The Traction Gap & Digital Oil

We seek entrepreneurs capitalizing upon the transformative opportunities of the First Intelligence Age

Wildcat Venture Partners invests in early stage technology startups. The team consists of successful entrepreneurs, now investors, who have significant domain expertise turning startups into market leaders.

The Traction Gap

Industry statistics show that nearly 70% of startups fail to return invested capital. In stark contrast, 68% of the early stage startups the Wildcat team has backed have gone on to success.

To achieve these results, Wildcat has developed a unique investment and operating framework generated from years of startup and investing experience; it is called the Traction Gap™. Wildcat uses the Traction Gap framework to help its portfolio companies create and define their category along with comprehensive go-to-market and financing plans to successfully scale.

Wildcat is a proud sponsor of the Traction Gap Institute™ which offers strategies, tactics and playbooks along with workshops and networking events startups can use to traverse the Traction Gap.

Prospecting & Refining Digital Oil

Where land, capital and oil drove the Industrial Ages, data is fueling the rise of the First Intelligence Age and a digital economy.

"'Data-driven' startups are the wildcatters of the new economy: they prospect for digital oil, extract it and turn it into clever new services..."

– The Economist

We seek entrepreneurs building systems of intelligence that enable companies to prospect, refine and monetize data - digital oil. These entrepreneurs and their companies will become the market disruptors and industry leaders of the First Intelligence Age.

What's New

August 14, 2017

A Venture Capitalist’s First Birthday

Today is my official one year anniversary in Venture Capital.* I am a recovering mechanical engineer making it up as I go along and if…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

August 10, 2017

Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer, CEO and Co-founder of AirPR talks Marketing Tech

Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer, CEO and Co-founder of AirPR talks about how PR technologies can supplement customers’ martech stacks. He delves into analytics and metrics that matter,…

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Ankush Gupta

MarTech Advisor

August 10, 2017

Amplero Recognized on Constellation ShortList™ for Marketing Analytics Solutions

SEATTLE, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amplero, a recognized leader in leveraging artificial intelligence marketing to maximize customer lifetime value and loyalty, today announced it…

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August 3, 2017

Small business loan platform Kabbage nabs $250M from Softbank

Kabbage, a company with some 115,000 customers and $3.5 billion in loans that has built an automated platform for lending money to small businesses and…

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Ingrid Lunden


July 31, 2017

Nathaniel Krasnoff shares his VC Journey on THINKING Podcast

Episode 32 of the THINKING Podcast features Nathaniel Krasnoff, a successful venture capitalist who started from humble beginnings and continues to prosper thanks to the various…

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July 25, 2017

Why we invested in C3 IoT

Every appliance, widget and device we own or use—even ones we haven’t yet imagined—will one day be connected to the Internet via sensors. In fact,…

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