New technologies and increasingly powerful existing ones, many driven by the exponential growth of technology, will lead to the development of extraordinary new products, new industries, and new ways to move humanity forward.

 

Novel technologies are now converging with increasingly powerful existing technologies. This convergence is creating exponential opportunities, as new products, new industries and new ways to move humanity forward emerge.

 

KittyHawk Ventures was born out of Singularity University and is located at the intersection of some of the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and investors.  KittyHawk leverages this vantage point to invest in world-changing entrepreneurs and companies that bring positive change to people and the planet while providing top returns to investors.

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ABOUT KITTYHAWK VENTURES

KittyHawk Ventures was founded by Will Weisman in 2015 at Singularity University and named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright Brothers flew the world’s first airplane and launched a new era in human mobility.

Singularity University, located at the NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, is a place that has witnessed the birth of new technologies, new industries and new chapters in human achievement and this access to leading innovation inspired the launch of KittyHawk, a frontier technology focused venture fund.

For almost seven years, Will served as an Executive Director at Singularity where he helped lead the organization and build and run the large summits around the world.  As a platform with chapters in 159+ countries, and over 200k community members, SU provides extraordinary access to what is happening at the forefront of technological change along with the opportunity to connect with some of the world’s leading scientists, academics, investors, entrepreneurs, business executives and government officials.

Will brings these insights from Singularity and his extensive network to his efforts around KittyHawk and its portfolio. As a result KittyHawk leverages a very broad range of relationships to source, vet and support portfolio companies in the Singularity University / Abundance 360 ecosystem and beyond.

Today KittyHawk is focused on its MTP to accelerate the boldest, mission-driven entrepreneurs as they unlock massive economic value and create global positive impact. We look for exceptional human beings to partner with in order to create world changing companies.  We love companies and individuals that are different and like to fish where others aren’t, seeking opportunities where we believe an exceptional visionary entrepreneur sees the path to greatness.

If KittyHawk sounds like a good fit for your moonshot, we hope to hear from you and look forward to working together to positively change the world and bring your vision to life.

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INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS

We have a growth mindset and love to learn. Here are some of our favorite areas.

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WHAT WE LOOK FOR

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EXTRAORDINARY HUMANS

Our first order bit. We want to work with extraordinary leaders and teams. Passion, smarts, a focused and unwavering team; that’s where the magic happens.

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DEEP IP

Deep IP or other competitive advantages that create moats around your business and enable you to win in the long run.

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BIG MARKETS

If we’re going to work hard on something together, let’s burn the midnight oil to create something that can be HUGE!

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HARD PROBLEMS

We’re attracted to companies that are solving hard problems. Not Riemann Hypothesis kind of hard, but close is good.

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VISION

Exceptional humans with big visions. We love it when our minds are blown and an entrepreneur has discovered something that changes the way we look at what is possible.

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BIG IMPACT

While we’re not an “Impact fund”, we are very focused on positive change and believe that technology can be a force multiplier for good.

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EARLY STAGE

We write first checks, but our sweet spot is late seed and Series A. Ideally there’s a core team in place and a product or service in, or about to be, in market.

INVESTMENTS

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

– W.H. Murray

KittyHawk is proud to have partnered with these bold organizations and their founders.

×"Artificial intelligence for quantum computers Quantum computers for artificial intelligence"

1QBit redefines intractable problems by reframing them to achieve superior results using the most effective quantum and classical processors built to date. 1QBit works with partners to build industry applications on their hardware-agnostic platform to produce the best available results today, while continually improving these results through the ability to switch the underlying solver as new releases and hardware architectures are developed.

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×Turnkey EV charge management solutions

Amply simplifies electrification by providing easy and convenient charging solutions and infrastructure for enterprises and municipalities. The company’s mission is to make charging fast and hassle-free, with charging stations that have been used over 35M times, enabling around 200M miles of zero tailpipe emission driving. The company has been rebranded as BP Pulse after being acquired.

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×Precision health optimization for all, powered by AI

Collab.Health is building a global health research engine powered and guided by you to make holistic, precise, unbiased, and personalized health optimization guidance available to every connected person. Their gamified D2C self-care experience rewards the biohackers, health optimizers, worried well, and complex disease sufferers who conduct personal research for self-improvement and makes their anonymized data available for research & analysis.

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×The science of genetics. The business of discovery.

Colossal, a bioscience and genetics company, spun out of George Church’s lab at Harvard, is focused on rapidly advancing the field of species de-extinction. Using CRISPR and other genome editing technologies Colossal will pioneer a practical, working model of de-extinction to apply to the Woolly Mammoth and other species.

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×The Future of High Performance Fabrics for High Performance Computing.

Cornelis Networks is a technology leader delivering purpose-built high-performance fabrics for High Performance Computing (HPC), High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to leading commercial, scientific, academic, and government organizations. Their product offering, Omni-Path, is built on ~$1 bn investment over 20 years that combines the best aspects of two of the incumbent high-speed interconnects in the market - Cray Aries and InfiniBand, to deliver a solution superior to both.

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×Revolutionary diagnostics and therapeutic platform

CytoSPAR is a bio-molecular engineering company. CytoSPAR is currently developing and commercializing the proprietary Surface Programmable Activation Receptor (SPAR™) diagnostic and therapeutic platform designed to detect deadly viruses and bacteria.The company's platform is a cell-based targeting system that is highly sensitive and provides results in less than 10 minutes, enabling doctors to detect deadly viruses at comparably low costs.

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×Banking for a new Generation

Envel is a revolutionary, AI-driven, mobile-only bank that allows users to automate the management of their money with zero effort to build toward personal prosperity. The company was founded at Harvard, has funding from MIT, and is driven by a desire to help millions of young Americans avoid the pitfalls of bad money management, starting with the least challenging cohort of 18-21 year-olds and as their AI systems become smarter, they aim to address the entire lifecycle of a user.

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×The next generation of financial services built on the blockchain.

Figure is transforming financial services through blockchain, bringing speed, efficiency and savings to both consumers and institutions. Figure continues to unveil a series of fintech firsts across the capital markets, investment management, and banking and payments sectors. Figure leverages Provenance Blockchain (a proof-of-stake blockchain) for loan origination, servicing, financing and now private fund services.

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×Empowering Scientific Discovery

Form Bio spun-out from Colossal Biosciences and is comprise of Colossal's software business. It is a cutting-edge research and discovery platform for individuals and enterprises in life sciences, dedicated to empowering scientists to harness the proliferation of data and computing power that has transformed the science of discovery. Form offers end-to-end integration of the discovery process with intuitive and easy-to-use software applications, combined with an open and adaptable collaborative environment.

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×Pioneering E-commerce For Governments

Founded by Fulbright Scholar and Matternet co-founder, Paola Santana, GLASS is in business to revolutionize how governments buy by helping Local, State and Federal agencies make inclusive, sustainable, and compliant purchases through our government-exclusive marketplace. A cloud-based platform enabling compliant transactions between government buyers and pre-verified vendors without bids or paperwork.

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×ROCK-SOLID POSITIONING From the ground up

GPR (formerly WaveSense) is introducing Ground Positioning Radar™—the product that defines the reliable operation of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs) in areas where others fail. Accurate within centimeters, it enables accurate and predictable vehicle positioning by mapping and tracking to subterranean features.

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×A DIGITAL PILL FOR THE MIND.

Inner Cosmos is building a brand new “minimally invasive” class of brain-computer interfaces to treat depression. ' The “Digital Pill”, the smallest, most advanced brain chip in the world, is a hyper-personalised, precise, and subtle electricity-based solution that uses your natural brain communication to disrupt depression pathways. The company is reharmonising the mind with higher efficacy than pharmaceuticals, without the side effects of drugs.

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×The ‘Holy Grail’ of copper mining.

Jetti makes it possible to extract copper from low-grade primary sulfides, such as chalcopyrite, the world’s most abundant copper mineral ore. Jetti’s commercially proven and proprietary catalytic technology addresses the key technical problem preventing recovery of trillions of dollars of trapped resources. The company applies its catalysts to hundreds of millions of tons of ore, and significantly increase copper yields in a cost effective and environmentally responsible manner.

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×Zero Knowledge Automation for Smart Contracts

Jiritsu provides verifiable compute for smart contracts by delivering a no-code trustless computer enabled by consensus. A decentralized solution and protocol utilize flexible pre-built connectors and tasks to augment smart contracts with off-chain computers. The Jiritsu blockchain elevates the “black box” of computed algorithms by illuminating the decision system that is inside — making AI and compute transparent and trustless.

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×Establishing New Paths For Treating Chronic Disease

Kezar Life Sciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing breakthrough treatments for immune-mediated and oncologic disorders. The company is pioneering first-in-class, small-molecule therapies that harness master regulators of cellular function to inhibit multiple drivers of disease via single, powerful targets. Zetomipzomib, its lead development asset, a selective immunoproteasome inhibitor is in a Phase 2 clinical trial in lupus nephritis, also holding the potential to address multiple chronic immune-mediated diseases.

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×The new way for brands to get Creative.

Laetro is an infinitely scalable virtual creative studio powered by the world's top creative talent. Laetro is on a mission to commission digital art from the world's best artists. Its proprietary technology allows you to order creative on-demand, anytime you need it. Laetro connects talent with business teams where they work, seamlessly facilitating project management for the entire creative process end-to-end, enabling the team to deliver high quality creative on-time and on-budget.

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×Skincare Innovation from the George Church Lab

Marble Therapeutics is a biotechnology company with an overarching goal to pioneer real-world rejuvenation and enhancement products through a first-in-kind causal inference understanding of nonlinear dynamics in biology. Marble’s rejuvenation technologies are designed to solve barriers in dermatology, immuno-oncology, and broadly regenerative medicine.

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Acquired by Ciox Health, subsequently merged with Datavant, Medal creates a globally accessible and useful record of health through the development of a Health-IT platform to replace fax-based workflows. Their core product is a virtual printer, Print 2 Medal. When a medical or data record gets transmitted using Medal, it automatically creates a HIPAA audit log. Data is sent via Secure FTP and the platform allows for the universal transportation, extraction, reading, storing, and managing of queries.

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×Own the Unownable

Mintus is the new way to buy shares and invest in exceptional contemporary art. The company is an operator of an artwork platform designed to buy shares and invest in exceptional contemporary art. The company's platform allows investing in paintings at a fraction of their overall value, enabling customers to purchase high-value, physical artworks.

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×Saving the climate, one cow at a time.

Mootral is a British-Swiss AgriTech company that develops innovative solutions for companies and governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as the usage of drugs like antibiotics in the agricultural sector, such as solutions that reduce or eliminate the need to use antibiotics in monogastric livestock via improved gut health and reduced infection rates, resulting in a significantly higher profitability. Mootral’s first technology, Ruminant, a natural feed supplement significantly reduces methane emissions from cattle.

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×Unlocking the healing potential of the fungal genome for people and planet.

MycoMedica Life Sciences (MMLS) is dedicated to developing and delivering fungi-based therapeutic drugs to prevent and treat psychiatric and neurological disorders. Building on more than four decades of research by world-renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, MycoMedica’s breakthrough innovation, the Stamets Stack uses a novel combination of ingredients – not found together in nature – to unlock the potential effectiveness of psilocybin in the prevention and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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×The Future of Neurodiagnostics and Brain Therapeutics

Openwater represents a new generation of imaging technologies, providing high resolution and low costs, enabling medical diagnoses and treatments, and a new era of fluid and affordable brain-to-machine communications. Founded and run by former Google & Facebook executive, Mary Lou Jepsen.

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×Making Earth Observation Accessible

Orbify is a Platform-as-a-Service for building software that transforms satellite imagery and geospatial data into actionable insights for better decisions, enabling a significant reduction of product development costs and its time-to-market. Orbify provides innovators with immediate access to Earth Observation technology and app creation tools. This enables creators with the freedom to focus on the core of their product without worrying about coding, data, common components, web interface, or computing infrastructure.

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×Deliver payloads to space and bring them home again

Outpost is creating the world's first commercial reusable satellites that will come back to earth after mission completion and then get refurbished for the next mission, reducing future space debris and contributing to the long term sustainability of human life in space while making the cost of a satellite mission up to 80% cheaper and 100% cleaner.

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×Ping Pong on Demand

PINGPOD is building a network of the world’s first autonomous table tennis pods. The sleek, futuristic pods will provide customers with a high-quality, convenient, affordable, and highly differentiated table tennis experience. The autonomous element means there will be no physical PINGPOD employees on-site on a consistent basis. The pod offers racquets and balls for rent or sale as well as food items, beverages, and customized merchandise via automatic dispensing machines.

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×Protect your systems from the most sophisticated attacks.

Polyverse develops leading-edge cybersecurity technology to build diversity across multiple system dimensions, stopping attacks before they start. Its technology is used by government and security-conscious organizations to mitigate against zero-day memory exploits. Polyverse's Polymorphing technology is used by the U.S. Navy and a number of government agencies. The new PolyX technology creates memory protection against ROP and Blind ROP attacks for Linux applications through Polymorphic Execution.

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×Prioritizing women. Innovating for wellness

Progressive Therapeutics (PTI) is a life sciences company developing novel psychoactive therapeutics. PTI is pioneering the next frontier of mental health solutions for the women’s healthcare market as well as multiple indications for broader mental health needs. Their flag solutions is a low dose Ketamine lozenge that helps relieve menstrual symptoms. The company was founded by Phil Wolfson, well-regarded scientists working with Ketamine and the author of the Ketamine Papers.

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×Pioneering the future of finance and revolutionizing the way assets are issued, traded and accessed globally.

As the first-of-its-kind technology, Provenance Blockchain combines the distributed, trustless, and immutable characteristics of blockchain with the functions of ledger, registry and bilateral exchange for assets and markets. To date, over $1B in assets have been traded on Provenance Blockchain.
The leading public open-source blockchain for financial services, leveraged by over 50 financial institutions and operating at scale today with billions of dollars of digital financial assets transacted across lending, payments and marketplaces.

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×We enable innovative payment solutions

QRails was established to provide third party processing, outsourcing and consultancy services to prepaid, debit and credit card issuers. With an API-friendly technology platform and SaaS delivery model, QRails offers an exceptional range of differentiated solutions, enabling issuers to offer customers Open Banking-ready functionality and integration with a wider range of both banking and non-banking services and loyalty schemes.

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×DISCOVER THE POWER OF YOUR DATA

Ripcord is the world's first robotic digitization company offering a portfolio of physical robots that can digitize paper records. Employing computer vision, lifting and positioning arms, and high-quality RGB cameras that capture details at 600 dots per inch, the company’s robots are able to scan at 10 times the speed of traditional processes and handle virtually any format. The company’s Canopy platform uploads documents to the cloud nearly instantly and makes them available as searchable PDFs.

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×A new generation of High Altitude Platform Stations

Sceye is a material science company building the world’s most advanced, high-altitude platforms. Robust, versatile and solar-powered, they operate in the stratosphere at 65,000 feet. From here, they can deliver super-fast internet directly to device and high-resolution imagery of the Earth in real-time. Sceye can provide the first truly equitable connectivity across rural communities and urban centers — connecting underserved locations that have previously been out of reach.

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×Bringing Games to Life

Sequoia Games is an officially licensed sports gaming company, creating games that seamlessly connect physical and digital experiences, inserting augmented reality into a traditional board game setting, using blockchain to reimagine gaming. Sequoia Games’ mission is to fuse the nostalgia of board games and sports memorabilia with today’s tech-savvy fans and modern culture.

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×The New Vital Signs for Everybody

Spiral Physical Therapy has created an intelligent health platform that utilizes a non-invasive body scanning kiosk to capture 3 million data points in 4 seconds. The data from this scan and tracking over time provides a detailed postural, body shape, and balance analysis and predicts risk of various health concerns. Postural Alignment Therapy corrects the postural mis-alignments and muscles imbalances that are the root cause of common aches and pains.

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×Satelitte IoT. Coverage without Compromise

Totum’s proprietary connectivity technology enables real-time tracking and monitoring of assets anywhere around the world at a fraction of the cost of competing technology. It’s the only solution that can do low cost, non-line of sight, indoor/outdoor, global in real-time. The company is led by a team with deep expertise in wireless communications, including the invention of RPMA and pioneers of Indoor Coverage LPWA technologies. They are now focused on unlocking end-to-end asset tracking on a global scale.

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For payers and providers, clinical data and workflows are often siloed and disconnected. Vim is a first-of-its-kind marketplace for healthcare services, connecting companies and top-tier providers through an efficient, technology-driven platform. Vim transforms clinical data into actionable in-EHR insights at the point of care. Vim’s content delivery and provider engagement platform reduces administrative burden, empowers providers, and accelerates performance initiatives for all stakeholders through bidirectional EHR connections.

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×A new kind of Medicare ACO.

Vytalize is a health care platform that manages medicare patients and value-based revenue for independent primary care physicians (PCPs). Their mission is to transform how primary care increases preventative health by providing tools to enable doctors to increase the qualitative care for patients on medicare. Vytalize’ platform bolsters the relationship between the practice and patient.

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×Space as a Service

Xplore is a commercial space company offering Space as a Service®, data as a service, sensors as a service and satellites as a service to collect data from space that provides commercial, intelligence and climate solutions for its customers. Xplore's mission is to expand robotic exploration via commercial missions at and beyond Earth for commercial companies, national space agencies, national security agencies, sovereign space agencies and non-profit entities.

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One of the great revelations of the Space Age has been the perspective it has given humanity on ourselves. When we see the earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. We see the unity and not the divisions. It is such a simple image with a compelling message. One planet. One human race.

We are here together and we need to live together with tolerance and respect. We must become Global Citizens. Our only boundaries are the way we see ourselves. The only borders, the way we see each other.

I have been enormously privileged through my work to be able to contribute to our understanding of the universe but it would be an empty universe indeed if it were not for the people I love and who love me. Without them, the wonder of it all would be lost on me.

Let us fight for every woman and every man to have the opportunity to live healthy, secure lives, full of opportunity and love.

We are all time travelers, journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.

Be brave, be determined, overcome the odds. It can be done.

 

Professor Stephen Hawking
Final Message to Humankind
2018