Data Collective is a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies.
Big Data companies capture, store, secure, transmit, transform, and analyze data for economic advantage, either with huge volumes (terabytes to exabytes), or at tremendous speed (microseconds to seconds), or both.
Big Data companies can come to market solving hard infrastructure problems, taking leadership in vertical B2B markets, or as truly data-driven consumer products. The common thread is that the founding team has the experience and discipline to solve data problems at novel scale, speed, or level of insight, and ideally all three.
Data Collective’s strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. We still read code. We understand chip architecture and how to build racks. We've run Hadoop jobs ourselves and built VM farms. And we will be there at 3 am to cheer the new build or at 7 am to help land that new customer.
Just as the shifts from kilobits and kilobytes to megabits and megabytes in the 1980s and from there to gigabits and gigabytes in the 1990s created hundreds of billions of dollars of value, we believe another even larger scale disruption is underway and are poised to help our entrepreneurs take advantage of it.
Data Collective is a team of seasoned investors and operating executives that has helped create over $15 billion of outcomes for entrepreneurs and investors across more than 35 exits over 20 years.
We are joined by a team of Equity Partners: 35+ experienced technical founders and executives, engineers, data scientists, and leading researchers with significant current or previous tenures at institutions like: Facebook, VMware, LinkedIn, Apple, Google, Stanford, Oracle, Zynga, Salesforce, Twitter, Intel, Amazon, Cisco, UC Berkeley, PayPal, and NetApp.
Everyone shares in the upside, and everyone is on deck to help.
Zack has over a decade of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, lawyer, angel investor and advisor for big data startups. Zack also is a cofounder and managing partner of Founders Den, a shared workspace for experienced technology entrepreneurs. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups such as Square and Metamarkets. Previously, Zack cofounded Montara Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund, he was the managing partner. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a law partner at Virtual Law Partners, where he worked with numerous start-ups and their founders, and developed expertise in technology law and Silicon Valley business practices. Zack serves on the boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School, the Tipping Point Community, the UCSF Foundation and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.
Matt has nearly three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur, operating executive and venture capitalist, with over 20 patents granted or pending in areas as diverse as hardware systems and social games. He still reads C++ code but admits to occasional struggles with Erlang.
During his venture capital tenure, he has invested in and/or helped grow a variety of companies including XenSource (CTRX), Zynga (ZNGA), Impermium, Verisign (VRSN), Facebook (FB), Virtuata (CSCO), Akimbi Systems (VMW), Cotendo (AKAM), Tango.me, MetaWeb (GOOG), FlashSoft (SNDK), DataMirror (IBM), UltraDNS (NSR), Kenshoo, Metamarkets, Fortinet (FTNT), SupportSoft (SPRT), Alantro (TXN), CouchBase, Spool (FB), BranchOut, On-Ramp Wireless, and many others.
He holds a degree in physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. Whiteboards and deep tech discussions make him happy.
Bradford is currently working on design and data at his startup called Prismatic, where he is co-founder and CEO. Previously, he co-founded Flightcaster, a Y Combinator startup that uses machine learning to predict flight delays. He learned the engineering ropes at ThoughtWorks and Google after starting his career creating statistical investment strategies at O'Higgins Asset Management. He studied Computer Engineering and Finance at Virginia Tech and continues to study Mathematics at Berkeley.
Michael has a decade of experience developing large-scale databases and predictive algorithms for digital media, financial and life sciences firms. He is the CEO and co-founder at Metamarkets, a start-up providing a Big Data and analytics solutions for a new generation of cloud services and mobile applications. Michael is also Chairman of Dataspora, a big data and analytics consultancy he founded in 2007. Previously, he founded the online retailer, CustomInk.com, and worked as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project. Michael holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from Boston University and an AB from Harvard University.
- Stanford University
- UC Berkeley
DATA COLLECTIVE PRESS
- New York Times
“Big-Data Investing Gets Its Own Supergroup”
Matt Ocko and Zachary Bogue on CNBC on November 15, 2012
“Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups”
“Big Data VC Firm Data Collective Steps Out of the Shadows”
“New VC Firm Data Collective Launches to Invest in Big Data with a Big Partnership”
“Zack Bogue and Matt Ocko Launch Big Data-Focused Venture Fund”
“Data Collective Launching Small Fund for Big Data”
- SJ Mercury News
“Bogue, Ocko Step out of Shadows with Their Venture Fund”