To develop, grow and accelerate industry-leading companies on a global scale.
We invest in what we know, and where we can add value. We invest in teams and companies from incubation through seed to emerging growth and provide a powerful combination of capital and alternative resources. We are happy to lead deals or syndicate with other quality investors.
Advertising and Marketing
Social & Mobile Gaming
Big Data and Analytics
Space & Satellite Technologies
We invest in great entrepreneurial teams, who are creating breakthrough technologies, transformative business models and strong intellectual property that can change the world. We partner with our companies through a unique combination of capital and the resources of our Noosphere Global network which include world class design, technology development, marketing and business development capabilities. We believe we bring a differentiated outlook to the venture model and are comfortable investing globally,
and in niche markets.
Civic is an identity management service that reduces consumer identity theft and online identity fraud. The system allows people to track the use of their personal information in real-time and immediately react to unauthorized activities. Civic’s new proactive approach to private information helps people secure their personal data before any damage is done.
Circle Medical is a doctor-on-demand service that provides patients with an attending physician for non-urgent care. The Circle Medical app allows people to choose a doctor from the company's data-base, schedule a visit that is covered by their insurance plan and track the location of their attending physician. It represents a new concept for medical delivery that can be used in everyday life.
ASKfm is a global social networking site connecting and engaging people by asking questions. ASKfm is the world’s largest Q&A social network, with 150 million monthly unique users. The network is available in 150 countries and in 49 languages.
PocketGuard is a personal money management app that helps consumers avoid pesky 'late' fees, detect fraud and resolve sneaky charges across all their credit and debit cards. PocketGuard's built-in budgeting tools with smart categorization lets consumers better manage their finances and save more for themselves.
Thync Global integrates the most advanced aspects of neuroscience and consumer electronics to create a new category of wearables. Thynk’s technology platform includes neurosignaling algorithms, hardware, software and biomaterials that help people alter and optimize their state of mind to have more energy, relax or increase focus.
Connected.co provides global banking solutions, advanced gateway technology and proprietary risk management services to online merchants worldwide. Leveraging its vast network of domestic and international banking relationships, Connected.co specializes in placing merchant accounts for cutting-edge merchants. Connected.co's state-of-the-art gateway platform enables merchants to route transactions strategically, submit authorizations quickly and process payments reliably.
EOS DA combines image driven analytics, data science, and machine learning and applies them to large data sets, unlocking insights and bringing new solutions to real business problems.
KangarooHealth develops proprietary software that reduces physical therapy (PT) patient movement assessments from 60 minutes to 10 minutes, significantly improving clinical throughput and increasing PT clinic reimbursement success rates. Its software increases revenue for PT clinics and decreases the amount of fraudulent / deficient PT bills by offering objective patient data. In collaboration with healthcare payers, KangarooHealth aims to redefine the care standard in the US physical therapy market.
Firefly Aerospace primary focuses to provide world’s best and lowest-cost light satellite launch vehicles for the under-served small satellite market, where secondary-payload launches are often the only option. It is achieved by using proven rocket technologies developed by Firefly’s world-class team in the designs and employing mass production processes.
Mark Watt is a seasoned investor with a background that combines
20 years of investment, advisory and business development experience. In addition to being a Managing Partner at Noosphere Ventures, Mr. Watt is also President of Noosphere Global.
Mark's had previously senior positions at William Blair & Co, TriplePoint Capital, America's Growth Capital, Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young. He has advised or invested in companies that have generated over $100 billion in shareholder value. Mark lives in Menlo Park with his wife and 2 daughters, and devotes most of his spare time to Ironman triathlon training.
Dr. Polyakov is a serial entrepreneur who has founded many successful companies, including IT-Ukraine, HitDymanics Ltd., Maxymiser Ltd., Maxima Group, and Cupid Plc. Dr. Polyakov has an extensive experience in leading online projects from the idea stage through to sale or IPO launch.
In 2012, Dr. Polyakov moved to Silicon Valley and shortly thereafter founded Murka, Renatus, and Betcore.
Dr. Polyakov is a graduate of Dnipropetrovsk National University where he received his Doctorate degree in International Economics in 2013 with a doctoral thesis on information technology development in the global economy.
Entrepreneur In Residence
Marc Fagan, is an experienced professional and entrepreneur who has founded and operated three successful software startups (VFA, Envista, and IRISMaps). He also was engaged in directing innovation programs for Global Fortune 2000 companies (Reed Elsevier). The constant throughout his career has been the desire to transform the infrastructure and geospatial industries by developing new software technologies in geospatial software, geospatial image data processing and analytics, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and infrastructure SaaS.
Marc has joined Noosphere Ventures to help evaluate new potential investments, new business models, technologies, and strategic partnership opportunities, as well as help out on due diligence and provide operational assistance to existing portfolio companies.
Narwhals vs. Unicorns In a Start-Up World Jan 29, 2018
During the height of the dot-com bubble, it seemed like anyone should could spell “www” was given a billion dollars to fund their idea. After the market lost $1.7 tillion in a matter of weeks, investors decided that they wanted their startups to do more traditional things like “provide a service” or “have a business […]
The 5 Most Influential Technologies of 2017 Jan 4, 2018
It has become a tradition on the Next Big Thing blog to look back at how we have done at our predictions and take stock of the previous year. Here is our picks of the 5 most influential technologies of 2017.
Cryptocurrencies are have been touted by their supporter as the inevitable wave of the future – the next step in the evolution of money. Despite the avid support, they have been largely disregarded by regulators as a fad that could never replace conventional currencies. Are they right? Or, are they just scared of losing control over money?
We are bombarded by headlines like “Uber’s Otto Driverless Cars to Replace Humans”, “Millions of Manufacturing Jobs at Risk,” and “Is Your Job About To Disappear?” But are these fears founded? Or, are they just hype to sell more newspapers? The answer is not so black and white.
There has been a lot of talk about how robots are taking our jobs, and rightly so. Automation, both in the form of mechanized robots and artificially intelligent software, are expected to replace about 6% of jobs in the U.S. over the next five years. Here in this article you find the top 5 jobs that AI will replace, and what you can do to protect yourself.
We live in an era where everything seems to be becoming very large, or very small. Growing excitement over the latter has fueled research into both how to make satellites smaller and how to make small satellite missions larger. But, satellites are only useful if they are in space, and getting them there has opened up a whole new niche that Firefly Aerospace intendeds to service.
NASA has announced its picks for the winners of the annual International Space Apps Challenge. Winners include a apps that track the spread of pollen to help commuters avoid the largest plumes, to holographic models of Earth and emergency shelter that can be quickly deployed to disaster zones.The judges have made their choices, but Noosphere would like to point out our favorite ideas that were not chosen. Here then is Noosphere’s picks for the best of the rest.
Winners of NASA Space Apps Challenge Jul 12, 2017
NASA Space Apps Challenge continues the tradition of giving a voice to anyone who has an idea worth spreading. The competition focuses not only on improving our understanding the cosmos and our place in it, but how this understanding can improve the everyday lives of humans here on Earth. Every year the focus changes and this year prizes were awarded to teams in six categories: best use of data, best use of hardware, best mission concept, galactic impact, most inspirational and, as always, the people’s choice award.
Current engineering applications require models to reduce costs and increase time efficiency, it is always easier to model and test a turbine with a CAD (Computer-aided Design) program a than to build a new turbine every time you want to make a slight change to the design. Current CAD programs provide insight into future products as we are able to calculate stresses and loads directly within the program. But, when it comes to modeling fluids they have always come up short.
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