of bold ideas
Together, we can uncover seismic opportunities among the shifts and innovations happening in the business landscape.
Together, we can uncover seismic opportunities among the shifts and innovations happening in the business landscape.
We join teams from the first spark of a new idea.
We seek out mission-oriented entrepreneurs who are determined to solve meaningful problems in the business world. We provide the crucial initial capital to ignite new ideas and relentlessly invest our time, resources and additional capital along your side
We not only provide the capital needed to fuel your vision but also become strategic partners in your success. Financial backing is just the beginning – we go the extra mile to help you thrive. Our experienced team provides unwavering support at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey, fostering deep and valuable long-term relationships.
With a proven track record and expansive relationships, our investment and mentoring act as catalysts, propelling our portfolio companies forward. We create unique opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and market access that might otherwise remain elusive. Together, we amplify success and drive lasting impact.
Empowering your vision with expert support.
We bring the mindset of an entrepreneur — we know the fear, the adrenaline, the hard work, the rough times, and the triumph.
CEO and Co-Founder at Xenex. Started and managed numerous investments and has been an advisor to many successful startups.
Successful entrepreneur, seasoned investor, and highly regarded professor.
Juan Luis Leungli
Scrappy immigrant with startup, tech and financing experience. Believer in the transformative and leveling powers of tech and entrepreneurship as change agents.
Researcher, strategist, and investor with a specialization in AI.
Chairman, Co-Founder, Catalant Technologies; Executive Fellow, Harvard Business School
CEO, Co-Founder, Rendered.ai. Former CEO, Kymeta Corporation.
CEO, Founder, Vecna Robotics; Co-Founder, President, Mass Robotics.
MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and History of Engineering and Manufacturing Chairman and Co-founder, Humatics Corporation.
Morris co-founded and provided the initial funding for Xenex, which produces a robot used to disinfect hospitals. Previously he co-founded Rackspace Managed Hosting (NYSE:RAX)(brought private by Apollo for $4.3 billion). Morris also founded Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM, which he successfully sold to Thomson Legal Publishing.
Morris has also started and managed a series of investment vehicles through which he has made numerous investments and advised many startups. His investments include Inventables, Adometry, Golfballs.com, Samba TV, Ripple IT, Admissions Lab, Pocket Power and Enchanted Rock Reliability Services.
Morris has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and Bloomberg. Morris has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and numerous technical and medical publications.
Originally from San Antonio, Morris is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Phillips Exeter Academy.
CEO and Co-founder
- Produces robots used to disinfect hospital rooms.
President and Co-founder
- A managed cloud computing company.
- Brought private by Apollo for $4.3 billion.
- First company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM – sold to Thomson Legal Publishing.
In 2016, Matt and his partner Morris Miller formed Tectonic Ventures I, their first pooled fund. Juan Luis Leungli joined Tectonic, from General Catalyst, as a Partner in 2017.
Matt was formerly the CFO of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, where he worked with the founder to launch the firm and the world’s first Alzheimer’s imaging agent. Matt was also the COO of a quantitative hedge fund he helped form. Matt also advised on the creation and growth of Correlation Ventures, which leverages predictive analytics in making venture investments, where he continues to serve as an Advisor. Matt is presently a Board participant at Appex, Auterion, Avant-garde Health, Butlr, Movley, Olis Robotics, Rendered.ai, TIFIN Studios, Vecna Robotics, Wyebot, and Xenex. Additionally, Matt is on the board of Neighborhood Trust, and the advisory board for Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program (I&E Board).
Matt teaches entrepreneurship and fin-tech in the Finance department at MIT. Matt’s research on venture capital and exits has been published in many leading finance and economic journals. Previously a faculty member in the Entrepreneurial Management department at Harvard Business School, Matt taught VCPE and published many HBS cases. Prior to HBS, Matt taught Entrepreneurial Finance as a finance professor at Columbia University.
His work has been profiled in the Financial Times, The Economist, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Kauffman publications, Institutional Investor’s Alpha Magazine, PeHub, etc., and many popular blogs. He is regularly quoted in major print media such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Financial Times, etc., and has discussed his work on television, with appearances on CNBC, BBC and CNN. Matt gives talks throughout the world on the financing of innovation.
Founder & Partner
Prior to Tectonic Ventures Matt led numerous deal-by-deal investments.
- Teaches the Fintech Ventures course, helping students launch new companies.
- Research focuses on the financing of innovation.
Juan Luis Leungli
Juan’s personal path to tech has had a few turns, starting with moving to the U.S. without his parents at 15 and working countless jobs ranging from selling hot dogs to answering switchboard calls to fund college.
Most recently, Juan worked at General Catalyst focusing on early stage investing and leading the coverage of Boston startups – he worked closely with companies like B12.io, Catalant (fka HourlyNerd) and Feedvisor. Prior to General Catalyst, Juan was in San Francisco as part of the team at Javelin Venture Partners focusing on Series A investments and working with companies like MasterClass. Juan’s experience in technology covers a wide spectrum – launching Ripple Concerts, a marketplace for live music, working with seed companies while at Primary Venture Partners in New York, helping the digital turnaround efforts at McGraw-Hill Education and advising large companies like AMD, Fairchild Semi, IAC/InterActiveCorp, IMG, Ticketmaster, Universal Orlando and VeriFone on their financing strategies while at J.P. Morgan.
Juan was nominated by Business Insider in their article, "The 41 most important VCs in Boston, according to other VCs." He graduated from Boston University with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Business and a minor in Statistics and from Harvard Business School with an MBA where he was a National Society of Hispanic MBAs Scholar and was awarded the Rock Entrepreneurship, Toigo and InSITE Fellowships. While at Harvard, Juan co-founded Rock Venture Partners, a program for students to invest in student-led startups. Outside of work, Juan enjoys eating his way through Boston with his family and teaching new tricks to his goldendoodle. Follow Juan on Twitter via @juanleungli.
Javelin Venture Partners
Today, Mark is a Principal at Tectonic Ventures investing in and supporting early stage startups, with a specialization in AI. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Harambe Alliance of African Entrepreneurs.
Prior to Tectonic, Mark was a founding staff member of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, where he conducted research, led strategy and operations, and managed client relationships with Fortune 500 companies leveraging AI for business applications. While at IBM Research, Mark took over the global Think Labs (client centers in IBM Research), designing and facilitating technical education and innovation strategy workshops for IBM clients. He also spearheaded client engagement management operations and co-created the Advanced Prototyping Team, a global group of designers, engineers, and strategists focused accelerating lab-to-market productization pipelines, most notably contributing to IBM’s enterprise LLM foundation model platform, watsonx.
Mark earned an MBA in finance from the MIT along with a fellowship from the MIT Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship. He spent two years as a graduate researcher and corporate membership manager in the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, leading engagements with the Mexican government and the Inter-American Development Bank focused on property registries. This work culminated in the publication of a paper in Management Science, which earned a prestigious award for best paper over 3-year span in the 2021 Informs Interface of Finance, Operations, and Risk Management category, and 2nd place over a 3-year span in the 2022 Best Operations Management paper in Management Science. Mark earned his bachelors from the University of Notre Dame in the Great Books program and began his career producing documentary films on political economy and international development, most notably the award-winning and internationally distributed documentary Poverty, Inc. It was through this work that Mark developed a profound appreciation for the societal importance of business in solving problems and creating prosperity for everyday people. In his personal life, Mark is an ultramarathon trail runner, free diver, back country skier, and adventure motorcyclist who enjoys books, chess, cooking, and quality conversation.
Founder & Partner
- Teaches the Fintech Ventures course, helping students launch new companies.
- Research focuses on the financing of innovation.
Biederman is also co-author of a book titled, Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce, which lays out a vision and path for a new relationship between global companies and talent.
More than 30 percent of the Fortune 100 use Catalant’s platform to frictionlessly access and deploy talent, ranging from employees to over 70,000 elite independent consultants and 1,000 boutique firms in Catalant’s Expert Marketplace. Anonymized data from leading companies train Catalant’s AI-powered skills matching and recommendation engine, inform its best practices, and surface intelligent insights that get smarter over time. Based in Boston, Catalant serves thousands of clients, including GE, Hess, and Unilever, as well as many others on a confidential basis. The company has raised more than $100 million in venture capital funding from leading firms and individuals including General Catalyst, Highland Capital, Greylock Partners, Salesforce, Mark Cuban, the Kraft family and countless others.
Prior to founding Catalant, Biederman was a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Bain Capital, where he focused on the healthcare and high-tech industries. In these roles, he served as an advisor to and collaborator with both public and private management teams on topics including organic growth, competitive strategy, mergers and acquisitions, capital allocation, and financing strategy.
Rob is also an Executive Fellow in the Entrepreneurial Management unit at Harvard Business School, co-teaching the Scaling Technology Ventures course on funding and accelerating the growth of disruptive internet companies.
Biederman graduated from Princeton University with an A.B., cum laude, in Economics and Finance, and from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar. He played on the junior varsity basketball team and served as Student Body President.
The technology behind Kymeta’s products were Nathan’s brainchild as a PhD student. He led the original technology development as Kymeta’s CTO before taking the reigns as CEO in 2014.
As CEO Nathan led Kymeta’s transition from laboratory exploration into a product and services company – building a global supply chain to use excess liquid crystal display production capacity (and its $250B in global infrastructure) to make Kymeta’s ground breaking mTenna products. The mTenna remains the first and only solid state product on the market to challenge mechanically scanned VSAT (dish) antennas and has been deployed globally in nearly every mobile communications market including maritime, automotive, rail, IOT, first responders, and defense.
Nathan also recognized the importance of bringing a complete solution to the market (not just an antenna) and forged a partnership with the world’s largest satellite operator, Intelsat, to bring Kymeta’s own service to market around the world.
Nathan has also been recognized by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 technology professionals under 40, and has been inducted into the Duke Graduate School’s Few-Glasson Society.
Nathan has a Master's in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Physics from Duke University. His work has covered topics in low-temperature condensed matter physics as well as metamaterials and microwave devices. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 patents and patent applications as well as over 30 peer reviewed publications; including award-winning doctoral research. Nathan is currently an adjunct assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Duke University and a member of the Duke University Graduate School Board of Visitors.
Daniel’s deep industry knowledge and practice of continuous innovation has made Vecna Robotics a leading provider of autonomous material handling and workflow optimization solutions. Vecna Robotics offers a fleet of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and the Pivotal™ orchestration engine to optimize and orchestrate the movement of goods through industrial settings, including warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities.
Theobald is a co-founder and Director of MassRobotics and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has received the Henry Ford II Scholar Award, NSF Fellowships, and a Hertz Fellowship award.
An electrical engineer and historian of technology with thirty years’ experience in robotics and autonomy, David has been on the faculty at MIT for twenty-five years, as professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and as the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing; he currently Chairs the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. He is co-author (with David Autor and Elizabeth Reynolds) of the Task Force’s final report, "The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines" (2020).
David is an expert on the myriad relationships between people and autonomous robots, he has participated in more than twenty-five oceanographic expeditions and is an inventor on nine patents in autonomous helicopters, AI-assisted piloting, and RF navigation. He is the author of five books, including Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy (2015) and Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight (2008) and numerous studies on technology and policy, including The Future of Human Spaceflight (2008). David has undergraduate degrees from Yale and a Ph.D. from MIT.
David splits his time between Cambridge Massachusetts and East Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife, a choral conductor, and his two daughters. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and flies a Beechcraft Bonanza.
We succeed through meticulous investment, nurturing long-term relationships, and a deep understanding of the evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
55ip provides technology-enabled investment solutions focused on tax optimization combined with portfolio construction for high net worth accounts. These solutions help 55ip’s partner organizations (typically - Registered Investment Advisors / Wealth Managers) gain and manage client accounts.
With a focus on innovation and delivering value to clients, 55-ip is revolutionizing the investment landscape with their investment management solutions.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management acquired 55ip in 2020.
Aestuary is a technology-enabled consumer products company that acquires and operates brands in the Shopify ecosystem. In the modern marketplace, products can be ordered and delivered from anywhere, allowing niche businesses and products to find their audience. Aestuary identifies authentic niche brands with loyal customers and employs best-in-class operations and technology to manage and grow them, allowing them to efficiently scale up many brands at once.
Appex partners with top mobile app founders to buy their apps, invest in future growth, and ensure the app founders share in the upside.
Real-time, enterprise database replication made simple. The only CDC (change data capture) platform architected for infinite scalability. Zero impact. Low latency. Guaranteed consistency. No Ph.D. required.
Auterion is the leading platform for AI-powered Autonomy for drones. As a vendor-independent operating system, Auterion empowers a fleet of connected autonomous drones, providing advanced automation, enhanced user experience, and efficient fleet and data management through our built-in app deployment.
Avant-garde Health is a healthcare technology company that focuses on improving outcomes and reducing costs through data-driven solutions. They leverage advanced analytics and AI to provide actionable insights to healthcare providers, payers, and life sciences companies. Their platform helps identify opportunities for quality improvement, risk stratification, and care management, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes and more efficient healthcare delivery.
Baton Financial Services Inc. is a financial services company known for its expertise in payment processing and financial management solutions. With a focus on streamlining payment processes, Baton offers a comprehensive range of services to businesses. Their solutions are designed to optimize efficiency, security, and transparency in financial transactions. Baton's commitment to innovation and industry knowledge has positioned them as a trusted partner for businesses seeking reliable and effective financial services.
Baton was acquired by Trevipay in 2022.
The world’s first and only 100% wireless, people counting, and occupancy sensing platform. The office has become a product – Butlr offers sensors to allow insights into how the office is being used and how it could improve.
Catalant’s Expert Marketplace connects businesses to independent consultants and subject-matter experts who deliver quality work when needed. It’s a flexible alternative to full-time hiring but less expensive and more action-oriented than traditional consulting. Fortune 500 brands, medium-sized businesses, and private equity and consulting firms all rely on Catalant to help them execute critical work quickly and at scale.
Dorm Room Fund is a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage startups founded by student entrepreneurs. With a mission to support and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, Dorm Room Fund provides funding, resources, and mentorship to help startups grow and succeed. By leveraging their extensive network and industry expertise, Dorm Room Fund helps student founders turn their ideas into thriving businesses and navigate the challenges of building a startup while balancing their academic commitments.
An EHR-integrated platform transforming clinical decisions. EvidenceCare offers clinicians an added layer of care guidance at the point of order, curated for every scenario, delivered directly into the clinical workflow.
EvolvedMD pioneers the integration of behavioral health services into primary care, embedding specialists directly within medical practices that are supported by an offsite care team. This distinctive approach enables immediate and collaborative care, offering a forward-thinking and economically viable solution that leads to improved patient outcomes.
The resale economy runs On Flyp. Flyp is AI that turns fashion waste into cash. Resellers can source, automate, and sell in one place with AI that supports their business.
Flyp is revolutionizing the resale industry with its cutting-edge AI-powered platform for sellers.
Founded by the renowned MIT robotics professor David Mindell, Humatics creates precise location and navigation data in places where these capabilities do not exist today to support multiple use cases in manufacturing, transportation, robotics, surgery, and more.
The leading B2B buy now, pay later solution in Mexico. Kontempo enables wholesalers from traditional industries to easily and quickly offer deferred payment terms to their business customers. Their API-driven payments platform powers credit operations and helps drive higher sales and greater customer retention.
Kymeta brings to the global market the first-of-its-kind “FLAT” satellite antenna with an electronically steerable beam enabling users to transmit and receive high bandwidth internet signals to anywhere in the sky from anywhere around the globe. These units work on cars, boats, planes, trains, buses, tractors, etc., and have the potential to change the paradigm for broadband high-speed internet connectivity.
Maestro Labs offers an advanced email drafting solution that helps users create high-quality emails in their desired tone and language at lightning speed. Maestro Labs’ enterprise-grade security measures ensure that users' valuable and sensitive data is kept safe, while their AI-powered technology has already ingested all past emails, giving a new email a head start!
Metaphysic’s software automates hyperreal generative AI human content creation. They are building the hyperreal metaverse — AI-generated content for movies & Web3 infrastructure to create hyperreal avatars owned by users.
Merama is a technology-driven e-commerce platform that partners with leading brands to build and scale direct-to-consumer businesses across Latin America. By providing expertise, funding, and infrastructure, Merama empowers brands to expand their reach in this rapidly growing market. With their data-driven approach and deep market knowledge, Merama helps brands navigate the complexities of e-commerce and unlock their full potential in Latin America.
Movley is building a managed quality control (QC) marketplace for consumer brands. The QC services industry is massive ($400B+), antiquated, and fundamentally broken. All brands selling physical goods need QC, but most of them don’t have QC know-how. Movley’s platform allows brands to run the right QC in just a few clicks. It’s Flexport but for quality control.
Fast and efficient AI everywhere. OmniML accelerates machine learning model performance without sacrificing accuracy. OmniML makes the model faster and smaller with compact neural architecture design, training, and compression that coordinates with the hardware on which it is running. OmniML makes OmniML on the edge possible.
OmniML was acquired by Nvidia in 2022.
Outlander is a visionary investment company that funds tech startups aiming to solve the world's most pressing challenges. Whether the startups target enterprise or consumer markets, understanding the customer and their pain points is crucial. The company invests in a wide range of tech categories, including the future of commerce and work, hardware with AI integration, and the emerging Web3 space. Their investment decisions are guided by the Outlander Founder Framework, which emphasizes vision, intelligence, character, and execution in the founding teams.
Perch is a technology-enabled consumer products company that acquires and operates Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) businesses with unique/winning products in their respective categories/niches.
The platform as a service for creating and operationalizing synthetic data for AI. Rendered.ai provides the tools to produce and operationalize physics-based synthetic datasets for AI training and validation.
Simbe makes a retail AI-powered robot that operates safely during normal store hours alongside shoppers, automating shelf audits for low stock, out-of-stock, misplaced items, and pricing errors: Simbe Robotics—Meet Tally. The information gleaned from continual in-store data capture allows retail analytics at a level far superior to those calculated today. The data acquired can be used by the store, delivery companies, and each individual brand and brand manager, creating a network effect across stores.
Torch is a dentist’s partner in running their practice. Torch batches supply orders from many dental offices and negotiates better prices. The software-as-a-service also provides inventory and spend management and easy ordering from all vendors. The data capture across all offices allows for analytics and suggestions to lower costs and increase margins.
Vecna Robotics’ self-driving fork trucks, pallet trucks, and tuggers powered by their Pivotal™ orchestration software and 24/7/365 command center can be used to automate critical workflows, maximize throughput, and scale warehouse and manufacturing operations quickly.
Visor is building a SaaS-based project management, planning, and visualization tool, focused initially on product managers.
Wyebot revolutionizes network connectivity. Wyebot monitors the RF spectrum, diligently analyzing the data packets traversing the airwaves between connected devices such as phones, tablets, printers, thermostats, robots, and sensors on WiFi or broadband networks. Powered by advanced AI, Wyebot detects and resolves connectivity issues proactively, often before users even become aware of their existence.
Adometry is a marketing analytics and attribution company. Their platform helps businesses measure and optimize the effectiveness of their online advertising campaigns. Adometry's advanced algorithms and machine learning capabilities provide valuable insights into customer behavior, attribution modeling, and marketing ROI. With a focus on data-driven decision-making, Adometry empowers marketers to make informed choices and drive better business outcomes.
Avid Radiopharmaceuticals is a pioneering company in the field of molecular imaging and diagnostics. They specialize in the development and commercialization of innovative radiopharmaceuticals for neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals' groundbreaking technologies enable the visualization and detection of disease-specific biomarkers in the brain, providing valuable insights for early diagnosis, disease monitoring, and drug development. Their commitment to advancing precision medicine and improving patient outcomes has positioned them as a leader in the field of molecular imaging and neurology research.
Axioma is a leading provider of risk management and portfolio construction solutions for the financial industry. They offer powerful analytics tools and technology platforms that enable investment professionals to make data-driven decisions. Axioma's innovative software helps investors analyze and manage risk, construct efficient portfolios, and optimize performance. With a global presence and a commitment to delivering actionable insights, Axioma empowers financial institutions to navigate complex market dynamics.
Enchanted Rock is an energy technology company that specializes in providing microgrid solutions for critical power needs. Their advanced systems and software enable businesses and organizations to have reliable and resilient power supply, especially during grid outages or emergencies. Enchanted Rock's microgrid solutions integrate renewable energy sources, energy storage, and intelligent controls to optimize energy management and reduce costs. With a focus on sustainability and energy independence, Enchanted Rock is transforming the way critical facilities and industries secure their power supply.
Golfballs.com is an e-commerce retailer specializing in golf equipment and accessories. They offer a wide range of golf balls, clubs, apparel, and personalized products. Golfballs.com provides golfers with high-quality products from top brands and a seamless online shopping experience. With a commitment to customer satisfaction and a passion for the game of golf, Golfballs.com caters to the needs of golf enthusiasts and helps them elevate their game.
Rackspace is a leading managed cloud services provider. They offer expertise in cloud computing, data management, and cybersecurity solutions. Rackspace's comprehensive services help businesses leverage the power of the cloud, optimize their IT infrastructure, and ensure data security. With a team of certified professionals and a customer-centric approach, Rackspace enables organizations to focus on their core business while relying on a trusted partner for their technology needs.
Thrasio is a consumer goods company that acquires and operates Amazon FBA businesses. They specialize in scaling and optimizing e-commerce brands, leveraging their expertise in marketing, supply chain management, and product development. Thrasio's strategic approach and resources help brands achieve growth and profitability on the Amazon platform. With a data-driven approach and a focus on operational excellence, Thrasio empowers e-commerce entrepreneurs to maximize the value of their businesses.