VC Expertise for Early Stage Investing

$8.5MM
Invested through 2017
$20MM
Deploying in 2018
10 companies
Invested in Angel or Seed Rounds

StageDotO is a unique Venture Capital firm. We focus on early-stage companies and provide them with the growth capital, guidance, and the infrastructure they need to reach successful Series A financings and beyond.

Why StageDotO

The venture landscape is rapidly evolving. As Series A milestones become more challenging, founders need more than capital to successfully reach their goals. That’s where we come in.

Simply stated, we were born in entrepreneurial shoes and we’ve led others to success. Most start-ups scratch the surface of their ultimate potential, needing more help than friends and family can provide. Many grow only to the extent of their founders’ networks. We help overcome these limitations by leveraging our network and experience to provide access to partners, mentors, and customers.

Our roots are in The Pacific Northwest. We've led venture investments in numerous cities, countries, and business environments. This experience gave us the insight to the ingredients required for a thriving start-up culture. We firmly believe the Mountain West is a rich environment for innovation and building businesses, and Boise, Idaho stands out as the right place at the right time. We opened an office there and are actively investing and engaging with passionate, talented entrepreneurs building companies of impact and value.

Our current portfolio

Barry Wark
Founder of Ovation
“StageDotO has been integral to Ovation’s success. From day one, the StageDotO team were actively engaged. They feel like part of the founding team and are always ready to roll up their sleeves to move the venture forward. We’ve been able to reach milestones faster and achieve more because of StageDotO’s team and network.”
Jakub Dluhy-Smith
Co-Founder of OAK’S LAB ACADEMY
“The dedicated approach of Mike and Devin is incomparable to any other VC-startup relations I have experienced. Their network, advisory and on the ground support has been instrumental in the early stages of my business.”
Rick Orr
Founder & CEO of Real Savvy
“While VC's are known for their search for unicorn startups, as startups we too are constantly seeking unicorn investors - oft referred to as "smart money". From my chair, StageDotO is the incarnation of a smart money fund. From its GPs to the fund’s LPs, as a portfolio company, you gain access to a broad network of smart, motivated, and most importantly – available professionals."
Greg Ingram
Founder of CMG
“When the majority of investors dismissed CMG as too early, StageDotO embraced our vision and have been invaluable partners in the critical formative stage when we needed them most. “
Meet the
StageDotO Team
We engage founders with domain expertise and world changing ideas. We then add a team of experts from a wealth of business backgrounds to ensure each company has the best chances of success.
We also provide both directed and fund investment opportunities to accredited investors, many of whom do not have the bandwidth to vet early stage companies.
Mike Self and Devin Wade profile
Mike Self
Devin Wade
MANAGING PARTNER / SDO FOUNDER
Banker at Hambrecht & Quist and JP Morgan Chase, experienced Seed, Series A and Series B investor
SDO FOUNDER
Serial entrepreneur and investor, 18 years experience in venture-backed company building in San Francisco / Silicon Valley.
Mike Self
SDO FOUNDER /
MANAGING PARTNER

Mike has managed a successful small-cap hedge fund generating top quartile returns for over 10 years. Previously banker at Hambricht & Quist and JP Morgan Chase, hedge fund manager and investor, Mike is a management assessment expert.
Devin Wade
SDO FOUNDER
Devin is a serial entrepreneur and investor having co-founded five startups, all leveraging the same company methodology he has incorporated into the StageDotO approach. Focused on company strategy, Devin has 18 years experience in venture-backed company building in San Francisco/Silicon Valley.
Matt Puopolo profile
Amber Blomquist profile
Dave Self profile
Matt Puopolo
Amber Blomquist
Dave Self
GENERAL PARTNER
Acquisitions and operations executive at Applied Materials and Accenture with global experience in scaling and transformations across multiple sectors
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Fifteen years of experience in the Financial Industry. SEC and state compliance, fund operations and investor services
GENERAL PARTNER
Healthcare executive with local, regional and national experience; established Idaho business leader with expertise in strategy and business transformation
Andy Scoggin profile
Amy Corley profile
Andy Scoggin
Amy Corley
GENERAL PARTNER
Albertson’s executive and Idaho business leader with expertise in legal, human capital, financial accountability, scaling, and strategic partnerships
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Nine years of experience working in Venture Capital with firms in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Handles administration tasks, event planning, and office management.
Matt Puopolo
GENERAL PARTNER
Acquisitions and operations executive at Applied Materials and Accenture with global experience in scaling and transformations across multiple sectors
Dave Self
GENERAL PARTNER
Acquisitions and operations executive at Applied Materials and Accenture with global experience in scaling and transformations across multiple sectors
Andy Scoggin
GENERAL PARTNER
Albertson’s executive and Idaho business leader with expertise in legal, human capital, financial accountability, scaling, and strategic partnerships
Amber Blomquist
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Fifteen years of experience in the Financial Industry. SEC and state compliance, fund operations and investor services.
Amy Corley
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Amy joins the team to assist with administration tasks, event planning, and office management. She has nine years of experience working in Venture Capital with firms in Silicon Valley and Seattle.

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Venture Partners

Shannon Bloemker

Shannon Bloemker

Founder at Glasshouse Insights, marketing strategist and prop tech expert.

Anish Malhotra

Anish Malhotra

Founder at Ahimsa Capital, 20 years of experience across real estate, hospitality, technology and capital markets.

Cal McAllister

Cal McAllister

Brand Strategist and Founder of Wexley School for Girls and Paper Crane Factory.

Jill Denham

Jill Denham

Board of directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Kinaxis Inc. and National Bank. 20 years of Investment Banking expertise.

Steve Turza

Steve Turza

Director at The Bancorp Bank. Payments tech and banking expert with 20 years in senior roles for sales and business development.

Blake Hansen

Blake Hansen

Founder at Alturas Capital, co-founder andoperator of multiple companies across real estate, construction and technology.

Michele Trogni

Michele Trogni

Board of directors at Deutsche Bank, Global Atlantic Financial Group and Morneau Shepell. Previously CIO of UBS Financial.

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