Companies

We focus on 10 new projects per year that tend to be technology heavy and based in NYC. We typically lead the first round of financing and there’s no startup we consider “too early” for Notation.

Alice

Automated benefits. Built to work for all employees.

Alice automates benefits & pre-tax spending. Increase your employees’ paychecks while reducing your payroll taxes. Every $1 spent by your employees pre-tax is $1 shielded from payroll tax.

Avi Karnani
Founder & CEO

Paul Barnes-Hoggett
Founder & CTO

thisisalice.com

“As an employer, saving our employees money while increasing satisfaction is always our mission and Alice definitely helps us achieve that!”

—Rasha Awwad, iMedcare

ARTA

We power the world of high-end shipping and logistics

High-end shipping for valuable items is complicated. ARTA takes the complication and streamlines the process to something simple and quick.

Adam Fields
Founder & CEO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in ARTA

shiparta.com

“ARTA has quite simply revolutionized the way we go about arranging shipments.”

—Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles

Bulletin
Consumer Software

The Future of Retail

Our stores feature products from female-led brands that, until now, have only sold on the internet. Instead of wholesale or consignment, Bulletin rents sections of our store on a month-to-month basis, which has lowered the barrier to entry for physical retail. Now, digital brands can quickly plug into our in-store community.

Alana Branston
Founder & CEO

Ali Kriegsman
Founder & COO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Bulletin

NYTimes: A Feminist Collective, Not Just a Store in NoLIta

bulletin.co

“In a way, we’re helping other women turn their side hustles into full-time gigs.”

—Ali Kriegsman, Founder & COO

Bumpers

Short-form mobile audio

Bumpers is a new community of diverse personalities talking about what they care about most. It’s spontaneous. Short. And all you need is your phone.

Ian Ownbey
Founder & CEO

Jacob Thornton
Founder & CTO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Bumpers

bumpers.fm

“Before Bumpers, the gap from casual voice-notes to produced podcasts was almost insurmountable.”

—Ian Ownbey, Founder & CEO

Carmera

A real-time, street-level intelligence platform

CARMERA operates a vehicular sensor network that gathers continually updated 3D scene, change detection and analytics data. Our machine vision and geospatial data pipelines extract rich texture and insight for autonomous vehicles and built environment data customers.

Ro Gupta
Founder & CEO

Justin Day
Founder & CTO

carmera.com

“We asked ourselves, ‘What if we could crawl and index roads like we do the web?’”

—Ro Gupta, Founder & CEO

Clay

Rapid prototyping for developers

Create serverless HTTPS functions instantly.

Kareem Amin
Co-Founder

Nicolae Rusan
Founder & CTO

clay.run
Clora

Intelligent platform  for hiring top-tier talent in the life sciences

The intelligent platform that efficiently matches life science companies with flexible, on-demand expertise.

Rahul Chaturvedi
Founder & CEO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Clora

clora.com

“We created Clora after spending years being frustrated with hiring the life sciences talent we needed.”

—Rahul Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO

Commonwealth Crypto

Making cryptocurrency trading faster and more secure

Commonwealth Crypto is developing technology to allow traders to maintain custody of their coins while trading at a cryptocurrency exchange. Our technology ensures that no one, even a compromised or hacked exchange, has the power to take custody of a trader’s digital assets.

Sharon Goldberg
Founder & CEO

Ethan Heilman
Founder & CTO

commonwealthcrypto.com
Filecoin

A decentralized storage network powered by blockchain & a native token

Large amounts of storage sit unused all over the world. Filecoin is going to change that.

Juan Benet
Founder & CEO

filecoin.io
Hickory

Make every support rep an expert

Hickory is the first training software that predicts when your employees will forget and the only one that makes sure it doesn’t happen.

Brian Tobal
Founder & CEO

hickorytraining.com
Irene

Home equity access for seniors

Irene is the first debt-free home equity solution for seniors that’s simple and honest.

Fabrizio Tiso
Founder & CEO

Kinvolved

Elevating student achievement by improving attendance.

Kinvolved takes a holistic approach to fighting chronic absenteeism. Each year, 25% of students miss 30+ days of school—we’re changing that. Our partner schools see a 13X boost in attendance compared to other schools.

Miriam Altman
Founder & CEO

Alexandra Meis
Founder & CPO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Kinvolved

NYTimes: An App Helps Teachers Track Student Attendance

“When you work in education you go through life thinking, ‘What else can I do?’ Kinvolved gives me hope that I can do something big and make a positive change. It’s an exciting feeling.”

—Jessenia Borges, Community Associate, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Elementary School

Livepeer

Decentralized live video streaming platform built on Ethereum

Live video gives everyone a voice. To make sure you’re always in control of yours, Livepeer is owned and run by the participants in the network. This paradigm empowers you to participate in the world economy, monetize your time, and get your truth out to the world.

Doug Petkanics
Founder & CEO

Eric Tang
Founder & CTO

livepeer.org

“We believe that every person should have access to a platform to share their voice and live video is increasingly becoming the truest, most genuine way to communicate with a wide audience.”

—Doug Petkanics, Founder & CEO

nTopology

Advanced CAD for advanced manufacturing

nTopology’s Element is a generative, function-based engineering application at the intersection of CAD, simulation, and industrial manufacturing.

Bradley Rothenberg
Founder & CEO

ntopology.com

“Traditional CAD software has not kept pace with advancement in manufacturing. You can manufacture complex shapes, but you can’t design complex shapes. That’s a waste of technology. Only Element can take the full advantage of these advancements.”

—Bradley Rothenberg, Founder & CEO

Open Collective

A new form of association, transparent by design

OpenCollective enables groups to quickly set up a collective, raise funds and manage them transparently.

Xavier Damman
Founder & CEO

Pia Mancini
Co-Founder

Aseem Sood
Co-Founder

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Open Collective

opencollective.com

“Creating an organization is a situation where local governments expose a lot of complexity to the end user. We abstract that complexity so that people can focus on the primary goal of their organization.”

—Xavier Damman, Founder & CEO

Oscoin

Building an open-source ecosystem on the blockchain

Oscoin is creating a decentralized network run by the community and contributors, with a sustainable economy to back it — one in which profits are redistributed back to those who created value in the first place. By combining distributed version-control, content-addressable decentralized storage and distributed ledger systems such as blockchain, backed by its own cryptocurrency, we enable all of this activity to happen in the open, in a network that cannot be censored or controlled by any one party.

Eleftherios Diakomichalis
Founder

Alexis Sellier
Founder

oscoin.io
Parsec

Simple, low-latency game streaming

Parsec uses its game streaming technology to let you access your gaming PC from anywhere and invite your friends to connect and play local multiplayer games online. Play your favorite games anywhere with low latency at 60 frames per second.

Benjy Boxer
Founder & CEO

Christopher Dickson
Founder & CTO

parsecgaming.com

“We founded Parsec because we believe it’s possible to expand the reach of high-powered computing. We want to eliminate the constant upgrade cycles of hardware and focus on delivering entertainment and software directly to the consumer via low-powered devices.”

—Benjy Boxer, Founder & CEO

Podia

Your all-in-one digital storefront.

Earn more money from your passion by offering memberships, online courses, and digital downloads to your audience.

Spencer Fry
Founder & CEO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Podia

podia.com

“Podia has been a game changer for me. It allows me to create multiple revenue streams while keeping all my customers in one place.”

—Justin Jackson, Podia User

Radar Relay

A secure and trustless way to trade cryptocurrencies

Radar Relay is a next generation cryptocurrency exchange technology that leverages blockchain and the 0x protocol to trade Ethereum-based tokens directly from Web3 or Hardware wallets.

Alan Curtis
Founder & CEO

radarrelay.com
Sawyer

Access the whole wide world of kids classes near you

Sawyer helps provide easier access to kids classes by partnering with educators in each community who teach everything from ballet to science experiments. Sawyer Tools is a software product for those educators that saves them time and money. Sawyer’s class management software makes it easy to customize everything from soccer camps to science semesters.

Marissa Evans Alden
Founder & CEO

Stephanie Choi
Founder & COO

Andrew Fernandez
Founder & CTO

On the Notation blog: Our Investment in Sawyer (FKA The Kids Passport)

hisawyer.com

“Sawyer reimagined the way parents approach early childhood education in the modern age”

—Forbes

Simple Contacts

Contact lenses and prescription renewals

Renew your contact lens prescription with our doctor-designed mobile vision test and reorder your lenses — from anywhere, on your schedule.

Joel Wishkovsky
Founder & CEO

Ryan Quigley
Founder & CTO

On the Notation blog: Our investment in Simple Contacts

simplecontacts.com

“The convenience of renewing my contact lens prescription from my phone easily saved me half a day!”

—Laura, Brooklyn, NY

Spruce

The first digital-native title insurance company

Mortgage closings can and should be effortless. Using a data-driven approach, Spruce replaces decades-old practices and provides a modern partner in the mortgage process, creating a one-stop shop for a smoother closing. We integrate with your lender to provide title insurance and escrow services that radically simplify and enhance the closing process.

Patrick Burns
Founder & CEO

spruce.co

“Spruce was a reliable, communicative, and trustworthy partner. After discovering that larger competitors did not take securing my sensitive data seriously, I wanted to find a company that put technology, security, and customer service first.”

—Cyrus E, New York

Timber

Log better. Solve problems faster.

Timber is a new kind of cloud-based logging system designed for applications and developers. Spend less time debugging and more time shipping.

Zach Sherman
Founder & CEO

Ben Johnson
Founder & CTO

On the Notation blog: 🌲Timber.io — Smart Log Analysis for Developers

timber.io
Uru

Harnessing computer vision and AI to understand video

Uru uses their deep expertise in computer vision and AI to recognize not just objects in video streams, but to understand and characterize the content. Brand safety and content recognition are two of the initial areas of application.

Bill Marino
Founder & CEO

Brunno Attorre
Founder & CTO

uruvideo.com
Wallaroo

Deploy Rapidly. Scale Automatically. Run Anywhere.

Wallaroo is an ultrafast framework for building & operating stateful data applications without worrying about scale. Wallaroo handles the mechanics of scaling, state management, resiliency, message delivery, and more, so you don’t have to. Plus, it’s ultrafast, with response times in the microseconds if you need it.

Vid Jain
Founder & CEO

wallaroolabs.com

“Wallaroo makes the infrastructure virtually disappear so you get rapid deployment, very low operating cost, and elastic capacity.”

—Sean T. Allen, VP Engineering

Zeppelin

The new standard in blockchain security

Zeppelin is a leading technology firm in the blockchain industry, providing consulting, security audits and development services for organizations. Zeppelin has developed industry security standards for designing and deploying smart contract systems.

Demian Brener
Founder & CEO

Manuel Araoz
Founder & CTO

zeppelin.solutions
Zipdrug

The pharmacy of the future

Zipdrug is a proprietary medication delivery platform that helps health plans manage medication adherence and cost. With Zipdrug’s platform, health plan providers can deliver a friendly, convenient and cost-effective pharmacy experience right to their members’ doors.

Stu Libby
Founder & CEO

Kyro Beshay
Founder & CPO

zipdrug.com