Our Investments

We back founders at the pre-seed and seed stage, connecting them with a community of advisors who offer practical advice and connections to future customers. 70% of our portfolio companies are founded by women, LGBQT+, or people of color.

Our primary focus is business software, with a particular interest and expertise in ecommerce infrastructure, vertical SaaS, fintech, and the Latinization of commerce. Initial checks range from $300,000 to $1mm with millions more possible. We lead rounds but are willing to be part of a good syndicate with someone else leading.

Founders

Michael and Alejandro never back away from the tough talk. I appreciate their honesty and support, because I know it’s authentic. The Act One team has been right where I am — building a company from the ground up. Because they’ve been in my shoes, I can sense the honesty and experience in their advice.

Li Haslett Chen,
Founder/CEO of Narrativ

As a Latino technical founder, I hear a lot about how important diversity is in the workplace, but it is still rare to see it actually happen. Their commitment to investing in minority-created companies and putting together their own team of diverse LPs and advisors was a big part of my decision and I couldn’t be happier about having them as part of our journey.

Richie Serna,
Co-Founder/CEO of Finix

The Act One team really brought a level of operational experience that was truly valuable through the stage of scaling the business as well as the financing process. They play a valuable role in helping to navigate the challenges that come with building a world-class SaaS company and also bring an incredible network of people and resources.

Daniel Kim,
Co-Founder of AuditBoard

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Ordermark
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 AuditBoard

 

The next-generation of GRC, designed and purpose-built to streamline your audit, risk, and compliance programs in one, unified platform.

 

With a unified and intuitive audit management platform, enterprises can automate, manage, collaborate, and report on risk and controls data in real time without thousands of spreadsheets and shared folders.
Clients for AuditBoard (PKA SOXHUB) include Intuit, Apple, Pinterest, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Deloitte, Zynga, Lionsgate, and Intel.

 

 

Founders: Daniel Kim, Jay Lee

Location: Orange County, Los Angeles

 

 

 

 Ordermark

 

Consolidate online ordering services under one roof while maximizing unused kitchen space to boost revenue.

 

 
Online ordering has boosted restaurant revenue while at the same time creating a mess in the kitchen since each service comes with its own device.
Ordermark, online ordering services are patched through one platform and one printer. The company has also moved into virtual kitchens that its restaurant partners can join.

 

 

Founders: Alex Canter, Ric Murillo, Paul Allen

Location: Los Angeles, Colorado

 

 

 

 Finix

 

Infrastructure-as-a-Service that eliminates the time, cost and headache of bringing payments in house.

 

 
When SaaS companies, ISVs, and marketplaces bring payments in house, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth. Finix’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service cuts the time, cost, and headache.
Its gateway is perfect for the most complex funds flow scenarios, and Finix offers an underwriting API that eliminates bulky apps and paper contracts. Clients include Visa, Lightspeed, and Clubessential.

 

 

Founders: Li Haslett Chen

Location: New York City

 

 

 

   Narrativ

 

New customers for ecommerce companies from honest recommendations.

 

 
Brands can use Narrativ to turn product recommendations on trusted publishers into a reliable customer acquisition channel. With a team of commerce and big data experts from Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn, Narrativ has built a database of tens of millions of product reviews and has been at the forefront of fixing outdated or broken links, known as 404s.
The company’s real-time bidding exchange allows retailers to buy organic content related to the products they sell.

 

 

Founders: Li Haslett Chen

Location: New York City