Fund Investments: Chooose, Sky Garden, Diwala, Walkolution, FlowVR


500 Startups
FUND III ($85M)

500 Startups is largest early stage venture fund based in Silicon Valley. Through this fund I ran the Silicon Valley based accelerator program.

Notable Fund Investments: FilmGrail, Ad Espresso, Shippo, Pop Up Archive, App Zen, Chain.com, Gitlab, FabFitFun, Eaze, MeUndies, Growbots, Stripe


500 Startups
FUND IV ($100M)

500 Startups is largest early stage venture fund based in Silicon Valley. Through this fund I invested primarily in Nordic based startups.

Notable Fund Investments: Grove Collective, The Pill Club, Many Chat, IRIS AI, Imerso


X2 Labs
SPV ($500K)

A startup factory based in Stavanger, Norway that operated in 2017 through several accelerator programs.

Notable Fund Investments: Bluelice, Fishency


Science
Fund I ($10M)

One of the original startup studios based in Los Angeles. I was an early employee and founded a company here (Wittlebee).

Notable Fund Investments: Dollar Shave Club, Bird, Medium, Urban Remedy, Wealthfront, MeUndies


Personal Investments

I sometimes make small personal investments. Here are a few of them:

Bold Books
Publishing platform for independent book authors.

boldbooks.com

LendWill (Formerly Lendonomy)
Lend or borrow small amounts of money from friends.

lendwill.com

Mussila
Award-winning app to teach kids to play the piano.

mussila.com

Firi / (Formerly MiraiEx)
Firi is the leading crypto exchange in Norway. It’s the easiest and best way to buy Bitcoin in Norway.

firi.com

Iterate
Iterate is a venture builder based in Oslo, Norway.

iterate.no

Sharebox
Sharebox simplifies your handover by offering a service completely managed by your phone.

sharebox.no

LeapIN
LeapIN is a solution to start and remotely run your location independent company online, in Estonia.

leapin.eu


Exits

Occasionally I do in fact pick a winner! While the funds I’ve worked with have had many exits, these are the companies I was directly involved with and/or responsible for their investment.

Pop Up Archive
Acquired by Apple

Vessel
Acquired by Marketo

Lumific
Acquired by GoPro

Chain.com
Acquired by Stellar

Pitch Sean

I get a lot of startup pitches, mostly bad ones. I currently only do personal investments with companies I know, wait for it… personally. So please save us both the time and don’t pitch me 🙂