Homebrew

Seed venture capital and operational expertise for entrepreneurs building the Bottom Up Economy.

What's the Bottom Up Economy? Enabling small businesses and individual consumers and developers to more easily and cost effectively access technology, information and customers so that they can create, transact, communicate and grow.

We evaluate every major decision about Homebrew by asking a single question: Does this create value for the entrepreneurs we work with?

Our Approach

Great companies are built by mission-driven teams.

That’s what we look for when making an investment. We prefer to be significant investors in a small number of seed rounds each year, demonstrating our commitment to your team upfront and ongoing. These early days are also about more than just establishing product-market fit and building momentum for your next funding round. They‘re when you start making decisions about what you want to be - your business, your culture, your values - and begin putting those into practice.

That’s why an investment from Homebrew is about more than just our capital. We bring to bear our operational expertise, a focused group of hands-on entrepreneur advisors and a large, supportive community. We commit the time to help you move faster and scale bigger - whether it’s identifying and recruit top talent, getting on a whiteboard to collaboratively solve what’s bugging you, or connecting you with a subject matter expert for the 30 minute conversation that saves two weeks of swirl. We also offer office space in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco for your small team to work alongside us and other Homebrew companies.

Our focus is on startups supporting the Bottom Up Economy - helping businesses, developers and individuals drive economic growth and innovation through simpler, cheaper and more direct access to technology, information and customers.

Read more about our approach

The Homebrew Team

Hi. We’re Satya Patel and Hunter Walk. We met in 2003 at Google. Since then, our personal and professional relationship has led us to invest, advise and seek fun together.

Advisors

Homebrew Entrepreneur Advisors are formally affiliated with the fund and work closely with our partner companies, providing guidance and expertise in the areas where they each have a “superpower”.

Mark Ayzenshtat VP Augmented Intelligence, Evernote

Scott Belsky Founder & CEO, Behance

Leah Busque Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit

Jen Grant CMO, ElasticSearch

Ryan Graves Head of Global Operations, Uber

Andy Johns Director of Growth, Wealthfront

Jeff Lawson CEO, Twilio

Lee Linden Founder, Karma

Sasha Lubomirsky User Experience, AirBnB

Cory Ondrejka VP Mobile Engineering, Facebook

Rama Ranganath Sr. Director Engineering, Optimizely

Kim Scott Advisor, Dropbox, Square and Twitter

Companies

We evaluate every major decision about Homebrew by asking a single question: Does this create value for the entrepreneurs we work with?

Why?

Homebrew was created to be the type of venture capital firm that we would have wanted to work with in our entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Accordingly, we don’t subscribe to “business as usual” or “this is how things have always been done.” Homebrew is our startup (we just happen to be writing checks as opposed to code!) so we own every approach and action we take.

That’s it. If we answer “yes” frequently enough, we’re certain we’ll also meet our other goals - generating substantial returns for our investors, creating economic opportunity for individuals, supporting amazing new ideas and technologies and establishing Homebrew as the partner of choice for entrepreneurs. We’d be honored to work with you in helping turn your vision into reality.

So where does “Homebrew” come from? We have a profound appreciation for the people and innovation that have come before us. We recognize everyday that we’re standing on the shoulders of giants. Our name is a nod of respect to the Homebrew Computer Club of the 1970s that helped spawn Apple, Computer Associates and many other companies. We also wanted a name that brings to mind handcrafted, artisan, small batch and community-made and enjoyed, because that’s the approach we’re taking to investing and working with our partner companies. It’s coincidence (but appropriate since we’re nerds) that Homebrew is the name of a Mac OS X package installer that many of our friends love. And finally, our name gives Hunter a chance to use terrible puns such as “this round’s on us” and yes, Satya an excuse to schedule frequent happy hours.

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