Data Collective is a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies.
Big Data companies capture, store, secure, transmit, transform, and analyze data for economic advantage, either with huge volumes (terabytes to exabytes), or at tremendous speed (microseconds to seconds), or both.
Big Data companies can come to market solving hard infrastructure problems, taking leadership in vertical B2B markets, or as truly data-driven consumer products. The common thread is that the founding team has the experience and discipline to solve data problems at novel scale, speed, or level of insight, and ideally all three.
Data Collective’s strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. We still read code. We understand chip architecture and how to build racks. We've run Hadoop jobs ourselves and built VM farms. And we will be there at 3 am to cheer the new build or at 7 am to help land that new customer.
Just as the shifts from kilobits and kilobytes to megabits and megabytes in the 1980s and from there to gigabits and gigabytes in the 1990s created hundreds of billions of dollars of value, we believe another even larger scale disruption is underway and are poised to help our entrepreneurs take advantage of it.
Data Collective is a team of seasoned investors and operating executives that has helped create over $15 billion of outcomes for entrepreneurs and investors across more than 35 exits over 20 years.
We are joined by a team of Equity Partners: 35+ experienced technical founders and executives, engineers, data scientists, and leading researchers with significant current or previous tenures at institutions like: Facebook, VMware, LinkedIn, Apple, Google, Stanford, Oracle, Zynga, Salesforce, Twitter, Intel, Amazon, Cisco, Netflix, UC Berkeley, PayPal, and NetApp.
Everyone shares in the upside, and everyone is on deck to help.
Zack, co-Managing Partner of Data Collective, has over a dozen years of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, lawyer, angel investor and advisor for big data startups. Zack also is a cofounder and managing partner of Founders Den, a co-working space and community of experienced technology entrepreneurs. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups such as Square, AngelList, Uber and Metamarkets. Previously, Zack cofounded Montara Capital Partners, a real estate private equity fund, where he was the managing partner. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a law partner at Virtual Law Partners, where he worked with numerous start-ups and their founders, and developed expertise in technology law and Silicon Valley business practices. Zack serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School, the Tipping Point Community and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.
Matt Ocko, co-Managing Partner of Data Collective, has three decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur and VC, in the US and globally. His investments prior to DCVC include Cotendo (AKAM), Zynga (ZNGA), Facebook (FB), XenSource (CTRX), UltraDNS (NSR), FlashSoft (SDNK), Fortinet (FTNT), Aggregate Knowledge (NSR), Virtuata (CSCO), DataMirror (IBM), Couchbase, Ayasdi, Kenshoo, D-Wave Systems, Metamarkets, Uber, AngelList, and many others, including multiple additional acquisitions by Google, Facebook, Netapp, and other Fortune 1000 tech companies. Matt founded and was VP of R&D of Da Vinci Systems, a pioneering e-mail software vendor with over 1 million users world-wide prior to its acquisition. He is an inventor on over 40 granted or in-process patents in areas as diverse as enterprise hardware and social games.
Matt holds a degree in Physics from Yale University and has been active in helping develop China's venture capital and technology regulatory framework for two decades. He still codes and builds robots for fun, but admits to liking Erlang better than Clojure, and Fischertechnik better than Lego Mindstorms.
James has more than five years of experience advising both Fortune 50 and pre-revenue healthcare and biotech companies on their sales and marketing strategy. Previously, he was a consultant at ZS Associates where he advised management teams using insights gained from the analysis of large amounts of healthcare data. Most recently, while at Booth, James worked with technology executives during a stint in The Blackstone Group’s M&A Advisory Practice. James holds a BS in Engineering Physics from the University Of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business is anticipated in Spring 2014.
Michael has a decade of experience developing large-scale databases and predictive algorithms for digital media, financial and life sciences firms. He is the CEO and co-founder at Metamarkets, a start-up providing a Big Data and analytics solutions for a new generation of cloud services and mobile applications. Michael is also Chairman of Dataspora, a big data and analytics consultancy he founded in 2007. Previously, he founded the online retailer, CustomInk.com, and worked as a software engineer for the Human Genome Project. Michael holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from Boston University and an AB from Harvard University.
- Stanford University
- UC Berkeley
DATA COLLECTIVE PRESS
"With A Focus On Big Data Startups, Data Collective Redefines Thematic Investing And Debuts Its Third Fund"
New York Times
"Big-Data Investing Gets Its Own Supergroup”
Matt Ocko and Zachary Bogue on CNBC on November 15, 2012
"Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups"
"Big Data VC Firm Data Collective Steps Out of the Shadows"
"New VC Firm Data Collective Launches to Invest in Big Data with a Big Partnership”
"Zack Bogue and Matt Ocko Launch Big Data-Focused Venture Fund"
"Matt Ocko Named to 19 Best Enterprise Tech Venture Capitalists"
"Data Collective Launching Small Fund for Big Data"
SJ Mercury News
"Bogue, Ocko Step out of Shadows with Their Venture Fund"