• Investing in

    Outsiders

  • Startup Creation has changed...

    While the "tech stack" has evolved rapidly over the past decade, the "talent stack" has changed even more significantly. Founders are no longer required to be Silicon Valley insiders in order to create transformational technology. New Stack was founded on the premise that new categories will be created by new innovators in new locations around the world.

    New Stack leads rounds at the angel, pre-seed, or seed stage. We typically invest between $500k and $1.5M into startups that are pre-revenue, in pilots/PoCs, or early Commercialization.

     

    Focus Areas

     

    New Stack invests broadly across sectors and categories with an emphasis on B2B SaaS, Fintech, Supply Chain, Proptech, Healthcare, and eCommerce.

     
     
    Philosophy
     
    At New Stack, we invest in outsiders. Our startups don't look like what's commonly funded in Silicon Valley. The standard formula of Stanford educated, Google trained, Bay Area-located is NOT what we're looking for. We believe in mission-driven founders with an irrational commitment to their cause --regardless of location or circumstance.

     

     

    Themes that we look for include:

    • TRACTABLE: Tools that give non-experts, expert capabilities
    • UGV: Platforms that empower users to generate value
    • ACCESS TO IDLE SUPPLY: Activating idle capacity
    • TROJAN HORSE: Targeted beachhead provides access to broader opportunity
    • NETWORK EFFECTS: Value increases as users increase
    • BD INNOVATION: Customer acquisition strategy is as novel as the product
    • COMPETING W/ NON-CONSUMPTION: Turning non-consumers into consumers
    • MOUNTING LOSS: As individual usage increases, switching costs increase
  • Portfolio

    New Stack is a proud investor in and partner with the companies below

    Retail Aware
    Neu Cleaners
    Shotcall
    Phood
    Xilo
    BTR
    Azalio
  • Helping Outsiders

    become Insiders

    Ask about our Next Round Plan Process -- where we empower startups to get the attention that they deserve from Tier 1 VCs

  • New Stack Team

    Nick Moran

    General Partner

    Developer-> M&A-> Product Mgr-> VC

    Prior to New Stack, Nick worked for Danaher (NYSE: DHR) in M&A and Product Management. There he developed one of the most successful products in the company's history -- an analytical device for testing compounds in drinking water at nano scale. In addition to investing, Nick founded the 1st Venture Capital podcast with over 90k active subscribers, The Full Ratchet.

    J.R. Moran

    Chief Operating Officer

    Attorney-> Angel-> VC
    J.R.'s career spans 15+ years as an attorney, in which he developed expertise in patent litigation, representing a variety of inventors and corporations. He has successfully litigated $B+ through patent infringement suits and licensing. J.R. has also worked extensively in the venture space, including venture capital fund formation, venture capital financing, startup formation, and corporate matters.

    Nate Pierotti

    Principal

    Founder -> VC

    Prior to New Stack, Nate co-founded Monarc, a deepTech / Robotics company in the sportsTech space. There he served as CEO and led product development, prior to exit. Nate also helped design and engineer Monarc's products, receiving multiple patents for his work. His experience ultimately led him to venture capital where he is passionate about deepTech, marketplaces, and all things consumer.

    Austin Ju

    Deal Lead

    Growth Marketing -> VC

    Prior to New Stack, Austin helped early-stage startups nail their customer acquisition and top-line growth metrics through paid acquisition and product optimization. He's worked with startups including a global rideshare service, an IoT Smart Home security system, and a Millennial/Gen Z focused e-commerce brand. These efforts led him to venture capital, beginning as a scout in Los Angeles and now as an analyst for NSV.

    Zeke Trezise

    Analyst

    Marketing-> Prod Mgmt -> VC

    Prior to New Stack, Zeke worked several marketing and sales related roles, selling everything from cars to collector coins. As an undergraduate, Zeke led his university's marketing club and became a region lead for New Stack's fellowship program. This experience led Zeke to join the team full time as a student of enterprise SaaS and marketplace concepts.

  • Founder Quotes

    "The process with New Stack was very different than other investors. It was casual and it was intentional - ensuring it wasn’t wasting my time. Also, everyone we talked to sang your praises…they said don’t even look back, it’ll be one of the smartest moves you’ll ever make. And that wasn’t just said once, it was said multiple times."

     

    Kwame Boler, Founder, Neu

    Founder Quotes

    “New Stack excels in two areas -- their relentless advocacy and their network. Nick Moran knows everyone. In our most recent fundraise, we had introductions to nearly every single seed stage fund on our shortlist -- this type of access is, in my experience, unprecedented for companies at our stage.
     

    I can say unequivocally and without any hesitation that Nick and the New Stack team are among the elite pre-seed investors in the country. Work hard to get them on your cap table.”

    Kaylee Prior, Co-Founder of Valt

    Founder Quotes

    "Passionate, hustlers, and thoughtful investors. Always helping and pushing entrepreneurs to give their best. From connecting us with an entire network of investors to introducing potential customers and partners, the New Stack team adds value from the trenches since day 1."

     

    Julian Ortiz, Co-Founder, Adaviv

    Founder Quotes

    “Our investment rounds were highly competitive and choosing investment partners was difficult. Ultimately, Nick’s reputation in the investment community as a genuine and thoughtful investor drove my decision to move forward with New Stack.”

     

    David Rabie, Founder, Tovala

    Founder Quotes

    "My favorite thing about working with Nick and the entire New Stack team has been that they are more than investors - they are partners. I always know I can count on them to be in the trenches with me on any challenges I am working through. In the early stages of company building, that type of support is invaluable."

     

    Quratul-Ann Malik Founder, Azalio

    Founder Quotes

    "The thing that stood out when we first met with New Stack was that they didn't ask the same tired questions we heard over and over again from others we met with - i.e "How are you different from {{Insert tangential company in same space}}?". New Stack's approach was to evaluate our business based on their focus areas and themes then make a judgement from there. It was refreshing how well they instantly understood our business, go-to-market, and what were looking to accomplish."

     

    Jude Chiy, Founder, Flamingo

    Founder Quotes

    "Working with the NewStack team during the investment process was awesome. Working with them after the investment was done is even better. I can always count on a quick turn around and thoughtful advice".

     

    Vess Bakalov, Founder, Pliant

    Founder Quotes

    "The one word I would use to describe New Stack is refreshing. As a company seeking funding you run through countless investors... and it’s all about numbers. New Stack is different. They were interested in us before we talked numbers. Nick and his team are people-centric. We felt that they really understood our vision and values and that made our decision to partner with New Stack an easy choice. We haven’t looked back since!"

    Kosal Keo, Co-Founder, BTR

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