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Mindgruve Ventures Early Stage Venture Fund

World-Class Founders Leading
Fast Growth Startups

Who We Are

A group of experienced entrepreneurs who are passionate about advising and funding early-stage businesses within large, addressable markets.

Chad Robley

Chad Robley

Founder & Managing Director

Chad has 20 years of experience as a startup entrepreneur and mentor building and scaling early-stage businesses into mature, sustainable companies. Currently, he’s an angel investor and advisor to several fast-growth companies and serves on multiple boards in the consumer and technology spaces. He’s also a regular writer and speaker on the “Convergence of Technology & Marketing” and “Customer Acquisition for Rapid Growth Companies.”

James Earwicker

James Earwicker

Managing Partner &
Chief Investment Officer

James brings more than 25 years of financial management and accounting experience to his role as Chief Investment Officer of Mindgruve Ventures where he is responsible for leading all finance operations and accounting functions.

Before joining Mindgruve Ventures, James was a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank for nearly 24 years. James is also an Adjunct Professor in Finance for the School of Business Management at National University and routinely teaches courses in Business Finance, Corporate Valuation and Managerial Accounting. He holds a BA in Physics and English from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University.

Mike Hodges

Mike Hodges

Managing Partner

For nearly two decades, Mike has worked at the intersection of media, marketing and technology as a CEO, chief strategist, thought leader and business innovator. He’s also a successful entrepreneur, having built and sold several startups including an advertising technology company that was acquired by Google’s DoubleClick. Today, he serves on several boards and is a speaker on “Business Innovation Revenue Growth Strategies for Global Brands” and “Amazon Channel Strategies for Revenue Optimization.”

Dan Hellbusch

Dan Hellbusch

Managing Partner

Dan has led several businesses in a variety of sectors including media, technology and real estate, and spent more than a decade as an entrepreneur and advisor to many fast growth companies. He now also sits on boards in the consumer and technology spaces.


What We Do

We help entrepreneurs accelerate their early-stage businesses and transform them into mature, sustainable companies.

How We Do It

We leverage our experience, founder network, back office infrastructure, marketing and technology teams to accelerate business growth.

What We Invest In

Media, Technology, eCommerce
& Consumer Products

How Much We Invest

Our investments range from $50,000 to $500,000 depending on the team, market opportunity and initial traction. We often co-invest with other angels and venture groups.

Investment Review

Our investment review committee meets once a month. If you’d like to be considered, please fill out the below form. We will only follow up with companies who meet our investment criteria.

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