Who We Are

We are serial entrepreneurs who have experience building and operating businesses from inception to $100M+ and understand what it's like to be a founder with a big idea. Our team members have created hundreds of innovative smart products in Medical, Life Science, Food & Beverage, Communications, Retail, Military, Printing, and Connected Kiosk spaces. We have deep experience in businesses involving the fusion of hardware, software, and cloud (IoT).

Our Team

Ken Hood Managing Partner

Ken started his career with BCG and went on to lead multiple startups to exit that involved a fusion of hardware and software. He spent the last 10 years in the IoT space and sold his last company, ClearAccess, to Cisco. Ken is passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great companies finding ways to ensure that passion, talent, and aspirations come together for the team. | View LinkedIn

Alex Kunczynski Partner

Alex is a co-founder of D&K Engineering that has become the leading smart machine design and manufacturing company for growth companies. Alex focuses on leading the engineering and technology teams there. Alex invented the PRP (Product Realization Process) that D&K uses today as its proprietary methodology for helping clients reduce their risk and get their products to market with maximum impact. | View LinkedIn

Scott Dennis Partner

Scott is a co-founder of D&K Engineering that has become the leading smart machine design and manufacturing company for growth companies. Scott leads strategy and operations at D&K and has worked with hundreds of startups who seek to bring their hardware ideas to market. Scott comes from a mechatronics background and is passionate about creating cutting edge solutions for companies that disrupt markets. | View LinkedIn

Josie Kamrath Associate

Josie brings experience working from the beginning stages of two successful startups through acquisitions: ecoATM and MaintenanceNet. At ecoATM she oversaw the scalability, logistics and operational deployment of phone recycling smart machines. At MaintenanceNet, she leveraged best-in-class software to structure and implement sales, marketing and operation processes that streamlined the company’s cross-departmental workflows. | View LinkedIn

Advisors

Warren Packard Advisor

Warren has a mechatronics background and spent most of the past two decades as a partner at DFJ, investing in and mentoring dozens of companies. Warren is based in Palo Alto and currently leads Thuuz, the leading player providing contextual sports metadata for tailored highlight reels and personalized sports guides. | View LinkedIn

Samer Kabbani Advisor

Samer has two decades of experience in semiconductor equipment, with domain expertise in core technologies encompassing mechanical, optical, and microfluidics. Samer holds more than 20 patents and is currently President of Delta Design, one of the largest companies in San Diego. | View LinkedIn

Mark Fleischauer Advisor

Mark Fleischauer has been a senior executive, CEO and Chairman of numerous successful entities ranging from start-ups to well-established ventures with thousands of employees and revenues in excess of $500MM. He has particular experience in the energy, health care and real estate sectors and has quarterbacked numerous private placements, recaps and M&As to significant public company exits. He is a graduate of Stanford, the London School of Economics and the University of Washington School of Law. | View LinkedIn

Rick Segil Exec-in-Residence

Rick brings 20 years of C-Level experience leading Operations and Product teams for companies like Motorola, General Instrument and Cricket, bring a wide range of technology platforms to market – satellite TV, wireless data, various consumer products. Rick was the VP of Operations at ecoATM and an integral executive leading into the $350M acquisition by Outerwall. | View LinkedIn

Companies Our Team Has Previously Worked With

3com
baxter
walden
delta
dfj
cisco
hp
ibm
jetstream
jhkelly
ecoatm
thuuz
clear-access
dk
mnet
motorola
cricket
viasat
gateway
generalinstrument

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