Dynamo Ventures invests globally in companies that are redefining global supply chains, rethinking the concept of mobility, and most importantly, led by an exceptional team. Dynamo’s portfolio consists of 32 companies based in North America, Europe, India, Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
The people behind Dynamo Ventures
Dynamo Ventures is an industry-focused fund based on the experience, expertise, and network of the principals. The team is made up of Ted Alling and Barry Large who previously built Access America Transport, a logistics business that subsequently merged with Coyote Logistics and sold to UPS for $1.8B. Alongside, Jon Bradford and Santosh Sankar who have made 120+ early stage investments over the last decade.
Dynamo Ventures is an early-stage investor and our first investment is either pre-seed (pre-revenue) or at seed stage (early revenue).
For pre-seed investments, where the startup has minimal sales, we look for “founder market-fit” that often manifests itself in a strong pipeline of pilot or customer opportunities. Seed investments typically have significant recurring revenue (~$30K/month) with the team looking to scale their sales ahead of a Series A round.
Dynamo Ventures invest in enterprise business models (or B2B2C where B2B is the key sales channel).
Dynamo Ventures primarily invests in the US, but also invests overseas with a focus on Europe. At a portfolio level, roughly two-thirds of the investments are US-based and evenly spread across the country with the balance based abroad.
Note, when we invest overseas, we look to co-invest alongside great local investors who can provide support and knowledge about the market and help with localized investment nuances.
Dynamo Ventures invest between $250K to $1.25M which is typically between a third and a half of the total investment round. Dynamo also reserves funding for follow-on investments.
They can either lead an investment or follow. Typically pre-seed investments are made as a SAFE and seed investments are “priced.” Where Dynamo Ventures lead an investment they typically take a board seat.
Jon Bradford, Partner
Jon was most recently a Partner of Motive Partners, a specialist investment firm focused on technology-enabled companies that power the financial services industry based in London and New York. Previous to that, Jon founded the Springboard Accelerator that merged with Techstars to become Techstars London; their first international accelerator, as well as helping to co-found F6S and Tech.eu. Jon has invested in over 100 startups over the last decade and had the good fortune to invest in some amazing entrepreneurs over the years that include Apiary, Hassle, Tray.io, Flitto (that recently IPO’ed in Korea), Sendbird and Chainalysis.