Data Collective (DCVC) is a venture capital fund that backs entrepreneurs applying deep tech to transform giant industries. DCVC and its principals have supported brilliant people changing global-scale businesses for over twenty years, helping create tens of billions of dollars of wealth while also making the world a markedly better place.
DCVC brings to bear a unique model that unites a team of experienced venture capitalists with more than 50 technology executives and experts (CTOs, CIOs, Chief Scientists, Principal Engineers, Professors at Stanford, Berkeley, and major technical universities) with significant tenures at top 100 technology companies and research institutions worldwide.
DCVC focuses on Seed and Series A companies, and growth stage opportunities within its own portfolio.
DCVC’s strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. We still read code. We understand chip architecture and when to run BLAST versus Bowtie. We've built supercompute racks ourselves, and we know that degrees of freedom doesn’t mean how often a robot escapes. We know that PyTorch isn’t something you use to make crème brulee. And we will be there at 3 am to cheer the new build or at 7 am to help land that new customer.
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: 45+ 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, Illumina, Oracle, Salesforce, AirBnB, Twitter, Intel, Amazon, Cisco, Netflix, Celgene, CVS Health, UC Berkeley, and NASA.
Everyone shares in the upside, and everyone is on deck to help.
Zachary Bogue, co-Managing Partner of Data Collective, brings to bear over 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, advisor, angel investor and attorney. At DCVC, Zack’s investment interests include next-generation space informatics platforms like Planet Labs, where he sits on the board, AI-enabled global risk mitigation systems like Metabiota, and disruptive financial services platforms using machine-learning to serve the unbanked more quickly and fairly, like LendUp and Tala.
In 2015, the World Economic Forum recognized Zack’s leadership at the intersection of transformative technology and urgent global issues, and named Zack a Young Global Leader. He is active in the Davos community. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups like Square (SQ), Docker, AngelList and Uber. Zack is a co-founder and managing partner of Founders Den, a co-working space and community of experienced technology entrepreneurs.
Previously, Zack co-founded and ran Montara Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund, and he practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Zack serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School 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 Ocko has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. Matt’s current investments on behalf of DCVC span from computational drug discovery and synthetic biology to robotics, AI, and large-scale enterprise platforms including quantum computers. In addition to large IPO outcomes, many of Matt’s prior investments were acquired to become core capabilities of companies like Illumina, Cisco, Google, IBM, Amazon/AWS, VMware, Netapp, and Akamai. His venture investments prior to DCVC include Couchbase, Ayasdi, D-Wave Systems, Uber, AngelList, Fortinet (FTNT), Xensource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), Facebook (FB), and Zoom.us. Matt founded and was VP of R&D of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. Matt holds a degree in Physics from Yale University, and he is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as virtualization, fraud detection, and AR.
Matt has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He still writes code and builds robots for fun with his kids, but admits to liking Erlang better than Clojure, and Fischertechnik better than Lego Mindstorms.
James has more than five years of experience advising both Fortune 50 and pre-revenue healthcare and biotech companies on their sales and marketing strategy. Previously, he was a consultant at ZS Associates where he advised management teams using insights gained from the analysis of large amounts of healthcare data. James also worked with technology executives during a stint in The Blackstone Group's M&A Advisory Practice. James holds a BS in Engineering Physics from the University Of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
Bradford starts and invests in machine learning and AI-driven companies as a Partner at DCVC. His current focus is fintech and insurance, applications of compute-driven healthcare and biotech, and machine vision in general.
Bradford founded two machine learning startups since 2009. The first, Flightcaster, used machine learning for predicting the state of the real time global air traffic network using FAA, carrier, and weather data, and was acquired for a significant return. The second, Prismatic, used machine learning for personalized recommendation and ranking of content based on social and content interaction, and used Natural Language Processing for topic and entity classification.
Bradford has over 15 years of experience in building statistical trading strategies, and the better part of a decade in machine learning and large-scale systems engineering, including 2 years working on distributed systems at Google. He studied Computer Engineering and Finance at Virginia Tech, and Mathematics at Berkeley.
Mike is a serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of experience developing large-scale databases and predictive algorithms for digital media, financial and life sciences firms. He brings his significant experience and credibility in these areas to DCVC to help portfolio companies do more, more quickly, more intelligently. He is the CEO and co-founder at Metamarkets, a start-up he founded in 2010 that delivers real-time analytic and predictive insight for high volume transaction-centric companies, ranging from programmatic ad platforms to financial trading systems. Mike 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.
Spencer has over two decades of experience in Silicon Valley, starting as an investment banker and then becoming a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur, a manager of a venture capital fund of funds, and eventually a CFO/COO of venture-backed enterprise SaaS companies. He brings this diverse skill set to Data Collective where, as COO, he works on the internal operations of the firm and, as an operating partner, he assists the current portfolio with fund raising, FP&A, and M&A. Immediately prior to joining Data Collective, he was COO/CFO of Appcelerator, the maker of the leading cross-platform mobile application development suite, which was acquired by Axway. He has worked in various roles from Associate to General Partner at firms such as Morgan Stanley, Integral Capital Partners, Bowman Capital, Bay Partners, and Capital Dynamics.
Scott Barclay serves as an Operating Partner with Data Collective, focusing on health + data and serving portfolio companies and helping to uncover new investments. Scott has a particular interest in next generation healthcare platforms, multi-sided networks, and the future patient journey which will be infused with contextualized, optimized intelligence at every step. Previously, Scott led operational and innovation teams at CVS Health and helped to create and scale Surescripts and has been a prolific early stage investor and adviser in health care data. Scott started his career at Montgomery Securities and helped start a London capital markets desk at Banc of America Securities. Scott studied history at the University of Virginia and received an MBA from INSEAD.
Armen brings the perspective of an entrepreneur and startup co-founder, a product marketer in Fortune 500 healthcare companies, and an investor to Data Collective (DCVC) as an Operating Partner. He leverages these diverse experiences to guide companies in the portfolio in their growth, focusing specifically on those in healthcare and biotech. Armen’s operational experience spans across medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and compute-driven startups in healthcare. Early in his career, he developed an online pharmacy for one of the first patient health record companies. He then spent several years in product management and early market development for first-in-class technologies at Guidant, Edwards Lifesciences, and Evalve (acquired by Abbott Laboratories).
After Abbott, he co-founded DCVC company BlueTalon, which was initially focused on enterprise data security for data-driven clinical trial design and population health management. In addition to his operating role, Armen also leverages his unique cross-industry experience in technology and healthcare to identify new high potential startups for investment at the intersection of deep compute/Big Data and the life sciences. Armen holds an M.S. in Management Science from Stanford University and an S.B. in Biomechanical Engineering and a Minor in French from MIT.
Jean is passionate about applying artificial intelligence to novel and high-impact problems in the real world, as well as improving the workplace through better enterprise technology. Prior to joining Data Collective, she worked at McKinsey & Company, where she advised executive teams on company-defining decisions, including data and technology strategy, M&A, and reorganizations. Her favorite project gave her the opportunity to define McKinsey’s perspective on automation, the future of work, and machine learning.
Jean holds an S.B. from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Management Science, where she focused on computational cognitive science and finance, respectively.
Chris was co-founder of Planet Labs, a DCVC company providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. As the company’s CTO for 5 years, he took the company from the drawing board to having launched more satellites into space than any other company in history, completely transforming the space industry along the way.
Chris was previously a Space Mission Architect at NASA Ames Research Center. After working on a number of traditional spacecraft programs at NASA, Chris co-created Phonesat, a spacecraft built solely out of a regular smart phone. The cost was so low, and the concept so simple, that space exploration is now within grasp of the everyday person, and many other groups around the world are pursuing their own low-cost space programs as a consequence.
While at NASA, Chris also established Singularity University, a school for studying the consequences of accelerating technological development. Initially fulfilling the role of Interim Director, Chris helped raise over $2.5 million to establish the university, assembled the faculty, and served as co-chair for the University’s Department of Space and Sciences.
Chris received his Ph.D. in Physics (with honors) and BSc. in Physics and Mathematics, both from the University of Sydney.
Jocelyne brings more than 16 years of diverse finance, tax and operations experience in the VC industry, and over 25 years of accounting and tax/audit experience. As Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for the firm's financial management and reporting. She is also heavily involved with the firm's administrative and operational efforts including investor relations, fund raising and human resources. Prior to joining Data Collective, she held senior positions at Makena Capital, Venrock, American Industrial Partners, and Walden International, as well as in the Venture Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jocelyne is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She earned her B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis.
Our Equity Partners are more than 45 experienced technology entrepreneurs and executives, engineers, data scientists, and leading researchers with substantial current or previous tenures at institutions like:
- Climate Corp
- CVS Health
- Stanford University
- The Hartford
- UC Berkeley
- US Treasury Department
DATA COLLECTIVE PRESS
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"With A Focus On Big Data Startups, Data Collective Redefines Thematic Investing And Debuts Its Third Fund"
Matt Ocko on "Why the Real World is the Next Big Opportunity in Big Data"
Wall Street Journal
"Data Collective Tapped Its New Growth Fund for Planet Labs Deal"
Wall Street Journal
"VC in 2015: Matt Ocko of Data Collective on Early-Stage Investment"
"Data Collective Raises $125 Million for 'Opportunity' Fund"
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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"