Mindgruve Ventures. A tech innovation group accelerating early stage companies.

Who We Are

a group of experienced tech entrepreneurs who are passionate about guiding and transforming early stage companies into mature, sustainable businesses.

Our Wheel House

we’re seeking quality people with great ideas who are obsessed with solving customer problems and building disruptive businesses that stand the test of time.

Chad Robley
Founder, Managing Director

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Mike Hodges
Mike Hodges
Managing Partner
Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport
Managing Partner
Dan Hellbusch
Dan Hellbusch
Managing Partner
Early Stage
great ideas that need funding
Disruptive Technologies
supply chain or delivery system innovations
High Growth Industries
mobile, social, ecommerce, big data
Large Addressable Markets
consumer product, healthcare, media publishing

Chad Robley

Founding, Managing Director

Chad has spent more than two decades as a startup entrepreneur building and scaling early stage businesses into mature, sustainable companies. He is now Managing Director of Mindgruve Ventures and a strategic investor and advisor to several fast growth companies. Chad also serves as a Board of Director to companies in the consumer, healthcare, technology and publishing space. Chad is a regular writer and public speaker on The Startup Economy, The Convergence of Technology and Marketing and Transforming Your Company into a Digital Business.

Chad also is the CEO of Mindgruve - one of the fastest growing independent marketing and tech agencies in the U.S. with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami. Their client roster includes Proctor & Gamble, Merck, Oracle, Live Nation, Qualcomm and Agilent Technologies.

Chad resides in San Diego, California and is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington.

How We Do It

we leverage our experience, network, back office infrastructure, design and technology teams to develop go-to-market strategies that accelerate customer acquisition and drive revenue.

Design

Design

One of the keys to consumer engagement is killer UX. We help entrepreneurs build functional solutions that drive exceptional utility.

Distribution

Distribution

Early stage companies need strategies for scalable, cost-effective customer acquisition and lead generation. Our performance marketing team can help.

Monetization

Monetization

All startups need help with sales strategies, channel partnerships and distribution. We help companies develop revenue models to monetize their products, services and/or content.

How Much We Invest

Our investments range from $25,000 to $500,000 depending on the team, market opportunity and initial traction. We often co-invest with other angels and venture groups.

How It Works

A startup fills out the Pitch Your Business form. If we like the model, we invite the startup to sunny San Diego to pitch their startup at our offices. If we like the team and the business — we say “yes”.

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Our Companies

Pitch Us Your Business

Is your start up ready for explosive growth? We want to hear from you.