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WE PARTNER WITH FOUNDERS OF EARLY REVENUE START-UPS IN THE AREAS OF CONNECTED PLATFORMS, CONSUMER, AND ENTERPRISE SAAS.


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WE PARTNER WITH FOUNDERS OF EARLY REVENUE START-UPS IN THE AREAS OF CONNECTED PLATFORMS, CONSUMER, AND ENTERPRISE SAAS.


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Calibrating for success

We back startups that have demonstrated early signs of commercial success, and we support them through the inflection point of their business.  We pursue markets and teams with robust product vision that can scale to hundreds of millions in revenue. 

We seek alignment in our investments.  Founders, investors and partners are drawn to us because of our ability to be clear-eyed about the core values that make us who we are and that attract the top talent.

We invest nationally, wherever great companies flourish, but we call Southern California home. 

 
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Investments


Powerful Focus + Integrity


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Investments


Powerful Focus + Integrity


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where we invest

Calibrate Ventures invests right-sized capital at the inflection point for rapidly accelerating growth.

Our sights are set on start-ups with great leadership, innovation and opportunity. We initially invest $5 million in companies generating revenue between $1 million and $15 million.

We focus on Connected Platforms, Consumer and Enterprise SaaS.

We are very proud of our prior investments, including:

 
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About


Deeply Connected


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About


Deeply Connected


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who we are

Calibrate Ventures grew out of a longtime friendship and partnership.  We share conviction that relationships drive success. It’s a decision that has helped foster trust and honest dialogue in all our interactions. For the last 14 years we have invested together in start-ups, leveraging a formidable community of investors, founders and partners to deliver powerful results.

Our aligned beliefs are what make Calibrate Ventures a deeply connected and effective team, one that continues to lure the best entrepreneurs and companies with our track record of outsized returns.

We are a partner-only firm with no junior investment professionals. Our decisions are guided by our founding values, not herd mentality or politics.

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Kevin Dunlap & Jason Schoettler

 
 

Kevin Dunlap co-founded Calibrate Ventures in 2016 with Jason Schoettler, his long-time business partner and friend. Along with Jason, Kevin served as a managing director at Shea Ventures, the alternative investment arm of the Shea family, where he and Jason raised, invested, and manage $135 million in outside capital focusing on early revenue venture-backed companies. Prior to Shea Ventures, Kevin was an aerospace engineer working at JPL in New Mission Design and Moog in Launch Systems. He holds a BSME from the University at Buffalo, and he received his MSFE from Claremont Graduate University.


Jason Schoettler co-founded Calibrate Ventures with Kevin Dunlap in 2016. Previously, Jason and Kevin served as managing directors at Shea Ventures, where they raised, invested, and manage $135 million in outside capital focusing on early revenue venture-backed companies. Jason joined Shea Ventures after serving in an operating role at a JPL/Caltech enterprise software startup, and he started his career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young (Cap Gemini). Jason holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and he received his MBA from Claremont Graduate University.


Currently, Jason sits on the boards of Sphero and VictorOps. Other recent active investments include 3DR, FullContact, Hatch Baby, Occipital, Osmo, Sun Basket, WX Brands, and Yesware.

Kevin sits on the boards of Ring and Top Tier Capital Partners with other recent investments in Madison Reed, Moxie Software, RichRelevance, and Global Analytics Holdings.

Prior exited investments include SolarCity (SCTY), Chegg (CHGG), ServiceMax (acq. GE), Sierra Atlantic (acq. Hitachi Global), Dollar Shave Club (acq. UN), EKOS (acq. BTG), Evolution Robotics (acq. IRBT), Quickoffice (acq. GOOG), SolarBridge (acq. SPWR), Vascular Control Systems (acq. JNJ), and Wavestream (acq. GILT).

 
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Values


Executing on our values


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Values


Executing on our values


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Why We Win

Our name conveys our philosophy: To calibrate is to constantly adjust, to take precise measure of an opportunity and connect what’s missing between two critical points. We do that by actively seeking knowledge, considering multiple viewpoints and striving for intellectual honesty.

We manifest our desire for growth and creativity in the founders and startups where we invest our time, energy and resources. We advocate for the portfolio companies we work with, placing their best interests at the heart of our decisions. It is important that we are always direct, clear and compassionate when we give feedback.

We hold ourselves to an exacting standard by owning all our decisions, whether they lead to success or failure. Calibrate is equal parts wide-eyed optimism and decisive action.

 
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Contact


Contact


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