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CALIBRATE VENTURES IS AN EARLY STAGE venture capital firm investing in advaNCED, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES that reshape industries and our future.


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CALIBRATE VENTURES IS AN EARLY STAGE venture capital firm investing in advaNCED, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES that reshape industries and our future.


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Calibrating for success

Calibrate Ventures was founded in 2017 by veteran investors Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, who have led investments in five companies that achieved exits in excess of $1 billion: Chegg (CHGG), Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), Ring (acquired by Amazon), ServiceMax (acquired by GE), and SolarCity (SCTY).

Calibrate Ventures raised $80 million for its inaugural fund in 2018. We focus on investments in three areas: Advanced Automation, B2B SaaS, and Managed Marketplaces.

 
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where we invest

Calibrate Ventures invests right-sized capital at the inflection point for rapidly accelerating growth in the areas of Advanced Automation, B2B SaaS, and Managed Marketplaces.

We typically target an initial investment of $5 million in companies generating revenue between $1 million and $5 million. We pursue founders and teams with robust product vision, and demonstrated traction that can scale to hundreds of millions in revenue.

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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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.

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Kevin Dunlap & Jason Schoettler

Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler are partners at Calibrate Ventures, a venture capital firm they co-founded in 2017.

Kevin Dunlap invests across Calibrate Ventures’ focus areas of advanced automation, B2B SaaS, and managed marketplaces, leading investments and sitting on the boards of Broadly, Realized, and Soft Robotics.

Kevin has a proven track-record of identifying disruptive businesses and facilitating their development while generating outsized returns. Before forming Calibrate, he served as a Managing Director for over a decade at Shea Ventures, where he led investments in category defining companies with billion-dollar exits, including: Chegg (CHGG), Ring (acquired by Amazon), ServiceMax (acquired by GE), and SolarCity (SCTY).

Prior to Shea Ventures, Mr. Dunlap was an aerospace engineer working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in New Mission Design and Moog in Launch Systems. 

Kevin was raised in upstate New York and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s degree in financial engineering from Claremont Graduate University.

Jason Schoettler leads investments for Calibrate Ventures across its areas of focus: advanced automation, B2B SaaS, and managed marketplaces, including its investments in Alpha, Built Robotics, Embodied, FarmWise, and XStream Trucking.

Jason has a proven track-record of identifying disruptive businesses and facilitating their development while generating outsized returns. Before forming Calibrate, he served as a Managing Director for over a decade at Shea Ventures, where he was responsible for numerous investments with notable exits, including: Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), Evolution Robotics (acquired by iRobot), Osmo (acquired by Byju’s), SI-BONE (SIBN), and VictorOps (acquired by Splunk).  

Prior to Shea Ventures, Jason served in an operating role at Oak Grove Systems, an enterprise software spin-out from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CalTech, and as a management consultant at Ernst & Young. 

Jason grew up in Central California and holds a BA from University of Notre Dame and MBA from Claremont Graduate University.

 
 
 
 

We are supported by an outstanding team.

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John Morrissey

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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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