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.
KittyHawk Ventures invests in seed stage frontier technology 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.
KittyHawk Ventures was founded by Will Weisman in 2015 and named after Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright Brothers embarked on an extraordinary entrepreneurial journey, creating the world’s first airplane and launching a new era in human mobility.
The firm was birthed at Singularity University in 2015 at the NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, a place where Will served as Executive Director and had the opportunity to witness the birth of new technologies, new industries and new chapters in human achievement. This access to leading innovation inspired the launch of KittyHawk Ventures, a seed stage frontier technology focused impact 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 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.
MASSIVELY TRANSFORMATIVE PURPOSE
Today, KittyHawk is focused on our MTP to impact billions of people by accelerating 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 a novel 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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WHAT WE LOOK FOR
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.
Deep IP or other competitive advantages that create moats around your business and enable you to win in the long run.
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.
If we’re going to work hard on something together, let’s burn the midnight oil to create something that can be HUGE!
As an Impact Fund we are very focused on positive change and believe that technology can be a force multiplier for good.
We’re attracted to companies that are solving hard problems. Not Riemann Hypothesis kind of hard, but close is good.
While we sometimes write the first check into a company, our sweet spot is seed stage. Ideally there’s a core team in place and a product or service in, or about to be, in market.
“WHATEVER YOU CAN DO, OR DREAM YOU CAN, BEGIN IT. BOLDNESS HAS GENIUS, POWER AND MAGIC IN IT."
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
WE LOVE ENTREPRENEURS
The highlight of our day is getting to interact with extraordinary founders who are creating big bold businesses to move the world forward. We’ve been able to develop some really special relationships and here’s what a few of them have said about working with KittyHawk.
Will leads with an amazing combination of conviction, pragmatism, optimism, and heart. His involvement in Vytalize was a turning point for the business and for me personally, as they supported Vytalize in the lead up to our Series A and then led the Series A, in navigating the complexities of Covid, and supporting our transition to new higher level government programs all while growing 250% YoY. I am eternally grateful to Will and Kittyhawk for the support they have provided us during both the good and hard times. I truly believe the world is and will be a better place because of Will and Kittyhawk and cannot think of a better investor, partner, and friend to share this journey with.
KittyHawk is proud to have partnered with these bold organizations and their founders.
ADVISORS & VENTURE PARTNERS
We try to surround ourselves with extraordinary humans whenever we can and feel lucky to call these folks advisors, partners and friends.
FINAL MESSAGE TO HUMANKIND
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, 2018
GETTING IN TOUCH
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