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WE PARTNER WITH FOUNDERS OF TRANSFORMATIVE CONSUMER AND ENTERPRISE COMPANIES.


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WE PARTNER WITH FOUNDERS OF TRANSFORMATIVE CONSUMER AND ENTERPRISE COMPANIES.


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Calibrating for success

We believe technology is transforming the way we work and live.

We partner with the visionary founders who are leading this transformation.

We back startups that have demonstrated early signs of commercial success, and we support them through the inflection point of their business. 

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 top talent.

 
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Investments


Powerful Focus


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Investments


Powerful Focus


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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 startups with leadership, innovation and opportunity. We pursue founders and teams with robust product vision that can scale to hundreds of millions in revenue.

We typically target an initial investment of $5 million in companies generating revenue between $1 million and $5 million.

We focus on software and hardware startups in the areas of consumer and enterprise.

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

We are very proud of the investments we have led, including:

 
 

This is a partial list of companies in which we have invested, and it includes active and exited investments we led at our prior firm.

 
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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. Since 2004, 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.

Our decisions are guided by our founding values, not herd mentality or politics.

As co-founders who believe in a partner-only approach to investing, we lead and manage our investments with no junior investment professionals.

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Kevin Dunlap & Jason Schoettler

 
 
 
 

We are supported by an outstanding finance and operations team.

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Tony Di Bona

 

Kate Fry

 

Faraneh Kazerouni

 
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Dawn Eastin

 

Kelly Fergus-Bentall

 
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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 Ventures is equal parts wide-eyed optimism and decisive action.

 
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Contact


Contact


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Contact


Contact


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