Seed venture capital and operational expertise for entrepreneurs building the Bottom Up Economy in the U.S. and Canada
What’s the Bottom Up Economy? Enabling small businesses and individual consumers and developers to more easily and cost effectively access technology, information and customers so that they can create, transact, communicate and grow.
Great companies are built by mission-driven teams
That’s what we look for when making an investment. We prefer to be significant investors in a small number of seed rounds each year, demonstrating our commitment to your team upfront and ongoing. These early days are about more than just establishing product-market fit and building momentum for your next funding round. They’re when you start making decisions about what you want to be – your business, your culture, your values – and begin putting those into practice.
That’s why an investment from Homebrew is about more than just our capital. We bring to bear our operational expertise, a focused group of hands-on entrepreneur advisors and a large, supportive community. We commit the time to help you move faster and scale bigger – whether it’s identifying and recruiting top talent, getting on a whiteboard to collaboratively solve what’s bugging you, or connecting you with a subject matter expert for the 30-minute conversation that saves two weeks of swirl. We seek to be early or contrarian in our investing strategy and want to be led into the future by entrepreneurs and their vision.
Our broad focus is on startups supporting the Bottom Up Economy – helping businesses, developers and individuals drive economic growth and innovation through simpler, cheaper and more direct access to technology, information and customers.
Prior to Homebrew, I was VP Product at Twitter, building and leading the Product Management and User Services teams. Before Twitter, I was a Partner at Battery Ventures, where I co-led the seed and early stage investing practices. I joined Google in 2003 and was responsible for AdSense product management and partnerships. Before heading to Silicon Valley for Google, I worked for DoubleClick, in venture capital and as a strategy consultant. My education is memorialized by a BS in Finance and a BS in Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania.
Before Homebrew, I led consumer product management at YouTube, starting when it was acquired by Google. I originally joined Google in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for AdSense, Google‘s contextual advertising business. My first job in Silicon Valley was as the founding product and marketing guy at Linden Lab. Before graduate school, I was a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O‘ Brien. My parents are proud of my BA in History from Vassar and MBA from Stanford University.
Beth ScheerHead of Talent
Preceding Homebrew, I spent 5+ years at Salesforce leading executive search, sales leadership, and sales growth/professional services recruiting teams. I joined Google in 2003 to build out the AdSense team and then spent 6 years hiring for business operations, corporate communications, corporate development, and various engineering teams, including new graduate PhDs. I am a proud graduate of The Colorado College with a BS in Psychology.
Charo GioiaDirector of Operations
Pre-Homebrew, I worked as a Research Assistant for 10+ years at asset management firms in Mill Valley and San Francisco. I’ve also been active in local political campaigns and as a community organizer. I was born and raised in Peru and fulfilled my lifelong dream of coming to the U.S.A. to study at the University of California-Berkeley, where I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.
Homebrew Entrepreneur Advisors are formally affiliated with the fund and work closely with our partner companies, providing guidance and expertise in the areas where they each have a “superpower”.
VP Augmented Intelligence, Evernote
Founder & CEO, Behance
Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit
Tech Lead, Pinterest
VP Growth, Wealthfront
Head of Global Operations, Uber
User Experience, AirBnB
Founder & CEO, Mori
Sr. Director Engineering, Optimizely
Advisor, Dropbox, Square and Twitter
Former VP & GM, Zynga
Bond StreetNew York, NY
Easy, fast, transparent small business lending
BuildingConnectedSan Francisco, CA
Bid management for commercial construction
Software for better relationships and results at work
ChimeSan Francisco, CA
Smarter banking for the mobile generation
ClementineSan Francisco, CA
(Acquired by Dropbox) Secure, private voice and text communications for business
Predictive website personalization without the hassle
LumiLos Angeles, CA
Packaging supply chain optimization
Business analysis automation to avoid the unexpected
PrimaryNew York, NY
High quality, affordable kids clothing essentials
Shield AISan Diego, CA
Artificially intelligent systems that save lives
theSkimmNew York, NY
Helping you be smarter, everyday
TiaSan Francisco, CA
Your personal, private, women’s health advisor
UpCounselSan Francisco, CA
Expert, cost-effective legal services for business
Homebrew makes small, supporting investments in companies founded by teams well-known to us but operating in sectors, stages or financial structures that are not a fit with our focus on seed stage companies building within the Bottom Up Economy.
Select Prior Investments
The companies below represent investments made by the Homebrew team, either in a professional or angel investing capacity, prior to the formation of Homebrew.
Homebrew was created to be the type of venture capital firm that we would have wanted to work with in our entrepreneurial endeavors.
Accordingly, we don’t subscribe to “business as usual” or “this is how things have always been done.” Homebrew is our startup (we just happen to be writing checks as opposed to code!) so we own every approach and action we take.
So where does “Homebrew” come from? We have a profound appreciation for the people and innovation that have come before us. We recognize everyday that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. Our name is a nod of respect to the Homebrew Computer Club of the 1970s that helped spawn Apple, Computer Associates and many other companies. We also wanted a name that brings to mind handcrafted, artisan, small batch and community-made and enjoyed, because that’s the approach we’re taking to investing and working with our partner companies. It’s coincidence (but appropriate since we’re nerds) that Homebrew is the name of a Mac OS X package installer that many of our friends love. And we definitely appreciate a good homebrew on tap.