StagedotO is an early stage investment fund. We actively identify and engage energetic entrepreneurs, driven by world-changing ideas, who need capital and guidance to make those ideas come to fruition. Our portfolio of companies is truly diverse, but all have one thing in common- a tenacious desire for success.

$8.5MM

Invested through 2017

$20MM

Deploying in 2018

10 companies

Invested in Angel or Seed Rounds

Our strategy is to offer venture expertise to concepts in Angel or Seed stage, and ready the business for a Series A financing round. That simple.

Why StagedotO

Simply, we were born in entrepreneurial shoes and we’ve led others to success. Most start-ups scratch the surface of their ultimate potential, but need more help than friends and family can provide. The vast majority of early stage companies grow to the extent of their founders’ networks. Providing additional resources, both financial and professional, is what we do.

Our current portfolio

“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. “

Greg Ingram

Founder of CMG

"StagedotO has been integral to Ovation’s success. From day one, the StagedotO team has been 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”

Barry Wark

Founder of Ovation

"The dedicated approach of Mike and Devin is incomparable to any other VC-startup relations I have experienced."

Jakub Dluhy-Smith

Co-Founder of Oak's Lab Academy

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."

Rick Orr

Founder & CEO of Real Savvy

“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. “

Greg Ingram

Founder of CMG

"StagedotO has been integral to Ovation’s success. From day one, the StagedotO team has been 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”

Barry Wark

Founder of Ovation

We keep you around your resources.

The venture capital eye often doesn’t see past Silicon Valley. VC philosophy is generally to keep companies close and monitored during incubation, and there is a perception it isn’t necessary to go outside of Northern California. We disagree.

The companies we are interested in thrive faster in their own native environment. We argue a startup’s location is a tremendous competitive advantage, capitalizing on resources both in the marketplace and with talent recruitment. When we find a great company, we hop on a plane to get hands on and help. It’s one of our key principles: Your location is more important than ours.

Stage dot O Locations

  • Seattle, WA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • London, UK

Startup Locations

  • Teal - Seattle, WA
  • CMG - New York, NY
  • Ovation - Cambridge, MA
  • Plotify - Los Angeles, CA; London, UK
  • Dot - Los Angeles, CA; London, UK
  • Real Savvy - Austin, TX
  • Sequence - Los Angeles, CA
  • Oak’s Lab Academy - Los Angeles, CA; Prague, CZE
  • Storyvine - Denver, CO
  • SwitchFit - Los Angeles, CA

Meet StagedotO Team

The StagedotO leadership team shares equally diverse backgrounds, from creating multiple acquisition targets to hedge fund management to Fortune 50 brand marketing. Our capital foundation is built on the success of those ventures.

We also provide both directed and fund investment opportunities to accredited investors, many of whom don’t have the bandwidth to vet early stage companies outside of the individual’s expertise.

Devin Wade

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.

Mike Self

Mike has managed a successful small-cap hedge fund generating top quartile returns for over 10 years. Previously banker at Hambrecht & Quist and JP Morgan Chase, hedge fund manager and investor, Mike is a management assessment expert.

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