Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power, and magic in it.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

TEC Ventures is a boutique seed fund that connects global entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley resources. We invest at the very early stage in extraordinary people who think out-of-the-box, are committed to disrupt big markets and change the world.

We are based in Palo Alto, California.

Our key focus areas are: Internet and software startups with specific interest in socially important businesses, Internet of things, education, enterprise, security, Big Data, & SaaS.

investment philosophy

We strongly believe that even with a great proven idea, company’s fate depends in large, if not in all, on its team. So our philosophy is to invest in people, rather than ideas. We have to “fall in love” with the team. However, there are other factors we take in mind when selecting a company. Our main idea selection criteria are based on this simple acronym: 2S2C

  • Substance: clear, sound, innovative, technologically feasible over short horizon
  • Scale: we are interested only in deals with large upside in case of success
  • Commercialization: market should be evident from the outset
  • Competitiveness: idea’s advantage over competition should be clear

investment process

We typically invest between $25K - $150K, and our partners co-invest between $25K - $1M with the total round being between $500K to $1.2M. 

post-investment strategy

We get actively involved with the company: sharing our roller deck, day-to-day mentoring and help with strategy, growth, hiring, partnerships & clients; access to top experts and advisors; connection with leading seed funds, angels, & VCs, bringing the company to the next level of funding and success.

Team

 

Stas 
Khirman

Managing Partner

Serial successful entrepreneur & CTO
Mentor to hundreds of startups
Co-Founder:  AmBARTEC ClubSVOD Conference

 

Anna S. Dvornikova

Managing Partner

Women of Influence Award by Silicon Valley Business Journal in category: Women Venture Capitalists of Influence
Co-founder: AmBARTEC ClubSVOD Conference

 

Ilya
Strebulaev

Venture Partner

Professor of Finance & Venture Capital
Stanford Graduate School of Business

 

Invesment Portfolio

 

 
 

Contact us

 

TEC Ventures L.P.                  Phone: 650-278-0431                  Email: info@tec.vc