A couple of weeks ago, we announced that we were joining the #movingforward movement. Today, we are excited to share that Uncork Capital has made a 3-year commitment to fund Project Callisto, a non-profit online platform that will help tech founders privately report professional sexual coercion and sexual assault committed by investors.

We’re grateful to team Callisto, Founder & CEO Jess Ladd and CTO Anjana Rajan, for providing a missing piece in the fight against sexual misconduct, harassment and assault: a reporting mechanism where victims can anonymously receive support, get advice on their options, and have the ability to escalate…


Early in January 2016, I was thrilled to announce Stephanie Palmeri and Andy McLoughlin becoming Partners! At that time, we filed SEC Form Ds disclosing the creation of two new funds — SoftTech VC V and SoftTech Plus. We’re delighted to announce that both funds have closed at their hard cap, respectively $100M and $50M — great news as we celebrate our 12-year anniversary. …


You got the gist of it — now read on for more details.

First, Stephanie: ever since I met her 5 years ago, I have been impressed by her drive, smarts and resourcefulness. Even though I sort of pushed her away initially, we were lucky enough to have Stephanie join us as Senior Associate then Principal — and sponsor 18 investments across Fund III and IV (including Niche [TWTR], Grovo, and ClassDojo), sourcing and supporting several more. Not only has Stephanie developed the fundamental skills that make a great investor (sourcing, board leadership, fundraising, legal), she has supported companies in…


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All of us at SoftTech are excited to announce that Andy McLoughlin (LinkedIn) will join us as a full-time Venture Partner on April 1st, 2015.

In 2006, Andy co-founded London-based Huddle, an enterprise content collaboration company which has raised over $80M to date. Over the years, he led technology, product, marketing, and strategy, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2010 to establish the company’s US presence.

About five years ago, Andy started his angel investing career. He has built a portfolio of 35+ pre-seed/seed stage investments, mostly in the Saas/B2B space but also covering e-commerce and mobile. He was the…


We’ve launched a speaker series at SoftTech VC for our portfolio company founders and executives. Over the next year, we’ll invite experts and friends to speak to an intimate audience about a wide variety of topics. While much of the content will be “off the record” to encourage open dialog, here’s a peek into our inaugural event featuring Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of Marketing at Eventbrite.

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Not many marketers begin as a startup’s first marketing hire and go on to build and lead a 60+ person global marketing team over five…


Our firm SoftTech VC hit three critical milestones in 2014: we opened our San Francisco office in April, celebrated our ten year anniversary in May, and now with great excitement, we are delighted to announce the close of our latest fund, $85M SoftTech VC IV. This brings our total capital under management to $155M.

Why $85M, which is quite a bit more than our $55M Fund III raised in 2010–11? That fund backed 55 companies over 3 years, as planned. About $25M were allocated to initial investments, and $30M were earmarked for follow-ons. Things worked perfectly until we saw the…


Forbes released its third annual ’30 Under 30‘ list of young disrupters, innovators and entrepreneurs — and we’re proud to see many of SoftTech’s founders represented again this year and joined by several our new rising stars. Meet our founders that made the list and a huge congratulations to Aaron, Xan, David, Alex, Sam, Liam, Tyler, San, and Rafael!

Aaron Feuer, Xan Tanner, David Carel (22, 22, 23), Cofounders, Panorama Education (Forbes ’30 Under 30' Education)

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The Yale grads (from left: Feuer, Tanner, Carel) saw their company become one of the most talked about ed tech startups of the year…


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Since the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, immigration has been the fuel that drives innovation and growth in America. Those first immigrants came to this country in search of the freedom to develop themselves as they saw fit, but also to develop America into the place full of opportunities we enjoy today.

I know this firsthand because that’s exactly the reason why I came to Silicon Valley. I was born and raised in France — certainly not one of the oppressive political systems we see in other parts of the world. …


Forbes released its annual ’30 Under 30' list of disrupters, innovators and entrepreneurs — and we’re proud to see many of SoftTech’s rising stars represented. Meet the SoftTech VC founders that made the list and a BIG congrats to Sam, Liam, Carly, Isaac, Zain, Stephen, and Alex!

Sam Chaudhary, 26 & Liam Don, 26 from Class Dojo (Forbes ’30 Under 30', Education)

Class Dojo founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don as disrupting the classroom with their classroom management software that enables teachers to track good and bad student behavior. …


Just one year ago, we were happily announcing that Steph was joining us (OK, after I tried to dissuade her in a first place). She promptly took the lead on next generation commerce opportunities, as well as helping our companies with their marketing strategy. Overall, she has contributed a lot to our firm and our companies in such a short time.

That’s why today Charles and I are thrilled to share an exciting piece of news: Steph’s promotion to Principal. Join us in wishing her well! And follow Steph on Twitter at @stephpalmeri.

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Uncork Capital (formerly SoftTech VC) is a seed-stage venture firm that commits early, helps with the hard stuff, and sticks around. Really.

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