KITTYHAWK VENTURES
The world is about to go through the most extraordinary period in human history.

KITTYHAWK VENTURES
The world is about to go through the most extraordinary period in human history.

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.

 

Born out of Singularity University and located at the intersection of some of the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and investors is KittyHawk Ventures. 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 is named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright Brothers flew the world’s first airplane and launched a new era in human mobility.

The firm was founded by Will Weisman in 2015 at Singularity University, a place that has witnessed the birth of new technologies, new industries and new chapters in human achievement. For almost seven years, Will was 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 over 170 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 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 ecosystem and beyond.

Prior to joining Singularity, Will was a venture capitalist at Foundation Capital and Maveron. He’s also been a serial entrepreneur, with the most unusual of these efforts involving the creation of the wrap, yes, the burrito like thing, at a 30-unit restaurant chain he co-founded and sold called World Wrapps.

Will received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He regularly speaks on exponential technology trends as well as venture investing and entrepreneurship. Will is an avid kiteboarder and ocean swimmer, and both he and KittyHawk, reside in Santa Monica, CA.

KittyHawk Ventures is named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright Brothers flew the world’s first airplane and launched a new era in human mobility.

The firm was founded by Will Weisman in 2015 at Singularity University, a place that has witnessed the birth of new technologies, new industries and new chapters in human achievement. For almost seven years, Will was 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 over 170 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 and his extensive network to his efforts around KittyHawk and its portfolio. As a result Kitty Hawk leverages a very broad range of relationships to source, vet and support portfolio companies in the Singularity University ecosystem and beyond.

Prior to joining Singularity, Will was a venture capitalist at Foundation Capital and Maveron. He’s also been a serial entrepreneur, with the most unusual of these efforts involving the creation of the wrap, yes, the burrito like thing, at a 30-unit restaurant chain he co-founded and sold called World Wrapps.

Will received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He regularly speaks on exponential technology trends as well as venture investing and entrepreneurship. Will is an avid kiteboarder and ocean swimmer, and both he and KittyHawk, reside in Santa Monica, CA.

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.

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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.

ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS DAVID AGGER
ADVISOR
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
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ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS KHALED BIN ALWALEED ADVISOR
Technology Investor and Entrepreneur We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS CAROL GRUNBERG
VENTURE PARTNER
Payments Expert and Senior Fintech Executive We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ANDREW HESSEL
VENTURE PARTNER
Distinguished Researcher, Synthetic Biology Expert, Entrepreneur and Speaker We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MARC HODOSH
VENTURE PARTNER
Co-Host & Founder, LIFE ITSELF We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MEI MEI HU Venture Partner
Healthcare Expert and CEO, United Neuroscience We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MARY LOU JEPSEN
VENTURE PARTNER
Technical Executive and Inventor in the Fields of Display, Imaging, and Computer Hardware We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ZEM JOAQUIN
ADVISOR
Super Connector Founder of the Near Future Summit We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS RAMEZ NAAM
VENTURE PARTNER
Energy Expert, Award Winning Author, Investor and Speaker. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ERIC O'BRIEN
ADVISOR
AgTech Expert and Investor. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS RICK OSTERLOH VENTURE PARTNER SVP, Devices & Services at Google. Hardware and Mobility Expert. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS PAUL PAGNATO ADVISOR FinTech Expert, Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS BARNEY PELL VENTURE PARTNER Entrepreneur, Investor and AI Thought Leader We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ANDREW PERLMAN ADVISOR Founder and General Partner at GreatPoint Ventures and Serial Entrepreneur We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS LEE STEIN VENTURE PARTNER
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS JONATHAN WEINER Advisor Fintech & Healthcare Leader, Founder Money 2020 & HLTH We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky
to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends.
READ MORE

ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS DAVID AGGER ADVISOR Investor and Community Service Leader We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS KHALED BIN ALWALEED ADVISOR Technology Investor and Entrepreneur We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS CAROL GRUNBERG
VENTURE PARTNER Payments Expert and Senior Fintech Executive We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ANDREW HESSEL VENTURE PARTNER Distinguished Researcher, Synthetic Biology Expert, Entrepreneur and Speaker We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MARC HODOSH VENTURE PARTNER Co-Host & Founder, LIFE ITSELF We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MEI MEI HU Venture Partner Healthcare Expert and CEO, United Neuroscience We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS MARY LOU JEPSEN ADVISOR Technical Executive and Inventor in the Fields of Display, Imaging, and Computer Hardware We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ZEM JOAQUIN ADVISOR Super Connector Founder of the Near Future Summit We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS NAAM RAMEZ VENTURE PARTNER Energy Expert, Award Winning Author (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Investor and Speaker. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ERIC O'BRIEN ADVISOR AgTech Expert and Investor We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS RICK OSTERLOH VENTURE PARTNER SVP, Devices & Services at Google. Hardware and
Mobility Expert.
We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS PAUL PAGNATO ADVISOR FinTech Expert, Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS BARNEY PELL VENTURE PARTNER Entrepreneur, Investor and AI Thought Leader We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS ANDREW PERLMAN ADVISOR Founder and General Partner at GreatPoint Ventures and Serial Entrepreneur We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS NATHANA SHARMA VENTURE PARTNER Thought Leader and Speaker on AI and Blockchain. We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS LEE STEIN VENTURE PARTNER Serial Entrepreneur and Investor We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS JONATHAN WEINER Advisor Fintech & Healthcare Leader, Founder Money 2020 & HLTH We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners, and friends. READ MORE

GETTING IN TOUCH

KittyHawk operates primarily through trusted source relationships so that’s the best way to reach us. If we’re not easily connected through a mutual friend/acquaintance, please feel free to ping our general inbox via the form below.

Thanks.

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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